Alta Mesa Services (AMS) plans to drill a natural gas well within the extensive wetlands and floodplain confluence of the Payette River and Big Willow Creek, among units of the Payette River Wildlife Management Area and traditional lands of the Lenni-Lenape tribe, only a few miles upriver from the City of Fruitland water supply intake and the Payette/Snake River convergence, along Highway 52 near New Plymouth and Fruitland, Idaho. Although AMS could start site preparation on May 25, comments about this drilling application for the first potentially fracked well in Idaho are due to the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) by May 30 (email@example.com). Wild Idaho Rising Tide and our allies are instigating resistance to this risky, industrial use of Idaho state lands and waters, by coordinating protests at IDL offices across the state during the Stop the Frack Attack Week of Action on June 3 to 9. Please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org, 208-301-8039) if you and your friends can demonstrate in Boise, Coeur d’Alene, Deary, Idaho Falls, Kamiah, McCall, Orofino, Priest Lake, St. Maries, and/or Sandpoint.
Wild Idaho Rising Tide and Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition are coordinating a carpool/caravan to Fort McMurray in northeastern Alberta, Canada, to join with First Nations elders, indigenous residents, grassroots allies, and anti-tar sands activists from across the continent and world in the Fourth Annual Tar Sands Healing Walk on Friday and Saturday, July 5 and 6. The Second Tar Sands Solidarity Journey will tentatively depart Moscow, Idaho, and Spokane, Washington, just before the Fourth of July weekend, on Wednesday morning, July 3, and return on Tuesday afternoon, July 9. This life-changing, week-long adventure offers opportunities to inexpensively provide and share food, fuel, equipment, and fees for a summer camping trip to and from the largest industrial project on Earth.
Event coordinators enthusiastically invite regional community involvement in the solidarity journey, healing walk, and a local planning meeting at 7 pm on Tuesday, May 28, at The Attic, up the back stairs of 314 East Second Street in Moscow. Organizers also welcome ideas for and co-leadership of actions in the interior Northwest concurrent with the healing walk, such as Native drum circles or other demonstrations of solidarity. For further information, please visit the enclosed websites and contact Wild Idaho Rising Tide at email@example.com or 208-301-8039 and Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-339-5213, with your questions, suggestions, comments, and RSVP. Continue reading
Our strength comes from our connection, our power from our unity.
Rising Tide Continental Gathering
July 18-20, 2013 Utah
17th arrival, 21st departure
This July, many of the members of Rising Tide-affiliated, anti-extraction, and climate justice groups around the U.S., Mexico, and Canada will converge in beautiful Utah to train, discuss, strategize, and develop the structure, dynamics, and capacity of the Rising Tide network.
Rising Tide is an international, all-volunteer, grassroots network of groups and individuals who organize locally, promote community-based solutions to the climate crisis, and take direct action to confront the root causes of climate change. Some network members are called Rising Tide, others are not. In its essence, Rising Tide seeks to create a broad, long-term, international, collaborative platform for direct action and climate justice organizing.
The Rising Tide North America network consists of groups and local contacts throughout Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Local groups work on a wide variety of issues that pertain to the local communities in which they reside. If you are already part of the Rising Tide network, if you are interested in joining as an individual or a group, or if you want to find out how a grassroots, horizontally-organized, dedicated network of direct action-oriented, climate justice organizations can change the world, the Rising Tide Continental Gathering may just be the place to come.
All of the groups involved in the Rising Tide network are actively organizing on the ground in their communities. Many are taking the lead in staging bold direct actions that are altering the course of the climate fight. Many are participating in national and international projects that are at the forefront of movement building and solidarity work against tar sands, fracked oil and natural gas, and coal exploitation.
The Rising Tide Continental Gathering will provide a significant venue for networking and forwarding proposals that will impact the course of the burgeoning anti-extraction and climate justice movement. The gathering will also promote solidarity work with frontline and fenceline communities that must be a part of our struggles. The network itself is collaboratively creating the agenda for the gathering, ensuring that participants will get out of the gathering what they put into it. Come, participate, and help it grow.
