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from World Wildlife May 8, 2001

Action Deadline:  by the end of May 9, 2002

We urgently need your help to protect one of the world's most precious
remaining rain forests.  Years of hard work to stop millions of
hectares of habitat loss due to logging in rain forests in Peru may be
undone tomorrow by the Peruvian Congress.  The Congress is considering
a measure that would completely undermine long-standing efforts to
make logging in Peru sustainable.  

PLEASE FOLLOW THE SIMPLE STEPS BELOW TO SEND A FREE MESSAGE URGING KEY
MEMBERS OF THE PERUVIAN CONGRESS TO REJECT THE DAMAGING MEASURE.

**********************TAKE ACTION NOW!****************

To send the message below to key members of Peru's congress,
hit "reply" to this email and then "send."  We will automatically send
the messages for you, translated into Spanish.

Note:  You can take action only by following these instructions.  This
action is not posted on the World Wildlife Fund Conservation Action
Network Web site.

If you have any questions or problems with taking action, contact us
at actionquestions@takeaction.worldwildlife.org for help.

***************************LETTER TEXT*************************

Dear  (names of key members of Peru's Congress will be inserted here):

I write to urge you to oppose Congressman Jorge Chavez Sibina's motion
that would undermine the Peruvian Forestry Law (27308).  

Congressman Sibina's motion would halt long-standing efforts to make
logging in Peru sustainable.  It would end the process of awarding
forest "concessions" to those loggers who will manage the forest
sustainably.  This concession process is already underway and is
expected to result in 12 million acres being sustainably managed.  

In addition, the proposed measure seeks to defend the interests of a
widespread network of corruption and informality headed by two
principle logging companies that export 94 percent of all of Peru's
illegally-harvested mahogany.  These companies engage in other forest
crimes resulting in extensive habitat degradation and deforestation.

The forests that would be affected by this measure contain some of the
richest and largest tracts of intact tropical rain forest in the
world.  They harbor threatened species of high commercial value such
as mahogany and cedar, and also provide habitat for wildlife such as
the highly threatened jaguar, the harpy eagle, and the giant river
otter.

The Peruvian Forest Law was designed to encourage sustainable forest
management, overcome illegal logging, combat extensive corruption, and
stop degradation and unsustainable harvesting, particularly of
mahogany.   If it is allowed to work, the law has the potential to
transform Peru's forest sector into a global example of social equity,
economic sustainability, and environmental leadership.

Supporting Congressman Sibina's motion would imperil Peru's invaluable
natural heritage as well as the socio-economic well-being of its
population in the long term.  Please oppose the motion.

Sincerely,

Your name and address
will be inserted here

***********************END OF LETTER TEXT*********************


from Rainforest Action Network May 8, 2001

"The money king is only an illusion.  Capitalism is blind and barbaric.  
It buys consciences, governments, peoples, and nations.  It poisons the
water and the air.  It destroys everything.  And to the U'wa, it says
that we are crazy, but we want to continue being crazy if it means we
can continue to exist on our dear mother EARTH."

- U’wa communique  May 7, 2002


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Place: Cubará - Boyacá, Colombia

Date:  May 7, 2002

From:  The Traditional Authorities of the U'wa Association

Re: Statement to the national and international public
on the withdrawal of Oxy from U'wa sacred territory  Kera Chikara

The millennial and historic U'wa Indigenous People of Colombia situated
in the departments of Casanare, Arauca, Boyacá, Santander and Norte de
Santander, through this statement would like to express thanks from our
hearts for the total and unconditional support that we have received
from the following national and international organizations in defense
of life, culture and the environment.

National Organizations:  Social Sectors and la Junta de Personeros from
the department of Arauca; of Cubará, Guicán, Sogamoso, Tunja in Boyacá;
from the areas of Gibraltar and Samoré, Toledo local authority in Norte
de Santander; Bucaramanga in Santander; Censat Agua Viva, Siempre Viva,
Bacata  Comité Colombia es U´wa, Organización Nacional Indígena de
Colombia-ONIC-, Colectivo de Abogado José Alvear Restrepo, Minga;  
Comisión Colombiana de Juristas, students of the Universidad Nacional,
la Defensoria del Pueblo  in Bogotá, Ecos Hijos de la Tierra in Calí.
The magistrate Ciro Angarita Q.E.P.D., indigenous senators Lorenzo
Muelas, Jesús Enrique Pinacue, Francisco Rojas Birry, Alegría Fonseca in
Colombia.

International Organizations: Project Underground, EarthJustice, Goldman
Environmental Foundation, Abya Yala, Amazon Watch, Oil Watch, Amazon
Coalition, Pacha Mama, Amazon Alliance, Green Space, Rainforest Action
Network, Rainforest Foundation, Cultural Survival Conservancy, Menominee
Community, family and friends of Terence Freitas, Ingrid Washinawatok,
and Lahenae Gay  from the United States; Watu and, the Prince of
Asturias in Spain; Proyecto Norte Sur and Alan Cassani in Geneva; Vía
Campesina, Derechos Humanos Daniel D'Gillard, Paul Emil and his wife,
the European Parliament, in Belgium; Ana Vivas, France Liberté, in
Paris, the city of Valencia and José Bove in France; Basta Ya in
Germany; The Italian Green Party, the local authorities of Bari,
Toscana, Masa, Roma, the Universities in Italy; Acción Global de Los
Pueblos in Holland; indigenous communities of Ecuador, Peru, Chile,  
Bolivia in South America; Mexico, Guatemala, San José de Costa Rica en
Central America,  Finland etc.

