Emergency Tuesday Meeting, Weekly Thursday WIRT Potlucks, & August Events

WIRT Co-Activists,

Please attend the emergency, potluck, protest-planning meeting at the Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) Activists House at 7 pm on Tuesday evening, July 29, instead of on Thursday this week.  Thanks to the vigilance of four WIRT scouts over the last five days, including today (Monday, July 28) at 2 pm, we have obtained photos of Bigge Crane and Rigging crews loading on trailers one of the three Port of Wilma megaloads, a hydrocracker section essential to production expansion of its Great Falls refinery destination [1].  WIRT anticipates that heavy haulers, including prior nemesis Mammoet, may attempt to move the half-million-pound module, via similarly heavy, on-site trailers and three semi-trucks, up Highways 95 and 200 before WIRT receives Idaho Transportation Department public records about the transports, due by Thursday, July 31.  WIRT activists and our community must prepare for this onslaught with more than a sign-waving protest…

With plenty of potential road and rail blockades on the near horizon, Wild Idaho Rising Tide is holding weekly potluck meetings every Tuesday at 7 pm at the WIRT Activists House in Moscow.  Please see the WIRT Events Calendar and recent newsletters posted on the WIRT website, for further information about these topics of upcoming strategizing and planning sessions [2, 3].

* Coordination and tactics for scouting, protesting, monitoring, and solidarity demonstrations against the three Mammoet/Bigge Crane and Rigging-hauled hydrocracker parts embarking in late July/early August from the Port of Wilma via river, rail, and/or road, through Moscow, Spokane, and Sandpoint to Great Falls

* Carpools and registration with the Occupy Spokane Scholarship Fund for the Tuesday through Tuesday, August 5 to 12, sixth annual Northwest Localize This! direct action training camp hosted by Backbone Campaign allies on Vashon Island, Washington

* Local publicity and participation in the 6 pm Tuesday, August 12, Fight or Flight Northern Rockies Tour stop and direct action training workshop co-sponsored by The Bunny Alliance, Earth First! Journal, Resistance Ecology, and WIRT at the Attic, up the back stairs of 314 East Second Street in Moscow

* Regional support and involvement in the Saturday, August 16 coordinated direct actions against coal export, Northwest Communities Oppose Coal Exports, organized by Idaho and Montana groups in Bozeman, Missoula, Sandpoint, and possibly Spokane, Oregon, and Washington locations

* Travel and local input at the Friday 5 pm to Saturday 8 pm, August 22 and 23 Washington State Oil Train Summit at Evergreen State College in Olympia

* WIRT representation at the Friday through Sunday, August 22 to 24 second Rising Tide Continental Gathering near Whitesburg, Kentucky

* Outreach to college students through WIRT informational booths at annual, early academic year events like the University of Idaho Palousafest Street Fair from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Saturday, August 23, the Lewis-Clark State College Welcome Fair from 10 am to 1:30 pm on Monday, August 25, and the Washington State University Cougs Connect from 11 am to 1:30 pm on Thursday, September 4

* Organization of a co-sponsored, September/October benefit concert for Wild Idaho Rising Tide activists and blockaders, involving one or more bands at a Moscow venue

* Arrangements for the regional Idaho Residents Against Gas Extraction- and WIRT-led, Saturday, October 11 Global Frackdown in Boise, Payette County, southwestern Idaho, and/or across the state

* Logistics of other, possible Fall 2014 events: 1) a statewide WIRT and allied Gasland I and II Roadshow and Idaho gas drilling/fracking resistance presentation, 2) Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance direct action training sessions on the Palouse, in Boise, and elsewhere in Idaho, and 3) Continuing gatherings, projects, and coordinated actions among nine Northwest regional Rising Tide groups

* Other organizational goals such as mobilizing our collective and community, establishing and delegating roles and tasks, initiating a regional, awareness- and fund-raising canvass, filling the WIRT Activists House, etc.

Rise up with WIRT again!  THANKS!  Expect a personal invitation phone call soon…

[1] Bigge Loads Calumet Megaload on Trailers 7-28-14 (WIRT/Tom Hansen photos)

[2] Events Calendar (Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

[3] Newsletters (Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

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