Taking Action


Wild Idaho Rising Tide Fundraiser is on Friday in Moscow

There are some people who believe nothing can be done to stop global warming.  Helen Yost, founder of the Moscow-based environmental activism group Wild Idaho Rising Tide, is not one of them.

The group, which was formed in 2011 and is part of the national Rising Tide organization, has conducted protests and public education campaigns on numerous environmental issues during the past two years, most notably the Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil megaloads that came through Moscow last year carrying equipment bound for the company’s tar sands oil project in Alberta, Canada.

“We are part of a network of people who take direct action to confront the root causes of global climate change,” Yost said.  “We call ourselves a direct action group.”

The group will host its Second Annual Celebration of Wild Idaho Rising Tide fundraiser on Friday in Moscow.

The event will feature live music by Dan Maher, Kelly Emo, Sharon Cousins, Josh Yeidel, and Henry C. and the Willards, along with a potluck dinner, raffle drawing, no-host bar, and a slide show of the group’s activities.

Depending on weather conditions, the evening will begin at 6:30 pm with a parade from Moscow’s Friendship Square to the 1912 Center led by the Moscow Volunteer Peace Band. Continue reading

WIRT Newsletter: Late March and April WIRT Events (Please Vote Today)!


Dear fellow activists,

We wholeheartedly invite your participation in these engaging, upcoming events…

Vote for Sustainable Leader Helen Yost of WIRT: by 2 pm PDT, Friday, March 29

Your vote could win WIRT $1000!  The Wild Idaho Rising Tide collective has entered one of WIRT’s co-founders and core activists in the 2013 Sustainable Leader Award contest offered by lur apparel.  When this company invited WIRT to participate, Sharon Cousins graciously nominated Helen Yost to win the $500 prize (to pay the WIRT Activist House rent), $500 in new, ecologically sustainable clothes for WIRT activists (to ‘cover’ our outdoors protests), and some national exposure of our widely shared climate justice initiatives.  We trust that you agree that Helen’s kick-ass community organizing to fight fossil fuel energy corporations with all WIRT has is worth your vote.  In the spirit of solidarity, please vote daily through facebook for Helen Yost of WIRT before 2 pm PDT on March 29.  Because we need hundreds of votes to win, please also post our entry link on your facebook page after you vote, encouraging your friends and family to vote for Helen and thus assist WIRT with our ongoing climate activism work.  WIRT would appreciate the widespread recognition and greater involvement in the movement that winning the lur contest would further garner for successful direct actions that halt dirty energy development and climate change.  On the evening of our March 29 second anniversary celebration, we expect to announce that our 1400 worldwide, constantly supportive facebook friends and 500 emailed members have provided through their votes $1000 for our collective cause of combating climate change.

Second Annual Celebration of Wild Idaho Rising Tide: Friday, March 29

(See the linked PDF files: Second Annual Celebration of WIRT Flyer 1 and Second Annual Celebration of WIRT Flyer 2)

Our second anniversary party and benefit concert commence at 6:30 pm this Friday, March 29, with a Moscow Volunteer Peace Band parade from Friendship Square through downtown to the 1912 Center (412 East Third Street in Moscow).  Starting at 7 pm in the Great Room, share a potluck dinner and desert, raffle drawing, and beer and wine, while serenaded by special musical guests Sharon Cousins and Joshua Yeidel, Kelly Emo with Fiddlin’ Big Al at 8 pm, Dan Maher at 9 pm, and Henry C. and the Willards at 10 pm, all for $5 or greater voluntary admission contributions.  Please visit the WIRT website for further event information and print and post the attached PDF flyers (missed with our last note).  Contact wild.idaho.rising.tide@gmail.com or 208-301-8039 to assist with preparations for the big night.

Yin Radio Show about Ecofeminism: Sunday, March 31

Between 2 and 4 pm PDT on Easter and the second anniversary of WIR​T, Maree McHugh, Caitlin Cole, and Helen Yost will address eco-feminism and the effects of our patriarchal, rogue imperialist societal mindset on nature and humanity.  Please listen to this Yin Radio program broadcast on KRFP Radio Free Moscow live at 92.5 FM and online.  Visit the station website soon to learn how you can generously adopt an inspiring KRFP DJ for only $10 per month and thereby support great progressive news and entertainment programs. Continue reading