We want to thank all of these people and organizations and others that
we didn't have present in our memories who contributed in a direct and
indirect way and we recognize with all our heart and spirit the total
and unconditional support that we received in the most difficult moments
of this process of defending culture, territory and autonomy. Since 1996
when our brother Terence Freitas arrived in our territory, we were given
the spiritual strength and shown the path along which the U'wa Peoples
should walk in their fight against the diabolical multinational oil
company Occidental of Colombia OXY that came and violated our most
sacred right: "Violation of the sacred body of our mother earth," their
stabbing was felt some feet (12,500) below the earth's surface and she
cried.  She asked us to defend her and to tell the world what she was
feeling.  We did that and we will continue to do that.  This is only
known by the U'wa people and our allies because of our permanent contact
with her.

Our cultural principles include the defense of the right to a dignified
life, respect for mother earth and the environment, essential and sacred
elements that we should leave as an inheritance to our children,
grandchildren and their descendents. We want to thank all for their
moral, spiritual, human and economic support, particularly our friends
near to our lands such as the social sectors of the department of Arauca
who once again felt state violence.  However, convinced of our just and
noble cause, they accompanied us at all times day after day, night after
night, they were always by our side sharing difficult moments, seeing
and feeling the contempt of the company and those enemies of life and
the environment who attacked not only the life of Terence, Ingrid and
Lahena'e, but also the source of life, "mother earth."

Today we invite all of our brother and sister children of the earth to
tell the world that mother earth is alive, that the U'wa are alive, that
the coming together of many voices, hands, cries, writings, meditation,
feet, thoughts etc make people free from aggressors and destroyers.

We also want to remember the deaths of our leaders who gave their lives
for the defense of the world's life, our U'wa and Guahibo children who
lost their lives defending during brutal operations of the security
forces as they went ahead with the eviction of our lands, all to fulfill
the strict orders of the invading oil company OXY and the Colombian
government.  They went down on their knees for outside interests and
took homes from us, the homeowners, and denied us our clear rights.  
"THE MONEY KING, 'DEATH AND DESTRUCTION' SHOULD RULE OVER LIFE," that's
what enemies of life think.

We insist that our protests, demonstrations and other actions were
carried out to demand our legitimate rights as established in national
and international laws, and for that reason anyone who attacks this
should be reprimanded and removed from their job.  We will continue to
demand punishment for those responsible. In particular, we want to
condemn one more time the actions and omissions of the Minister of the
Environment Juan Mayr Maldonado and his followers who came to our lands
and deceived us, always behaving in bad faith.  They handed over to us a
Resolución de Resguardo (Land Rights Resolution) and then gave OXY an
environmental license to begin their assault on the U'wa People.  But
the saddest thing is that he said he was a friend of nature, mother
earth, Indians, and the question is: Which Indians?

We want to remind our friends and brothers and sisters around the world
that our fight continues, that the government should return lands that
they took through violence, cancel all oil, mining, and environmental
projects, immediately hand over the sum of $18.000'000.000 (Colombian
pesos) the cost of land titling for the United U'wa Reserve,  compensate
us for the death of our children and leaders,  compensate the families
of the three supporters of indigenous rights that gave their lives to
defend our legitimate rights, and the social sectors for their human,
moral and economic losses. The U'wa will show the government that we are
dignified and fair, that we are not asking for anything that isn't ours,
that mother earth and her children are sacred.

We all belong to the divine creation SIRA and as such we deserve
respect. Mother earth, despite being violated, silently continues
feeding us, sustaining us.  She doesn't feel envy.  She talks but very
few listen to her voice.  She insists through cries but everything
continues the same.  This worries us, but we the U'wa and friends of the
U'wa of Colombia and the World will continue to defend her with our
voice, our sacred fasts, our songs, our faith.

Our brothers and sisters, the air, water, sun, moon are contaminated and
they are being destroyed.  This too worries us because if humanity wants
to continue to live we should start to take decisions to prevent our
self-destruction.  No one destroys man.  Man destroys himself. We want
to continue reflecting to avoid the destruction of the world because the
U'wa want to continue to live.

The money king is only an illusion.  Capitalism is blind and barbaric.  
It buys consciences, governments, peoples, and nations.  It poisons the
water and the air.  It destroys everything.  And to the U'wa, it says
that we are crazy, but we want to continue being crazy if it means we
can continue to exist on our dear mother EARTH.

The government should recognize that we are people who are part of that
word "State." It should respect our forms of life, our thinking, our
laws of origin and of our elders.  It should respect universal human
rights and international treaties because we are people-- we too feel.

Brother and sisters of the world, the U'wa will continue defending
mother earth.  We invite you to continue accompanying us.  Thank you for
believing in us.

A special greeting to Kevin, Atossa, Leslie, Abby, Elizabeth, Ana Maria,
Martín, David, Shannon, Giussepe, Carlos deocon, Alan, Paola, Laura,
Patricia Borraz,


U'WA TRADITIONAL AUTHORITES


from Global Response May 9, 2001

Dear Members of Global Response's "Quick Response Network:"

Take a few minutes to celebrate with the people of Costa Rica! Yesterday,
Costa Rica's Minister of Environment upheld the decision of the government's
technical review panel (SETENA), which found off-shore oil development on
Costa Rica's Caribbean coast to be "environmentally unviable."  On her last
day in office, Minister Elizabeth Odio rejected appeals filed by the oil
companies.  The incoming Minister pledged to uphold her decision.

Global Response initiated an international campaign in support of the Costa
Rican anti-oil coalition ADELA in March 2001.  Over the last year, Global
Response members in 86 countries sent four waves of letters to the Costa
Rican president, the Minister of Environment and Houston-based Harken Energy
Company. Hundreds of school children sent letters with drawings of the
tucuxi and bottlenose dolphins whose habitat was threatened by the oil
development. Other international organizations including Natural Resources
Defense Council and International Fund for Animal Welfare joined the
campaign.

MUCHAS GRACIAS to everyone who participated in this tremendously successful
campaign! We expect to hear more from the Costa Rican anti-oil coalition
(ADELA), which is taking its successful campaign a huge step further: it is
drafting legislation that would prohibit oil and gas development throughout
the country.

