Climate Justice Forum: Tacoma LNG Plant & Pipeline Resistance, Longview Coal Terminal, Oregon Rail Reloading Facility, Spokane Climate Change Ordinance, Federal Court Cases on Paradise Ridge Highway 95, Spokane Climate Rights, & Swinomish Reservation Oil Trains 7-19-17


The Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news about Puyallup tribal and allied protection of the Salish Sea from a natural gas pipeline and liquefied natural gas plant in the Tacoma, Washington area.  Among discussions of upcoming talks and action camps, a proposed, Longview, coal terminal and eastern Oregon, rail reloading facility, and a Spokane climate change ordinance, we also air updates on federal court cases brought by the Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition against U.S. Highway 95 expansion onto Paradise Ridge, by Spokane fossil fuel train blockaders for citizen rights to a healthy climate, and by the Swinomish Tribe against Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway oil-by-rail transports across its lands.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide, community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Civil Resistance Expert Witness Thomas Hastings, Northwest Talks & Action Camp, Spokane Federal Hearing on Climate Rights, Idaho Oil & Gas Forced Pooling Lawsuit, Montana Earthquakes, Fault Lines near Lake Rail Bridge 7-12-17


The Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, airs the third half-hour of the June 26 Witnesses for the Climate presentation by civil resistance expert Thomas Hastings of Portland State University, who testified at the first court hearing of Spokane Climate Protectors train blockaders.  We also discuss upcoming, Northwest fossil fuels opposition talks and action camps, a Spokane federal court hearing asserting citizen rights to a livable climate, a Boise federal lawsuit against state forced pooling of private oil and gas resources, and recent Montana earthquakes and fault line concerns for the proposed, second, rail bridge over Lake Pend Oreille.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide, community resistance to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Witnesses for the Climate Steven Running & Thomas Hastings, Upcoming Talks, Actions, & Camps, Oil & Coal Train Derailments, Oregon & Washington Oil Terminal Decisions, Second Valve Turner Trial & Sentence


The Wednesday, July 5, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, airs the second half-hour of the June 26 Witnesses for the Climate presentations by climate scientist Steven Running, of the University of Montana and NASA, and civil disobedience expert Thomas Hastings of Portland State University, who both testified at the first court hearing of the Spokane Climate Protectors train blockaders.  We also discuss upcoming trainings, actions, talks, and camps opposing Northwest fossil fuel infrastructure, oil and coal train derailments in a Chicago suburb and on a Montana river bridge, Oregon and Washington state decisions affecting two proposed, Columbia River-side, oil terminals, and the second jury trial and sentence of tar sands pipeline valve turner Ken Ward.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide, community resistance to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Federal Lawsuit Against Idaho Oil & Gas Forced-Pooling, Portland Tank Farm Sale to Former Oil Train Terminal, Lake Pend Oreille Fossil Fuels Traffic, Spokane Coal & Oil Train Ballot Measure, Blockaders Hearing, & Expert Witnesses 6-28-17


The Wednesday, June 28, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, discusses a federal lawsuit filed by Treasure Valley landowners against Idaho oil and gas forced-pooling, a state-approved sale of Portland General Electric oil tanks to a previous Global Partners oil train terminal, potentially increased Lake Pend Oreille rail bridge fossil fuels traffic, a Spokane ballot initiative limiting coal train dust and oil train volatility, and the first court hearing and expert witness presentations for Spokane fossil fuel train blockaders.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide, community resistance to dirty energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Spokane Train Blockaders’ Necessity Defense, Expert Testimony & Presentation, & Sandpoint Talk


Pre-Trial Motion Hearing: Necessity Defense & Expert Testimony

In late August and September 2016, Raging Grannies Margie Heller, Nancy Nelson, and Deena Romoff and Veterans for Peace Maeve Aeolus, Rusty Nelson (husband of Nancy), and George Taylor protested oil and coal trains moving through Spokane and the contribution of those pipelines-on-wheels to global climate change [1-6]. Police handcuffed and booked into jail these Spokane Climate Protectors assisted by Direct Action Spokane, and cited them with the misdemeanor charges of second degree trespassing and obstructing or delaying a train on Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) rail lines.

