IMPORTANT time change: Film will start at 6:00, not 7:30 as flyer says.
IMPORTANT time change: Film will start at 6:00, not 7:30 as flyer says.
Redwood Coast Rendezvous 2013
by EF!Humboldt ~ May 10th, 2013
Come on out to the mountains of Humboldt County for this years Redwood Coast Rendezvous June 14th-18th.
This summer looks like a hot one for direct action against extraction across the continent!
Consequently, we’ll be focusing on skill sharing and training in order to spread the knowledge of practical blockading techniques, technical rope climbing, more direct action techniques and campaign organizing.
In the Redwood region alone there are two ongoing direct action campaigns.
In Willits, the California Highway Patrol and their riot squad can’t keep the Little Lake Valley Defenders down as tree-sits continue to go up in the path of destruction planned for the new Highway 101 bypass around the town and through ancient trees and wetlands.
In northern Humboldt, the the tree-sitters are holding strong in some of the oldest and largest Redwoods in the Trinidad area as Green Diamonds logging echoes down from the hills.
Redwood Coast Rendezvous schedule and location TBA soon.
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By Will Potter
Most people have heard of tree-sitting—a tactic environmentalists use to prevent old-growth trees from being cut down and whole forests decimated. In its heyday, in the late 1990s and early 2000s, members of groups like Earth First! climbed 100-foot-tall Redwoods and stayed there to save them. Beginning in 1997, one woman in Humboldt, California, named her tree Luna and stayed in it for two years, until enough money could be raised to prevent it from being axed. In 1998, in a Northern California old-growth forest, another treesitter named David Gypsy Chain was “accidentally” killed when loggers felled a tree that came crashing into the protester. He died instantly of massive head trauma.
This style of protest was also hugely successful—that is, until a series of arrests in 2005 against radical environmentalists who were labeled “terrorists.” It scared the shit out of the environmental-activist community, and folks started drifting away.
Now, there's a vibrant national protest movement reviving those "direct action" tactics of civil disobedience again, and adding a new political savvy to the mix. They, too, have been incredibly effective. In Oregon, in the summer of 2011, one blockade took 50 cops, a backhoe, and a 125-foot-crane to remove treesitters. A few days later, activists locked themselves together in an Oregon Department of Forestry office. The group responsible, the Cascadia Forest Defenders, say they won't stop until the Elliott State Forest is protected from clearcutting…
The Eureka Bike Kitchen at Jefferson School is proud to say they are opening our doors to the public !
The day before opening day, the Bike Kitchen is hosting a Community Bike Ride that will start May 31st at from the Community Bike Kitchen at Jefferson School, and then arrive at the Gazebo at to meet with other members of the community to continue our family friendly ride.
-COMMUNITY BIKE RIDE FROM THE COMMUNITY BIKE KITCHEN AT JEFFERSON SCHOOL
-MEET UP WITH OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY TO GATHER AND CONTINUE THE RIDE
(Snacks Available)-BIKE-IN MOVIE FEATURING THE AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARY "B.I.K.E."
-GRAND OPENING OF THE COMMUNITY BIKE KITCHEN AT JEFFERSON SCHOOL!
On May 1st may day let’s let everyone know how we feel about Walmart lowering average retail wages nationally. Let them know that we won’t stand by silenty while the greatest ripoff in recent memoryi8 certainly,causing the largest transfer of wealth from 99% of the population to 1% continues unabated. We won’t stand for our future being stolen for the sake of short sighted callous pursuit of profit and power. Gather together wednesday May 1st. Take an action in solidarity with fellow working people. Cause if we don’t stand and fight we lose. Plan an action that applies to your life. Your college program being cut? You have a degree and are just sattled with debt to show for it? Your friends or family in the military cause they couldnt find decent work? Your medical insurance doesn’t work? Police messed you over at occupy? Your working all the time and never getting ahead? May day is International day for the Workers http://www.wsm.ie/content/international-anarchist-mayday-statement This is out day don’t be invisible. Cause when we the working people really get together we’re invincible!