Here's the message we just received from ADELA.  I have not sent the
attachments mentioned, but if you would like to see them (in Spanish)
request them at action@globalresponse.org.  To read Global Response's Action
Alert on this issue, please see
http://www.globalresponse.org/gra_index/gra0201.html -Paula



Dear friends and partners of ADELA,

We are so happy to let you know that we have had another great victory in
our campaign to save Talamanca and the Caribbean coast from the severe
threat of oil development. We have just found out (informally) that the
outgoing Minister Elizabeth Odio signed yesterday afternoon, in her final
hour, the dismissal of the oil company Harken Holdings Costa Rica appeal to
overturn the SETENA resolution rejecting the offshore oil platforms as
environmentally non-viable.  This decision has not been transferred or
notified to the parties as of yet and it will be up to the incoming
administration to officially notify the parties, but we have met with the
new Minster of the Environment and he firmly supports our campaign and
assures us that his staff defends SETENA's decision and will do so in any
potential litigation to come.

Today in Costa Rica we have the transfer of power form the outgoing
administration to the new. In his inaugural speech, the president elect Abel
Pacheco made several important references to our campaign and his commitment
to assure that CR becomes "an ecological leader, not an oil encalve", that
"the true oil and gold for CR are water and oxygen produced by our forests"
I have attached his speach and highlighted some of the relevant sections.

I am also attaching the editorial written by Rodrigo Alberto Carazo, who
also has assumed his new position as member of the National Assembly (he was
almost elected president of the congress). This article is in response to
some of the articles that have come out iagressively in favor of oil
development.

I will follow up this note with a more detailed memo but wanted to urgently
share with you our feelings of celebration and great gratitude to all of you
who have stuck by us and accompanied us through out the tense and difficult
phases of the campaign and now the happier moments.

MUCHAS GRACIAS Y VAMOS GANANDO-
TALAMANCA FREED FROM OIL DEVELOPMENT AND
COSTA RICA SOON TO BE FREE FROM OIL DEVELOPMENT!

best regards,
Emily Yozell
International Liaison
ADELA
www.cosmovisiones.com/adela

********************************
Paula Palmer, Executive Director
Global Response
P.O. Box 7490
Boulder CO 80306
USA
TEL: 303-444-0306
FAX: 303-449-9794
Email: paula@globalresponse.org
Website: www.globalresponse.org

Global Response empowers people of all ages, cultures, and nationalities to
protect the environment by creating partnerships for effective citizen
action.  At the request of indigenous peoples and grassroots organizations,
Global Response organizes international letter-writing campaigns to help
communities prevent environmental destruction.  Global Response involves
young people as well as adults in these campaigns, to develop in them the
skills for global citizen cooperation and earth stewardship.


from Rainforest Action Network May 9, 2001

In this Post :
#1. WORKING ASSETS CITIGROUP E-MAIL ZAP ON CAMISEA
#2. MULTINATIONAL MONITOR ISSUE FOCUSES ITS SIGHTS ON CITIGROUP
#3. OCP ECUADOR UPDATE
#4. RAN HIRING GLOBAL FINANCE ORGANIZING POSITION
#5. INCREDIBLE VICTORY: OCCIDENTAL PETROLEUM PULLS OUT OF U’WA LAND
#6. STATEMENT BY THE U’WA PEOPLE


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#1
WORKING ASSETS CITIGROUP E-MAIL PHONE ZAP ON CAMISEA

Working Assets is hosting an E-mail and phone zap for its customers to tell
Citigroup to stop profiting off of destructive projects like Camisea in
Peru.  Be one of the tens of thousands of notes to fill Sandy’s e-mail
box.The further we pass this on the louder the voices for social and
environmental justice will echo! So, pass on the link far and wide.
<
http://www.workingforchange.com/activism/action.cfm?itemid=13271>
An independent assessment of the project was completed last month which
demonstrates that the drill site and the pipeline do not adhere to World
Bank Standards, threaten one of the most pristine ecosystems in the Amazon
Basin, and have run roughshod over indigenous rights. Despite this,
Citigroup continues to act as financial advisor on this renegade project.
According to a study by the Smithsonian Institution, the Camisea project
will affect one of the world’s most biologically diverse regions. The
project has already proven deadly for the Nahua. During preliminary
exploration in the Camisea region in the 1980s, Shell exposed the Nahua to a
whooping cough and influenza epidemic that killed off an estimated 50
percent of the tribe’s population. Shell and Mobil, both original partners
in Camisea, later withdrew from the project after investing more than $250
million. The project has been on hold since 1998, due in part to strong
opposition from human rights, environmental, and indigenous groups around
the world.

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#2
MULTINATIONAL MONITOR FOCUSES ON CITIGROUP

This month’s Multinational Monitor focuses the entire issue on the multitude
of abuses of Citigroup.  A centerpiece article by RAN’s global finance
campaigner, Ilyse Hogue, explores the cost of living richly on the
environment and indiegnous rights. Other articles cover such topics as
predatory lending, sexual discrimination, and Citigroup’s meddling in
government affairs. Check out the work profiled by front line activists Jake
Lewis, Antonia Juhasz, Pamela Martens, Al Giordano and Hugh Kaufman.
You can order a copy or read the issue at:
<
http://multinationalmonitor.org/>

********
#3 OCP ECUADOR UPDATE

OCP immediately has filed a criminal lawsuit against all of the arrested
accusing them of “sabotage on a public work”. Funds are greatly needed to
cover the legal costs as this trial continues.
and a quote -
“Our silence over the last month has been a time of rest, reflection and
regrouping for us as a small local group taking on global issues. That in no
way means we are finished with our struggle. Instead, we have new energies,
fresh perspectives and more motivation than ever to continue protecting the
Mindo-Nambillo cloud forest and the rights of its human and non-human
residents. “ Accion por la Vida

