Sixth Annual Celebrations of Wild Idaho Rising Tide in Moscow & Sandpoint


March 31 & April 7 Anniversary Concerts Benefit Climate Activist Collective

Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) is celebrating its March 31, sixth anniversary as a regional, climate activist collective confronting the root causes and perpetrators of climate change through direct actions and locally organized solutions.  We invite and welcome every one of all ages to share this milestone at two Sixth Annual Celebrations of Wild Idaho Rising Tide.  These benefit concerts provided by five bands and solo musicians accompany potluck dinner and desert in Moscow, snacks in Sandpoint, beer and wine for purchase, dozens of raffle items donated by community members and businesses, and a background slide show of WIRT accomplishments.  Come and enjoy our yearly fund and action raising parties offering radical revelry for participants supporting relentless, volunteer WIRT activism among and in solidarity with frontline communities of fossil fuel resistance and an international, grassroots network of activists.

WIRT’s amazing members, friends, and allies eagerly anticipate lively musical and social gatherings between 7 pm and 12 midnight on Friday, March 31, in the 1912 Center Great Room at 412 East Third Street in Moscow, Idaho, and on Friday, April 7, in the Little Panida Theater, 300 North First Avenue (across the street from the WIRT office) in Sandpoint, Idaho.  Suggested, admission donations of $5 or more at the doors to these otherwise free, open, public events assist the dedicated work of WIRT and allies to banish new and expanded fossil fuel infrastructure from the Northwest.  Please join dirty energy resisters for a well-deserved, reinvigorating, wild evening full of shared camaraderie, spirited conversation, exuberant dancing, good food and drink, and live music of multiple genres, played by these talented, visiting, and resident songwriters and performers from Moscow, Sandpoint, and Spokane: Continue reading

Climate Justice Forum: North Idaho Train Derailments, Idaho Legislators’ Climate Change Hearing, District 9 Oil & Gas Bill & Comment Repression 3-22-17


The Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news about north Idaho train derailments on a Moyie Springs landslide and washed-out Ponderay tracks, a public, informational hearing on climate change held by Idaho legislators, and Idaho gasland District 9 initiated oil and gas legislation hearings and citizen comment repression.  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 fossil fuel resistance and 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: Valve Turners House Parties, Idaho District 9 Oil & Gas Legislation, ITD Highway 95 Expansion Plans, Lawsuits on BNSF Coal Pollution & Union Pacific Gorge Tracks 3-15-17


The Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news about the Valve Turners House Parties in Moscow and Sandpoint and upcoming, state-wide events, Idaho District 9 oil and gas legislation, Idaho Transportation Department plans for Highway 95 expansion south of Moscow, and lawsuits on BNSF coal train pollution of Washington waterways and Union Pacific track additions in the Columbia River Gorge.  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 fossil fuel resistance and 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: Idaho Oil and Gas Legislation, Coal Train Pollution Lawsuit Settlement, Tesoro-Savage Oil Terminal Lease Extension 3-8-17


The Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news about Idaho oil and gas regulation legislation, a lawsuit settlement on Northwest coal train pollution, and Port of Vancouver extension of the Tesoro-Savage oil-by-rail terminal lease.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PST, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide fossil fuel resistance and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Valve Turners House Parties in Moscow & Sandpoint


Inspired by the “valve turners’” bold and decisive actions that shut down pipelines flowing from Canada to the primary tar sands market, America consumers, Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) is hosting public house parties in Moscow and Sandpoint, to support these blockaders’ legal defense funds and to elevate conversations about rising to the challenges of this critical, historic moment [1].  In this era of a federal fossil fuel administration, building stronger communities of climate dissidents preparing for the next wave of direct actions is more crucial than ever.  So please join us at 6 pm on Thursday, March 9, at The Attic, up the back stairs of 314 East Second Street in Moscow, and/or at 12 noon on Saturday, March 11, in the upstairs room of Eichardt’s Pub at 212 Cedar Street in Sandpoint.  We welcome all participant ages and concerns at this Shut It Down – Climate Direct Action fundraiser requesting $10 suggested donations with free admission.

On October 11, 2016, five brave climate activists closed the emergency shut-off valves of five major pipelines carrying Canadian tar sands oil into Washington, Montana, North Dakota, and Minnesota.  In solidarity with Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, and other Lakota nations and allied water protectors at resistance camps invaded by police, their nonviolent civil disobedience together stopped 15 percent of a day’s U.S. crude oil imports.  Now these activists and four accompanying documentarians are facing multiple felony and misdemeanor charges with maximum, potential, prison sentences ranging from 10 to 81 years.  Beyond some pro bono legal help, the group has had to hire several lawyers and needs to raise $50,000 to cover legal, trial, and travel expenses, as they tell their stories about urgent climate action.

