Rhizome Info-shop Exits Ink Annex
Thank you for the last two years of interest, participation, engagement, and volunteered hours. Without these forms of community support, the Rhizome Info-shop, project of Humboldt Grassroots would not have been possible. The Rhizome info-shop has moved out of the Ink Annex, and the library installment has been temporarily discontinued. The organizing that was done out of this space, the discussions that we held, the events and workshops that were coordinated, and the benefits that were celebrated have been empowering. These efforts have contributed to ongoing discussions about how we can recognize and challenge systemic forms of domination, such as Patriarchy, and confront the harm that these social forces inflict on our communities.
In the near future, comrades are seeking to open a social center with computer access, a lending library, and a collection of zines. In the meantime, an online lending library catalog will be set up. Soon, you will be able to access our inventory of books on topics that include anti-authoritarian struggle, popular social movements, anarchism, prison abolition, do-it-yourself projects, and more awesome literature over an online database.
With an emphasis on movement building, HGR will continue our work as an anarchist organization in Humboldt County. There are principles that motivate the work that we do such as exercising mutual aid, honoring self-determination, building resilient communities, resistance to class domination, and solidarity with all people who struggle against oppression. If you’re interested in learning more and getting involved , then definitely check out our platform. Stay connected for a multi-platform media outlet, and other exciting projects that are coming.
We will also be writing letters to prisoners with April birthdays.
Marie Mason is a mother, musician, and organizer sentenced to 22 years in prison, the longest of any environmental activist. Marie is an icon of the “Green Scare,” a campaign of surveillance, infiltration, and entrapment enacted by the federal government to repress environmental activism.
Come write letters for Marie at the Ink Annex (47 W 3rd St – enter through 3rd Street alley behind Co-op) in Eureka from 7:00 to 9:00 pm on Monday April 14th.
The following is the latest press release from the Strawberry Rock tree-sitters. There will be a more in-depth article on this blog as soon possible, so keep checking back for more on the Strawberry Rock tree-sit.
Strawberry Rock Tree-sitters Stall Green Diamond’s Plans to Clearcut
Tree-sitters rejoiced Thursday upon learning that timber giant Green Diamond Resource Company has extended its deadline to carry out controversial logging operations near Trinidad’s Strawberry Rock.
Green Diamond’s plans to clearcut 84 acres of redwood forest within view of Strawberry Rock has sparked widespread controversy, as well as a tree-sit campaign.
For the past 2 and a half years, protesters have perched in the canopy near Strawberry Rock to protect some of Trinidad’s most mature redwood forest.
The tree-sitters object to Green Diamond’s heavy reliance on clearcut logging throughout their 400,000 acres of forest, as well as damage the logging plan would cause to Yurok culture.
“We must preserve this 100 year-old redwood forest because of its significance to Native American culture and its scientifically demonstrated ability to sequester CO2,” said Jene McCovey, a Yurok elder and environmental activist.
Facing pressure from direct action to prevent the logging, Green Diamond quietly filed for a one-year extension of the Strawberry Rock timber harvest plan.
“Green Diamond’s choice to delay their logging plans is a substantial victory for the tree-sitters defending Strawberry Rock’s redwood rainforest,” said Amanda
Tierney, member of grassroots group Redwood Forest Defense.
“The struggle isn’t over, though. If Green Diamond carries out their logging plans near Strawberry Rock, hikers will have a bird’s eye view of the devastation caused by Green Diamond’s favorite technique–clearcutting,” Tierney added.
“As the world’s largest owner of coast redwood forest, Green Diamond has enormous power to worsen or improve the world’s climate emergency. Their widespread use of clearcutting is currently worsening it,” said tree-sitter Carbohydrate.
When asked about the significance of Green Diamond delaying their plans to log, Carbohydrate responded, “Green Diamond is stalling for time in hopes people will forget the controversy surrounding their clearcut practices. Today, the tree-sitters of Redwood Forest Defense re-commit themselves to staying until Green Diamond cancels their plan to clearcut forest near Strawberry Rock. “
On Thursday, Feb 13th the Ink Annex will host a workshop and discussion on confronting sexual violence.
We will be sharing tools and resources that will help empower participants to support loved ones who have survived sexual assault.
Topics include definition of terms, identifying silencing behaviors, supporting survivors in the short and long term, why sexual assault is a community-wide issue, holding perpetrators accountable, and further reading (print-outs available).
Whether or not you have experienced sexual abuse personally, the information in this workshop will help you to act as an ally to survivors of sexual assault.
The workshop will be on Thursday, February 13th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Ink Annex in Eureka.
The Ink Annex is located at 47 W 3rd St, through the 3rd St alley behind the Eureka Co-op.
A light meal, snacks and tea will be served.
It’s cold and raining outside, you have no place to go, and the main shelter in town requires you to violate your religious beliefs in order to stay there. It is in context that the City of Eureka is putting local resident Dane Carr on trial for multiple camping tickets accrued earlier this year.
In a time of supposed financial woe and a $2.9 million county deficit, the City of Eureka has hired outside law firm Mitchell, Brisso, Delaney, Vrieze to prosecute Carr. If convicted, Carr faces jail time.
Carr’s criminal trial for the benign act of sleeping outside reminds us that it’s a struggle for many to survive the recent record-breaking low temperatures affecting Eureka. The last time it was this cold in 2011, several people froze to death sleeping outside.