******

April 26, 2002
Accion Por La Vida Update
Mindo, ECUADOR

It has been one month and one day since Special Forces national police
raided the peaceful protest camp in Cerro Guarumos and all activists were
arrested, including some foreign tourists and students. The weeks after the
arrests were very busy for us as we worked hard with Accion Ecologica in
liberating the innocent activists and organizing various protests in Quito
as well as here in Mindo. The same day that the activists were detained, the
town of Mindo rose up to protest the wrongful arrests and closed off the
main highway for over 6 hours. At this time, two OCP trailers transporting
the tubes for the pipeline were also detained and driven down into the town
of Mindo where they were parked in the middle town with their tires
deflated. This was a message to OCP that Mindo is not ready to give up the
fight. Several days later, the Special Forces police came to Mindo,
surrounded the trucks and inflated the tires in order to remove them from
Mindo. Knowing that any man trying to interfere would be immediately
arrested, the women of Mindo, mothers, daughters and grandmothers alike, put
up a brave struggle as they laid their bodies across the bridge at the exit
of town to stop the trailers from leaving. The women were picked up, one by
one, by four policemen for each woman and physically restrained until the
trucks had passed.
After the direct action in Mindo, the group traveled to Quito to demand the
liberation of the wrongfully arrested activists. The hearing was on Monday
April 4th with the mayor of Quito, Paco Moncayo. A group of protestors
stayed outside and picketed teaching the public of the recent injustices
through songs, music and dramatic demonstrations, while another group
entered the meeting to listen to the testimonies of the detained activists.
After a full week of imprisonment, the five Ecuadorian activists from Accion
Por La Vida were liberated, free of charges due to wrongful arrest, the
foreign tourists and students were immediately deported. We could now
breathe a sigh of relief, celebrate, and rest. During the week that the
activists were imprisoned, there were constant shifts of volunteers bringing
food and supplies to the detained (in Ecuador a prisoner is not guaranteed a
meal and a place to sleep) and Accion Por La Vida together with Accion
Ecologica worked around the clock with lawyers, family members and
ambassadors to secure the liberation of each and every detained activist.
Since we are a relatively small group, we were very tired and stripped of
energy and motivation. We could relax knowing that our partners were out of
that pathetic and disgusting jail but, keeping us on our toes, OCP
immediately filed a lawsuit against all of the arrested accusing them of
“sabotage on a public work”. Funds are greatly needed to cover the legal
costs as this trial continues.
Accion Ecologica has provided an incredible amount of logistical, legal,
emotional and financial support during the protest and we continue working
together in the struggle against the pipeline. Now that things had settled
down a little, it was time for a little rest and reflection on all that we
have achieved since the formation of our grassroots group Accion Por La Vida
two years ago. For this reason Accion Ecologica put together a day-long
workshop here in Mindo for members of Accion Por La Vida to think about and
assess the recent events and put together a new plan of action. It was great
to get together and map out all that we have done as a group since the
beginning of the protest two years ago; developing strong relations with
national and international NGO’s and other environmentalist groups,
maintaining a consistent and effective resistance against the OCP project,
managing national and international press visits to the area, etc. A trip to
Guayaquil to attend a conference and participate in an Earth Day march was
also planned.
On Thursday, April 18 a group of six members of Accion Por La Vida left for
the long trip by bus to Guayaquil. The following day there was a forum held
in the municipal building in downtown Guayaquil. There were various groups
present such as Accion Ecologica, Accion Por La Vida and other environmental
groups from Guayaquil. The meeting was held to discuss the environmental
impacts of the OCP route and to involve other national groups and
organizations. Efrain Toapanta participated in the forum as the spokesperson
for Accion Por La Vida and spoke about the socio-economic impacts of the
pipeline on the town of Mindo. On Earth Day, Monday April 22, in downtown
Guayaquil four tree-climbers from Accion Por La Vida, including two of the
detained activists Wilfrido Vaca and Edwin Villota, demonstrated the art of
climbing to those attending the Earth Day march by climbing two buildings
and hanging an anti-OCP banner between the two buildings.
So, as this update shows, Accion Por La Vida has continued to protest the
OCP pipeline route and will fight until the project is stopped or the route
is changed. However, in order to continue with these actions, funds are
necessary for such costs as transportation, communications (internet,
computer supplies, telephone) and supplies.
With the help of Rettet den Regenwald (Save the Rainforest) in Germany,
Accion Por La Vida has been able to come up with the initial down payment to
purchase 1200 acres of primary could forest. We are working with various
international groups such as Amazon Watch from the states, Rettet den
Regenwald from Germany, Rain Forest Information Centre in Australia and
World Bank Reform Campaign in Italy to fundraise the amount that is still
owed to the original owner. Anybody interested in receiving a copy of the
land purchase proposal or in donating to the land trust fund please contact
me for more information (contact information below).
Our silence over the last month has been a time of rest, reflection and
regrouping for us as a small local group taking on global issues. That in no
way means we are finished with our struggle. Instead, we have new energies,
fresh perspectives and more motivation than ever to continue protecting the
Mindo-Nambillo cloud forest and the rights of its human and non-human
residents.

Donations can be made to
contact: Kevin Koenig
Amazon Watch
115 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Ste. E
Topanga, CA
90290
USA
office: 310-455-0617
Fax: 310-455-0619
kevin@amazonwatch.org
<mailto:kevin@amazonwatch.org>

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments:
Molly Brown
International Spokesperson
Accion Por La Vida
molly@mindo-mundo.com
<mailto:molly@mindo-mundo.com>
Tel: (593)(2)2765-471

Thank you for your support and concern.
Molly Brown
International Spokesperson
Accion Por La Vida


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#4
JOB OPENINGS FOR CITI CAMPAIGN

RAN is hiring for an exciting position of organizer for the Citigroup
campaign. Join the visionary team to take on the worlds’ largest financial
institution and demand social and environmental accountaiblity. Job
description is below and application procedures are below.

