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Posted: June 25th, 2012 By BWM

Cascadia Earth First! is currently occupying and locked down in the offices of Secretary of State Kate Brown and Treasurer Ted Wheeler in the name of forest defense! 6 Arrested

10:00am: We are occupying the Oregon State Capitol in Salem to end widespread clear cutting in state forests! We are currently locked down in the offices of Secretary of State Kate Brown and Treasurer Ted Wheeler, climbers are back on the flag poles and the establishment is generally shaking in its boots.

2:00pm: 50 protesters remain onsite. Flagpole banner droppers have been arrested descending into applause and leaving banners flying. The people locked down in the office of Kate Brown  have had their support crew removed by police, who are currently bringing in extraction equipment and have hung a sheet in front of the window obscuring outside media and support. The activists inside of the office of Ted Wheeler have similarly been deprived of their support crew and shielded from view. The crowd cheers from outside of the office doors Chanting: “ “Devastation and Exploitation Won’t be Solved by Corporations,” “Earth First No Compromise We Fight for Water Earth and Sky”

Protesters are targeting Secretary of State Kate Brown and Treasurer Ted Wheeler – both members of the State Land Board – after passing a plan in October of last year that will nearly double the annual clearcut in the Elliott State Forest. Today’s protest is an escalation in a series of protests calling on the Land Board to stop the clear cutting of ancient forests and to separate public school funding from state forest management.

The State Land Board is responsible for the management of the Common School Fund, a fund that is  generated from taxes on certain lands operated by the board. According to the Oregon Department of Forestry, which is overseen by the State Land Board, forestlands are to be ‘managed for timber production’. Some revenue from these lands goes to funding public education in Oregon, but less than one percent of Oregon school funding comes from logging the Elliott State Forest. Governor Kitzhaber himself referred to the Common School Fund as a “drop in the bucket’ when compared to total state spending on education.

“The elected officials of the State Land Board are allowing large extraction-based industries to make a quick profit at the expense of Oregon’s future,” says Emmalyn Garrett of Bandon, OR. “We won’t let narrow industry interests dirty the air and water, destroy biodiversity, and decrease Oregon’s quality of life.” According to Garrett, today’s protest calls on the State Land Board to take responsibility for their  failure to protect Oregon’s public lands ahead of private industry profit.

Earth First!

Posted: June 22nd, 2012 By BWM

As June comes to a close, many of our communities are winding down our LGBTQ Pride celebrations and events. It’s been a refreshing month for many to come together and enjoy public support for visibility and social and political goals. I think it’s great to set aside time to enjoy queering public spaces (while highlighting thoughtful criticism of mainstream or assimilation-oriented politics) but it’s also important to remember that our struggles continue throughout the rest of the year, especially when it comes to queers suffering violence.

Many of you might be familiar with CeCe McDonald’s unjust incarceration after defending herself against a white supremacist and transphobic attack. She’s now being housed in a facility that does not reflect her gender identity, and will have to negotiate a lot of bureaucratic red tape to change her location if she determines it’s unsafe. Her case highlights a number of issues, not least of which is the horrific violence queer people of color face from civilians, law enforcement, and the criminal justice system at large.

Queer people of color are more likely to experience sexual harassment and abuse not only from other inmates but prison employees as well. For trans* folks, many facilities are unable (or unwilling) to provide safe housing and protection for inmates, or support medical or social transition needs.

I encourage you to read about the incident that led to CeCe’s arrest and subsequent conviction, as well as the protests and grassroots support for her well-being while serving her sentence. Please include CeCe in your prisoner letter writing this month (and the next, and the next!) to show your support.

Send letters to:

Chrishaun McDonald

OID #238072

Minnesota Correctional Facility-St. Cloud

2305 Minnesota Boulevard S.E.

St. Cloud, MN. 5604

 
Guidelines for writing to CeCe can be found here.
Posted: June 15th, 2012 By BWM

It was an honor to be able to film Chairman Fred Hampton Jr speak at the 2012 Law and Disorder Conference in Portland, OR. In case you are not familiar, Chairman Fred is the son of the late Black Panther Party spokesman Fred Hampton who was assassinated by the Chicago Police in 1969. Fred Jr’s mother Deborah Johnson was eight and a half months pregnant with him at the time of his fathers murder. If this is news to you, we urge you to google how the police/FBI raid that took Hamptons life went down. Although the whole story is extremely disheartening, its wonderful to know that Chairman Fred Jr is alive and following his fathers legacy.

Fred Hampton Jr is the founder, and chairman Prisoners Of Conscience Committee / Black Panther Party Cubs (POCC/BPPC).

“The Prisoners of Conscience Committee was founded by Chairman Fred Hampton,Jr. during his nine years of incarceration. “[The POCC] was literally birthed from behind enemy lines, its birth canal was the concentration camps, its umbilical cords are the prison chains.” The P.O.C.C. is an international organization which engages in revolutionary work throughout the United States and abroad. The P.O.C.C. empowers communities through their own programs and through coalition building with other revolutionary peoples and organizations.” 

