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.
Bidder 70 Screening & Tim DeChristopher Discussion
See the nationwide, simultaneous screening of the documentary Bidder 70 about Utah climate activist Tim DeChristopher, who stopped an unjust federal oil and gas lease auction. Participate in his first live-streamed talk and tweeted question-and-answer session since his Friday release from federal prison. On Earth Day, Monday, April 22, the Kenworthy Theater (508 South Main Street, Moscow) opens at 5:30 pm PDT, and the film starts at 6 pm, co-sponsored by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), Peaceful Uprising, Gage and Gage Productions, and Gathr Films through $10 or donation admissions. For further information about this seminal event, see the WIRT website and facebook pages.
Tim DeChristopher’s Peaceful Uprising (April 21 EcoWatch)
Thanks to Stefanie Spear of EcoWatch for posting and featuring WIRT’s piece about the nationwide Bidder 70 screening and discussion with Tim DeChristopher on Earth Day, Monday, April 22, wishing us “Best of luck!”, and requesting further news about this event.
Earth Day Exclusive: Tim DeChristopher Speaks Out after 21 Months in Prison for Disrupting Oil Bid (April 22 Democracy Now!)
Wild Idaho Rising Tide
P.O. Box 9817, Moscow, Idaho 83843
WildIdahoRisingTide.org & on facebook
Comment to the U.S. State Department on the latest Keystone XL pipeline proposal before midnight on Monday, April 22, if you still have any faith in the regulatory system, but copy your manifesto to Bold Nebraska, 350.org, or other non-governmental organizations, because our federal government (purposely?) loses citizen input (firstname.lastname@example.org). Although Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) is a direct action collective, whose multiple members should be staging actions, here is yet another backlogged newsletter from too few of us who would prefer to create news with you rather than tell you about it. Because talking is faster and more effective than writing, WIRT has covered most of this material, current as of April 14, on our Climate Justice Forum radio program, aired Mondays between 7:30 and 9:30 pm PDT on KRFP Radio Free Moscow. Expect another several late newsletters with 2013 first-quarter news over the next few weeks.
WIRT hopes that the activism of our peers described through this effort will inspire you toward passionate activity rather than news-mongering passivity, in reaction to the hegemony of mercenary dirty energy corporations. Because we are gratefully far from the big city headquarters, fancy hotels, and slick conferences of the Earth desecrators targeted by recent Tar Sands Blockade and 350.org mass actions, we decided not to rile our local banks and gas stations and divert our emphasis on direct confrontations to join our allies’ bandwagons in February and March.
KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE
Keystone XL Pipeline Evaluation Process Fact Sheet 2012 (U.S. Department of State)
Submit your official 45-day comments on the Keystone XL pipeline: “…members of the public, public agencies, and other interested parties are encouraged to submit comments, questions, and concerns about the project via e-mail to email@example.com or by mail to:
U.S. Department of State
Attn: Genevieve Walker, NEPA Coordinator
2201 C Street NW, Room 2726
Washington, D.C. 20520”
Keystone XL Draft Supplementary Environmental Impact Statement (U.S. Department of State)
All pipelines leak! Comment on the draft supplementary environmental impact statement for the Keystone XL pipeline by Earth Day, April 22. Continue reading
Far past talking about Alberta tar sands operations, WIRT activists catalyzed some action at the 2013 Oil/Tar Sands Speaker Series organized by the American Chemical Society at the University of Idaho. Education is not enough! WIRT staged a protest starting at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, April 17, to express our resistance to tar sands development and welcome to our Moscow, Idaho, frontline Don Thompson, a 30-year veteran of the oil sands industry and past president of the Oil Sands Developers Group. Mr. Thompson is now an executive advisor for Canadian Oil Sands Ltd., a member organization of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. Although Don says that he is committed to a balanced conversation about what he considers ‘one of Canada’s greatest treasures, the oil sands,’ his last presentation of the series encountered difficult, oppositional, audience questions posed by WIRT volunteers who dug up some dirt on Mr. Thompson and his outlandish arguments. He also endured multiple protesters holding anti-tar sands signs in the back of auditorium during his entire presentation and personally confronting him with their concerns as the audience dispersed. Mr. Thompson was surprised that Idahoans cared about the people and places that his ecocide and genocide has devastated throughout his career. For a more extensive event description, see WIRT core activist Sharon Cousin’s photo comments.