Climate Justice Forum: Herb Goodwin Death, Idaho Highway Construction, Railroad, & Youth Climate & Salmon Protests, Hanford Book & Nuclear Submarines, BC Pipeline River Drilling, Equinox 9-21-22


The Wednesday, September 21, 2022, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features news, music, and reflections on recently deceased, core WIRT organizer Herb Goodwin, the September 22 equinox, Seventh Panhandle Paddle events opposing railroaded fossil fuels and expanded infrastructure, barge transported nuclear submarine reactor pieces stored at Hanford and a book exposing this largest toxic waste dump in the Western hemisphere, Idaho highway construction, wetland litigation, and upcoming protests, global and Idaho youth climate strikes and salmon celebrations, imminent British Columbia gas pipeline drilling under an unceded river, and indigenous massacre site digs at a proposed Nevada lithium mine site.  Broadcast for ten years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots, frontline resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Seventh Panhandle Paddle

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Seventh Panhandle Paddle Flyer

Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) and allied activists, friends, and supporters heartily welcome your participation in the upcoming, Seventh Panhandle Paddle weekend of opportunities to discuss, train for, and stage resistance to the fossil fuels and railroad industry degraders of human rights, environmental health, and the global climate.  Interior Northwest residents are coordinating and co-hosting annual activities in Sandpoint, Idaho, to unite in opposition to regional coal, oil, and tar sands trains, terminals, and derailments and Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway’s almost complete track and bridge construction across downtown Sandpoint, Sand Creek, and Lake Pend Oreille.  Amid the intensifying situations of north Idaho railroad expansion, federal and media criminalization of dissenters, and COVID-19 health and economic disasters during the last two-plus years, we are reaching out to you, our regional network comrades, to share direct action skills and invite you to join with rail line communities, to protest fossil-fueled climate change via these free events on Thursday through Sunday, September 22 to 25.  We would appreciate your involvement in the talk, workshop, and paddle, your RSVP of your intentions for spots in kayaks, canoes, and carpools, and your assistance with distributing this event description and printing and posting the color, PDF version of the WIRT website-linked Seventh Panhandle Paddle Flyer.

#No2ndBridge Talk

6 to 8 pm Thursday, September 22

Gardenia Center, Sandpoint

At this informal discussion, participants can exchange issue information, expand knowledge, and brainstorm strategies and tactics for creatively engaging and catalyzing further community resistance and regulatory and legal recourse to BNSF’s Sandpoint Junction Connector project and railroad infrastructure, pollution, and risks in the Lake Pend Oreille area and beyond, which activists have denounced and challenged during each of the Panhandle Paddles [1-5].  Please bring ideas about campaign organizing and railroad monitoring and protesting, and gather at 6 pm on Thursday, September 22, at the Gardenia Center, 400 Church Street in Sandpoint.  During and after the Thursday and Saturday meetings, we plan to broaden coalitions and camaraderie among activists, while continuing conversations and enjoying music outside nearby pubs.

Direct Action Training

2 to 5 pm Saturday, September 24

Gardenia Center, Sandpoint

Regional climate and environmental activists and water protectors will provide several, interactive, training workshops, through talks and videos sharing frontline skills, stories, and insights.  Advocating grassroots, direct actions at the sites of environmental destruction, more than participation in expensive, ineffective, legal systems and other government processes, trainers will offer their expertise through three one-hour presentation and practice sessions on topics such as knowing your rights, strategizing and tactical thinking, affinity group dynamics, target selection and scouting, action design, roles, and documentation, media communications, police interactions, de-escalation, security, safety, and self-defense,  and jail solidarity.  The number, topics, and lengths of training sessions have varied over the years, chosen by and adapted to rural participants and supporting various ecological and social justice movements within current, U.S., political contexts.  Prior speakers have given advice on road and railroad actions, digital security, pipeline blockades, grand jury resistance, know-your-rights, and the previously mentioned subjects.  Organizers holding these trainings anticipate reciprocally learning and strengthening the volunteer activism gaining momentum in the Idaho Panhandle.  We encourage everyone who plans to attend to RSVP in advance and request particular topics and further logistical information.  Join WIRT and guests anytime between 2 and 5 pm on Saturday, September 24, at the Gardenia Center, 400 Church Street in Sandpoint.