Posted: June 10th, 2012 By BWM

As we have discussed in previous posts, June 11th, the second anniversary of the international day of solidarity with Marie Mason, Eric McDavid, and other longterm anarchist prisoners is tomorrow! We wanted to take the time and tell you about all the cool events happening so you can take part in them and help the events become a success! Please note that some of these actions have happened already

  • New York City, NY– (June 11th) punk rock kareoke benefiting Marie and Eric. Facebook event here. ” Along with the NYC Anarchist Black Cross, Punk Rock Karaoke Chicago will be hosting their first ever night in NYC! We’ll be throwing down for Marie Mason, Eric McDavid, and other long-term anarchist prisoners in honor of the annual June 11th International Day of Solidarity. Every penny raised will go directly towards support efforts for Marie, Eric and others. Come out and support our prisoners by shelling out some cash and singing your heart out to one-of-a-kind punk rock karaoke tracks! Seriously, it is a win/win. Monday, June 11th 8pm – midnight (8pm sharp! Not punk time.) Fontana’s Bar (105 Eldridge Street, Manhattan) $7 donation 21+ (SORRY!)”
  • Buffalo, NY–(June 11th) Burning Books is hosting a release of a new booklet covering an early spree of eco-sabotage actions of nuclear power plants and the Snowbowl ski resort in the Grand Canyon region during the late 1980s. 420 Connecticut St, 7:00pm.
  • Washington, DC– (June 11th) an ice cream social on June 11th, from 6pm to 9pm at 1213 Delafield Pl NW. $10-20 suggested donation, all proceeds to Marie and Eric. “There will be homemade ice cream, cookies, and caramel sauce as well as a variety of other toppings. We’re talking sundaes, milkshakes, and ice cream sandwiches! There will even be sandwiches from Sticky Fingers.” Facebook event here.
  • Guelph, Ontario–(June 11th) “Monday, June 11th 2012, you are invited to join Guelph ABC for a presentation and letter writing night to show support to long term anarchist prisoners Eric McDavid and Marie Mason. This event will be from 6-8pm @ The Square, 86 Wyndham St. N, next to the post office. Stationary and stamps provided, including original letterpress postcards!”
  • Asheville, NC–(June 11th) “We in the Asheville, NC area are holding a waffle brunch at Firestorm Cafe on June 10th in solidarity with all political prisoners and in effort to raise bond funds for Christopher French, a friend and anarchist arrested during NATO and held on an insane $250k bail (since reduced to $100k). We will use Firestorm’s epic community space to show videos, distribute info & resources, and write letters to our beloved incarcerated comrades — and also to eat delicious vegan waffle meals. Join us!”
  • Chicago, IL–(June 9th) Punk rock kareoke, at the Underground Lounge (952 W Newport), 9 pm. It is a benefit for the Chicago Books for Women in Prison, and there will be a postcard drive for Marie and Eric at the event. $5.00 dollars at the door, $3.00 if you bring a soft bound dictionary, journal, or lesbian erotica. 21+.
  • Lake Worth, FL–(June 11th) “We at the Earth First! Journal and the South Florida Prison Book Project are hosting a small event on Monday, at 8pm. Please come to discuss these cases and find out more about how you can support these and other prisoners. Local acoustic musicians will be performing (TBA). The event will be a potluck, so please bring food and drink.”
  • New Orleans, LA–(June 11th) “June 11 at 6:30 Mudlark Theater, 1200 Port St. Potluck and letterwriting, information and updates on Marie Mason and Eric McDavid, as well as other local and national cases; screening of Princess Mononoke.”
  • Seattle, WA–(June 11th) dinner soiree: “Please join us at the Wildcat for an evening of celebrating our shared struggle with Marie, Eric, and other anarchist prisoners. The night will include dinner (donations to anarchist prisoners), guest speaker: Josh Harper (former SHAC 7 prisoner), update on current anarchist court cases, discussion, anti-prison poetry, letter writing, and other activities! Please check back on our website, thewildcat.org or on this event for updates (as we are still hammering out the details). Monday, June 11, 2012 – 6:00pm at The Cockpit, 910 E Pike (behind the Shell station off Broadway–enter through alley)”
  • Eugene, OR– (June 11th) “On June 11 (at 11 am) we are going to hold a circus at the new federal courthouse to mock the federal courts to show that, “If justice is a circus, all of us are clowns.” There will be jugglers, fire-breathers, stilts, music, lots of clowns and other performers. For more info, see www.cldc.org.”
  • Portland, OR–(June 11th) all stores in the vegan mini mall are donating 10% of their profits to Marie and Eric on June 11th. Facebook event here, video to promote the event hereupdate: the Red & Black Cafe is also donating 10% of its proceedsBloomington, IN–(June 3rd/10th) vegan cupcake bakeoff to benefit Marie and Eric on June 3rd, 2pm at Rhino’s. On June 10th, a barbecue and block party–“meet at People’s Park at 3pm, we’ll march to the party together!”

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Posted: June 2nd, 2012 By BWM

June 11th, the international day of solidarity with Marie Mason & Eric McDavid & long-term anarchist prisoners is only 9 days away! June 11th began as an international day of solidarity with long-term anarchist prisoner Jeff “Free” Luers in 2004. At the time, Jeff was serving 22+ years. Infuriated by the environmental devastation he saw occurring on a global scale, Jeff torched three SUVs at a car dealership in Eugene, OR. The sentence imposed on him was meant to send a clear message to others who were angered by capitalism’s continued war on the Earth’s ecosystems – and to those who were willing to take action to put a stop to it. Jeff is, after all, not alone in his concerns about climate change, fossil fuels, pollution and genetically modified organisms.

After years of struggle, Jeff and his legal team won a reduction in his sentence and he was released from prison in December 2009. But in the years intervening Jeff’s arrest and release, the FBI had carried out a series of indictments and arrests in an attempt to devastate the radical environmental and anarchist communities. Two of the people caught up in this maelstrom of repression were Eric McDavid and Marie Mason.

To find out if your town is putting anything on for June 11th, check out this list. If your city isn’t on the list, you should give this resource page a read and set up an awesome event to stand in solidarity with June 11th! Check out the promo video for the Portland, OR event below!

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  • Slaughter
  • Sports and Entertainment
  • Vivisection
  • Earth and Resistance
  • Ecology and Civilization
  • Ecology and Freedom
  • Feminism
  • Queer
  • Racism
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