Halt the Thacker Pass, Nevada, Lithium Mine!

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On September 27, indigenous and allied activists and organizations, defending the sacred lands and water and critical wildlife habitat of Thacker Pass (Peehee Mu’huh in the Paiute language) in northern Nevada, from a proposed, massive, open-pit, lithium mine, launched a coordinated, public pressure campaign targeting public officials of the Biden administration, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Department of the Interior, and state of Nevada.  Within days, they learned that the BLM had quietly issued an archeological dig permit this week, which allows “professional archeologists” and excavators to desecrate known massacre sites of Northern Paiute and Western Shoshone ancestors, and conduct government-sanctioned looting, while also providing momentum for the mining companies Lithium Nevada, Lithium Americas, and Far Western to start construction of the mine.  At this decisive time in regional resistance, which includes an environmental lawsuit with indigenous interveners and an opposition camp established in January 2021, the Native coalition Atsa Koodakuh why Nuwu (People of Red Mountain) and frontline activists of Protect Thacker Pass (PTP) are calling on all of us to help stop sacred site disturbances that could happen within days.  Please join Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) soon in these actions:

1) CARPOOL & CAMP with WIRT and allies journeying to Thacker Pass, where a small gathering of serious people and Native elders have been fervently praying, honorably working, and creatively resisting the proposed mine, with good hearts, minds, spirits, and clarity of purpose, during almost ten months on the Peehee Mu’huh frontline.  They are urgently encouraging your immediate, physical presence and support at Thacker Pass: “Now is the time to stand up!”  In 2019, a PTP organizer traveled to north Idaho, to offer direct action training for WIRT’s Panhandle Paddle and ongoing #No2ndBridge campaign against BNSF’s fossil fuels pipeline-on-rails expansion.  We are grateful to reciprocally assist this mine opposition, beyond covering Thacker Pass updates via our weekly, Climate Justice Forum, radio program, despite recent facebook aversion and a posting backlog.  See the Protect Thacker Pass and Protect Peehee Mu’huh website and facebook pages, for campaign information, massacre history, fact sheets, and camp rules.  Contact WIRT to participate in inland Northwest trips to Nevada [1-3].

2) DEMAND THAT THE BLM recognize Thacker Pass massacres, cancel the planned archeological dig, and promise to engage in proper consultation with affected tribes, per the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.  People of Red Mountain, the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, the Burns Paiute Tribe, the National Congress of American Indians, the Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada, and the Nevada Statewide Native American Caucus have all spoken out against the Thacker Pass mine.  Ultimately, these stakeholders are asking Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland to rescind the record of decision (the main BLM approval of the mine) and revoke all project permits.

With your edited version of this information and the enclosed talking points, share this message with your networks and social media platforms, call and write to everyone listed here with these demands, and know that your efforts make a significant difference.  If you represent an organization, tribal government, or are otherwise influential, leverage your power by pressuring these agencies, sending official letters, requesting meetings, and coordinating with Protect Thacker Pass (contact@protectthackerpass.org). Continue reading

Climate Justice Forum: Dan Serres on Oregon Methanol Refinery, Washington Train Fatality & Unreported Wrecks, Montana Railroad Takeover, Baltimore Coal Terminal Explosion, B.C. & Pennsylvania Pipeline Protests, Nuclear Waste Transports 1-12-21


The Wednesday, January 12, 2021, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features Dan Serres of Columbia Riverkeeper talking with Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein, about attempts to build a Port Westward, Oregon, methanol refinery and other Northwest fossil fuels facilities.  We also share news, videos, and reflections on British Columbia indigenous and Canadian solidarity protests of a gas pipeline and police assaults, another Washington fatality on a new Amtrak route, unreported derailments, and train problems, Montana Rail Link takeover by BNSF Railway, a Baltimore coal terminal explosion, a Pennsylvania pipeline construction blockade, and nuclear waste transportation and storage across the Northwest and nation.  Broadcast for almost ten years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots, frontline resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Dan Serres on Oregon Methanol Refinery, Military Trains, Colorado Wildfires & Coal Derailment, Minnesota Line 3 Breaches, B.C. Rail & Pipeline Protesters, Antarctic Glacier, Spokane Indigenous Film 1-5-21


