Forest defenders in Northern California are holding a rally and a community meeting to build resistance against old-growth logging.
Facebook Event Page HERE
Please come out and plug in! We need all the help we can get! Let’s build a huge show of community opposition to industrial logging plans in the Mattole River Watershed. Make this the last year we have to fight to protect this awesome area!
Rally on Thursday to protect the Mattole river watershed from new logging roads, disastrous landslides, toxic hack-n-squirt herbicide deaths (timber company puts poison inside hardwoods so they die standing, and become exponentially more flammable), the cutting of old growth Douglas firs in un-entered forest, the sedimentation and heating up of the Mattole river, and the ravaging of critical and contiguous habitat.
Also, please rally on Thursday in solidarity with direct action forest defenders. Humboldt/Mendocino Redwood Company now contracts with Lear Asset Management, a paramilitary style security outfit.
Last week, Lear goons went out to the Rainbow Ridge area of the Mattole to threaten with tazers, dogs, and physical force, unarmed, peaceful forest defenders many miles deep in the woods. They stole defenders’ survival gear; did dangerous things to the ropes holding defenders high in the air; employed sleep deprivation tactics with Mattole defenders over 100 feet above the ground; and, for hours, held down activists who were on the ground doing forest defender blockade support, until the Humboldt Sheriff’s Department showed up and took the activists to jail. Lear camo-clad goons failed to even ask the forest defenders who they encountered on the ground to leave the area; they simply pointed tazers at them and took them down. This is unacceptable.
The company needs to know that the opposition to their logging plans is mighty. It won’t go away with arrests and violence against activists in the woods. Protest against Humboldt Redwood Company. Bring instruments, signs, friends, food, water, and family. Enough is enough. HRC out of the Mattole!
WHAT: Rally for the Preservation of the Mattole’s Ancient Forest and in Solidarity with Rainbow Ridge Forest Defenders
WHERE: Humboldt Redwood Company (HRC), Scotia Office, 125 Main St. Scotia, CA 95565
WHEN: Thursday, August 2, 2018 – 10am to 3pm
PUBLIC MEETING Tuesday, August 7th, 5-7pm at Outer Space in Arcata, 11th and M St.
TRANSPORTATION TO THE RALLY If you can offer a ride or need a ride, please be at one of these meet-up points to Carpool: ARCATA (Departs: 8:45AM): Co-Op parking lot (on the edge facing the cider bar) EUREKA (Departs: 9:00AM): Walgreens parking lot (next to Eureka Natural Foods) FORTUNA: LEGGETT (Departs: 9:00AM) Office along East edge of Drive Thru Tree Road (Main Street)
Please text or call Ezra at 707.476.3567 and tell him how many people can fit in your vehicle or how many of you need a ride. Ezra is coordinating the rideshares, making sure everyone who wants to go to the rally has a way there!
The Redwood Transit Bus Schedule is here: https://hta.org/agencies/redwood-transit-system/ There are a couple of buses going south to Scotia on Thursday that get in around 9am and 12 noon.
FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE: Rally at HRC for the #Mattole. Hope to see you at HRC’s Scotia Office on Thursday FOR THE MATTOLE!