Second Annual Celebration of Wild Idaho Rising Tide


Second Annual Celebration of WIRT Flyer 1

The courageous and vigilant activists of Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) invite everyone to our Second Annual Celebration of WIRT, commemorating our second anniversary as a direct action collective and reinvigorating for another year of confronting climate change perpetrators.  Between 7 pm and midnight on Friday, March 29, revel in a benefit concert provided by two solo musicians and a band, along with a home-cooked, potluck dinner and desert, beer and wine for purchase, and dozens of raffle prizes donated by community members and businesses.  Please join dirty energy resisters at the 1912 Center Great Room (412 East Third Street in Moscow), for a well-deserved wild time full of spirited conversation and danceable, singable music played by these remarkable artists:

6:30 pm: Moscow Volunteer Peace Band

Depending on weather conditions, this year’s festivities will again begin with a parade converging at Friendship Square and circling through downtown Moscow to the 1912 Center.  Peace is more fun than fossil fuel wars, so bring your protest signs, chants, and instruments to gather up rebellious party-goers.  Check out When the Saints Go Marching In performed by the Peace Band for the 2013 Moscow Mardi Gras.

8 pm: Kelly Emo with Fiddlin’ Big Al

Playing a revitalizing mixture of American folk and socio-politically aware songs, songwriter, singer, and guitarist Kelly Emo offers listeners an enlightening, relaxing experience.  Accompanied by musical guest Al Chidester, Kelly draws from his recently released first album, All in the Name of Freedom, that reflects his unique perspective on 21st century dilemmas like war and fracking.  Hear Kelly’s Change the World and more.

9 pm: Dan Maher

Renowned musician Dan Maher started his folk music career as a Spokane teenager and Washington State University student.  Dan shares his tremendous knowledge of this genre on his weekly, three-hour Public Radio program, Inland Folk, regionally broadcast for more than thirty decades.  His rousing repertoire of traditional and contemporary, local and international folk songs performed throughout the Northwest always incites enthusiastic audience participation.  Consider Dan’s story and music.

10 pm: Henry C. and the Willards

Originally formed to play for a September 2012 birthday party, this regional blues/rock band features musicians Henry Willard on guitar, dobro, and harmonica, Jeanne McHale on piano and vocals, Doug Park on bass and mandolin, Nels Peterson on drums, Terri Grzebielski on acoustic guitar and vocals, and Donna Holmes on percussion and vocals.  Band members have played with Kelley Riley, Charlie Sutton, The Hot Flashes, and several other performers.  View their videos.

Sharon Cousins and Josh Yeidel

Core WIRT eco-activists Sharon and Josh will make a special musical appearance, like at our First Annual Celebration, when they provided the musical interlude of Everybody’s Mama’s Got the Blues.

With hearty thanks to Kelly Emo for coordinating the multiple entertainment aspects of this March 29 benefit concert/anniversary party, Wild Idaho Rising Tide eagerly anticipates another lively evening gathering of more than fifty people enjoying shared camaraderie, live music and dancing, and plenty of rowdy fun.  To savor our successes, hundreds of selected photos and videos of our demonstrations and initiatives will cycle through a background slide show, and WIRT will offer the last of our limited-edition, collectors-item, tar sands megaload protest T-shirts.  Do not miss this upcoming opportunity to support Idaho’s relentless frontline challengers of Big Oil, King Coal, and Gashole Frackers for only $5 or greater voluntary admission contributions.  Please visit the WIRT website for further information and print and post these flyers, Second Annual Celebration of WIRT Flyer 1 and Second Annual Celebration of WIRT Flyer 2.  Contact wild.idaho.rising.tide@gmail.com or 208-301-8039 to assist with preparations for the big night.

Vote for Sustainable Leader Helen Yost of WIRT


Helen Yost Megaloads of Death

The Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) collective is celebrating its second anniversary on the last weekend of March.  Besides raising funds through a benefit concert on March 29, we have also entered one of WIRT’s co-founders and core activists in the 2013 Sustainable Leader Award contest offered by lur apparel.  When this company invited WIRT to participate, Sharon Cousins graciously nominated Helen Yost to win the $500 prize (to pay the WIRT Activist House rent), $500 in new clothes for WIRT activists (to ‘cover’ our winter protests), and some national exposure of our widely shared climate justice initiatives.

Through this endeavor, one of our tar sands megaload resistance photos, taken moments after the last convoy crossed Moscow, has gone nationwide! Almost a year after our relentless Highway 95 protests, we learned that the 2010-2012 struggles of WIRT and our allies against megaloads owner ExxonMobil/Imperial Oil in the streets and the courts cost the company two billion dollars in Alberta tar sands facilities construction delays (1, 2).  Imperial Oil also dismissed its CEO (3).  WIRT would appreciate the widespread recognition and greater involvement in the movement that winning the lur contest would further garner for successful direct actions that halt dirty energy development and climate change. Continue reading

Climate Justice Forum: Kelly Emo 3-25-13


The Monday, March 25, Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) welcomes songwriter, singer, and guitarist Kelly Emo, who is coordinating the multiple entertainment aspects of WIRT’s Second Annual Celebration and benefit concert on March 29.  Like during his upcoming Friday performance, Kelly will play a revitalizing mixture of American folk and socio-politically aware songs drawn from his recently released first album, All in the Name of Freedom, accompanied in the studio by musical guest Al Chidester.  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 regional and 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 our inspiring fellow DJs.

