Northwest Extraction Resistance Workshop

Northwest Extraction Resistance Workshop

Direct Action Training for Communities Confronting Coal, Fracking, & Tars Sands Projects

Production and transportation of carbon-dense, dirty energy fuels across the Northwest increasingly threaten the health of people, places, and the planet with their risky and toxic byproducts of polluted air, water, land, and policies.  Incoming Alberta tar sands megaloads and pipelines, expanding hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) for natural gas, and outgoing coal trains bound for West Coast export crisscross our region, as they transform our continent into a resource colony for Asia and beyond.  Our governments consistently fail to defend us from the ravages of Big Oil, Gas, and Coal, as multinational corporations plunder our public resources, taxpayer coffers, and civil liberties in pursuit of their billions in profits.

Because conventional avenues for citizen recourse to corporate crooks and colluded public officials predictably succumb to industry influenced rules, laws, and elections, Northwesterners must challenge this corruption and confront the root causes of ecological and economic oppression and devastation in more creative and assertive ways.  On Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9, Backbone Campaign and Wild Idaho Rising Tide enthusiastically invite you to push back the boundaries of your community’s resistance to industrial invasions, with new allies, tactics, skills, and strategies.  Direct action trainers Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky and Kim Marks of Portland Rising Tide and Bill Moyer of Backbone Campaign will offer you and your co-participants from throughout the four-state area the knowledge necessary to stand up to, stall, and stop the forces that are destabilizing our climate and destroying our democracy.

Workshop Location:

Salem Lutheran Church Youth Center

1428 West Broadway Avenue, Spokane, Washington Continue reading

Climate Justice Forum: Diane Messer 5-28-12

The Monday, May 28, Climate Justice Forum program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide will feature Diane Messer of Maine, who will discuss the Enbridge plan to reverse oil flows in the Trailbreaker pipeline across the Northeast, to bring tar sands fuels to the Maine coast for export.  She will also address proposed construction of an energy and utility corridor across the state to Nova Scotia as well as court cases resulting from occupation of the Maine governor’s grounds.  Please adopt WIRT as your DJ, as we also cover other climate activism news between 7:30 and 9 pm PDT, live at 92.5 FM and online at KRFP Radio Free Moscow.

Tar Sands Megaloads Road Show of Tipping Point: The Age of the Oil Sands

Friday, June 1, 7 pm: Kennewick, Washington

Kennewick Mid-Columbia Library, 1620 South Union Street

Tipping Point Kennewick Poster

Sunday, June 3, 7 pm: Spokane, Washington

The Magic Lantern Theatre, 25 West Main Avenue

Tipping Point Spokane Poster

Monday, June 4, 7 pm: Kellogg, Idaho

Cameron Mall, 120 West Cameron Avenue

Tipping Point Kellogg Poster

Sunday, June 10, 3 pm: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Pilgrim’s Market, 1316 N. Fourth Street

Tipping Point Coeur d’Alene Poster

Co-Sponsors: Wild Idaho Rising Tide (Moscow, Idaho), Occupy Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland, Washington), Occupy Spokane and Surviving the Future Film Group (Spokane, Washington), Silver Valley Community Resource Center (Coeur d’Alene and Kellogg, Idaho)

On Friday, June 1, through Sunday, June 10, community organizations in Idaho and Washington are co-hosting benefit screenings of the tar sands expose Tipping Point: The Age of the Oil Sands in Kennewick and Spokane, Washington, and Coeur d’Alene and Kellogg, Idaho.  These regional premieres of the 90-minute documentary, produced for Canadian television audiences of The Nature of Things program, take viewers inside the David and Goliath struggle emerging within one of the most compelling environmental issues of our time: tar sands development near Fort McMurray, Alberta. Continue reading