GLOBAL FINANCE ORGANIZING POSITIONS
Supervisor: Campaigns Director
Salary: Exempt, full-time, salaried
Location: San Francisco
Compensation: DOE
Deadline: Extended to May 17, 2002

Position Summary:
Rainforest Action Network (RAN) works to protect the world’s rainforests and
the rights of their inhabitants through education, grassroots organizing,
and non-violent direct action. RAN operates hard-hitting campaigns designed
to challenge the global financial industry to incorporate modern social and
environmental standards into their everyday business practices. Beginning
with Citigroup, we aim to expose the world’s largest banks for their
destructive investments in the oil, gas, mining, and logging industries. By
transforming Citigroup and reorienting the global financial architecture, we
can help to drive these extractive industries out of the world’s last
remaining old growth forests and reverse the impacts of climate change.
RAN’s Global Finance Organizer will work as part of a campaign team with the
Global Finance Director and Campaigns Director to expose the egregious
investments by Citigroup and the rest of the banking industry.
Qualifications:
We’re looking for someone who can be, alternately, a campaigner, an
organizer, a teacher, and a motivator. The Finance Organizer must have
experience in grassroots organizing, working with activists, and conducting
grassroots organizing trainings in fundraising, media skills, coalition
building, campaign strategy, and non-violent direct action. Prioritizing
tasks, volunteer coordination, and the ability to empower and motivate
grassroots activists in carrying out campaign tactics are necessary. The
position requires good decision-making skills, professional initiative, and
results-oriented behavior. Necessary components of this work are enthusiasm,
experience organizing with diverse communities, and a commitment to
long-term social change. The Finance Organizer must be able convey RAN’s
mission and campaigns to both novice and seasoned activists alike, and to
work as part of RAN’s campaign team to develop strategy and outreach
opportunities. Must be willing and able to travel frequently. Spanish
language skills preferred.
Responsibilities:
Consistently apply pressure on campaign targets in order to expose
destructive policies and force creative solutions;
Strengthen RAN campaigns by working with campaign staff to mobilize
grassroots activists on key forest and climate change issues;
Strengthen, broaden, and diversify the network of grassroots indigenous
rights, rainforest conservation, and climate change activists and groups;
Build capacity within the movement and support grassroots efforts with
organizing advice, resources, materials, and campaign strategy;
Respond to inquiries from community members interested in getting involved
with efforts to preserve rainforests and combat climate change;
Coordinate the annual Rainforest Action Chautauqua, the annual gathering of
climate change and rainforest activists;
Represent RAN at environmental conferences and provide motivation and tools
to grassroots constituencies. Act as a public spokesperson for RAN as
needed;
Direct and facilitate regional/national organizing and campaign training
sessions;
In coordination with the Volunteer and Intern Director, supervise interns
and volunteers working on campaign activities, including research, execution
of outreach, etc.
Participate in RAN’s organizational planning and training sessions;
Report to Campaigns Director regularly on accomplishments and plans of
action;
Participate in quarterly performance reviews with Campaigns Director as well
as weekly campaign team meetings.
Share office responsibilities to maintain a healthy and safe workplace.
To apply:
Please send cover letter, résumé & references to HR/GFO, RAN, 221 Pine
Street, Suite 500, San Francisco, CA 94104 or rainforest@ran.org
<mailto:rainforest@ran.org> . No phone calls, please.
Rainforest Action Network is an equal opportunity employer. RAN does not
discriminate based on race, color, creed, national origin, gender, age,
disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or citizenship status.