Panhandle Paddle

10 am to 12 pm Sunday, September 25

City and Dog Beach Parks, Sandpoint

For a seventh year, WIRT and allied activists are bringing their boats, bodies, and bravery to two locations, for on- and off-shore protests of Northwest coal, oil, and tar sands trains, terminals, and derailments and north Idaho, railroad bridge and track expansion.  To accommodate participants who are renting single or double kayaks, paddleboards, or other manual watercraft from Sandpoint businesses that open at 9 am, activists are meeting an hour later, at 10 am on Sunday, September 25.  Near the south boat ramp at City Beach Park in Sandpoint, we will launch a flotilla on Lake Pend Oreille, departing after participants arrive by land and water, to voyage around present and proposed railroad bridge sites.  By about 11 am on Sunday, another rally will converge after paddlers reach Dog Beach Park south of Sandpoint.  Bring large, attractive banners and signs, visible to observers at great distances, and respond to WIRT with your boat rental intentions and mobility needs, so we can reserve and cover the costs of watercraft, and arrange transportation for folks who cannot walk to Dog Beach Park. Continue reading

Climate Justice Forum: Totem Pole Journey, Idaho Highway & Railroad Resistance & Wildfires, Nevada Lithium Mine Massacre Site, Railroad Workers Strike, Louisiana Lake Pipeline Fire 9-14-22


The Wednesday, September 14, 2022, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features news, music, and reflections on a totem pole journey stop in Spokane, Idaho highway construction, wetland litigation, and opposition fundraising, numerous human-caused wildfires, and unhealthy smoky air, a proposed northern Nevada lithium mine within an indigenous massacre site, a potential national railroad workers strike, Amtrak cancellation of three Western routes, Seventh Panhandle Paddle railroad resistance events, a natural gas pipeline fiery explosion in a Louisiana lake, and a Washington DC demonstration against Appalachia pipelines.  Broadcast for ten years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots, frontline resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Indigenous BC Pipeline Resisters, Idaho Windmill Megaloads & Oil & Gas Luncheon, Missoula & Tacoma Train Wrecks, Utah Tar Sands Scams, DC Pipeline Protests 9-7-22


The Wednesday, September 7, 2022, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features a Wet’suwet’en First Nation webinar with British Columbia gas pipeline opponents and indigenous leaders Sleydo’ and Chief Na’Moks, climate scientist and activist Peter Kalmus, and direct action trainer Hunter Smith.  We also share news, music, and reflections on Idaho highway transport of oversized windmills and a chamber of commerce luncheon with an oil and gas company president, train wrecks at a Missoula rail yard and a Tacoma port, revoked agreements for Utah tar sands and other scam mines, and Washington DC protests of the Mountain Valley pipeline and its Congressional support.  Broadcast for ten years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots, frontline resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Cass Davis on Idaho Highway Expansion Halt, Doubled Lake Coal Trains & Bridges, Federal Coal Lease Moratorium, Corrupt Montana Coal Company, Police & Pipeline Deal Protests 8-31-22


The Wednesday, August 31, 2022, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition (PRDC) board president Cass Davis discussing decades-long citizen efforts to protect native Palouse Prairie remnants, wildlife, and wetlands from north Idaho highway realignment and expansion.  We also share news, music, and reflections on a federal agency decision halting work on that Highway 95 project, a PRDC crowdfunding campaign, doubled Idaho lake railroad bridges and coal train lengths, a court-reinstated coal leasing moratorium on federal lands, investigations and rancher cases against a corrupt Montana coal company, an indigenous civil suit against police harassment near British Columbia gas pipeline construction, and New York City protests of pipeline deals in Congressional bills.  Broadcast for ten years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots, frontline resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Northwest Gas Pipeline Expansion & Resistance, Idaho Challenges of Oil & Gas Waste Well & Forced Leasing, Washington Silicon Smelter Siting Opposition 8-24-22


