WIRT Newsletter: WIRT & Allied Summer Events: June 26 to August 24


Thursday, June 26:

Public Hearing Set on Allowing Heavy Trucks on Idaho Highways

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is holding a public hearing on applications allowing trucks weighing up to 129,000 pounds on state highways, from 4 to 7 pm on Thursday, June 26, at the ITD office at 2600 Frontage Road in Lewiston.

Saturday, June 28:

Indian Peoples Action Non-Violent Direct Action in Great Falls, Montana

In solidarity and support of First Nations people and allies participating in the Tar Sands Healing Walk in Alberta, Canada, on Saturday, June 28, please join Indian Peoples Action for a 1 pm MDT non-violent direct action at the corner of Tenth and Smelter Avenue NE, near the Montana Refining Company in Great Falls, Montana.  Indigenous comrades in Montana are organizing this picket to confront the entire dirty tar sands industry represented by the Canadian-owned Calumet refinery, the destination of three megaload parts of a hydrocracker stranded at the Port of Wilma, Washington.  These transports would assist the proposed facilities expansion in tripling its production along the Missouri River banks, where current operations pollute the Great Falls air shed with emissions from processing toxic tar sands received via truck and rail.

Motivated by various ways of expressing concern and compassion for all life rather than attacking Calumet, this protest event mainly focuses on the devastating effects of Alberta tar sands mining on forests, water sources, and the health of the mostly indigenous, regional people closest to this massive, multi-corporation oil extraction project.  Besides these direct victims, tar sands exploitation also impacts the Earth’s atmosphere, climate, and ultimately all of its life, as well as the Montana refinery workers who destroy interconnected life “for a living.”

Consider variations of these ideas for single- and double-sided picket signs for this peaceful demonstration, but please design your own slogans:

Oil Jobs: Short Term Gain, Long Term Extinction

There Is No Cure for Extinction

Alternative Energy = Jobs, Health, and Life

We’re Over the Limit for Carbon in the Atmosphere

Life is Better than Oil & $

What Are We Leaving for Our Grandkids?

Shut Down the Tar Sands

Switch to Alternative Energy NOW

We Can Do Better than Fossil Fuels – We Must

Event organizers suggest bringing plenty of drinking water and sun cover, if the protest day is hot, and informational leaflets for curious bystanders and media personnel who may attend.  For more information, please see the linked facebook event and/or contact Debbie McShane at lakotawoman2011@hotmail.com.

Tuesday to Monday, July 1 to 7:

Earth First! Round River Rendezvous

Wild Idaho Rising Tide is forming carpools to and from the southern Cascadia/Klamath Knot region (northwestern California near the southern Oregon border) from Boise and Moscow, Idaho:  Contact WIRT at wild.idaho.rising.tide@gmail.com.

Sunday, June 6 & ongoing:

Twitter Oil Train Watch – Ongoing Action

Allies of Vancouver Action Network in Vancouver, Washington, suggest that when you see a 100-percent oil train, tweet the time (am/pm), city, direction of train travel, along with a hashtag, the two-letter state abbreviation, and oiltrainwatch (for example, in Washington state: #waoiltrainwatch).  Search for webcams pointed at railroad tracks in your city, and start a train watch in your community.

Monday, July 7: Direct Action Skill-Share with Blue Skies Campaign

This summer, Blue Skies Campaign of Missoula, Montana, and allies like WIRT are holding a series of skill-shares in communities along Northwest coal and oil transporting rail lines, to discuss tactics and strategies that they have learned about direct actions on railroad property.  Through the process of staging two acts of non-violent civil disobedience on Montana Rail Link (MRL) property in the last nine months, Blue Skies comrades have acquired plenty of practical lessons that other groups may find useful for similar actions.  They are eager to share insights about MRL security, coal train movements, and the unique logistics of direct actions on or near train tracks.

