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Jan. 30 statewide solidarity with Harney County against white militias/terrorists

See  http://www.rop.org/harney-county-taking-action/ for solidarity in your area with Harney County and rural Oregon, and the Rural Organizing Project against white terrorists destroying our commons, terrorizing local people, stealing public property, and distracting us from far more important issues.
eight leaders of the armed takeover at Malheur Wildlife Refuge were arrested outside of Burns en route to a meeting in Grant County dedicated to setting up a shadow county government the way they had attempted in Harney County. One of the occupiers was killed during the confrontation with police. The Rural Organizing Project mourns this loss of life, and hopes for a quick and peaceful resolution to the ongoing standoff without further bloodshed.

Despite the FBI making these arrests, the situation in Harney County is far from resolved. Not all militants have left the Malheur Wildlife Refuge. Dozens of militiamen from the Pacific Patriot Network remain in Burns, and paramilitary groups are pouring in from out-of-state. The community is still frightened, many folks choosing to keep their children home from school today to remain in the safety of their homes.

It is clear that the militants are attempting to export their tactics to other counties, championing their "successes" in Harney County, making many in Eastern Oregon consider if their community could be next. In fact, over 30 residents protested last night's meeting in Grant County to set up a misleadingly named "Committee of Safety", not wanting their community to be the next site of an armed standoff.

Now more than ever is the time for those of us who oppose these armed actions to raise our collective voices: we do not accept that our political differences should be settled by armed vigilantism and tactics of fear and intimidation; our communities have a rural tradition of collaboration, conversation and resolving disputes without resorting to threats or violence.

Let's show our solidarity with the people of Harney County and the Burns Paiute Tribe. Armed occupations are not welcome in Burns, in Harney County, or anywhere in Oregon!

Rural Organizing Project Calls for a Day of Action Across Oregon in Solidarity with the People of Harney County and the Burns Piaute Tribe

Tips for Planning Your Local Day of Action:

Whether it is a group of a few people holding signs or dozens marching down main street, this is rural Oregon's chance to raise our voices collectively!

Download this flyer and add the information about your local event. Email it far and wide. Be sure to send ROP your event details so we can send it along to fellow ROPers living your county!
Read ROP's Press Statement for the Day of Action. Download this version to use as press release for your local event.
Remember to take a few pictures and share them on Facebook. Send them to  jessica@rop.org and  cara@rop.org and we'll put them on ROP's Facebook page!

Remember: an easy way to create an action is to find a friend or two, make some signs saying "No to Militias" and take a picture of yourselves on the sidewalk. Send it to:  jessica@rop.org and  cara@rop.org. Or use this as an opportunity to collect donations for Harney County and Burns Paiute Tribe local programs. More details below.

The people of Harney County, and the Burns Paiute Tribe have been through a lot and deserve our support. Join us in emphasizing the very real needs of the folks who live near the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by showing your support in one of these ways:

1. Donate to the The Burns Paiute Tribe's Tu-Wa-Kii-Nobi after school "Kid's House" program

2. Buy a ticket for a local to attend the Harney District Hospital's a Sip for the Cure Masquerade Tea Party fundraiser for Communities Assisting Neighbors with Cancer (CAN Cancer). Tickets for this event are $8 and must be sent in by mail. Please write a check today to CAN Cancer and mail it to:

Harney District Hospital
Attn Savanna Boll
557 W. Washington
Burns, OR 97720

Since you must use the postal service anyway, please take the time to include a Thank You card to the people of Harney County to let them know we stand with them during this difficult time.

3. When your community organizes a protest, rally, or vigil on Saturday, January 30th take one more step: Submit a letter to the editor to the Burns Times-Herald expressing your community's support for the people of Harney County and the Burns Paiute Tribe.

Contact the paper at their website:  http://btimesherald.com/
Or call the paper at 541-573-2022

This Is To Protest Something That Won't Happen Again 29.Jan.2016 05:26


Here at Indymedia, we have mostly "leftists", "progressives", "anarchists", etc., and "social justice protagonists". I call myself the latter. I call these so-called "white militias/terrorists" "liberty movers", and they are not part of our crowd. Plus they have created quite a mess at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. But they have obviously learned by now that this "occupy" strategy just does not work (unless the Chinese government is backing you, or something). We all know that they are not going to pull this again.

I don't know if they are all white, though it's likely. They almost certainly are not all racists. Their leaders are mostly scoundrels, and the followers have acted foolishly. Their actions have disrupted the lives of the local people and the Burns Paiute Tribe. Nonetheless, they are never going to "export their tactics to other counties", and this kind of action will obviously never be repeated. So what good will it do to take action and mount protests against it?