As the issue of Green Diamond's proposed 85 acre clearcut goes before the Trinidad City Council tonight, the determination of the community that has risen up to defend Strawberry Rock's forest is stronger than ever. The demand is simple: cancel the Strawberry Rock THP and turn the 1 square mile around the Rock into a community forest that will never be clearcut or developed.
So far, Green Diamond has only responded with the bare minimum offer: leave the Rock and the trail to it alone, as well as 27 acres of forest adjacent to the trail. This offer does not go nearly far enough in preserving the historic character of the area's 100-year-old temperate rainforest. The right thing for Green Diamond to do is to place ALL of Strawberry Rock's forests into a conservation easement, so that it may become Trinidad's next old growth forest.
The fact is, there is a very strong case that the public already has a legal entitlement to access Strawberry Rock. This fact turns Green Diamond's "offer" to protect the trail to the rock, the rock itself, and an additional 27 acres into a legal obligation rather than a gift.
California's laws on public easements and right of way makes it so that we, the people, have the absolute legal right to access Strawberry Rock, and hike the trail to do so. The fact that Green Diamond has done nothing to prevent the public from accessing the Rock in their 20+ years of ownership means even if they started arresting people tomorrow, they would have no leg to stand on in court. The public currently holds a prescriptive easement to the trail and the Rock.
The 27 acres they "offered" the public at February's public meeting is required by their own voluntary certification standards of retaining 27% of a given THP. Further, they have no right to "give" the public what is rightfully theirs–public right of way to Strawberry Rock has existed long before Green Diamond ever acquired the Trinidad property.
If Green Diamond truly wishes to be a generous member of the community, they need to give more than simply the bare minimum required by law and their certification standards.
The Eureka Rescue Mission has a questionable reputation amongst many people who have stayed there, and is loaded with a lot of terrible associations for a lot of people who have spent time there. Similar to the prison system, the faith-based shelter system aims to subdue people into states of obedience, compliance, and powerlessness. This happens through manipulating one’s sense of self worth, compromising one’s integrity, and by convincing one that they are “in the wrong” and that they need to “change their ways.”
From personal experience, I would rather sleep outside behind a building rather than going back to the Mission for provisions. I associate the Mission with a man that I met there one night when I was eating dinner. I was new in town and did not really know my way around. It was my first time eating dinner there, and he offered to take me to a better spot to stay for the night after I finished eating, and I went along with it because he came across like a decent person, and because the Mission is incredibly dispiriting. He even said that he did not want to ask me for anything. He told me that it was rare to have someone want to help you without expecting anything in return. We walked across town, stayed at the devil’s playground, and then he molested me.
It is difficult to communicate the sensation of powerlessness and helplessness over myself within the situation and within the dynamic with him. I felt sexually violated and like my dignity was completely compromised. I was pretty clueless as to where else I could go, or what to do, or how to handle the situation. It was like I did not take myself to be capable of somehow leaving the situation. We were sleeping in one of the abandoned chambers where timber used to be stacked. He was able to pick up on me being queer, but tried to suggest that I was “like him” through subliminal questions and provoking mind-games inside of my head.
He was wearing an ankle brace, I think that he had raped other people before. He tried to create a complex inside of me. I think that it was my second day in Eureka.
I am much more familiar with how to handle situations like this now, especially how to handle situations with older men who have special interest. Anyways, that is what comes to mind when I think of the Rescue Mission, and I have consistently heard sleazy memories being elicited with the mention of that place.
My friend Jimmy told me about an experience that he had with the Mission. He had one beer earlier in the day, went to the Mission later in the evening to eat and rest, and was then denied access because the light in the breathalyzer falsely indicated that he was intoxicated.
One should not be denied access to food and shelter for being under the influence of alcohol.
There are many people on the street who have a physical dependency on alcohol. Because of this addiction, they are not able to actively get around, communicate, and do things if they are forced to suddenly stop all alcohol consumption. When one is going through withdrawal from alcohol, and the body is detoxing itself, one is increasingly dysfunctional if they do not have lesser amounts of alcohol to help their body and mind work through the dependency.
A girl that I met on the streets in Portland comes to mind. If she did not have a beer by mid-morning, then she would be overwhelmed with nausea. She told me that she can’t stop herself from throwing up when this happens.