But the Eureka Rescue Mission, Eureka’s largest and most prominent homeless shelter, requires participation in Christian prayers and services in order to eat meals and stay at the shelter. See this week’s excellent editorial in the Times-Standard on the hypocrisy of compulsory religious services at a homeless shelter
Mr. Carr argues that he would be excluded from services at the Eureka Rescue Mission if he were to be open about his sexual orientation and religious identity. With no job and no alternative shelters available, Mr. Carr has camped various places in Eureka out of necessity.Why is the city willing to spend money to prosecute homelessness rather than solve it? There is no safe legal place for many without homes to go. It is immoral and unacceptable to arrest people over and over for a problem they have no tools to fix. Eureka needs a sanctuary camp ground where people can go to be safe, sheltered from extreme weather, and access resources to improve their lives.
Trial continues Monday December 9 at 8:30 in Courtroom 2. Come witness the City’s misguided attempts to litigate a problem they should be actively working to solve.
On Wednesday Dec 11th, come slam root beer floats and watch funny movies in preparation for the Humboldt Anarchist Bookfair, which is on Sat Dec 14.
$3 root beer floats all around for folks starting Wednesday December 11th at 7 pm at the Ink Annex (47 B W 3rd St, through alleyway behind Eureka Co-op).
Then the crowd will vote on what movie to watch, followed by an open mic for poetry, music, and performance.
A great way to meet people and support the Anarchist Bookfair, a day long event with free workshops and independent booksellers with a variety of rare political titles. Free food and childcare all day! An excellent day for the radical activist community in Humboldt and beyond.
Arkley and his Buddies War on the Poor
The Devils Playground is located behind the mall just past the bushes; a place known by local artists as the best public art gallery. There are also about a hundred people living back there, including families. There are even second generation residents.
This eviction equates the destruction of homeless camps, and the intimidation of those who stay. The people who are pushed out, who have it really hard as it is, are left with no where else to go. We can’t fix the “homeless problem” by trying to push them out; people don’t disappear into thin air just because they lost their homes. Instead, they’re becoming refuges from this man-made disaster.
The Devil’s Playground is not a safe or sanitary place to live, but this is more the city’s fault than the squatters. The city never installed garbage cans or toilets in the Devils Playground despite the obvious environmental need over the last 15 plus years. How can anyone be surprised by buckets of human waste, when there’s no toilets back there? And all those pallets that were hauled away aren’t just random trash; fires is how you stay warm when you’re living outdoors. There is still a serious need for trash service. If the garbage company stopped collecting for houses, the streets of Eureka would be filled with trash pretty soon.
The city is evicting the Devil’s Playground residents under the pretense of concern for public health and the environment. Meanwhile, the Eureka bay and all the areas surrounding it are incredibly contaminated by Dioxins and other carcinogens and toxins from the mill that used to operate in the area that is referred to as Parcel 4. This area includes the Devil’s Playground, which they have never done anything to decontaminate.
Instead they provided a grant to New Directions to manipulate homeless people into volunteering to dismantle camps and pick up trash. New Directions will pay these homeless workers for about 60% of the hours they work, and their workers don’t have many other options for employment. So homeless people are being paid less than minimum wage to destroy homeless camps, which in the end leaves these same people in a worse situation than before. They have a little more cash in their pockets but there’s far fewer places to stay now. These evictions shine yet again a light on how desperately our community needs at least an affordable place to camp.
There are deeper issues at play here than merely bad policies regarding sanitation and treatment of the poor and homeless. It isn’t just bad policy, in fact it isn’t even an accident. This act of destroying of a long time encampment area, even though it’s outside of the public eye, is part of a very ugly process. This act is a political push, that is in step with a very troubling ideology that is currently wreaking havoc across the country and around the globe.
Humboldt County politics have always boiled down to class war, whether the working class, employed and unemployed, get a share and a say in their community. This today is expressed in the fight over services and resources for the poor and homeless. It’s a constant struggle to hold on to affordable housing, healthcare, food, and education while people with sway in local and state politics lobby to end these services. Right now, these local elite and politicians are pooling their resources to get rid of these social services. Why? Because if they make enough cuts to affordable housing, social security and food stamps, many of the people considered “eyesores” will be forced to move on. If you agree with this policy, think again; If these elitists succeed, don’t think they will see a distinction between homeless people and the working class people who are the backbone of Eureka.
The Eureka city government wants to serve the well-to-do, attract businesses and wealthy and upper middle class families into the area. Businesses and wealthier individuals pay more taxes; meaning the city “as a business” will do better. This is an ideological conception of the city’s main purpose being to make money, rather than serving as a home where we care for one another. This idea reduces us all to consumers who either pay or are in the way, because in business the bottom line is all that matters.
The people who are pushing to cut services and kick out homeless people at any price, are the same ones who would have us believe that homelessness, unemployment, and addiction are all self-inflicted problems—not at all a result of a social system that creates and perpetuates the environments that necessitate all of them. The city’s local elites and their allies complain of impoverished people destroying the environment. At the same time, they try to develop and profit off of plots of land never cleaned up from corporate toxic waste dumping.
Attacking the homeless and their camps and evicting them, when the city has provided nothing for them is worse than shameful. It lays bare an ideology of economic progress over people—profit over people—at a time when poverty and desperation increase and the climate stutters and groans under an unsustainable way of life.
The way the economic and environmental crisis is going, anyone could be put out of doors any time. There is little doubt that the number of climate refugees and economic refugees will increase, with nowhere for anyone to go unless we establish a camp site. If the city is our home we the people should take care of each other. We should protect our home from the business interests who would harm and rob us. Should we as a community take back our dignity by establishing a more healthy place to live? For example, establishing a camp site now, as a temporary place to stay. We can easily fit a camp with composting toilets, trash cans and water using the appropriate technology skills and know-how that is available in droves in our community.
We need resources for locals who have been thrown out in the cold by our local economy. Everybody should have solidarity from their fellow workers, employed or not, because their fate could easily be yours. We need to get together and find a way to get our dignity and integrity as a community back.