The only result will be a wider schism between social justice protagonists and liberty movers (many of whom are light years away from being war/austerity- mongering neo-conservative creeps). They may have caused a lot of hardships -- that will not be repeated, but now is not the time to alienate them and their wiser cohorts who chose to stay home. Do we want to be totally divided and conquered?

There are dozens and dozens of things vastly more deserving of our protest energies. Children going hungry. Schools being chartered. Black people being shot in the back by police. Indian reservations being run by government stooges. People being robbed by police through "civil forfeiture". Friends dying because they can't obtain adequate medical care. Cities going totally bankrupt. Poison in our water supplies. Quantitative easing for Wall Street bankers. Trillions of dollars for New Cold War weapons. Endless bloody wars in the Middle East. Nuclear weapons being placed back on hair-trigger alert. --And these things only scratch the surface!

So why are we asked to protest something that is not going to happen again?

Are you so sure, blues? 29.Jan.2016 08:56


I agree with all of what you wrote, blues, but a valid reason to think 'it won't happen again'. While I agree that it won't happen in Oregon again very soon, as the Fed's avenging angels are likely keeping a very close eye on things, the sentiment that drove these people is old and deep.

Concerning the post, they are not 'terrorists' in my mind, though the actors in this should realize that threats of violent force are not cool to the majority who only share their worldview rhetorically, not practically, to avoid such recognition. They could have camped peacefully somewhere and brought their message to the communities in meetings and the like. I didn't think it's cool for the author to use that word in this case anymore than it would have been applicable to the hijacked 'Occupy' movement in what be might seen as diagonally-positioned political thought.

One shows some manner of respect to get respect, unless you're power itself. Not a way to make friends, is it?

Harney County has no need or desire to encounter leftist activists 29.Jan.2016 18:31


Although perhaps,

they are 'favorable' (in this recent instance of having been "invaded" by out-of-state militia) if not to 'leftists', rather to Statists

being that, most of the Harney County resident population in fact consists of persons who work or are professionally associated with Federal, State or local government agencies.

i.e. most Harney County residents aren't ranchers, farmers etc. and otherwise don't 'live off the land' (difficult as that is out there in such a barren high desert).

They're (the ones who aren't farmers/ranchers) a bunch of people who largely make their living by 'administrating' and regulating, other citizens.

So anybody reading this topic thread, who sees either the headline or the content and gets some quaint "Oh Ya Let's Help Out This Darling, Powerless Little Rural Community" warm fuzzy feeling etc. ..... just remember the demographic and professional composition of most of Harney County's actual residents (that is, beyond even those who got a bit of TV time at the recent town meetings concerning the Malheur occupation).

Also FWIW to the organizers of this wingding who posted it here:

You should hook up with many of the Oregon Militia groups who strongly and clearly spoke out against the Bundy occupation of Malheur from the beginning
(at least, if "solidarity" with all those who oppose nonresident armed occupations is ? the ostensible goal of the organizers/perpetrators here ........ )

Well... 30.Jan.2016 13:22


You know, what has really bothered me about this, and the 'Occupy' movement, is that what is called the left and right have so much in common, and I would personally appreciate any progress on those fronts. Progress there would help create a comforable ground to come to at least some measure of comfort in the differences. Now the 'people' I'm thinking of are not the remote political or corporate power structures who make claims to be uncious representatives of label they choose in their games, but people like you and me who have to live together and interact daily.

One group assumes a public active protest stance generally in relation to definite issue and then brands itself by the baggage of other issues they drag along with them as some necessity. It effectively limits direct accretion in participation and thought. If I organized a protest against a cop literally murdering a civilian ('civilian' is an ironically operative word to describe those other than cops, huh?) but branded my protest 'communist', what good does that do? How many hearing that label would simply dismiss it out of hand even though they agree with the protest's main issues completely? We stifle ourselves on 'both sides'. Say to me it's a 'MoveOn' protest, and I'm always wary at best of what I'll encounter in the parade of baggage. In this case I'm not sure how they originally presented themselves, but like the vast majority was given a label by others. I always wonder if thought is given by activists to the impacts of those second-hand images and light of reporting that is concerned about their personal sanitation techniques, but especially those who seem to have a desire to wear those images like some badge.

Personally, I've no faith in 'it won't happen again'. Seems a very old strategy to me and memories are short. Thing is, we could learn the lessons of these occupy-type movements if we talked about it. I don't think it's very advantageous to spread a protest issue too broadly, and one should have the notion before one starts that the potential for distraction and social fatigue is almost assured. Few occupy movements seem to remain very dynamic out of direct definition of such action unless they take a violent turn. That in itself alienates some amount of participation for a number of reasons.