It is not fair, decent, or reasonable to expect guests at a shelter to immediately conform to a standard of sobriety that they may not be physically or psychologically capable of meeting because of their past levels of alcohol use and because of their current dependency on alcohol to function.
The Rescue Mission offers a New Life Discipleship Program, which serves as a “clean and sober” program, but it is not without conditions. Despite one’s belief system, value structure, or spiritual orientation it is required that one must complete a minimum of 600 hours of “structured bible study” by the end of the one year program. One should not have to study the Bible for 600 hours for a temporary residential situation to become sober. The side of the Rescue Mission van that drives around town states in bold lettering “ Rebuilding broken lives, one life at a time.”
Since winter started, people have died in Eureka because of the cold. Well, that’s not what the coroner’s office has documented, but that is the word on the street. The temperature is what killed them, but insensitive policies might be more culpable than the winter weather. Upon walking into the Rescue Mission in Eureka, one has a breathalyzer inserted into their mouth to determine whether or not they will be allowed to have a cooked meal, bathe, and sleep inside for the night. If one doesn’t pass, then they are cast out into harsh conditions.
When alcohol is consumed and makes its way into one’s bloodstream it usually gives a sensation of warmth. This is deceptive, because alcohol causes blood to thin and increases blood flow near the skin. This means that blood which is flowing near the skin will be rapidly affected by the cold,which then inhibits one’s body from maintaining homeostasis. This causes the human body to loose its ability to sustain a living temperature, which increases one’s susceptibility to hypothermia.
This is relevant when one is denied access to shelter for having a drink and is forced, out of bodily necessity, to sleep underneath a building, in the woods, or out in a field. When one sleeps outside in Eureka they have to be concerned about the Eureka Police Department harassing them throughout the night. This tends to happen either through selective enforcement or violence.
By selective enforcement, an officer giving one a citation for illegal “camping”, which one probably can’t afford later, and which may become an active warrant. Or sometimes selective enforcement takes shape in other ways. In Eureka and Arcata people are commonly profiled for looking poor and arbitrarily searched for drugs without probable cause or reasonable suspicion. Sometimes people who are profiled as being on the street are detained for no decent reason. For instance, a kid that I befriended while I was living at the Arcata Night Shelter showed me a detainment certificate one morning that he was given two days prior. When I asked him why he was detained, he told me that he didn’t know. Apparently, when he was walking down the street in Arcata, minding his business, a cop car rolled up, put him in handcuffs, and forced him into the back of the car. He was never told specifically why he was detained, the most that was told to him was that he looked like he was about to do something suspicious.
By violence, having your tent, tarps, or temporary shelter intruded upon, ransacked, and destroyed. Your belongings will be rendered unsalvageable and thrown into a locked dumpster. After being criminalized and dehumanized, there are few material possessions left to stay dry and warm which leaves one hoping they don’t die of hypothermia. Or sometimes violence takes shape in other ways. My friend “star gazer”, who I met during my stay at the Arcata Night Shelter, was lifted off of the sidewalk and thrown onto the concrete after she refused to communicate with cops who were asking her why she had blood on her forehead. She was unconcerned, minding her own business, and did not have any obligation to talk to the cops. They detained her and towed the car that she was living in which was parked at the end of the street. Because of this, she had nowhere to go after her car was impounded. Because she had nowhere safe to go after this happened, and because she was alone, she got taken advantage of one night and ended up getting raped. This would have never happened if her car was not impounded for no decent reason.
Houseless people continue to die and unnecessarily suffer. This is because they are denied access to shelter for drinking; because their possessions are looted and trashed; because of the callousness of John Shelter behind New Directions; because of the policies and the people at the Eureka Rescue Mission; because of the current policies, the lack of policies, and the lolly-pop lady at the Arcata Night Shelter; and because of the sick brutality of the Eureka Police Department.
They call the Arcata Night Shelter The Island.
It is on the outskirts of Arcata and the only way that one is meant to come or go is by the van that comes to town at designated times. Most of the time the van driver is the head staff member who I will refer to as the lolly-pop lady. I only stayed at this shelter for around two months, but this was enough time to get insight into the poor decisions she made and the people that were directly affected.