The Wednesday, January 5, 2021, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features Dan Serres of Columbia Riverkeeper talking with Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein, about attempts to build a Port Westward, Oregon, methanol refinery and other Northwest fossil fuels facilities.  We also share songs, news, and reflections on December West Coast military trains, a British Columbia (B.C.) court decision allowing railroad prosecution of track blockaders, Colorado climate crisis-fueled winter wildfires and a coal derailment, Minnesota Line 3 aquifer breaches and waterway pollution, B.C. First Nation and Chicago solidarity actions against a gas pipeline, police invasions, and bank funders, Spokane film screening and discussion of cross-continent indigenous organizing, and a collapsing Antarctic glacier and global deluge.  Broadcast for almost ten years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots, frontline resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Paul Beckwith on Abrupt Climate Mayhem, Delaware Occupy Biden Protests, Gulf of Mexico Drilling Leases, Coal & Oil Export Bans, Climate Scientist Film Review 12-29-21


The Wednesday, December 29, 2021, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features Canadian climate scientist Paul Beckwith talking about abrupt climate system mayhem and likely impending environmeistntal and economic crises.  We also share songs, news, and reflections on Swedish climate advocate Greta Thunberg’s encouragement of civil disobedience, Occupy Biden protests in Delaware demanding presidential climate action, Biden administration auctions of massive Gulf of Mexico oil and gas drilling leases and a promise to not ban crude oil exports, a Canadian decision to halt thermal coal exports by 2030, and a climate scientist’s perspective on the comet collision movie Don’t Look Up.  Broadcast for almost ten years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots, frontline resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Solstice Celebrations, Northwest Track Sabotage, LNG Facility Appeals, & Climate Victories, Montana Train Collision & Derailment Lawsuit, Iowa Oil Train Spill Fine, B.C. & Minnesota Pipeline & Nevada Mine Protests 12-22-21


The Wednesday, December 22, 2021, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features news and reflections on the moonlit Winter Solstice and its worldwide celebrations, Washington military and nuclear waste trains, federal prison sentences of railroad track saboteurs, and tribal and community group appeals of a LNG facility permit, 2021 Northwest victories over fossil fuel infrastructure proposals, a Montana abandoned vehicle and train collision and fatal Amtrak derailment employee lawsuit, a $1.5 million fine for a 2018 Iowa tar sands oil train spill, solidarity actions and indigenous eviction of British Columbia gas pipeline construction workers, Minnesota Line 3 and Gulf Coast demonstrations demanding environmental reviews, opposition to Nevada lithium mine displacement of Native homes, and a large northern California coastal earthquake.  Broadcast for almost ten years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots, frontline resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: NW Double Coal Trains & India Covers, B.C. Pipeline Resistance, Nevada & Oregon Lithium Mines & Lawsuits, Tar Sands Tailing Ponds Release Plans, Hawaii Navy Fuel Pollution 12-15-21


The Wednesday, December 15, 2021, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features news, interviews, and reflections on U.S. extradition of Julian Assange from a London prison, Northwest double-long coal trains and India dust cover plans, Wet’suwet’en land and water defense and solidarity actions against British Columbia gas pipeline construction, investors, and raiding police, new indigenous legal claims against a proposed Nevada lithium mine, permitted test drilling for first Oregon lithium extraction, federal talks about Alberta tar sands tailings pond releases into the Athabasca River, and ongoing Navy fuel storage contamination of Hawaii drinking water.  Broadcast for almost ten years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots, frontline resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Interior Head Haaland at Alcatraz Occupation Anniversary, B.C. & Minnesota Pipeline Resistance, Northwest LNG Projects, Virginia Pipeline Denial, Third Idaho Nuclear Reactor, Train Wrecks & Deaths 12-8-21