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#5
CELEBRATING VICTORIES, REMAINING VIGILANT

Victories are few and far between in the work, so it is important to
celebrate them when they come along.  Though the struggle of the U’wa people
is not directly related to the Citigroup campaign, it’s important to
celebrate this victory in recognition of the activists and indigenous
peoples who have sacrificed  their lives. This struggle mirrors hundreds of
struggles occurring around the planet. From Peru to Indonesia to Africa,
traditional people are putting their lives on the line to saves their
culture from the omnipresent threats of logging, mining, and fossil fuel
extraction. Let’s look forward to a day where there are many more victories
like the U’wa and the forests no longer need the vigilence of activists.
Below is a message from Patrick Reinsborough describing the remarkable
victory. Patrick has spent years working on the U’wa Campaign and is a free
lance global justice organizer:
It has been a dramatic week for the U’wa, their supporters and everyone
working for peace and justice in Colombia.  Amidst several US policy
decisions that will escalate the violence in Colombia, comes OXY’s
announcement that they are returning the Siriri oil block, which is located
on U’wa land, to the Colombian government.  What this means is
that the words that so many of us have written on banners, said in press
releases, and chanted at numerous demonstrations ˆ OXY OFF OF U’WA LAND! -
are coming true!
Although the U’wa are still confirming details and have 10 years of
experiences with OXY’s dirty tricks to make them cautious, they have
received this news with great joy.  This is a major VICTORY!  Despite
assuring investors for 8 years of a major oil strike now suddenly OXY
claims there is no oil in the region. Clearly the resistance of the U’wa and
the pressure of the international solidarity movement demanding peace and
justice in Colombia helped OXY finally see the light.
This surprise announcement was made at OXY’s May 3rd shareholders meeting in
the wake of a spirited demonstration and media held outside the meeting by
activists from Amazon Watch, Action Resource Center and Project Underground.
As shareholders and the financial press entered the meeting, they were
greeted by giant OXY soldiers carrying weapons emblazoned with American
flags and “Plan Colombia” logos. The demonstration educated the shareholders
about the deadly link between OXY’s operations in Colombia, US military aid
and the rising body count of Colombia’s brutal civil war.
This is not the final victory for the U’wa but it is a major milestone.
Guided by the spiritual leadership of their Werjayas (wise elders) the U’wa
struggle for survival has become a symbol of resistance to oil exploration
and corporate led globalization. Over the last 5 years, the U’wa resistance
has inspired a massive international solidarity movement that has captured
headlines with hundreds of peaceful demonstrations.
More recently, the U’wa and their supporters have expanded their
organizing to stop U.S. military aid to Colombia and illuminate the role of
US energy corporations like OXY in hijacking US foreign policy in Colombia
for their own ends.
It’s an important time for all the thousands of people who have taken
action to support the U’wa struggle to congratulate yourself and do some
CELEBRATING!  Tragically in our struggles for democracy, justice and
ecological sanity victories are all too rare, so don’t miss this one!
Spread the word and CELEBRATE THIS IMPORTANT VICTORY!
That said, the U’wa and all the peoples of Colombia continued to be
threatened by the escalating war.   This week the Bush administration
turned a blind eye to the human rights crisis in Colombia by providing
human rights certification to the Colombian government.  This certification
is a requirement to release further military aid to Colombia and has been
widely criticized by international human rights groups.
As Alex Arriaga, of  Amnesty International USA, said  “It is inexcusable for
the United States to send military aid when the Colombian government
has failed to adequately meet the human rights conditions placed upon
U.S. aid.  In 2001, there was a dramatic increase in political violence and
attacks on human rights defenders.  Meanwhile, impunity continues to
reign for those who violate human rights, whether they are the Colombian
military, paramilitary groups, the FARC, or the ELN.  Without progress on
meeting the benchmarks, U.S. aid will only contribute to more human rights
violations and diminish hopes for peace.”
In another development, sad memories were re-kindled last week when
Attorney General Ashcroft indicted 6 FARC guerillas for the murders of 3
U’wa supporters in March 1999. Terrence Frietas, Ingrid Washinawatok
and Lahe’ena’e Gay were kidnapped from U’wa territory by FARC
guerillas and later found dead across the Venezuelan border.   The Bush
administration is clearly trying to use these indictments to push their
agenda of expanding the so-called “War on Terrorism”  to protect U.S. oil
interests in Colombia.  The families  of the murdered victims have made
statements of concern about the Bush Administration’s exploitation of their
loved ones deaths.
So as we celebrate this victory remember the spirits of those who have
given their lives as part of the struggle to defend the U’wa land and
culture.  Remember Terry, Ingrid and La’he.  Remember the 3 indigenous
children who were killed in February 2000 when the military attacked U’wa
blockades.  Remember the 20 non-combatants who are being murdered in
Colombia’s war every day.
What better way to celebrate the sacrifices of so many people than to
insure that as OXY pulls out of U’wa land we continue to build our
movements for justice, peace and ecology. For over 500 years
communities like the U’wa have fought to protect their land and way of life
from waves of invaders.  Now  we have the opportunity to build a new type
of movement with the power to move towards a global society rooted in
the values of justice, peace, sustainability and respect for diversity and
life in all its forms.
The U’wa will continue to need our support and we will continue to need
their leadership and inspiring example as we show the oil industry that
they can no longer invade pristine ecosystems, violate the rights of
indigenous cultures and de-stabilize the global climate.  We need to let
the oil barons who have taken over the White House know that we will no
longer tolerate wars for oil and that U.S. military aid to Colombia must
stop!
So celebrate this victory, but stay vigilant.  Our work is not done - but
with each milestone, each victory, each action, each celebration we are
getting closer and closer.
Keep up all the great work everyone!
In solidarity for the earth,
Patrick Reinsborough


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#6 STATEMENT FOR THE U’WA
Place
Cubará - Boyacá, Colombia

