Wednesday, March 28, 2012

14 Years ago- Plight of The Redwoods Campaign grew out of my involvement with The Save The Redwoods Boycott the Gap Campaign.  Hundreds of people from the New York Island  to the Redwoods of California and via  travels around the country in between  and to as far away as Nairobi Kenya--  helped  to carry the message of the  wholesale logging of the most amazing ancient and endangered  trees on the planet!
Here are some of the Archives:

and  the most amazing people I had worked with in the New York City Metropolitan Area were the folks at EcoBooks in Brooklyn, NYC Clearwater, SATYA Magazine, Kid Against Pollution in upstate NY, SEAC, NY Environmental Law Project, MORE Gardens, etc., and especially  the Wetlands Activism Collective- formerly housed at the famous Wetlands Preserve Nightclub at 161 Hudson Street.  From 1989 to 2001, The Wetlands provided a stage for everyone from tiny ska and hardcore bands to future stars of rock and hip-hop. Pearl Jam, Oasis and Rage Against the Machine played their first New York City shows there, and the likes of Blues Traveler, Spin Doctors and Phish turned the venue into a mecca for live, improvisational rock music.

Simultaneously, the club itself provided a headquarters for working groups for social and environmental advocacy. Forced out of its downtown Manhattan home when its lease expired, the club closed prematurely in the wake of 9/11, just days before its scheduled finale.
While Wetlands' nightclub  is sadly, a thing of the past, Wetlands Activism Collective continues to campaign for earth, human and animal liberation. The Collective is run by volunteers and needs your help!


Phone: (718) 880-7979
Fax: (501) 633-3476
activism (at)

Grassroots Organizations that are still needing your help to save the Redwoods:
Trees Foundation
PO BOX 2202
Redway, CA 95560

Phone: (707) 923-4377
Fax: (707) 923-4427

and The Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) works to protect and restore ancient forests, watersheds, coastal estuaries, and native species in Northern California. EPIC uses an integrated, science-based approach, combining public education, citizen advocacy, and strategic litigation.
145 G Street, Suite A
Arcata, CA 95521
(707) 822-7711
(707) 822-7712 FAX

EARTH FILMS CLASSICS - 3 classic short films are now on one DVD - LUNA (20 mins) FIRE IN THE EYES (30 mins) TIMBER GAP (20 mins) - $25 place your order  at:
LUNA The Stafford Giant Tree-Sit. (20 min.) 1998. The Stafford Giant redwood tree, also called Luna, was discovered by Earth First! during the Fall '97 Headwaters campaign. The tree was blue-marked for cutting. In order to save it from the chainsaw, a nonstop tree occupation began. One extraordinary woman named Julia Butterfly remained in the tree for over two years. This video report gives you the inside view of one of the most inspiring acts of civil-disobedience ever. - Winner Okomedia Film Festival award - "Best Journalistic portrayal of ecological issues for children & young people"
Timber GAP 20 min. ( 2000) Timber GAP is the story of a community struggling to save the last of Mendocino County's  coastal redwood forest. A new company has recently moved in, financed by the GAP founder Donald Fisher and family. The Fishers made their fortune off the backs of exploited sweatshop workers, now they are exploiting the redwoods. Grassroots movements of labor, the environment and human rights converge in Seattle to protest the WTO and the huge corporations (like the GAP) that benefit most from Free Trade.
Fire In The Eyes, (VHS or DVD) a powerful, unnerving look at Humboldt County's policy of using pepper spray directly on the eyes of non-violent protesters.  This 32 minute portrayal of the controversial police tactic, euphemistically called "pain compliance", shows the dark side of law & order. !  - Winner "Black Maria Film Festival" Honarble mention award