The Wednesday, August 24, 2022, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features news, music, and reflections about Canadian Keystone XL company plans to expand fracked gas pipeline volumes and pump stations across north Idaho and the Northwest and extensive citizen and state government rejection of this scheme through comments and petitions.  We also discuss southwest Idaho legal challenges of a proposed oil and gas waste injection well and forced gas well leasing, and ongoing resistance to siting of a Newport, Washington, silicon smelter.  Broadcast for ten years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots, frontline resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Idaho Pipeline Resistance & Rail Bridge Construction, Spokane River Paddle & Veterans for Peace Award, Frontline Responses to Inflation Reduction Act, August Full Moon 8-17-22


The Wednesday, August 17, 2022, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features a Columbia Riverkeeper webinar about Keystone XL pipeline owner TC Energy’s plans to expand GTN Xpress gas pipeline volumes and pump stations across north Idaho and the Northwest.  We also share news, music, and reflections on BNSF Railway second bridges and track construction in Lake Pend Oreille, an indigenous canoe paddle on the Spokane River, selection of Spokane Veterans for Peace as chapter of the year, GTN Xpress comments, petitions, letters to editors, and protests, a People versus Fossil Fuels coalition response to industry deals in the Inflation Reduction Act, and the August full sturgeon supermoon.  Broadcast for ten years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots, frontline resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: GTN Xpress Gas Pipeline Expansion, Palouse Prairie Crowdfunding, DAPL Jail Support, Nevada Lithium Mine Discoveries, First Nation Work Camp, Bay Area Refinery Protest 8-10-22


The Wednesday, August 10, 2022, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features a recent Columbia Riverkeeper webinar about Keystone XL pipeline owner TC Energy’s plans to expand GTN Xpress gas pipeline volumes and pump stations across north Idaho and the Northwest.  We also share news, music, and reflections on crowdfunding for legal efforts to protect Palouse Prairie wetlands from Idaho highway expansion, a coincidental Illinois intermodal train derailment, solidarity support for an incarcerated Dakota Access pipeline protester, discovery of indigenous historic sites at a proposed Nevada lithium mine site, a summer work camp on First Nation lands in British Columbia, and Bay Area demonstrations remembering a 2012 Chevron refinery fire.  Broadcast for ten years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots, frontline resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Idaho Tribal Canoe Journey & Resistance to Gas Pipeline & Highway Expansion, Logging & Silica Mining, BC Pipeline Opposition, Last Hawaii Coal 8-3-22


The Wednesday, August 3, 2022, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features news, music, and reflections on funding requests for legal efforts to protect Palouse Prairie wetlands from highway expansion, Keystone XL pipeline owner plans to expand Northwest gas pipeline volumes and pump stations, north Idaho lakeside silica mining claims for sale, proposed massive public lands deforestation, obstructive road bridge replacement, a recent small wildfire, and climate concerned updates to a county comprehensive plan, the annual Kalispel and allied tribal canoe journey and powwow, dropped charges and indigenous resistance to a British Columbia gas pipeline, final coal shipments to a closing Hawaii power plant, and impending global human population collapse.  Broadcast for ten years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots, frontline resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Erin Saylor on NW Gas Pipeline Expansion, Palouse Wetlands Protection, Hanford Nuclear Leaks, BC Pipeline Resistance, Climate Emergency Declaration, Congressional Staffers Protest 7-27-22


The Wednesday, July 27, 2022, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features Columbia Riverkeeper staff attorney Erin Saylor, talking about Keystone XL pipeline owner TC Energy’s plans to expand Gas Transmission Northwest pipeline volume and pump stations across north Idaho and the Northwest.  We also share news, music, and reflections on legal efforts and funding requests for Palouse Prairie wetlands protection from highway expansion, online workshops on leaking Hanford nuclear waste, pipeline resistance camp opportunities at a British Columbia indigenous center, conferences and actions urging a presidential declaration of climate emergency, and a Congressional staffers climate protest and arrests in a Washington DC office.  Broadcast for ten years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, grassroots, frontline resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.