Before setting out to cut chains and locks and block pipeline valves across the country, the tar sands valve turners – Annette, Emily, Ken, Leonard, and Michael – and their support crew – Ben, Reed, Sam, and Steve – were not specially trained activists.  They are just ordinary people with the strength of their convictions and the courage to act on them.  But their example, along with similar skills and practices, show how people rightfully concerned about climate catastrophe can stand up and take serious action in a time of denial and a world of “alternative facts.”  With the fossil fuel industry now not only controlling governments at every level in the U.S., but also holding positions of power within them, we all need to support folks already taking big legal risks and to move ourselves to that next step, by truthfully, assertively acting to halt the fossil fuel sources of climate cataclysm and our collective crimes against future generations.

During the last weekend in February, Shut It Down – Climate Direct Action and allies organized the first, experimental round of house parties, meeting with friends to raise funds to help the valve turners in Bellevue, Washington, Brooklyn, New York, Burlington, Vermont, Hanover, New Hampshire, and Houston, Texas.  Please gather with us at these fun events, held by dozens of groups across the country, introducing you and your friends, family, and colleagues to powerful climate direct action, and sharing the work of Shut It Down and WIRT.  We will provide valve turner videos and information about how to stage and live stream adventurous and effective actions.  For further event and co-host information, see ShutItDown.Today and WildIdahoRisingTide.org and contact us with your questions. Continue reading

Climate Justice Forum: Water Protector Stands & Militarized Police Invasions of Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance Camps with Insights from Harold Frazier, Linda Black Elk, Chase Iron Eyes, LaDonna Allard, & Regina Brave 3-1-17


The Wednesday, March 1, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features comprehensive coverage of the last week of water protector stands and militarized police invasions of Dakota Access pipeline resistance camps and ongoing Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux lawsuits against the pipeline, including insights offered by Cheyenne River Sioux chairman Harold Frazier, Standing Rock Sioux activist and attorney Chase Iron Eyes, Sacred Stone camp founders LaDonna Allard and Linda Black Elk, and Oglala elder and treaty defender Regina Brave.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PST, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide fossil fuel resistance and 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: Northwest Events & Oil Trains, EPA Changes in Idaho, Fukushima Radiation, Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance Camp Eviction 2-22-17


The Wednesday, February 22, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news about upcoming, inland Northwest events, Washington, Montana, and Idaho oil train traffic, environmental policy changes impacting the U.S. and Idaho, Fukushima power plant radiation, and forced removal of Dakota Access pipeline resistance camps.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PST, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide fossil fuel resistance and 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: Dropped Bomb Train Loading Facility Plans, Fatal Train-Vehicle Collision, Dakota Access Pipeline Northwest Protest, Canadian Valve Turners Victory, & More 2-15-17


The Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news about dropped Payette County bomb train loading facility plans, a fatal north Idaho train and vehicle collision, Idaho Legislature oil and gas laws and climate change education rules, a Dakota Access pipeline hearing and Northwest protest, Canadian valve turners court victory, proposed nuclear waste shipments to Idaho, Fukushima power plant radiation, Washington oil train traffic, and environmental policy changes impacting the U.S. and Idaho.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PST, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide fossil fuel resistance and 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: Highway 12 Megaload Settlement & ITD Rules, Idaho Legislature on Oil & Gas Rules & Climate Change, Oil Trains & Terminals Permit, State Report, & Lawsuits 2-1-17


The Wednesday, February 1, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news about a Highway 12 megaload mediation settlement and inconsistent state rules moving through the Idaho House, Idaho Legislature considerations of oil and gas rules and a climate change hearing, and a City of Hoquiam permit, Washington Department of Ecology report, and Swinomish Tribe and Spokane lawsuits addressing Washington oil trains and terminals.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PST, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide fossil fuel resistance and 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: Five-Year Anniversary Celebration Re-Air of Interviews with Alma Hasse & Brooklyn Baptiste 1-25-17


The Wednesday, January 25, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, hosted by regional climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, celebrates five years of covering continent-wide fossil fuel resistance and community opposition to extreme energy projects by re-airing two interviews with activists in Idaho.  Alma Hasse of Citizens Allied for Integrity and Accountability has actively opposed oil and gas development in Payette County, Idaho, for six years and accomplished a week-long, wrongfully-jailed hunger strike refuting local government conflicts of interest in October 2014.  Brooklyn Baptiste, former Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee member, led and participated in four-night blockades of Alberta tar sands megaloads on U.S. Highway 12 through the reservation and treaty lands in August 2013.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PST, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show thanks the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.