Just Do It: WIRT Monthly Meeting and Movie


Just Do It Flyer

Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) is hosting a public screening of the British climate activism film Just Do It: A Tale of Modern-Day Outlaws at 7 pm on Thursday evening, March 21, at The Attic, up the back stairs of 314 East Second Street in Moscow.  Emily James’s documentary follows daring climate action troublemakers over a year, as they blockade and confront factories, coal power stations, and international banks, despite threats of arrest.  Because WIRT paid $50 for the film, promotional materials, and screening rights, we are asking for voluntary admission donations for this show.

After the movie at about 8:30 pm, WIRT activists will hold their third Thursday monthly meeting to discuss the growing climate justice movement and brainstorm and plan upcoming tar sands, megaload, fracking, and coal export protests and the Second Annual Celebration of WIRT.  On the Moscow, Idaho, frontlines of radical rejection of extreme energy, climate activism requires ongoing vigilance of industry and government actions and involvement in collective, local efforts to confront the political corruption and pervasive pollution of state and federally facilitated fossil fuel energy development.  We welcome all concerned activists at this discussion of direct action strategies, tactics, and legal rights after the film screening.

Alternative Highway 95 Forum and Field Trip


C-3 E-2 & Current 95

The Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition (PRDC), its organizational partners (including Wild Idaho Rising Tide), and concerned Moscow area citizens invite regional public involvement at an informational meeting followed by site visits on Saturday, March 16.  Everyone is welcome to consider and discuss Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) plans to reroute U.S. Highway 95 between Thorn Creek Road and Moscow, at the Alternative Highway 95 Forum and Field Trip starting at the 1912 Center Great Room, 412 East Third Street in Moscow.

From noon to 2 pm in the Great Room, community members will talk about ITD’s draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) and technical reports on three alternatives for proposed highway realignment.  While presenting arguments supporting the central C-3 alternative and opposing the ITD-preferred eastern E-2 alternative, the knowledge-sharing session will encourage participant questions and insights.  Between 2 and 5 pm, event organizers and participants will carpool to locations along and near the proposed C-3 and E-2 routes.  Several area residents will host pertinent site visits and talks off Eid, Paradise Ridge, and Zeitler roads and Highway 95.  Travelers should dress warmly and bring beverages and snacks if desired. Continue reading

Climate Justice Forum: Steve Flint 3-11-13


On the Monday, March 11, Climate Justice Forum radio program, Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) gratefully welcomes Steve Flint, a core member of the Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition. Steve will discuss Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) plans to expand and reroute U.S. Highway 95 south of Moscow and citizen concerns for traveler accidents and safety, native Palouse Prairie remnants and wildlife on Paradise Ridge, and discrepancies and deception apparent in ITD’s draft environmental impact statement and agency interactions about the project. Please share your issue insights during the show broadcast on KRFP Radio Free Moscow between 7:30 and 9:30 pm PDT live at 92.5 FM and online, by calling the station studio at 208-892-9200. For more information about this ITD scheme, see the Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition website and the Highway 95 Re-Route section of the WIRT blogsite. Thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as his KRFP DJ, the show also covers regional and continent-wide dirty energy developments and climate activism news. Visit the station website soon to learn how you can adopt our inspiring fellow DJs.

WIRT Newsletter: A Month of Megaload News!


Friends,

WIRT Monthly Meeting & Movie (Thursday, March 21)

As always, climate activism requires ongoing vigilance of industry and government actions and involvement in collective, local efforts to confront the corruption and pollution of fossil fuel energy development and its state and federal facilitation.  Between the March 4 anniversary of Cass’, Jeanne’s, Jim’s, and Pat’s courageous tar sands megaload blockade (YOU ROCK!) and our second annual celebration of Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), we hope that you and all WIRT activists will join us at our next third Thursday monthly meeting, at 7 pm on March 21 at The Attic (up the back stairs of 314 East Second Street in Moscow).  For voluntary donations (we paid $50 for the film and promotional materials), we will publicly screen the British climate activism documentary Just Do It: A Tale of Modern-Day Outlaws, in which Emily James follows daring climate action troublemakers over a year, as they blockade and confront factories, coal power stations, and international banks, despite threats of arrest.  After the movie, we will plan the annual WIRT party and upcoming megaload, fracking, coal, and tar sands protests.

