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Wild Earth 2007: The Wild and the Human
author: Zoe Blunt
Activists share skills at eco-action "boot camp," June 1 - 7
What started as a one-week campout on Vancouver Island in 1999 has grown to include more than 800 people and 75 workshops on tree-sitting techniques, blockade tactics, indigenous rights and campaigns, herbal first aid, green anarchy, and more. Operating on a shoestring budget - in some years, no budget at all - a few volunteers put on an event that participants call "amazing."

Old growth forest, Vancouver Island, BC
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In the growing twilight, two dozen plump deer are grazing at the far edge of a meadow. Suddenly they look up, alert. Two humans are sneaking along the edge of the forest pretending to stalk the deer, playing a game of predator and prey.

Welcome to the Wild Earth Rendezvous. This gathering, set for the first week of June, is similar to activist training camps hosted by the Ruckus Society and Rainforest Action Network, but with a do-it-yourself flavour. The gathering is close to endangered old-growth forests but far from the nearest paved road, in a low-impact wilderness camp. (Folks bring their own tents.) The Food Not Bombs crew prepares vegetarian meals with ingredients brought in from dumpsters in nearby cities. All kinds of people swap stories at night around the campfire: native and non-native environmentalists, anarchists, liberals, grizzled old campaigners and eager young volunteers. Everyone gets the chance to plot the next forest defense action, which is typically just a short drive up the road.

Wild Earth 2006 was held at Newcastle Island Provincial Park, which is managed by the Snuneymuxw First Nation. It's not a wilderness site, although most of the island is old-growth forest. Wild Earthlings met with the staff ahead of time and reserved a large group campsite and the barn-like pavilion for the rendezvous and the BC Environmental Network's annual members meeting. The Snuneymuxw folks were happy to meet with us and pleased we'd chosen the park for the action training.

The government, however, was not pleased at all. The local Ministry of the Environment office got a tip from an anti-environmental informer about the upcoming rendezvous. The bureaucrat in charge laid into us with a series of harsh emails and stern phone calls. He threatened to evict the group from the park if we climbed a single tree or picked one edible plant. A tremendous amount of negotiation and diplomacy was required to convince him the gathering was non-commercial and wouldn't harm the environment. (It was hard keeping a straight face during some of these discussions, since the same Ministry presides over clearcuts, mining, and all kinds of commercial mayhem.)

The climbing trainers from Oregon faced a tougher adversary: Canadian border guards. It seems the customs service has a problem with activists coming to visit, and the Oregonians' attempts to negotiate their way in failed. The crew was forced to turn back. Fortunately, Canadian climbers came to the rescue and filled in for the missing Americans. The tree climbing training went ahead as scheduled.

This summer's gathering is June 1st through 7th, somewhere in BC. Twenty grassroots environmentalists have already signed on, and leading the pack is Earth First! co-founder Mike Roselle. Mike agreed to give a special presentation about direct action - but he also faces the hurdle of the Canadian border. Mike's been arrested more times than he can count, and the immigration lawyer he hired says getting into Canada may be impossible. The Wild Earthlings haven't given up on him though, and the legal manueverings continue.

Chief Qwatsinas (Ed Moody), a hereditary leader of the Nuxalk Nation in Bella Coola, will deliver a special report on the Great Bear Rainforest and indigenous rights. Qwatsinas and the House of Smayusta, Nuxalk traditionalists, have led blockades and actions to press for rainforest protection since 1997, but they do not support last year's Great Bear Rainforest agreement. "It's talk and log," says Qwatsinas.

Those of us living in BC are blessed with magnificence: old-growth cedars dipping curved limbs into the ocean, mammoth Douglas firs big as cathedrals, grey whales basking in the warm shallows. We also get to watch it all go down. Clearcuts, mudslides, floods, drought, wildfires, rising seas - it's all here. The government and major enviro groups say "the war in the woods" is over, thanks to compromise deals in the Great Bear Rainforest and Clayoquot Sound. But their press releases don't mention that chainsaws are rapidly leveling the forests that were left out of the protection zones. Indigenous land rights are disregarded as the province plays legal games with land transfers, development, and mining at the expense of wildlife and fish habitat.

The Wild Earthlings know that grassroots direct action levels the playing field. People working together can stop business as usual on stolen land. Forest defense consists of dozens of different tactics and strategies in tandem, and we're here to make sure folks can use every tool in the box.

For one week a year, Wild Earth creates an activist community based on unity and solidarity. This is an opportunity to start relationships that can last a lifetime. Take a moment now to sign up, and join us this June. Send an email to earth_first (at) resist (dot) ca.

Workshops for Wild Earth 2007:
Non-violence Training
Tree-climbing and Tree-sitting
Grassy Narrows First Nation vs. Weyerhaeuser
Legal Rights for Arrestees
Secwepemc Nation vs. Sun Peaks
Mt. Elphinstone campaign
Rising Tide Climate Action
Banner-making
Anarchist Action
First Nations and Environment (music performance)
Safe Harvest
Chant to be Heard
Natural Selection Forestry
Activist Security 101

Volunteer presenters needed for:
Indigenous Land and Rights
Intro to Environmental Racism
Guerrilla Media
Assistance with Non-violence Training
Action Support and Solidarity
Green Scare Update
Wild Womyn's Circle
Other topics (suggestions welcome)

Volunteers also needed for:
Kitchen
Childcare
Car-pooling
Set-up
Take-down
Promotion

Suggested donation for the week-long camp: $20 to $50 (sliding scale) Low-income and volunteers free. Travel scholarships may be available for presenters. Suggestions, ideas and questions are welcome - email earth_first (at) resist (dot) ca. More info, history and photos are on the Wild Earth blog: http://wildearth2007.blogspot.com.

homepage: http://wildearth2007.blogspot.com

from http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2007/04/357015.shtml

Globalization & Climate Justice, Art & Direct Action: The Beehive /

Rising Tide / Beehive Collective Cascadia Climate Action Tour!

author: Rising Tide North America and Beehive Design Collective e-mail: pollinators---at----beehivecollective.org

Many hearty greetings from Rising Tide and the Beehive Design Collective!

