WIRT Newsletter: February through June WIRT and Allied Events

Dear comrades,

On the way to southern and eastern Idaho megaload protests starting on Thursday night, please accept Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) apologies for the lateness of overdue newsletters about months of megaload, Idaho gas drilling, oil and coal export, and Keystone XL pipeline updates.  As always, the intensity of regional campaigns carrying our shared resistance work forward overwhelms the few, much appreciated organizers who consistently give their all.  We offer our unconditional gratitude to the WIRT and allied activists who have provided physical and/or fiscal support over our three years together.  But WIRT needs to function more like the collective it was intended to be, as the few shouldering most of the necessary tasks are years past burn-out and are eager to establish a balance between outgoing and incoming energy and resources.  Please contact WIRT to lead, assist, and/or participate in one or all of these activities:

* Round 3: Idaho & Montana Tar Sands Megaload Protests!

Based on the ever-changing schedule of transports in transit, WIRT will regularly update the tentative dates, times, places, and carpool arrangements of these events on the WIRT website and facebook pages.

* Third Thursday Monthly WIRT Potluck and Meeting

Thursday, February 20, 7:00 pm

The Attic, up the back stairs of 314 East Second Street, Moscow, Idaho

WIRT needs a second email contact person to step forward, to assist the regional organizing efforts of Northwest Rising Tide groups, not to mention invest some work in WIRT endeavors.

* A Healing Walk through the Alberta Tar Sands

Thursday, February 27, 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Center for Undergraduate Education (CUE) Room 202, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

Six local participants in the Tar Sands Healing Walk will share a presentation and audience discussion connecting Alberta tar sands development with local and regional megaloads, huge pipeline projects, impacts on people and places, and overarching climate change, cultural, and ethical issues.

* Tribal and Climate Activists Gathering about Mammoet Megaloads

Friday, February 28, 3:00 to 5:00 pm

Benewah Medical and Wellness Center, 1100 A Street, Plummer, Idaho

As described in a January 29 message to core WIRT and Nez Perce activists, a few of us have been talking about holding a meeting and maybe a tar sands/megaload teach-in, film screening, or action-planning session on the Coeur d’Alene Reservation, involving Nez Perce and Coeur d’Alene tribal members and Moscow and Coeur d’Alene activists.  Because three 1.6-million-pound Mammoet megaloads, for a Great Falls tar sands refinery tripling its capacity, could roll up Highway 95 sometime in February, WIRT activists and allies need to arrange resistance soon, to stand with Nez Perce, Coeur d’Alene, and other tribal activists in protest and protection when the time comes.  All meeting participants are welcome to drive and/or ride with activists attending the following Missoula convergence.

* Non-Violent Direct Action Workshop

Saturday and possibly Sunday, March 1 and 2, times and places to be arranged

Missoula, Montana

Indian Peoples Action and Rising Tide North America are coordinating a rare, interior Northwest weekend of direct action trainings in various skills such as blockades and media outreach. Continue reading