At their pre-trial motion hearing on Monday, June 26, at 1:30 pm in Room 5 of the Public Safety Building, at 1100 West Mallon Avenue in Spokane, Washington, their attorney Eric Christianson will argue, before Spokane County District Court Judge Debra Hayes, that the six activists have exhausted all other legally viable options, and that their direct actions were thus necessary to halt climate change [7, 8]. Judge Hayes will decide whether she will allow their “necessity defense.”  Recent, Northwest climate activist, court cases of the Delta 5 oil train blockaders in Everett, Washington, and the first of five multi-state, tar sands pipeline valve turner trials in Skagit County, Washington, have rejected this motion.  After a previous postponement and if Judge Hayes assents, three nationally recognized experts on climate change plan to testify in court about the dangers and impacts of transporting volatile oil by rail through Spokane.

On January 31, 2017, activists of Direct Action Spokane, along with physician Gunnar Holmquist and the six arrested Spokane Climate Protectors, filed a lawsuit against the federal government for violating Spokane citizens’ fundamental, constitutional rights to a stable, livable climate and local self-government, by allowing oil and coal trains to pass through the city [9]. They claim that the federal Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act of 1995 unconstitutionally prevents local governments from urgently enacting regulations to stop climate change, such as ballot measures banning crude fossil fuel transportation through Spokane.  In a similar, Oregon, federal case, 21 youths from across the country assert that government actions cause climate change, defying the “obligation to hold certain natural resources in trust for the people and for future generations,” and thus violate younger generations’ rights to “life, liberty and property.” [8]

Public Presentation: Witnesses for the Climate

Canceled since May 19, when the Spokane County court postponed, without explanation, the motion hearing to consider the necessity defense of the Spokane Climate Protectors, the Witnesses for the Climate public presentation has rescheduled to 7 pm on Monday evening, June 26 [10-12]. At the Community Building, 35 West Main Street in Spokane, three experts will speak about the necessity to defend rights to a healthy climate, through non-violent, direct actions stopping coal and oil train traffic.  They may testify at the hearing earlier in the day, on behalf of the necessity defense of the fossil fuel train-blockading Spokane Climate Protectors. Continue reading

Climate Justice Forum: Bonneville Power Administration Megaload, Second Rail Bridge Meeting & Action Workshop, Idaho Scrutiny of Oil & Gas Production, Sioux Tribes Court Victory over Dakota Access Pipeline, Commission Rejection of Mosier Double Tracks, Global Partners Oil Train Terminal 6-21-17


The Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, discusses news about a Bonneville Power Administration transformer megaload on the Lewiston Grade, a second lake rail bridge meeting and Earth First! direct action workshop in Sandpoint, activist scrutiny and the first Idaho audit of possible industry under-reporting of oil and gas well production, a federal court order favoring Sioux tribes’ opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline, Columbia Gorge Commission rejection of double Union Pacific Railroad tracks through Mosier, and the re-emerging Global Partners oil train terminal on the lower Columbia River.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Mosier Oil Train Disaster Commemoration Speeches, KRFP Full Power Fund Drive, Earth First! Road Show & Sandpoint Action Camp, BNSF Double Tracks & Second Lake Rail Bridge, Comments Due on ITD Federal Permit for E-2 Highway Alignment 6-14-17