The first memory that I have of her was when I boarded the van one afternoon outside of the library. I did not realize that she didn’t notice me inside until she accused me of sneaking on the next morning when she was driving us back into town, told me that she was “at capacity,” and that I should try to get into the Rescue Mission in Eureka instead. I was not willing to stay at the Rescue Mission because of my past experiences and associations. I shared the news with someone who worked at the drop-in that I was going to, they told me I was being discriminated against, and were able to open up a space for me by calling and voicing that suspicion. I was then given intake and accommodations, but during my stay there I saw person-after-person turned away day-after-day. The usual excuse for rejecting people in need was that the shelter was “at capacity”, but the meaning of “capacity” was unspecific. Some afternoons when capacity was asserted, there would be no more than 15 or 16 people. Then, some evenings there would be around 20 to 25 people sharing the space with one another. Capacity was relative to the lolly-pop ladies mood at the time of pick-up.
Occasionally, new faces would be allowed to come to The Island. Usually, they would be turned away, with absolutely no help or concern as to what they would do that night or where they could go instead. Not only would people in need be excluded from services, but people in need would also be sporadically kicked out for two weeks.
My friend “canary” had been staying at the Night Shelter for three nights, did not have any better alternatives, and did not have any belongings other than the clothing she was wearing. One afternoon, when she was walking to the laundry room to get her bedding and a towel, a host’s son accused her of being on pills once he was out of ear-shot of anyone else. He responded to her frustration at this accusation by phoning the lolly-pop lady. She drove the van back to the shelter several hours later in the middle of the night, picked up “canary” despite her wanting to stay, and with no evidence to suggest that she had consumed pills, dropped her off that night somewhere in town. I haven’t seen her since then.
A month or so later, a friend of mine was accused of stealing some tobacco from a fellow guest. Despite there being no evidence to prove that he had done this and no legitimate reason to suspect this, he was prohibited from returning to the shelter for two weeks because of this accusation. He did not have anywhere to go, and he did not have sufficient gear to be staying outside. The last time that I saw him was a few days after he had been 86′d when he dropped into my work and told me about what went down.
There needs to be alternative shelter options in Humboldt. There needs to be different policies at the current shelters in Humboldt.
There should not be an imperative on sobriety at these shelters that causes people to be denied services. There needs to be enough room to accommodate every person who wants to sleep inside.
People should not be denied food for arbitrary reasons. People should not be marginalized for being perceived as mentally ill. People should not be demeaned, reduced, talked down to, or dehumanized by anyone, but especially through agencies that claim to help people in need.
People should not have their belongings stolen from them, destroyed, and thrown into a dumpster by agencies that claim to steward the environment.
People should not be given citations for sleeping. People should not be searched without probable cause or reasonable suspicion.
People should not have to endure acts of violence from the APD and the EPD. People who look poor should not be detained for no decent reason.
People who live outside should not have their lives threatened by hypothermia because they are not allowed a place to stay inside.
New Directions claims to be an organization which stewards the environment by “cleaning up” trash left behind from people sleeping outside as well as “cleaning up” encampments themselves. New Directions also prides itself in giving houseless people opportunities to give their life a “new direction” by paying them to “clean up trash” and by providing them with temporary living quarters. This facade sounds endearing, but the reality is that “cleaning up” usually takes the form of abusive behavior that has included stealing people’s tarps, tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, and personal belongings and throwing them into a locked dumpster so they can not be retrieved later.
John Shelter is the man behind New Directions who started the agency, organizes the policies, and recruits new people to work for him. Prior to starting New Directions, he was the manager at the Arcata Service Center, previously known as the Endeavor. Having been in these positions, one would hope that he would be considerate and respectful towards people who live outside.
But, people who have collaborated with him seem to think otherwise. Kathy Anderson was the coordinator at the Arcata Endeavor (later became the Arcata Service Center) from 1988 to 1995 which mainly operated to provide food to hungry people. She was also the director at the Arcata House for a period of time, which mainly operated to provide transitional living for people. Kathy has conviction that one is entitled to live their life in any way that one is inspired to do so, and she does not rely on a “middle class standard” as a means to gauge how she should relate to other people.