We're writing from Maine and here in Oregon with good news...our two organizations are joining forces this Spring to cross-pollinate the Pacific Northwest together!

We hope you'll join us for an interactive, multi-media, combined presentation that celebrates fossil fuel resistance from around the globe AND embarks on a visual tour of the Beehive Collective's Graphic Trilogy about corporate globalization in the Americas (FEATURING a behind-the-scenes look at the long-anticipated MESOAMERICA RESISTE graphic, currently on the cusp of completion!).

The fun start March 22nd and runs till April 7th. We'll be speaking throughout Cascadia, from Victoria, BC to Ashland, Oregon!



The Car-I-Cane, a new beehive image, in a series of climate related grahics

A Beehive Presentation



Another Beehive Presentation

???Check out our complete set of presentation dates here!???

D I S M A N T L I N G M O N O C U L T U R E:

TALES OF ANTS AND ECONOMICS IN THE AMERICAS

The Beehive is a wildly motivated all-volunteer, art-activist collective that has gained international attention and participation for its collaboratively produced graphics campaigns. ( Wait You aren't familiar with the bees' work? Visit http://www.beehivecollective.org )

With three giant illustrated portable murals, a six foot tall fabric storybook, and an engaging narrative, the Bees take audiences on an interactive VISUAL tour of the connections between COLONIZATION, MILITARIZATION, and RESOURCE EXTRACTION in the Americas. We will be exposing the agendas of the Free Trade Area of the Americas and Plan Colombia, and celebrating resistance to Plan Puebla Panama in Mesoamerica.

It's a picture-lecture to be understood by anyone - not just the experts and political analysts JOIN IN as we de-construct the complex and overwhelming issues that are shaping our world, using bio-regionally accurate depictions of animals and insects as metaphors to link cultural and ecological diversity.

For MORE INFO on our half of the tour please visit the TOUR page via the link below. http://www.beehivecollective.org/english/tour.htm

RISING TIDE ROADSHOW:

CONFRONTING THE ROOT CAUSE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Rising Tide is an international grassroots network of groups and individuals who take direct action to confront the roots causes of climate change and promote local, community-based solutions to the climate crisis.

Rising Tide will bring home the global struggle for climate justice, connecting the dots between the overarching crisis of climate change and the grassroots struggles of communities resisting the fossil fuel industry's assault on their land and culture.

In a multi-media presentation celebrating fossil fuel resistance from around the globe, we will highlight the diversity of creative tactics that are taking a bottom-up approach to connecting the dots between OIL, WAR CORPORATE POWER, COAL and the De-STABILIZATION of the GLOBAL CLIMATE. ... with voices from the front lines of the struggle for ecological justice in the Pacific Northwest! (see below for more info).

Your help in spreading the word to other potential hosts is much-appreciated. Please forward this webpage or download some flyers or handbills.

THANK YOU, and again contact us at pollinators@beehivecollective.org or cascadia@risingtidenorthamerica.org for more information.

Also, check out RisingTideNorthAmerica.org for updates!

COMPLETE TOUR DATES

Thursday 3/22/2007 in Portland





Reed College @ 8pm

Kaul Auditorium, 3203 SE Woodstock Boulevard

Sunday 3/25/2007 in Portland.

The Watershed Collective @ 4pm

5040 SE Milwaukie Ave





Monday 3/26/2007 in Seattle

NOVA High School (in class presentation)

Tuesday 3/27/2007 in Seattle

Odyssey High School (in class presentation)

Wednesday 3/28/2007 in Tacoma

University of Washington (in class presentations)

Wednesday 3/28/2007 in Vancouver, BC

Langara College TBA

Check back for time & address!

Thursday 3/29/2007 in Victoria

VARC TBA

Check back for time & address!

Friday 3/30/2007 in Vancouver, BC

Spartacus Books TBA

Check back for time & address!

Saturday 3/31/2007 in Seattle

University of Washington TBA

Check back for time & address!

Monday 4/2/2007 in Tacoma

Highline High School (in class presentation)

Monday 4/2/2007 in Seattle

Seattle University @ 6pm

The Hearth in the Student Center

12th St and E. Cherry St

Tuesday 4/3/2007 in Olympia

Evergreen State College @ 6pm

Check back for address!

Wednesday 4/4/2007 in Eugene

University of Oregon TBA

Check back for time & address!

Thursday Afternoon 4/5/2007 in Portland

Portland Community College Sylvania @ 3pm

The Upper CC Mall, 12000 SW 49th Ave

&

Portland State University @ 7pm

Smith Student Union Room 328

1825 SW Broadway

Friday 4/6/2007 in Bend

Central Oregon Community College TBA

Check back for time & address!

Saturday 4/7/2007 in Ashland

Inner Child Cafe @ 7:30 PM

310 Oak St.#4, In the Oak Street Plaza

4/8/2007 or 4/9/2007 Northern California??

contact pollinators@beehivecollective.org to book the tour!

4/10/2007 onward the Beehive Collective will be continuing solo in California, contact pollinators@beehivecollective.org for more information.



homepage: http://www.risingtidenorthamerica.org

address: cascadia----at---risingtidenorthamerica.org

RisingTideNorthAmerica.org