A New Year of Action on the Wild Coast

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Happy 2012!
by Wild Coast
Update: the Wild Coast raffle is going strong. The prize is an epic six-day kayak expedition through the home of the killer whales with Spirit of the West Adventures  ($1495 value). The draw is March 21 (spring equinox). Get your name in for $10 a chance, three for $20. Benefit for Salmon Are Sacred and Wild Coast. Paypal gladly accepted. Wildcoast.ca/salmon

Action alert: Island Timberlands is preparing to log big sections of Cortes Island, near Campbell River. Island residents have repelled these invaders before, but this time it looks serious. For decades, corporations have labeled the forests on Cortes Island "socially inoperable" because of local opposition. Now the pressure is on.

The whole story is here, and it's worth reading every word.

Residents just launched a petition to protect the island's wetlands and old growth forests, and ban clearcuts. Over 4500 people have added their names. (Not bad for an island of 1000 people.) Sign the petition!

Island Stance, a local environmental group, has scheduled legal observer training for Saturday, January 14. Legal observers bear witness at protests to document how people's rights are respected by police.  Sign up for legal training.

Wildstands, another local group, is asking people to come and bear witness. Cortes Island is gorgeous and very friendly. Visit Wildstands for info. And stay tuned! More announcements are expected.


Event: Surfriders Beach Cleanup – this Sunday, January 8, 11 am to 2 pm.
China Beach Day Use Area, Hwy 14 just past Jordan River. Next month's beach cleanup is Sunday, February 12 in Port Renfrew. http://www.coastalbc.com/surf/surfrider.htm

Event: Dismantling empire with Derrick Jensen
Questions and answers about deep green environmentalism
Two locations -- UVic and Vancouver. 
Thursday Jan. 26, 7-10 pm. 

Derrick Jensen, award-winning author of Endgame, A Language Older Than Words, and Songs of the Dead, answers your questions about deep green environmentalism, fighting to win, and dismantling empire. Live via Skype. Admission by donation. 

Jensen's latest collaboration is a call to revolt. Deep Green Resistance began as a workshop and developed into a movement that challenges mainstream environmentalists to drop their stunts and take up decisive tactics. 

"This book is about fighting back. And this book is about winning." – Derrick Jensen, in the preface to Deep Green Resistance.

What would you like to ask Derrick? Send your questions about deep green resistance and dismantling the system. Derrick will read and answer the best letters on January 26. Submit yours to http://wildcoast.ca/volunteer or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Victoria: David Lam Auditorium, MacLaurin Hall, University of Victoria
Vancouver: W2 Media Café, 111 W. Hastings Street (doors at 6:30)
7-10 pm, Thursday January 26

Benefit for Salmon Are Sacred and Wild Coast Action Team.

RSVP on Facebook.
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You may already know that Forest Action Network and Wild Coast get no corporate or government funding. That's OK, because we have no paid staff or offices either. 100% of our donations go to project expenses. And we kick more ass (metaphorically speaking) than groups with big budgets. For that, we thank our awesome supporters. Let's go hard in 2012.

Thank you! 

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