She had the opportunity to work alongside John Shelter as well as participate in community meetings with him. Because they knew many of the same people, Kathy was able to observe how John Shelter relates to people who live outside or are in low-income situations. She described him as not being for the people, as being completely loyal to his sources of funding at the expense of people’s livelihoods, and as being driven by a quest for power, an attitude of self-importance, and the desire for prestige.
While working at the Arcata Service Center (formerly the Endeavor) he consistently exercised biases against people who drank alcohol or who he found a reason not to like. This discrimination took place through denying these people services such as food, when the only qualification to get food should be whether or not one is hungry. In short, his personal prejudices inhibited people from receiving services when they were in need of services.
During the 5 years that Kathy Anderson ran the Endeavor she never had to call the police to resolve disputes among guests. According to her coworker, Verbena, she managed the Endeavor with integrity and respect. She worked with people by “having a program that fit the needs of the people rather than people fitting the needs of the program.”
But, when the Arcata Endeavor began to accept federal funding in the form of block grants, and later when John Shelter came into the scene, things began to seriously change.
Having worked at the Arcata Endeavor for three and a half years, Verbena witnessed these changes as they began to take place. John Shelter quickly garnered a reputation for relying heavily on police presence to run things. The cops began to come through the Service Center on a day-to-day basis to run warrant checks on people who were trying to get a meal or clean up. The programs became rigidly structured. Everything became computerized and every person who wanted to use services was documented into an electronic database. As the director of the Arcata Service Center, John Shelter began to determine who could be at the Service Center, how people had to behave, he would be inquisitive and intrusive about whether or not people were on drugs or alcohol, he antagonized people, and he consistently called the cops on people for suspecting their behavior to be caused by mental illness or the influence of intoxicants.
This disrespectful mentality that the management pushed towards guests was indicative of internalized biases against houseless people and low-income people. This lack of respect encouraged guests to have a lack of respect towards the management. The social relations continued to worsen between guests and management, and the Arcata Service Center gradually fell apart.
John Shelter continues to operate within this framework of prejudice and discrimination through New Directions. John Shelter’s sick mentality continues to reveal itself through his current actions towards houseless people. These actions include his on-going collaboration with the Eureka Police Department.
When New Directions is not merely picking up litter outside of the Bayshore Mall or cleaning up after an event, John Shelter and his co-opted recruits prowl around Eureka looking for tent or tarp situations to dismantle. After an outdoors living situation is scoped out, then the New Directions’ crew will contact the cops if people are detected at the site.
Depending on the situation, the police may detain and arrest the person who is staying at the site. Otherwise, people are issued a citation rather than being cuffed and taken away. But, what past instances have shown to be constant is that the New Directions’ crew will raid one’s tent or tarps, loot all of their belongings, destroy all of their belongings, and then throw them into a locked dumpster.
As someone who works with youth who live outside, I regularly come into contact with people who have some sort of relations with the agency. Earlier this week, a kid who works for New Directions, came into my work to use services.
I asked him about the agency and how “camps” are handled and he was pretty forward spoken about the procedure. He straight up described instances in which he has gone out with the rest of the crew to locate places where people camp out. On occasion, he said, the cops handcuff the person who is sleeping outside for “camping”, and then after this person is taken away, New Directions will raid and destroy their possessions at the site.
We are looking for writers and editors graphic designers and others who are interested in taking on The Humboldt Grassroots Newspaper project. The project is important to report on what is happening anarchist perspective, What actually matters to us,(things that concern regular people in peoples lives)report on movement activity- what the anarchist community is doing- what sort of trouble is the system trying to brew…
We want the Humboldt Grassroots Paper to serve as a vehicle of communication between the Anarchist Movement and the broader community and oppressed people with potential allies
This could be a much more successful project put in capable hands. We distribute 2000 copies of Humboldt Grassroots from southern Humboldt To northern Humboldt. We will be nominating a new head Editor and reorganizing the paper and may be changing the papers layout depending on what those new to the creating the paper decide. The editorial collective must operate Consistent with the Our platform, but not all articles must do so.
Please if you are interested in joining the paper or contributing in any way get in contact.
