WIRT Activists House Relocation Party


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During the past two and a half years, the Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) Activists House, open daily between 12 noon and 8 pm, has provided our collective a combined working space, monthly meeting place, information resource center, and visiting/resident climate activist home [1].  Established as a regional base of operations in mid-July 2012, after a seven-week transition and intensive search and thanks to the gracious hospitality and generosity of many, amazing, fellow activists and allies, the hundred-year-old, two-bedroom, one-story house, beneath a huge cottonwood tree near downtown Moscow and the University of Idaho, filled with essential furniture and household goods donated during and after the WIRT Activist House-Warming Party [2, 3].  Our group has been fortunate to host meetings, potlucks, movies, fundraisers, memorials, and other convergences in the living room, kitchen, enclosed porch, and fenced yard, and to accommodate traveling activists, musicians, presenters, and guests in the spacious, rear bedroom with large windows and a walk-in closet and in the living room and porch of this small, humble abode.

Over the years and especially during the last four months, we have sought one or two responsible, mature house mates, preferably from among our wonderful network, to occupy the back bedroom and share the house, basement, garden, and on-street parking of this quiet, clean, pet-less house.  Mutual support of the rent and additional utility and internet costs, totaling approximately $700 per month, arose in only one of 30 months, from a couple of tenants during June 2014.  We have publicly posted this housing opportunity with various, regional, online lists and have offered further information, photos, and viewings to dozens of prospective renters, to no avail.  If we cannot find house mates soon, we can no longer afford to keep this beloved dwelling among and for our community.

With meager contributions while carrying forward this grassroots organization over four years, a core WIRT organizer must choose between a home workplace and continuing activism.  Although we are compiling a video and letter about WIRT accomplishments for a crowdfunding campaign via Indiegogo or Kickstarter, and gratefully anticipate our annual celebration fundraiser on March 28 and a city-wide canvass in the spring, we rightfully should channel donations into WIRT programs, usually requiring region-wide travel, not into an unassociated landlord’s pocket.  The correct decision is clear: We intend to lower group overhead expenses and abandon the WIRT Activists House around February 1, eager and grateful to return to frugal life ways averting the burdens of possessions and borrowed property.  As a Spokane comrade reminded us, “When you have very little, very little can be taken, and the work is from the heart.”  If you or your associates can offer ideas, suggestions, or assistance with this situation, please contact us.

To recognize and celebrate our community, strategize and energize for a year of successful actions, and redistribute our material goods, Wild Idaho Rising Tide invites you and your friends and family to the WIRT Activists House Relocation Party on Friday, January 30, starting at 7 pm and continuing into the evening.  Call 208-301-8039 for our Moscow, Idaho, location.  We welcome beverages, snacks, or entrees to share with comrades, for a lively night of radical camaraderie, music, and conversation.  Fiddlin’ Big Al and friends will be stirring up eclectic, traditional, and original folk tunes; musicians inclined to jam can join the acoustic fray; dancers can enjoy the roomy kitchen; and party-goers can relax and talk throughout the house, side porch, and yard.  WIRT would be delighted and infinitely thankful for the honor of your revolutionary presence amongst this revelry!

Besides this occasion for some powerful fun, WIRT is hoping that you can take, benefit from, and perhaps exchange a donation for household items that collective members have contributed for our common good.  We offer a full-sized futon bed and frame, convertible coach/bed, wooden-framed coach, rocking chair and ottoman, single futon chair, desk with shelves and rolling chair, book case, side tables, wheeled kitchen chairs, microwave, drapes and curtains, canning jars, and house plants.  Come and participate in this significant, transitional event that will ultimately mobilize ever greater numbers of dirty energy/climate change protesters around the region!

[1] WIRT Activists House: July 2012 to January 2015 (January 25, 2015 Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

[2] WIRT Activist House-Warming Party! (July 16, 2012 Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

[3] WIRT Activist House-Warming Party! (July 18, 2012 Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

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