Maine Earth First!

Gilbert’s Shoes Tour comes to Maine
June 8, 2009, 11:10 pm
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Friday, June 19th. 7pm.
at Meg Perry Center in Portland.
bring donations for these folks. all money going towards their project.

Gilbert's Shoes

Coming from North Philadelphia: a duo of activists presenting the story of their community space, Gilbert’s Shoes. They will be talking about the history of the project, its goals, the struggles they face since a police raid last year, as well as gentrification, police brutality, displacement & budget cuts. Please come & hear how such projects can exist in our own hometowns.


Mainer Arrested in Florida
June 2, 2009, 3:09 pm
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Support Swamp Defender Brittany!

On May 29th, one of the Barley Barber 17, Brittany, was sentenced to
30 days in Martin County Jail. She plead no-contest to three charges.
Back in January, Brittany bravely defied law enforcement officers as
well as Florida Power & Light security guards by crossing into Barley
Barber Swamp through a water way that is both waters of the State and
waters of the U.S. Brittany carried out a swamp occupation attempting
to protect and call attention to the old growth cypress swamp with
1000 year old cypress trees. Barley Barber is a gem, a primeval
landscape, and one of the only old-growth cypress forests left in the
Southeast Coast. FPL's Martin Power Plant, the largest fossil fuel
power plant in the U.S. is pulling water from below the forest causing
soil subsidence and the eventual collapse of the entire regional
ecosystem (not too mention the air pollution and climate change).

Please support Barley Barber Swamp, Brittany, and eco-defense by
writing to her at the following address. She could also use lots of
books! Also, consider donating to Everglades Earth First! to help with
legal funds! Check out our paypal link on the home page.

Martin County Jail
Brittany Pottle
800 SE Monterey Rd.
Stuart, Florida 34994

Martin County Jail Regulations on published materials:
"Inmates may receive Newspapers, magazines, books and periodicals sent
directly from the publisher or approved vendor such as a retail book
seller, internet distributor or book club via the US Postal Service or
private delivery service. Inmates may receive educational, and
reference books through the U.S. mail system, provided they are mailed
directly from the publisher or bookstore. There are no limitations on
religious material. All reading material
must be in paperback form."

For more details:

Earth First! Roadshow Coming to Maine
April 9, 2009, 2:21 pm
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The Earth First! Roadshow is headed our way next week! They are on a cross country tour to revitalize the Earth First! movement & share skills. They’ll be making a few stops in a few different towns here in Maine:
April 16th
1-5PM Direct Action/Media Training
Falmouth @ The Bike Barn 547 Blackstrap Rd.
7PM Presentation
Portland @ The Zero Station 222 Anderson St.
Both are FREE but donations much appreciated

April 17th
Unity College More info TBA

April 18th
Turner, ME
Maine Youth Activist Gathering, Turner Grange Hall
12-6 PM Workshops: Direct action 101, and Intro to blockades training
6 PM Dinner, entertainment, EF! Roadshow presentation

April 19th
Farmington @ University of Maine Farmington 1-5PM

Here’s what the roadshow has to say:

Earth First! Roadshow: A cross-county tour aimed at renewing the Earth First! movement, from Spring to Summer 2009

From the Earth First! Organizers’ Conference & Winter Rendezvous in the Sonoran desert this February to the Round River Rendezvous in Cascadia this summer, a band of eco-rebels will be crossing the US Empire to renew a fighting movement that can stop this industrial nightmare from choking the life out of the earth.

The need for resistance in solidarity with the wild has never been louder or clearer than it is today; the roadshow is a great tool for cultivating resistance. There are countless examples to draw from in the story of radical movements before us: militant labor organizing tours, anti-fascist resistance recruitment and international speaking tours to build cross-border solidarity. The origin of Earth First! is credited to a few roadshows that kicked it all off in the early 1980s. We are building on this tradition; akin to a fellowship crossing Middle Earth to amass insurgents to face Mordor head-on.

List-serves and websites aren’t enough
This Roadshow’s primary intention is to strengthen our radical grassroots ecological network. For almost 30 years, we have been an organized voice bridging conservation biology with grassroots community organizing, road blockading and eco-sabotage. In the past 5 years we have seen numbers and experience-level in the EF! movement decline drastically. Yet, our place has never been more urgent. New groups are popping up across the country, but they are detached from many of the groups, history, and skills that preceded them. We can¹t afford to stumble and repeat the same mistakes.
We are at the tail end of a decade where corporate globalization rooted itself in the US and spread across the planet like a plague. And now that the reality of climate change is finally sinking into the mainstream consciousness, the same superpowers that pushed so-called ‘free trade’ policies to exploit wild nature more efficiently are promoting carbon trading in attempt to make a profitable industry out of the disasters they’ve created. The spineless Big Green environmental NGOs are scrambling for crumbs and cutting deals with the industry for shallow public relations victories. Earth First! must rise and recognize that it’s presence is a strong component of making the broader environmental movement truly effective. We are its spine, or as an EF! co-founder, Howie Wolke, has put it, we are the lions of a movement ‘ecosystem’. Our niche is critical, and its presence (or absence) is felt deeply by our surroundings.

We need to reconnect the multi-generational aspect of Earth First! that has fallen by the wayside in recent years. We need to broaden our network’s base—from radical rural grandparents to revolutionary urban youth. We must re-establish lost relationships with scholars and scientists who resonate with us. We mustre-inspire musicians and artists to contribute their passion to our battles.

When it comes down to it, solid movements are based on strong personal relationships; and real relationships don’t go very far over the internet. We need face-to-face interaction to build trust with—and support for—each other.

