Monthly Archives: June 2013

Willits Bypass Tree-sitter Needs your Support

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Reign is an activist, musician, and forest defender who was arrested while occupying a tree slated for destruction in order to build the Wililts Bypass.

(Learn more of the Willits community's resistance to the bypass at savelittlelakevalley.org and forestdefender.blogspot.com)

He is serving a 2 month sentence for charges related to the Willits Bypass protests.

If you want to donate any of the following, Reign would highly appreciate it:

  • Books from a pubilsher such as AK Press or Amazon.com (used is fine, as long as it's processed by Amazon)
  • Letters! Mail to:

Martin Reign Katz

#24500

951 Low Gap Road, Ukiah, CA 95482

Those who have risked their bodies and freedom to defend the Earth deserve our solidarity. Supporting protesters during their jail sentences is an excellent way to strengthen the resolve of those continuing to fight the Willits Bypass on the outside.

Reign is an extraordinary and passionate person who is loved by people across California and beyond. He appreciates any love and support you have to give in his time of need.

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Willits Bypass Protest Impedes Draining of Little Lake Valley Wetlands

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On Thursday morning (6/20/13) Will Parrish climbed a crane at a construction site for the Willits Bypass. The action has prevented one of two cranes from installing some of the 55,000 wick drains intended to dry out the wetlands.

The machine drills 80 feet below ground, and installs long wicks to evaporate water from the water table.

He has been occupying the crane since 5:30am June 20th. This action is severely slowing down CalTrans from completing this drilling phase of the project. CalTrans has two of these stitchers, and now can only operate at half capacity.

People who want to come out, get involved, or give support are welcome to call (707) 841-0197 or (707) 540-1526.

Here is Will Parrish's statement
composed with his body inside the machinery and about 45 feet above the ground:

I have put my body inside the wick drain stitcher because direct actions like these are the only thing slowing down the destruction of Little Lake Valley [Willits, CA] by CalTrans. These wetlands, as well as the other areas we are striving to protect, are defenseless without us.  While I commend people who have pursued the lawsuit that was heard in federal court Friday, June 21st, I put little faith in the legal system to do the right thing. On behalf of past, present, and future generations, we must not allow such unnecessary and wasteful projects as the Willits Bypass to happen anymore. I am putting my body on the line to protect these forests, mountains, and water because I know that the forest, mountains, and water protect all of us! I know we can stop this project through continued resistance.

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Protest Halts Willits Bypass Construction with Crane Occupation

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willits crane banner drop says "no bypass"WILLITS, CA – Work was disrupted today at the Willits Bypass construction site on Thursday when a protester climbed a 150 foot construction crane to unfurl a banner reading, “NO BYPASS”. The protester is continuing to occupy the crane and refuses to come down.

Supporters and friends have maintained a 24 hour presence at the work site since the protester ascended the crane early Thursday morning.

At today's action and on June 12th, activists blocked CalTrans from installing wicks used to drain wetlands in preparation for the Willits Bypass. The occupation of the crane has further delayed work on the controversial Bypass project.

CalTrans plans to drain Little Lake Valley's wetlands with over 55,000 wicks as part of their plan to re-route Highway 101 around Willits.

The "crane-sit" is the latest in a series of direct actions by the group Little Lake Defenders. Past actions have included road-side rallies, multiple tree-sits, lock-downs to construction equipment, and general civil disobedience at the construction site. Go to Forestdefender's blog for a timeline and more photos of Willits Bypass protests.

Willits residents list a number of reasons they are taking direct action to stop the construction of the Willits Bypass. Many residents are certain the re-routing of the 101 will not only destroy the wetland ecosystem of Little Lake Valley, but also fail to alleviate traffic congestion while damaging local businesses who depend on business from through-traffic.

Earth First! Humboldt and Save Our Little Lake Valley Disrupt Willits Bypass

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