The Wednesday, December 8, 2021, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features Interior Secretary Deb Haaland speaking at the 52nd anniversary commemoration of Alcatraz Island occupation by indigenous sovereignty activists.  We also share news and reflections on police raids and First Nation and solidarity resistance to British Columbia pipeline construction, requests to drop Minnesota Line 3 protester charges, an abandoned Oregon LNG export terminal and gas pipeline proposal, Washington board approval of a Tacoma LNG project, Virginia denial of a key pipeline compressor station permit, a third experimental nuclear reactor pursuing Idaho testing, and train wrecks and deaths in Idaho, Montana, Iowa, and Alberta.  Broadcast for almost ten years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots, frontline opposition to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Indigenous Thanksgiving History, Northwest Nuclear Trains, Suspended LNG-by-Rail, Closed B.C. Pipelines & Refinery, Attorney Larry Hildes Death, Nevada Lithium Mine Hearings, Michigan Line 5 Lawsuit, First Nation Pipeline Blockades 11-24-21


The Wednesday, November 24, 2021, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features news and reflections about the national indigenous Day of Mourning and Wampanoag tribe truth-sharing about Thanksgiving, U.S. Navy nuclear submarine waste trains on Northwest rails, suspension of liquefied natural gas railroad transport rules, a closed tar sands pipeline, its expansion, and a refinery in flooded British Columbia, commemoration of recently deceased radical attorney and activist Larry Hildes, air and water pollution permit hearings on a proposed Nevada lithium mine, a federal court decision on a Michigan Line 5 shutdown order, and First Nation gas pipeline blockades, police raids and arrests, and international solidarity demonstrations.  Broadcast for almost ten years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots, frontline resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Emma Rae Lierley on COP26 Marches & Empty Pledges, Spokane Train Blockader Dropped Charges, Youth Climate Lawsuit, First Nation Eviction of Pipeline, Mississippi River Derailment, B.C. & Washington Flooding & Disruptions, Rare Lunar Eclipse 11-17-21


The Wednesday, November 17, 2021, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features a conversation between Emma Rae Lierley and Scott Parkin of Rainforest Action Network, about indigenous- and youth-led marches and empty world leader pledges to halt deforestation and climate crises at the United Nations COP26 “greenwash trade show” in Scotland.  We also share news and reflections about a rare extended lunar eclipse, a film screening and discussion about a youth climate lawsuit against the U.S. government, a Spokane train blockader’s dismissed charges and climate necessity defense trial, a barge-train collision and diesel and coal spill into the Mississippi River, British Columbia and Washington storm flooding, evacuations, and road and rail disruptions and derailments, and a First Nation eviction of gas pipeline construction crews.  Broadcast for almost ten years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots, frontline resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: COP26 Climate & Nature Lessons, Idaho Lakeside Logging, Armistice Day, Oil Train Protester Trial, B.C. Pipeline Blockades, CO2 Emissions Surge 11-10-21


The Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 500th Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features the Great Big Lesson for Climate and Nature, presented by youth and education groups live from the United Nations COP26 climate talks in Scotland.  We also share news and reflections about proposed north Idaho lakeside logging projects, Veterans for Peace acknowledgements of Armistice Day, a Spokane oil train blockader, and his upcoming climate necessity defense trial, indigenous blockades of a British Columbia gas pipeline river crossing, and coal and gas emissions surges to pre-pandemic levels.  Broadcast for almost ten years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots, frontline resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ. ~Helen

Climate Justice Forum: Congressional Hearing on Climate Disinformation, Idaho Riverside Gas Well & Mobile Nuclear Reactors, Pacific Submarine Crash, B.C. Pipeline Blockade, COP 26 Climate Talks 11-3-21


The Wednesday, November 3, 2021, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features excerpts from a recent Congressional hearing that questioned oil industry executives about their companies’ climate disinformation.  We also share news and reflections about a third riverside gas well drilled and lawsuit filed in southwest Idaho, comments against mobile nuclear micro-reactor tests in eastern Idaho, a U.S. nuclear submarine collision and cover-up in the South China Sea, First Nation blockades of British Columbia gas pipeline construction, and United Nations climate policy talks in Scotland.  Broadcast for nine years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots, frontline resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.