MEGALOADS

Idle No More World Day of Action Idaho Solidarity (January 27)

Thanks to the difficult, ongoing, behind-the-scenes work of our allies who provided logistical information in December, WIRT staged a great Idle No More solidarity rally on Sunday, January 27.  A few dozen WIRT activists bundled against the relatively mild Idaho/Washington winter, carpooled, and gathered at the Port of Wilma on the Snake River, expecting to encounter two Bantrel/ConocoPhillips tar sands megaloads offloading and staging in the port yards.  Instead, the haulers were late again and/or avoiding us, and we noticed only a few railroad workers, chip trucks, and scores of Canadian geese.  Nevertheless, we are outrageously proud of all of our heroes who foisted protest signs and the WIRT banner, marched, stood, chanted “Shut Down Tar Sands!”, and composed and sang revised lyrics to Down by the Riverside (“We’re gonna protest those megaloads…Down by the riverside…We’re gonna stand for a cleaner world… Ain’t gonna bow to greed no more!”).  Thanks to everyone who participated in showing our solidarity with indigenous allies opposing the devastation wrought by tar sands development across the continent.  We apologize for posting so late the resulting videos and photos gleaned from about 200 shots: the last few months have been hectic, due to various overlapping campaigns.

Bantrel/ConocoPhillips Evaporator Monitoring on Highway 12 (January 30)

A week before a favorable federal court decision, WIRT activists did not want to miss our seemingly final chance in late January to personally and directly defend the Big Wild and its Wild and Scenic Rivers from tar sands megaloads and resulting climate change.  Two Mammoet-hauled ConocoPhillips wastewater evaporators, each weighing 255,600 pounds and measuring 20 feet (two stories) tall, 16 feet (1 1/2 lanes) wide, and 141 feet (1 1/2 basketball courts) long with trucks and trailers, slithered up Highway 12 on January 30 through February 3.

WIRT activists accomplished an effective night of monitoring the initial transport but, besides plenty of audio notes, we could only obtain a few clear megaload photos with a cell phone in motion.  Waiting at a flagger station in north Lewiston, we were the first to encounter the implement of watershed and planetary annihilation after it entered Idaho, draped with a cloth banner boasting “Made in U.S.A.” on its mid-section.  (Because the phallic module fostered a few Oregon jobs, we should let it ream the Athabasca and regional wild and scenic rivers?)

As we followed the industrial circus, we passed sporadic, oncoming vehicles forced to the side of the road without a flagger.  We leap-frogged the evaporator and the more numerous than usual convoy vehicles several times without much reproach.  When an Idaho state trooper pulled us over near Greer, we were delighted (for a change!): The interaction likely informed the entire familiar entourage of Mammoet and Mountain West Holding Company holdovers from the Highway 95 Imperial Oil transports that arrested core WIRT activists were scrutinizing their every move.

After passing the convoy a few times, we drove slowly (as a moving blockade?) in front of the glaring procession of dozens of flashing lights within the river canyon cliffs, while impatient convoy truck drivers followed us too closely.  We kept the pressure on almost to Lowell, where tears overcame watching the hubristic interlopers continue deep into the wild, beloved Lochsa valley in the dark and quiet, early morning hours.  The WIRT website hosts photos and articles about this dirty energy invasion. Continue reading

March Forth to Monitor Megaloads!


On Friday, March 1, the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) allowed a 129-foot long, 16-foot wide, 177,500-pound transport hauled by Mullen Trucking to travel west on U.S. Highway 12 from Montana between 10 pm and 5 am.  ITD inexplicably permitted this load without full advance public disclosure, as requested by our allies, by sending the associated announcement to area media outlets after 5 pm on Friday.  The state agency obviously compromised the safety and convenience of the traveling public, which it is mandated to uphold, by releasing this information to the press so late and thus facilitating probable traffic delays and confusion caused by the megaload.

If road and weather conditions favor travel tonight, March 4, MAK Transportation of British Columbia (http://www.maktransportation.com/) will move another mammoth shipment east on U.S. Highway 12, from the Port of Lewiston toward Montana, between 10 pm and 5:30 am.  Of unknown weight, ownership, and destination, the transport measures 85 feet long and 17 feet wide and tall.  Three flagging teams and escort vehicles will accompany the shipment to alert other drivers of the over-width load and to limit delays of other Highway 12 traffic to under 15 minutes, as the convoy uses identified turnouts. Continue reading