Monday, September 04, 2006

September in the Redwoods

On September 15th Pacific Lumber Company (PL) will once again be able to log in Nanning Creek. Last winter the Nanning Creek Old-Growth Redwood forest was the site of numerous protests, blockades and tree-sits. A skeleton crew maintained the tree-sits during Marbled Murrelet breeding season when the forest is protected due to the birds endangered status. The tree-sitters expect the company to send in climbers to remove them after the 15th.

September 17th will mark the 8th year since the death of David "Gypsy" Chain. He was killed by an enraged logger while trying to stop illegal logging operations in Marbled Murrelet Habitat near Grizzly Creek State Park. The group of activists he was with had made contact with the PL logger, A.E Ammons. They explained that the logging was illegal and told A.E. to stop cutting. He was told that a CDF forester would soon be visiting the site to determine if the operation was legal. He replied "When the fucker tells me to stop I'll stop!". He madly chased the group into the woods, shouting "Fuck I wish I had my fucking pistol" and then returned to his saw and started cutting trees in the same direction that everyone had run. Soon after, one of those trees hit David Chain, killing him instantly. The D.A. at the time, Terry Farmer, briefly considered prosecuting the activists who were with David at the time but never brought charges against A.E. or Pacific Lumber.


At 9/04/2006 06:26:00 PM, Blogger noel adamson said...

I had a link to the logger's tirade as recorded at the time of the incident that ended David Chain's life but it disappeared as have copies on other web sites I am aware had it (Albion Monitor etc)and copies I possess are on one of hundreds of CDs in my house. I think it is something that should not be forgotten and hope someone posts it somewhere. I will do so if I can dig up a copy here.

While Terry Farmer is history and Paul Gallegos is pro forest, (I wanted to say "pro life" but some insane people have adopted that phrase) the power brokers in Humboldt County are still firmly in control and no depths of corruption and general depravity are unknown or un available to them. The attempted "grass roots" recall of Gallegoes because Maxxam didn't have him in their pocket is strong evidence of that fact.

Aside from my long term outrage at the corruption in Humboldt County, which seems to be even more blatant than in other parts of the most imprisoned nation on earth, I am very interested in the Maxxam SLAPP playing out in the Humboldt County "Superior" Court which is now allowing limited testimony and evidence concerning protestor's motives in doing what they did in an apparent allowance of a "necessity" defense, that is that there was no alternative to prevent irreparable damage other than to trespass, blockade roads etc. That, of course, is the real case that is usually never allowed to be heard in court.

While the Mattole protests may be history this could could set a precedent for the future.

This is therefore an appeal for anyone able to do so to attend this trial which is happening in court room 3 daily from 8:30 until noon at the court house in Eureka. If you could please print and post posters advertising this from the links below it would be an easy way to do great good in my opinion.

4 to a page Bulletin Board friendly

Full page SLAPP trial poster 1

Full page SLAPP trial poster 2

They are pdf files and can be printed with free software.

I have continued to pretend I am a reporter by writing my account of each day's court session at Humboldt Revolution in the second column from the right if you want some detail of the soap opera.

At 9/04/2006 08:15:00 PM, Blogger noel adamson said...


Jay Moller's 1998 letter to D.A. Terry Farmer

At 9/05/2006 11:12:00 AM, Blogger saf said...

I'm not so sure the Gallegos can be classified as "pro-forest".

Thanks for linking to that letter to former D.A. Terry Farmer regarding the death of David Chain.

At 9/07/2006 01:20:00 AM, Blogger noel adamson said...

Gallegos suing PALCO/PL/SCOPAC/Maxxam is relatively "pro-forest", as in "all things are relative". He demonstrated that America's corrupt courts offer no remedy and in so doing justified the use of direct action, if not the long term effectiveness of it.

Gallegos also demonstrated the great degree and brazen audacity of corporate influence on the democratic process by invoking Maxxam's "grass roots recall" effort in response to his litigation. While he won the recall vote, the will of the people concerning Maxxam and their plundering of Humboldt county is of as little consequence as Gallegos' litigation.


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