(By Rising Tide North America)
The Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition (PRDC), Palouse Prairie Foundation, and Idaho Native Plant Society encourage everyone to join a field tour of sites along and near the proposed U.S. Highway 95 E-2 realignment on the west flank of Paradise Ridge. On Sunday, May 19, starting at 2:00 pm, participants will meet at the parking lot of the University of Idaho Arboretum, 1200 West Palouse River Drive in Moscow, and carpool to Zeitler Road east of Highway 95. People attending the field tour will view sites with ungulate/big game habitat, spring wildflowers, and native Palouse Prairie. Regional botanists and wildlife biologists who know the area well will help guide the tour. The co-sponsors are inviting the public as well as the Moscow mayor and city council, Latah County commissioners, Idaho state legislators, and the press. After the planned field tour, hosts will also lead a hike to the top of Paradise Ridge, for participants who wish to enjoy the natural areas and vast views of the ridge. Continue reading
Dear fellow activists and friends,
Here is a quick update on Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) activities, before a tar sands oriented newsletter in a few days.
We are now on Twitter: Follow us at WildIdahoRT.
Wild Idaho Rising Tide and our allies are ready for a non-stop #FearlessSummer, full of events expanding the movement against extreme energy, with powerful convergences, training camps, and actions for a livable future! On our new website page, a calendar lists and links to activities in the Northwest region and in which WIRT activists will participate, including emerging solidarity actions with our comrades across the continent. Visit this constantly updated events page often and get involved in grassroots resistance to the root causes of climate change! For more information about nationwide Fearless Summer initiatives, view the Energy Justice Network calendar.
Oil/Tar Sands Speaker Protest (April 17)
The last time that the Alberta tar sands industry visited Moscow, we blockaded it, hurled protest signs at it, and gestured at its escorts. We were nicer this time but no less insistent that it is wrong and that it should stop its pillage immediately. See the photos and descriptions of WIRT’s latest action.
Thanks to each of you for attending and/or assisting the simultaneous, nationwide screenings of the documentary Bidder 70 and the live-streamed discussion with Utah climate activist Tim DeChristopher on Earth Day. Almost 40 people participated locally in this seminal show and conversation hosted by WIRT and Gathr Films in Moscow. As anticipated, Tim’s question-and-answer session inspired climate activists and community members continuing our struggles against dirty energy development in the Northwest. KRFP Radio Free Moscow recorded and aired Tim’s talk during the April 22 Climate Justice Forum radio program, about an hour later on the same evening. We offer our gratitude and congratulations for a successful event and encourage you to listen to Tim’s incisive and insightful, first public appearance after almost two years in federal prison and watch the following videotaped excerpt.
Tim DeChristopher: Clip 1 Next Step in the Climate Movement (May 2 Bidder70 Film video) Continue reading
On a beautifully balmy Moscow Saturday evening in May (especially with reduced university traffic noise and carbon emissions!), Wild Idaho Rising Tide invites you and your friends and family to our humble house to celebrate our collective, its amazing activists, allies, and base camp, and to strategize and energize for a summer of successful actions. The party starts at 7 pm on Saturday, May 18, and continues far into the evening. Come and bring beverages, snacks, or dishes to share with your comrades, for a lively night of radical elbow-rubbing, merry-making, and music-playing. Activists inclined to jam can join the acoustic fray in the front room, dancers can enjoy the roomy kitchen, and party-goers can relax in the back porch and yard. WIRT would be delighted and infinitely grateful for the honor of your revolutionary presence amongst this revelry! Continue reading
This year’s Moscow Renaissance Fair king and queen planted their roots here 25 years ago, and have been accepted locally as business owners and activists fighting to keep their kingdom pristine.
Bill and Dianne French grew up together in Lincoln, Nebraska, eventually moving to Indiana where Bill studied to be an optometrist.
“I got my eyes dilated a lot when he was going through optometry school,” said Dianne. “…We knew that we wanted to be self-employed, so we started looking at communities around the country.”
The Frenchs were drawn to Moscow in 1988, because they said it was a good place to raise a family, affect local change, and be heard.
