WIRT House & 8/16 Potluck, 8/18-19 Coal Export Action, & Healing Walk Outcomes

Dear friends,

Open Activist House, Monthly Potluck, & WIRT Housemate

This week, Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) will celebrate one month of productive work in our new location.  Please visit between noon and 8 pm daily whenever you can to participate in our diverse initiatives, such as:

* Vigilance of potential megaloads using nearby ports and highways

* An Idaho fracking ban ballot measure and upcoming protests

* A Latah County/Moscow community bill of rights

* Moscow area canvass and regional student outreach

* Climate Justice Forum radio program coordination and support

* WIRT website, facebook page, and email newsletter

As you witnessed at our dozens of megaload protests, your participation is crucial to the success of these ongoing campaigns.  To nurture our community spirit, brainstorm group projects, and match your skills and passion with essential tasks, we are launching monthly potlucks (maybe even with post-meeting music!) at the WIRT Activist House in Moscow, on the third Thursday of every month.  The first such convergence will commence next Thursday, August 16, at 7 pm.  Please bring your friends, favorite food and/or beverage of choice, and your most zealous climate activism ideas.  We are also still searching for a second activist inhabitant of the WIRT House, ideally from among our ranks.  Please let us know soon if you would like to share this great living and community space for only $350 per month.  Otherwise, we will open its one bedroom availability to the public this week. Continue reading

WIRT at Coal Export Action Rallies and Sit-Ins

A carload or caravan of climate justice activists from northern Idaho and eastern Washington will participate in the culminating protests of the Coal Export Action at the Montana Capitol in Helena on Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19.  Our allies of the Blue Skies Campaign in Missoula are hosting Montanans and concerned citizens from across the country, staging sustained, peaceful demonstrations beginning on August 12 and continuing through August 20, when the State Land Board will decide whether to approve a permit for Arch Coal to mine Otter Creek.  Please visit the Coal Export Action website for more information and registration, and then join in displaying strong opposition to coal exports across our region.  Unlike the Tar Sands Healing Walk in Fort McMurray, Alberta, this week of actions is your closest opportunity to contribute toward the nationwide Summer of Solidarity against the fossil fuel industry and for a livable planet.  Similar to the August/September 2011 Washington DC protests of the Keystone XL pipeline, Helena demonstrators will both support and risk arrest to send a unified message to the Land Board and Big Coal: save Otter Creek – no coal exports!  To partake in the Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) carpool, contact us at 208-301-8039 or wild.idaho.rising.tide@gmail.com or drop by the WIRT House in Moscow between noon and 8 pm PDT daily, invite your friends through the facebook event post Coal Export Action: Rally and Sit-In!, and post our Coal Export Action Flyer (WIRT).  Also listen to WIRT’s Monday, August 13, Climate Justice Forum radio program between 7:30 and 9:30 pm PDT live at 92.5 FM or online at KRFP Radio Free Moscow, when a core Coal Export Action organizer will describe the first day of sit-in demonstrations and recent issue developments.