Monday 6pm to 8pm July 23rd at The Rhizome 47 west 3rd and commercial
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TRUTH AND REVOLUTION
A HISTORY OF THE SOJOURNER TRUTH ORGANIZATION, 1969-1986
By Michael Staudenmaier, with a Foreword by John H. Bracey, Jr.
/*"*This deeply researched, balanced, and remarkable history shows
how STO’s practice intersected with its ideas, not only in
relatively well-known campaigns attacking white-skin privilege but
in shopfloor organizing and anti-imperialist solidarity as
well."/—David Roediger, co-author, with Elizabeth Esch of /The
Production of Difference/
In the 1970s and 1980s, as the movements of the sixties receded from
view, the revolutionary left in the United States went through a series
of profound political, demographic, and cultural transformations as it
struggled to find its footing in a rapidly changing world. The
unorthodox political agenda of the Sojourner Truth Organization
represents a small but powerfully resonant thread running through this
arc of history. Drawing on detailed archival research and oral
interviews, Truth and Revolution skillfully combines social and
intellectual history approaches to shed light on both the theory and the
practice of STO. Perhaps most famous for its theoretical formulations of
white skin privilege, the group also developed a novel analysis of class
consciousness that reflected its commitment to an autonomist Marxism. In
all the major arenas of its work—factory organizing, anti-imperialist
solidarity, anti-nuclear and anti-fascist struggles, among many
others—STO combined a strategic assessment of the urgent tasks facing
an activist left with a theoretical sophistication that merits sustained
attention. Historian Michael Staudenmaier also includes a final chapter
linking the legacy of STO directly to the challenges facing twenty-first
*Read an excerpt from the book
| Buy a copy of the book <http://www.akpress.org/truthandrevolution.html>
*Advance praise for /Truth and Revolution/:*
"Michael Staudenmaier has uncovered a crucial story of the New Left,
one that has escaped the attention of most scholars of the era. His
skilled prose and meticulous research critically honors this history
and draws lessons for us today.—*James Tracy*, co-author of
/Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels and Black Power:
Community Organizing in Radical Times/
"Wow! /Truth and Revolution/ is a guided tour of the worker
militancy, revolutionary nationalist upsurge, and new social
movement eruptions of the last forty years. Best of all Staudenmaier
breaks it all down for today’s social movements. /Truth and
Revolution/ is not to be missed."—*Dan Berger*, editor of /The
Hidden 1970s: Histories of Radicalism/
"STO’s unflinching focus on calling out white supremacy in all its
manifestations is an important reminder for today. A must-read for
students of leftist politics, social movements and Chicago
history."—*Kari Lydersen*, author of /Revolt on Goose Island: The
Chicago Factory Takeover and What it Says about the Economic Crisis/
"Employing close readings of the STO’s publications and extensive
interviews with former members, Staudenmaier provides this most
intellectual of cadre organizations the carefully considered study
they deserve. A local history of Chicago and Midwestern radicalism
as well as a contribution to our knowledge of far left currents in
the 1970s and 1980s, /Truth and Revolution/ also provides critical
background on the profound critiques of whiteness articulated from
the 1990s on."—*Daniel Burton-Rose*, author of /Guerrilla USA: The
George Jackson Brigade and the Anticapitalist Underground of the 1970s/
"With his thoughtful, engaging reconstruction of the STO’s history,
Michael Staudenmaier provides a sympathetic but not uncritical
account of "an organization of revolutionaries who tried to think",
and in doing so engaged in practices and asked questions that still
resonate today."—*Steve Wright*, author of /Storming Heaven/
*About the author:*
*Michael Staudenmaier* is a veteran of anarchist, anti-imperialist, and
anti-fascist movements, and is now a doctoral candi
Excerpt from Humboldt Grassroots Issue #2 this should be printed out and given to friends, family, acquaintances, and even complete strangers that you happen to meet etc.
Here is the internet version of the pamphlet it is an ealier version you can read in sequential order on the internet. This is due part to " laziness" and mostly to the fact that we want you to print out the pamphlet..
Warning: the internet version will not function at all printed out.
As always we will send you an updated copy/copies of the Anarchism: What it is! pamphlet,(or newspapers) if you send a request with your adress. email Humboldtgrassroots@riseup.net Or write Humboldt Grassroots P.O BOX 196 Eureka CA 95502