At this skill-share, a few Blue Skies volunteers will give a brief presentation on what happened during their direct actions, what they learned from the experience, and how security and law enforcement could likely respond to future actions on railroad property.  Inter-group conversations about participants’ experiences and opportunities to work together will follow the presentation.  Please join Blue Skies Campaign and WIRT on Monday, July 7, from 5 to 6:45 pm in the Jameson Room of the East Bonner County – Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar Street in Sandpoint, Idaho, for this significant discussion.

Monday, July 7 & ongoing:

Request Oil Train Information from Your State Emergency Management Agency

Vancouver Action Network is calling all allies to file for public information from your state Emergency Management Agency about the U.S. Department of Transportation emergency order of May 7, 2014, requiring railroads to provide information about crude oil shipments through each state.  Northwest citizens have the potential to cost the railroads, primarily Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) and Union Pacific, extensive funds and at least $300 to seek a court injunction against every person who files a request for this public information.  In Washington, BNSF recently declared that it will not impose injunctions against the 100-plus people who pushed for records requests; thus, the states will release these records to the public.

Also see States, Railroads at Odds over Oil-Train Information in the June 6, 2014 Columbian

Friday, July 11:

Oil Train Actions by Spokane Rising Tide and Wild Idaho Rising Tide

Mid-day times and places to be arranged in Spokane, Washington, and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Friday & Saturday, July 18 & 19:

Second Nez Perce Grassroots Environmental Summit

The Nez Perce group, Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment, is planning a second environmental summit held at the Pi Nee Waus Community Center, 99 Agency Road in Lapwai, Idaho, where group members invite all tribal members and supporters.  Along with lunch and dinner on both days, they will offer a strategic planning training on Friday evening, July 18, and roundtable discussions addressing a wide variety of issues, including water, salmon, land, air, and treaty rights, from 9 am until 5 pm on Saturday, July 19.  Contact Julian Matthews at 208-790-4296 or jmatthews@alumni.uidaho.edu, for further information.

Monday & Tuesday, August 11 & 12:

Fight or Flight Tour

Coming to Missoula, Montana, and Moscow, Idaho, this August, Earth First! Journal, The Bunny Alliance, and Resistance Ecology are staging a nationwide tour, to intensify campaigns and demonstrations ending lab animal transport, to share supportive experience, skills, and workshops (including trainings on strategic and effective campaigning, protest tactics, security culture, movement relationships, and legal rights, research, and observation), to build alliances, and to empower the grassroots animal liberation and ecological activist community.

Friday & Saturday, August 22 & 23:

2014 Washington State Oil Train Summit

Delegates of various regional groups can register for this first-of-its-kind weekend of workshops, networking, hands-on learning, and action around the Northwest oil train issue, held at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, from 5 pm on Friday, August 22, through 8 am to 8 pm on Saturday and an optional Sunday session from 9 am to noon.  The summit hopes to draw representatives from all over the continent for large strategy sessions and to foster the formation of a statewide network and international movement of oil train activists protecting their communities from dangerous oil-by-rail projects.

Friday to Sunday, August 22 to 24:

Rising Tide North America Continental Gathering

Do not miss the second annual Rising Tide gathering on August 22 to 24 near Whitesburg, Kentucky.  This year in Appalachia, on the tenth anniversary of Mountain Justice, participants will learn from and support the struggle to stop mountaintop removal.  WIRT is eager to converge with Rising Tide network comrades and allies from around North America, whom we met in Utah last summer, to connect with even more fellow climate justice activists, and to strategize ways to grow and expand the movement.  Look for additional event details and updates available soon on the Rising Tide North America website.  Please share this announcement and RSVP!

Saturday, October 11:

Global Frackdown

Times and places to be arranged in Idaho and worldwide

Other Possible WIRT Events:

Gasland I and II Roadshow

Northwest Regional Rising Tides Coordinated Actions

Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance Direct Action Trainings

Wild Idaho Rising Tide and allies will arrange the dates and locations of these statewide or regional events in British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.  See the Events Calendar on the WIRT website for other climate activism events occurring beyond the region this summer.

Wild Idaho Rising Tide

P.O. Box 9817, Moscow, Idaho 83843





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