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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 and

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 (used is fine, as long as it's processed by Amazon)
  • Letters! Mail to:

Martin Reign Katz


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.

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