The Wednesday, June 14, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features June 3 speeches by Grand Ronde, Umatilla, and Warm Springs tribal representatives, a Mosier physician, resident, and student, Hood River officials, and a Columbia Gorge minister, at the first anniversary commemoration of the Mosier, Oregon, oil train disaster.  We also discuss the KRFP full power fund drive this week, the Earth First! Road Show and Direct Action Camp in Sandpoint, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway work on north Idaho double tracks and a second Lake Pend Oreille rail bridge, and citizen comments by June 16 on an Idaho Transportation Department application for its Highway 95 E-2 alignment south of Moscow.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide, community opposition to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Ben Otto on Northwest Utility Energy Choices, Mosier Oil Train Derailment Commemorations, BNSF Corn Train Wreck Dump, Payette River Gas & Oil Pipelines, New Idaho Oil & Gas Rules & Commission 5-31-17


The Wednesday, May 31, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features a Sandpoint presentation by Ben Otto of the Idaho Conservation League, about Northwest utility company energy choices.  We also discuss first-anniversary commemorations in three states of the oil train derailment, spill, and fire in Mosier, Oregon, the aftermath of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe corn train wreck near Cocolalla, proposed gas and oil pipelines under the Payette River, and new Idaho oil and gas rules and commission composition.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide, community opposition to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Second Lake Rail Bridge, Pipeline Protest Camps, Mosier Derailment Anniversary, Coal & Oil Terminals Petitions, Permit, & Review Challenge, Tacoma LNG Facility Arrests, Spokane Railroad Site Contamination, Highway 95 Wetlands Impact Application 5-24-17


The Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, discusses actions against a second Lake Pend Oreille rail bridge, a documentary screening and resistance to pipeline protest camps, the Mosier oil train fire one-year anniversary, a Tesoro-Savage oil terminal air pollution permit, arrests at a Tacoma LNG facility, one million petitions against Washington coal and oil ports, a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway contaminated Spokane fueling site and legal challenge of the Longview coal terminal review, and an Idaho Transportation Department application for a wetlands impact permit for Highway 95 construction.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide, community opposition to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Radical Movie Night! Screens AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock


For the third Radical Movie Night! of the bi-monthly film series intended to inspire, challenge, and educate participants toward democracy, co-hosts RADAR and Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) offer a free, public screening of AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock, from 4 to 6 pm on Thursday, May 25, at the East Bonner County Library, 1407 Cedar Street in Sandpoint, Idaho.  Please join this screening and discussion of current, regional, social and environmental struggles seeking just, sustainable, shared solutions.  This documentary series and ongoing, radical and climate activism rely on physical and fiscal contributions from viewers and supporters.  Peruse the following film description, drawn from the original AWAKE press release, and visit the enclosed links and WIRT website and facebook pages for further information resources.

Indigenous, activist, and Academy Award nominated filmmakers, including Gasland’s Josh Fox, Silenced’s James Spione, and Digital Smoke Signals founder Myron Dewey, each directed the three chapters of this unique, collaborative, full-length documentary centered around film co-writer and advisor Floris White Bull.  Produced by Doug Good Feather, Lauren Taschen, and Emmy Award winning Amy Ziering of The Invisible War, the movie features background scores by indigenous musician/activist Nahko and Prolific the Rapper.

It premiered on Earth Day, April 22, at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, as part of a sold-out event with an opening prayer by film advisor Doug Good Feather, an in-depth panel discussion among the directors, and a live performance by Prolific the Rapper, attended by many water protectors such as LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, the founder of the first resistance camp at Standing Rock.  AWAKE producers simultaneously released the movie online worldwide, for audiences to stream in exchange for contributions to the Pipeline Fighters Fund and the Indigenous Media Fund, supporting pipeline battles and indigenous journalists.

AWAKE chronicles the dramatic rise of the historic, #NoDAPL, native-led, peaceful resistance at the Standing Rock Reservation near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, which captured the world’s attention in late 2016.  Thousands of activists converged from around the continent, to stand in solidarity with water protectors protesting construction of the $3.7 billion Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL), planned to carry fracked crude oil from the Bakken fields, through sovereign indigenous land, and under the Missouri River, the water source for the Standing Rock Reservation and 17 million people downstream. Continue reading