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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…

Read More: New Laws Would Make Environmental Protest "Terrorism" (vice.com)

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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!

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Many Anarchist projects have been rolling and are picking up speed and steam since the 5th Humboldt Anarchist Book Fair on December 8th, 2012. Amazing and vibrant scene and zine Humboldt D.I.Y, is coming out of Arcata, courtesy in large part from the Humboldt Garden Collective, and many people from the various houses and radical spaces of Arcata. Humboldt Grassroots introduced the most recent Humboldt DIY with a little call out for more Anarchist media and coordination and cooperation. (That will be available online soon- the zine is only hard copy format now)
It is great luck to have more anarchist media and this Humboldt DIY zine is a fun read.
If you’re not familiar with the Humboldt Gardening collective, you might remember The recent Anarchy and agriculture workshop at the 5th Humboldt Anarchist Book Fair, presented by farmer Paul and Ryan of the Humboldt Garden Collective.
The Humboldt Gardening Collective are helping grow anarchism in Arcata by getting together and growing food. You will heat more about them on our site and elsewhere for sure.

But wait there’s more

The work shop on transformative justice and community accountability – One of the important local workshops at the 5th Humboldt Anarchist Book Fair- has spawned a study group-studying and discussing ideas methods and Strateging to create community accountability processes that work for our communities.
This is important work, if we want meaningful solidarity we can all rely on, we need to be accountable to one another so that oppressive and fucked up behaviour doesn’t go unchecked. At the same time no one is perfect, and kicking out each person who does something messed up is not the greatest way to solve problems and encourage personal and community growth.
Also violence and ostracizing methods tend to help encourage friends of abusers to make excuses for their friends behavior.
It is a big undertaking we are starting with posters that will be available online and at the infoshop as soon as they’re made.
The transformative justice study group meets at the Crescent house in Arcata and the Rhizome infoshop in Arcata check on Facebook for current meeting details.
Oh! The Rhizome infoshop, thanks to 10 dollars a month throw in from in infoshop Members, and of course all the volunteer work in fundraising all the rest, we have internet cheaper copy service than staples and regular open hours. Plus the multimedia lending library is fully operational.

Last time I talked with our treasurer we are doing all that without relying to heavily on HGR general fund needed to start projects, basic upkeep (like this website) emergencies and to put out print media and put on the book fair(travel costs materials etc.)

This may come as a surprise to some, but we are already looking towards the next Humboldt Anarchist Book Fair. We need people who interested in learning how to put this all together, some newer bottom liners, experienced-and non experienced HABF volunteers, contact people brainstorming, poster designing and making .etc
We’re getting the 6th Humboldt Anarchist Book Fair organizing collective together. So if you like the Book Fair consider helping put it on this year.
Everyone who wants to help will need to know deadlines and an idea of (brass tacks) how all the different components of the Humboldt Anarchist Book Fair come together. So we are organizing/calling out- to have a first meeting to let you get an idea. Veteran book fair organizers will share knowledge and experience with those who are new to it, and together we will come up with new ideas also.
Maybe a two day thing? An day of discussion like they do in SF? It is up to those who organize for it to decide.
So contact us lets get things going.

You can help with Humboldt Grassroots put this very important event on.
Contact Humboldtgrassroots@riseup.net
707-6164700

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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.

Humboldtgrassroots@riseup.net

707-616-4700

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