Date
May 7, 2002

From
The Traditional Authorities of the U’wa Association

Re:
Statement to the national and international public on the
withdrawal of Oxy from U’wa sacred territory  Kera  Chikara
The millennial and historic U’wa Indigenous People of Colombia situated
in the departments of Casanare, Arauca, Boyacá, Santander and Norte de
Santander, through this statement would like to express thanks from our
hearts for the total and unconditional support that we have received from
the following national and international organizations in defense of life,
culture and the environment.
National Organizations:  Social Sectors and la Junta de Personeros from
the department of Arauca; of Cubará, Guicán, Sogamoso, Tunja in
Boyacá; from the areas of Gibraltar and Samoré, Toledo local authority in
Norte de Santander; Bucaramanga in Santander; Censat Agua Viva,
Siempre Viva, Bacata  Comité Colombia es U´wa, Organización Nacional
Indígena de Colombia-ONIC-, Colectivo de Abogado José Alvear
Restrepo, Minga;  Comisión Colombiana de Juristas, students of the
Universidad Nacional, la Defensoria del Pueblo  in Bogotá, Ecos Hijos de
la Tierra in Calí. The magistrate Ciro Angarita Q.E.P.D., indigenous
senators Lorenzo Muelas, Jesús Enrique Pinacue, Francisco Rojas Birry,
Alegría Fonseca in Colombia.
International Organizations: Project Underground, EarthJustice, Goldman
Environmental Foundation, Abya Yala, Amazon Watch, Oil Watch, Amazon
Coalition, Pacha Mama, Amazon Alliance, Green Space, Rainforest Action
Network, Rainforest Foundation, Cultural Survival Conservancy,
Menominee Community, family and friends of Terence Freitas, Ingrid
Washinawatok, and Lahenae Gay  from the United States; Watu and, the
Prince of Asturias in Spain; Proyecto Norte Sur and Alan Cassani in
Geneva; Vía Campesina, Derechos Humanos Daniel D’Gillard, Paul Emil
and his wife, the European Parliament, in Belgium; Ana Vivas, France
Liberté, in Paris, the city of Valencia and José Bove in France; Basta Ya in
Germany; The Italian Green Party, the local authorities of Bari, Toscana,
Masa, Roma, the Universities in Italy; Acción Global de Los Pueblos in
Holland; indigenous communities of Ecuador, Peru, Chile,  Bolivia in South
America; Mexico, Guatemala, San José de Costa Rica en Central America,
Finland etc.
We want to thank all of these people and organizations and others that we
didn’t have present in our memories who contributed in a direct and
indirect way and we recognize with all our heart and spirit the total and
unconditional support that we received in the most difficult moments of
this process of defending culture, territory and autonomy. Since 1996
when our brother Terence Freitas arrived in our territory, we were given the
spiritual strength and shown the path along which the U’wa Peoples
should walk in their fight against the diabolical multinational oil company
Occidental of Colombia OXY that came and violated our most sacred right:
“Violation of the sacred body of our mother earth,” their stabbing was felt
some feet (12,500) below the earth’s surface and she cried.  She asked
us to defend her and to tell the world what she was feeling.  We did that
and we will continue to do that.  This is only known by the U’wa people and
our allies because of our permanent contact with her.
Our cultural principles include the defense of the right to a dignified
life,
respect for mother earth and the environment, essential and sacred
elements that we should leave as an inheritance to our children,
grandchildren and their descendents. We want to thank all for their moral,
spiritual, human and economic support, particularly our friends near to
our lands such as the social sectors of the department of Arauca who
once again felt state violence.  However, convinced of our just and noble
cause, they accompanied us at all times day after day, night after night,
they were always by our side sharing difficult moments, seeing and feeling
the contempt of the company and those enemies of life and the environment
who attacked not only the life of Terence, Ingrid and Lahena’e, but also the
source of life, “mother earth.”
Today we invite all of our brother and sister children of the earth to tell
the
world that mother earth is alive, that the U’wa are alive, that the coming
together of many voices, hands, cries, writings, meditation, feet, thoughts
etc make people free from aggressors and destroyers.
We also want to remember the deaths of our leaders who gave their lives
for the defense of the world’s life, our U’wa and Guahibo children who lost
their lives defending during brutal operations of the security forces as
they
went ahead with the eviction of our lands, all to fulfill the strict orders
of the
invading oil company OXY and the Colombian government.  They went down on
their knees for outside interests and took homes from us, the homeowners,
and denied us our clear rights.  “THE MONEY KING, ‘DEATH AND DESTRUCTION’
SHOULD RULE OVER LIFE,” that’s what enemies of life think.
We insist that our protests, demonstrations and other actions were
carried out to demand our legitimate rights as established in national and
international laws, and for that reason anyone who attacks this should be
reprimanded and removed from their job.  We will continue to demand
punishment for those responsible. In particular, we want to condemn one
more time the actions and omissions of the Minister of the Environment
Juan Mayr Maldonado and his followers who came to our lands and
deceived us, always behaving in bad faith.  They handed over to us a
Resolución de Resguardo (Land Rights Resolution) and then gave OXY
an environmental license to begin their assault on the U’wa People.  But
the saddest thing is that he said he was a friend of nature, mother earth,
Indians, and the question is: Which Indians?
We want to remind our friends and brothers and sisters around the world
that our fight continues, that the government should return lands that they
took through violence, cancel all oil, mining, and environmental projects,
immediately hand over the sum of $18.000’000.000 (Colombian pesos)
the cost of land titling for the United U’wa Reserve,  compensate us for the
death of our children and leaders,  compensate the families of the three
supporters of indigenous rights that gave their lives to defend our
legitimate rights, and the social sectors for their human, moral and
economic losses. The U’wa will show the government that we are
dignified and fair, that we are not asking for anything that isn’t ours,
that
mother earth and her children are sacred.
We all belong to the divine creation SIRA and as such we deserve respect.
Mother earth, despite being violated, silently continues feeding us,
sustaining us.  She doesn’t feel envy.  She talks but very few listen to her
voice.  She insists through cries but everything continues the same.  This
worries us, but we the U’wa and friends of the U’wa of Colombia and the
World will continue to defend her with our voice, our sacred fasts, our
songs, our faith.
Our brothers and sisters, the air, water, sun, moon are contaminated and
they are being destroyed.  This too worries us because if humanity wants
to continue to live we should start to take decisions to prevent our
self-destruction.  No one destroys man.  Man destroys himself. We want
to continue reflecting to avoid the destruction of the world because the
U’wa want to continue to live.
The money king is only an illusion.  Capitalism is blind and barbaric.  It
buys consciences, governments, peoples, and nations.  It poisons the
water and the air.  It destroys everything.  And to the U’wa, it says that
we
are crazy, but we want to continue being crazy if it means we can continue
to exist on our dear mother EARTH.
The government should recognize that we are people who are part of that
word “State.” It should respect our forms of life, our thinking, our laws of
origin and of our elders.  It should respect universal human rights and
international treaties because we are people-we too feel.
Brother and sisters of the world, the U’wa will continue defending mother
earth.  We invite you to continue accompanying us.  Thank you for believing
in us.
A special greeting to Kevin, Atossa, Leslie, Abby, Elizabeth, Ana Maria,
Martín, David, Shannon, Giussepe, Carlos deocon, Alan, Paola, Laura,
Patricia Borraz,
U’WA TRADITIONAL AUTHORITES


from Environmental Defense May 9, 2001

  
  
         

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from American Lands May 10, 2001

To:   All Activists
From: Steve Holmer & Jeanette Russell, National Forest Protection
Alliance
Date: May 10, 2002

11 Forest Protection Internships - KY, IN, 2 OR. 3 DC, 3 MT, NC

The National Forest Protection Alliance offers internships through our
national network of organizational members. Please contact the
sponsoring organization directly if you are interested in an
internship. All positions listed below have immediate openings.

