Monday, September 17, 2007

We Remember You David Nathan "Gypsy" Chain

Today marks nine years since the death of David Nathan Chain, known to fellow forest defenders as Gypsy. He died on a steep, forested mountain side during an attempt by 9 forest activists to non-violently stop logging in an area where illegal operations were occuring. Once he had been informed by the activists that the logging plan was being cut illegally and that a government inspector was on his way he became enraged. The logger screamed threats and chased everyone, the went back and fell several trees in the direction of the people he had repeatedly chased. One of the comments screamed by the logger was, "F--k I wish I had my f--king pistol!". Not long after he cut a tree that hit Gypsy, killing him instantly. Earth First!ers blockaded the logging road to the site to protect the crime scene which may have been destroyed the next day. No criminal charges were ever filed against the logger but the investigator, Juan Freeman, considered pressing charges against the activists who were in the woods with Gypsy that day. Gypsy's mother, Cindy Alsbrooks, convinced Juan Freeman that this was the wrong thing to do.

Cindy Alsbrooks later filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Pacific Lumber which resulted in a out of court settlement. Among other things the settlement included a memorial plaque at the foot of the mountain where he was killed, near Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park.

Climbing trainings were recently held at the memorial site during a forest defense action camp. The plaque dedicated to him has been defaced, causing strong emotional reactions of anger and sadness among those who saw it. It stands as testimony that some still hold on to their blind hatred of environmental activists.


At 11/15/2007 05:43:00 PM, Anonymous zoid said...

did you see the comments from the carlotta first responder on

wonder what you make of it


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