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Posted: September 18th, 2014 By BWM

Blockade

BRITISH COLUMBIA, Unceded Tahltan Territory – September 18, 2014

The Wildlife Defence League (WDL) has been invited by the Klabona Keepers to blockade the only road providing access to the Sacred Headwaters. This area is home to numerous species of wildlife, including moose, grizzly bear, black bear, and stone sheep. In recent years these animals have been exploited by resident hunters, mainly for trophy. Moose populations have been most effected, due to no bag-limits that have precipitated a massive decline in the species. Consequently, the Klabona Keepers and the WDL are firm in their conviction that protecting wildlife and safeguarding habitat in the Sacred Headwaters from exploitation is a pressing priority. The Klabona Keepers with the support of the Wildlife Defence League, intend to blockade the entrance to the Sacred Headwaters from non-Indigenous and resident trophy hunters. Tahltan hunters will not be blockaded, as the Wildlife Defence League supports their right to live off the land as they have done for thousands of years.

Wildlife Defence League member Tommy Knowles stated, “It’s taken us 3 days to drive through what feels like the most wild place on earth. We’ve seen Grizzly Bears, Black Bears and Moose living out their natural lives in this unique habitat. It’s disheartening to arrive in the Sacred Headwaters today knowing that this land is a trophy hunters paradise, but it feels amazing to be standing in solidarity with the Klabona Keepers to put an end to this exploitation.”

Not only are the wildlife and the community that is dependant on them being exploited, but so is the land. This past week, RCMP surrounded a group of
unarmed, peaceful members of the Klabona Keepers. The group was occupying a drill site on the mountain behind this blockade because the company was drilling without consultation or consent. The Klabona Keepers had simply requested that the company (Firesteel) meet with the elders prior to releasing the drill. However, in a show of disrespect, Firesteel and the government disregarded that request and arrived by helicopter to remove the drill. They came unannounced and heavily armed. Thereafter, the RCMP prohibited members of the Klabona Keepers from communicating via radio to anyone outside the blockade, cutting the only means of communication they had with the elders and their family in Iskut, to assure them of their safety. They were threatened with arrest if they attempted to use their radios.

The situation unfolding in the Sacred Headwaters is illustrative of the interconnections between these issues; the corporate and political exploitation of the land, resources and animals of this territory and the communities that rely on them. The Klabona Keepers, with support from the Wildlife Defence League, are asserting their lawful authority to defend their territories and both organizations hope that the hunting blockade will raise awareness about the devastating impacts of trophy hunting and will draw attention to corporate and political exploitation of the Sacred Headwaters.

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Media Contact Information:

Klabona Keepers:
Rhoda Quock
Spokesperson
P – 250-234-3195
E – quockrhoda@gmail.com
www.theklabonakeepers.com

Wildlife Defence League:
Tommy Knowles
E – wildlifedefenceleague@gmail.com
www.wildlifedefenceleague.org

Posted: August 28th, 2014 By BWM

Pups

Washington’s Huckleberry Pack remains in the cross-hairs. Please act now to save the family from aerial gunners by asking officials to revoke their kill order.

This is going on now and we need your calls and emails NOW to try and stop this. Please read and share widely. 

So far one #HuckleberryPack wolf has been killed by Wildlife Services-an innocent pup. Please CALL the following people and ask them to rescind the kill order, then follow up with an email. Please remember to be calm and respectful to ensure your comments are heard:

Washington Governor Jay Inslee at (360) 902-4111, then email him at governor@gov.wa.gov
.

Washington Fish and Wildlife Director Phil Anderson at 360 902-2200 ext. #8 then email him at @dfw.wa.gov AND wildthing@dfw.wa.gov

Also if you are on Twitter please tweet the following:

@WDFW @GovInslee Killing the Wedge pack in 2012 cost taxpayers $76,500 and serious black eye; rescind kill order on #HuckleberryPack

And post a comment on the Governor’s FB page https://www.facebook.com/WaStateGov

While you cannot post directly on the FB page for Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, you can leave your comment on their most recent post https://www.facebook.com/WashingtonFishWildlife

#HuckleberryPack
#StandForWolves

(Photo credit WDFW)

Posted: August 26th, 2014 By BWM

In the Face of Repression // Organizing in Spite of the Surveillance State 

Portland State UniversityIn the face of repression
Smith Memorial Student Union 
Room 296/8

The National Weekend of Action Against the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) is September 5-7.
https://www.facebook.com/events/803468656341400/

The AETA labels animal activists as terrorists and is one of the most unconstitutional laws since COINTELPRO. In response to new indictments under the AETA, this weekend of action has been called as a show of solidarity, to increase the visibility of ongoing counter-intelligence, and to encourage activists to organize and resist in the face of repression.

In Portland, Resistance Ecology and Oregon Jericho are coordinating an afternoon of presenters and panels to discuss the AETA, and to use it as a platform to connect the more expansive processes and histories of repression that are incurred by systematically marginalized, colonized, frontlines, and resistance communities. We want animal and earth liberation activists to understand that all captivity must be ended. It is important to underscore the reality that many communities are always under state repression, not just so-called “activists” communities. It is imperative to stress the need for communities to show solidarity with each other to increase capacity and resilience against surveillance, state violence, and the prison industry. We must reject the misconception that prison or surveillance serve any sort of positive function and instead recognize repression for what it really is: a process engrained into colonial-capitalist society.

In the Face of Repression: Organizing in Spite of the Surveillance State will be a day of workshops, history lessons, strategy sessions, and solidarity. We invite you to join us and take part!

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS:
Lauren Reagan – Civil Liberties Defense Center

Kent Ford- Founder of Portland Black Panther Party and father of Political Prisoner Patrice Lumumba Ford

Saed Bannoura- Editor-In-Chief of the International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC)

Peter Bohmer- Activist scholar and former COINTELPRO target

Jonathan Paul- Longtime animal and earth liberation activist and former Green Scare prisoner

 

 

Posted: August 25th, 2014 By BWM

Global Climate Convergence & Cross-Movement Organizing by Lauren Regan

Resistance Ecology Conference 2014
Portland, Or.

resistanceecology.org

Posted: August 24th, 2014 By BWM

Guerrilla Struggle in Defense of the Earth by Leslie James Pickering

Resistance Ecology Conference 2014
Portland, Or.

resistanceecology.org

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