For the life of the Earth First! Journal
In a time where internet communication is facilitating the end of print media, including many mainstream news outlets, we are challenged to sustain our movement’s basic, primary medium of communication: the printed Earth First! Journal. Doing this means boosting the subscription/distribution base, plain and simple. And the roadshow is a chance to do that across the country.

If, or when, the lights go out, we will have the inspiration of photos and stories spanning 3 decades that we can hold in our hands and read out loud to each other by fire light, and pass on to the next generations. We shouldn’t let go of that (at least not until the lights go out!), no matter how tempting the allure of free online publishing might get.

The EF! Journal has survived where other activist publications have faded, because there is a base of community support and movement input that is rare in other print media projects. If this publication is lost, it will be a blow to all of our efforts in defense our land, our water, our neighborhoods, our animal-relations and the entire amazing wild process of life’s evolution on this planet.

Where are we going?
If you live in the US, there is a good chance that we will be coming close enough to your home for you to get involved. The roadshow will be starting at the Organizers’ Conference in Arizona and ending at the Round River Rendezvous in Cascadia. The schedule so far looks roughly like this:

March- from the Deserts into the Swamps
April- through the Foothills up to the Northwoods
May- across the Great Lakes and the Great Plains
June- around the Wild Rockies out to the Pacific Coast

Do you want to set up a quick stop at the local community center of college campus? Does your community want to plan a 3-day regional weekend gathering with direct action trainings and sessions on Earth First! history, vision and strategy? Or maybe something in between? Is there pending action plans that we could lend support to en route?

The Roadshow will be traveling with a variety of skills, topics and resources, including: forming affinity groups and planning direct action; blockading, climbing and occupations; bioregional news from campaigns and projects around the country; tools for challenging oppression; up-to-date news on resisting the Greenscare; independent and corporate media work; community organizing strategies; and more. A primary goal of the tour is to build the skill-base of our network. If you want specific areas of interests covered, let us know and we can tailor the stops to meet local/regional desires.

We also will be traveling with an array of art and culture, including musicians, puppet shows, and merchandise (stickers, books, shirts, etc.), to promote the vibrancy and visibility of radical ecological resistance.

Get involved, get more info, get in touch

Benefit Show a Success; two more on the way
March 30, 2009, 7:11 pm
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Hey, thanks to all who came out to the show. The turn out was great & it was a lot of fun. We have two more coming up as well: This Saturday a dance party benefit with The Scrapes & more. This will be at 176 Coyle St. in Portland. More details soon. In just a few weeks there will be an all ages benefit concert in Downtown Portland on Earth Day, April 22nd. The bands are Dylan Bredeau, A Primitive & Savage Land, Huak & Shabti. This will be at Space Gallery 538 Congress St. 7pm. $7. It is a joint benefit with The Dooryard Arts Collective.


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Benefit Concert for Maine EF!
March 6, 2009, 7:24 pm
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Sunday, March 29th.
at 176 Coyle St. in Portland
5pm. $5. all ages. VEGAN POTLUCK!
AURYN (Pittsburgh; members from RAMBO/HYPATIA/FROM THE DEPTHS)
ELD (epic punk from Portland)
A PRIMITIVE & SAVAGE LAND (Fore River hardcore punk)


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More from MPBN
February 12, 2009, 7:16 pm
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Here is another radio article related to Plum Creek’s bad logging practices.

Plum Creek Denies Access
February 9, 2009, 11:10 pm
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Plum Creek Closes Land to Public Access

Citizen’s Watchdog Group Denied Access to Proposed Conservation Easement Lands

February 8, 2009

Indian Stream Township, ME– Members of a citizen’s watchdog group
who recently accused Plum Creek of illegal logging operations were
denied access to an active logging operation by Plum Creek security
guards this weekend. The Native Forest Network, an all volunteer
group working to protect Maine’s north woods ecosystems and
traditional way of life have sent delegations to the area for the last
three weekends without any conflicts with landowner Plum Creek. This
weekend members who intended to document what they claim are sensitive
winter deer yards in the area were turned away by Plum Creek security.

Two weeks ago, the Native Forest Network documented deer wintering
yards and what they believe were illegal logging operations in the an
area that is part of the proposed conservation easements associated
with Plum Creek’s controversial development plan for the Moosehead
Lake region. Plum Creek was fined $57,000 in 2003 for clearcutting
violations, and has violated protections for deer wintering areas in
the past as well. Native Forest Network notified the state Forest
Service and Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife about their
concerns with the Indian Stream parcel and biologists from the
Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife have agreed to investigate
the logging operation and the status of potential winter deer yards in
the area. Plum Creek has denied any wrong doing and defended their
logging practices in the area.

Last week, Plum Creek closed the access road to their current logging
operations in Indian Stream Township. This weekend, when members of
the Native Forest Network attempted to continue to document their
findings in the area, they were turned away by security guards. “We
were told that the area was closed for an active logging operation.
But last week it was also an active logging operation and the area was
open to the public. It seems like they are trying to hide something.”
said Native Forest Network activist Ryan Clarke.

As part of their proposal to rezone 400,000 acres in the Moosehead
Lake Region, Plum Creek is required by law to balance the development
with publicly beneficial conservation. The area west of Big Moose
Mountain where the now closed logging operation is underway would be
part of the conservation deal if the Land Use Regulation Commission
gives its final approval to Plum Creek’s plan later this year. As
part of the conservation easement associated with the Moosehead
development, Plum Creek would retain access to the land for industrial
forestry, but the land would remain open to the public for hiking,
camping, snowmobiling, hunting and other traditional recreational
activities. But Clarke questions the precedent that this closure
sets: “If ‘open to the public’ means that they close active logging
operations to hide illegal logging operations from the public, then
will the conservation lands actually be open to the public?”

Plum Creek is currently maintaining other logging operations in the
area which are not guarded and are open to public access.

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