“And the downtown was alive,” Dianne said, “and we saw a lot of towns in ’88 where the downtown was boarded up.”
Together the Frenchs own and operate Palouse Ocularium and recently purchased Ex-Sightment Optical in Moscow. Dianne is also a client. Continue reading
The Monday, April 29, Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) gratefully welcomes Soto Zen Buddhist priest Shodo Spring and planning organizer Mark Chavez of Compassionate Earth Walk. They discuss the July through September, 2013, spiritual pilgrimage that traces the Keystone XL pipeline route through the Great Plains, from Alberta to Nebraska, and demonstrates alternatives beyond the control mindset that creates such industrial disasters. Shodo and Mark share information about the walk, associated spiritual practices, and experiences of tar sands resistance gatherings. Broadcast on KRFP Radio Free Moscow between 7:30 and 9:30 pm PDT live at 92.5 FM and online, the show also covers continent-wide dirty energy developments and climate activism news. Thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as his KRFP DJ. Visit the station website soon to learn how you can adopt inspiring DJs.
Fellow activists, friends, and supporters,
The colonial conquest mindset of dirty energy developers and their minions only seems to intensify, as they trespass upon and seize lands from northern British Columbia (B.C.) to the American Gulf Coast. The life of these places mutually abides with the people who care for them, not with those who despoil them. We must collectively continue to escalate resistance to the selfish and destructive ways of fossil fuel corporations and consumers.
This one of several belated Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) newsletters describes the tar sands and coal opposition of indigenous, Rising Tide, and other allies, current as of mid-April with a few topic-specific exceptions. Expect another few extensive messages about early 2013 tar sands developments, dirty energy accidents, and Idaho legislative and fracking news, before we summarize late April happenings and launch another phase of our Idaho anti-fracking campaign in coming weeks.
Ta’Kaiya Speaks for First Nations Youth at Idle No More (January 12 video)
An 11-year-old First Nations girl from North Vancouver, B.C., Ta’Kaiya Blaney, spoke out for youth at an Idle No More protest at Vancouver City Hall on January 11.
With two guides, six young men under the age of 20 of the Cree Nation in Quebec walked almost 1000 miles across Canada, from the southeast shores of Hudson Bay to Parliament Hill in Ottawa, between January 16 and March 25. In a quest-journey supporting Mother Earth, the mission of Idle No More, and the indigenous rights of the true keepers of the lands, waters, and winds, the fierce, young warriors sought to unite and empower historical allies, restore traditional trade routes among First Nations, and revive the ancestral voices and truth of sacred teachings.
Indigenous Organizers to Hold Round Table Meeting on Tar Sands Resistance and Decolonization (January 30 Earth First! Newswire)
Tar Sands Blockade activists recruited indigenous delegates from Pine Ridge, South Dakota, Houston’s toxic East End, Fort Chipewyan, Alberta, northern B.C., and other Canadian locations to attend the annual Earth First! Organizers’ Conference and Winter Rendezvous. Coordinators requested contributions to fund the travel expenses of indigenous, anti-tar sands, land defenders representing struggles against Alberta tar sands mining and proposed pipelines extending west, south, and east to the coasts. Although we wished to participate in this international round table, the isolated, frontline, tar sands opposition campaigns in Utah and the Northwest could not send attendees. Continue reading
The Monday, April 22, Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide airs the live-streamed conversation and question-and-answer session with Utah climate activist Tim DeChristopher that followed the simultaneous, nationwide screening of the documentary Bidder 70 depicting his disruption of an unjust federal oil and gas lease auction and his subsequent resistance and imprisonment. Recorded online while about 40 Moscow community members locally participated in the seminal event at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Center earlier on Earth Day, Tim’s discussion after the Gage and Gage Productions film about his civil disobedience represents his first public appearance since his release from almost two years in federal prison. Broadcast on KRFP Radio Free Moscow between 7:30 and 9:30 pm PDT live at 92.5 FM and online, the show also covers continent-wide dirty energy developments and climate activism news. Thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as his KRFP DJ. Listen to an edited recording of the April 22 Climate Justice Forum posted in Radio4All.