Monday, August 6, 2001
Things have been looking up in Northern California's
forests. Hard working activists are giving up all their time and energy to keep alive the
second largest remaining stand of Old Growth Douglas Fir in private hands--home to many
endangered old-growth-dependant species. The reclaiming of corporate land by
activist has been holding strong since November, 2000!!! With around 60 people
arrested, as of monday (8-6-01) NOBODY IS IN JAIL!!!!!! This has been an
extremely active past couple of months...oh my, where to begin.........
Amazingly, a baby golden eagle was found in Devils
Hole (THP 386, unit 4). Abandoned by its parents, this bird was found on the ground and
reported by a faller! It was not injured, but possibly fell due to helicopters surveying,
This THP was approved WITHOUT being surveyed by fish and game BECAUSE Pacific Lumber
biologists said it was not an appropriate habitat for these endangered birds!
(they were wrong…oops!) The bird was nursed back to health and returned to the
Kim Starr, who was serving 120 days for trespassing
and resisting arrest, fought and won the right to have vegan meals
in jail, after a long 2 month paper shuffling jamboree and media
circus. The court was denying her vegan food as it was not documented
in the Jewish religion, once again violating basic civil rights,
reminding us that the system continuously sets itself up to fall.
The final decision was: vegan food or freedom… and vegan meals it
was--boy did this cause a ruckus!! After serving her whole sentence,
Kim is free Today!
When Dulce Wickham was arrested, in the spring
fiascal, she refused to give her name to the arresting officer believing
she had the right to wait until she could talk to a lawyer. The
five officers who were there then asked her for a forest name to
which she replied "Titty Cacka"--a name they were forced to call
her for a few days in jail. She was charged with giving a false
ID to an officer, though she never implied that this was her real
name, and was thus sentenced to 50 days. She was also granted vegan
food--very quick and easy. However she did encounter turbulence
as the high and mighty prison system employees interrogated her
about her pagan-istic background, insisting that she give the name
of a religious leader and location of worship FOR PROOF!!! Dulce
is now a free woman.
One strong forest creature named Ayr did a phenomenal job
defending himself in pro per. With his impressive character and views, plus a
touching song which the court allowed him to play, he showed the truth and
strength in his belief and won the hearts of enough of the jury to cause a miss-
trial. He's now due for a retrial .
In the woods....... Logging began again in
units 1, 2 and 7 of THP 386. Police have been present and two people
were arrested and released with court dates. PL and Columbia Helicopter employees
(from Oregon) have continued attacking the forest. Activists were present and POSITIVE
DIALOUGE has been taking place!!--proving once again it is never us and them.....the
Forest is everyone's united. The activists are happy, strong and healthy, creating a
culture of corporate resistance in the midst of a global revolution! Yet the trees continue
to fall as more and more THP's get filed and rubber stamped by the California Department
of Forestry……..........More People! Please! Folks can help out with outreach,
THP oversight, lobbying, letter writing and a variety of other creative ways!
The trial of Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney
against the FBI starts October 1st, 2001 in Oakland Federal Court,
keep in touch. see... www.judibari.org
Here in the city of Arcata--well, now there is a little less of it--a fire
started in the North Coast Environmental Center (NEC). Up in flames went 30 years
worth of environmental research archives, the info and supplies of several
groups, and a large library of environmental information. The fire spread to
Marinos bar and Arcata Paint, leaving nothing but a pile of rubbish. This
surprising disaster makes way for a fresh start for the NEC providing a chance
to rebuid and perhaps make it even better!!
Well Folks, that about says it all for NCEF! / Mattole
Forest Defense. We hope to see YOU soon!
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Or call us at: (707)-825-6598