1. Forest Monitor - Kentucky Heartwood. (KY)
2. Grassroots Organizer, Editor, Administrator - Heartwood (Bloomington,
IN)
3. Forest Watch - Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project (Fossil, OR)
4. Congressional Internship - Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) -
Washington, DC
5. Executive Assistant - National Forest Protection Alliance -
Washington, DC
6. Forest Policy Intern - American Lands Alliance - Washington, DC
7. Network Coordinator Assistant - National Forest Protection Alliance -
Missoula, MT
8. Nontimber Forest Products Researcher - Western Montana Mycological
Association- Missoula, MT
9. 10 Endangered Forests Report Researcher/Organizer - National Forest
Protection Alliance - Missoula, MT
10. Pisgah National Forest Monitor- Southern Appalachian Biodiversity
Project - Asheville, NC
11. Public Outreach Assistant - ReThink Paper, San Francisco or
Portland, OR

INTERNSHIP POSITION: Forest Monitor
SPONSOR: Kentucky Heartwood
LOCATION: Kentucky
TIME: Summer 2002

Overview: Kentucky Heartwood is looking for a motivated individual to
help monitor illegal Off-Road Vehicle (ORV)
use on the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky. Kentucky Heartwood
is a volunteer grassroots citizen
organization that watchdogs the Forest Service's management of the
Daniel Boone National Forest. We work to
end commercial exploitation and destructive industrial recreation on the
diverse 680,000-acre forest and
encourage ecological restoration of the forest's scarred landscape.

Responsibilities: traveling to different parts of the National Forest,
independently walking trails and documenting
illegal ORV abuse. This information will be used in a publicity and
litigation campaign to pressure the Forest Service
to instate a total ban on ORV use in the Daniel Boone.

Application Process: Contact Perrin de Jong, Kentucky Heartwood, P.O.
Box 90, Olympia, KY 40358
Phone: (606) 768-3805 Email: sandinolives@yahoo.com

INTERNSHIP POSITION: Grassroots Organizer, Editor, Administrator
SPONSOR: Heartwood
LOCATION: Bloomington, IN
TIME: On-going

Overview: Heartwood, a regional forest protection organization, is
seeking interns for the summer and fall
semesters. Interns will have the opportunity to work for one of the
leading forest protection organizations in the
Eastern United States.

Responsibilities: We have many positions to fill, including:
administrative/office intern, newsletter editor,
researcher, and network support intern. Hours are flexible between
Monday through Friday and interns generally
work 10-15 hours per week. Interns will work out of the Heartwood office
in Bloomington, IN.

Application: If interested please e-mail info@heartwood.org for the
application or call (812) 337-8898 for more
information.

INERNSHIP POSITION: Forest Watch
SPONSOR: Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project
LOCATION: Rural Eastern Oregon, in the mountains above Spray, Oregon
DATE: Late May through the end of September (or any amount of time
within that timeframe -- a minimum of 2
weeks commitment preferred)

Project overview: The Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project has been
modifying and stopping the majority of the
most destructive timber sales on the Umatilla National Forest (NF) and
the Malheur NF since 1993 and the Ochoco
NF since 1998 in Eastern Oregon and now helps with the Deschutes NF
also. This is high desert country with
fragile rocky soils, little rainfall and short growing seasons, making
these forests especially vulnerable to impacts
from logging, livestock, roading, and mining. Species at risk include
Lynx, Wolverine, Northern goshawk, American
marten, Peregrine falcon, Pileated woodpecker, Chinook salmon, Steelhead
trout, Bull trout, and a variety of rare
plants and micro-fauna.

Internship responsibilities: As a BMBP intern, you will learn forest
monitoring skills, field-check timber sales
(involving hiking and camping) and help with office tasks such as
filing, research, comment writing and mailings.
The longer you stay, the more you learn and the more wildlife you will
experience.
Interns must be self-sufficient in food, pocket money, hiking and
camping gear. Interns live on our 40 acres in the
mountains (no electricity) and are expected to help with routine chores
(dishes, etc.)

Application: Contact Karen Coulter (541) 468-2028. Messages: (541)
385-9167 Mailing Address: 27803 Williams
Lane, Fossil, OR 97830

INTERNSHIP POSITION: Congressional Internship
SPONSOR: Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney
LOCATION: Washington, DC
TIME: Year-round

Overview: The office of Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney is seeking
motivated individuals who are interested in
gaining a hands-on experience working in Congress to End Commercial
Logging. Our internship program offers
students and non-students the opportunity to work on promoting the
National Forest Protection and Restoration
Act (NFPRA) in Congress. Congresswoman McKinney is the most active
Member of Congress on the issue of forest
protection. This internship is an excellent opportunity for individuals
interested in both environmental protection
and legislation.

Responsibilities: Interns will work towards the overarching goal of
protecting public lands from commercial
exploitation. Interns should expect to work at least 15 hours per week.
Responsibilities will vary as new issues and
challenges arise in Congress, but will include:
- Public outreach
- Media coordination
- Recruiting Cosponsors of NFPRA
-Educating Congressional Staff about ECL

Qualifications: Applicants need to be self-motivated, passionate about
forest protection, posses effective
communication and writing skills and follow through with internship
commitments. Applicants should be creative,
and be able to work on multiple tasks with minimal supervision.

Compensation: Although we are unable to pay interns, most students may
receive academic credit. Interns should
inquire with their college about how to receive credit for internships
or independent study.

Application: For more information on this internship, please contact
Eric Lausten, eric.lausten@mail.house.gov,
202-225-1605.

INTERNSHIP POSITION: Executive Assistant
SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: National Forest Protection Alliance
LOCATION: Washington, DC
DATE: Year-round

Project Overview: The National Forest Protection Alliance (NFPA) is the
nation's leading grassroots environmental
network working to end commercial logging on our national forests and
other federal public lands. NFPA is
currently working to secure new sources of funding for our work, which
is the primary focus of this summer
project.

Responsibilities: The intern will assist the Executive Director (E.D.)
in the following activities:
1. Fundraising: Assist E.D. in all aspects of fundraising, including
extensive research and writing and submitting grant proposals.
2. Administration: Assist E.D. with office management tasks, including
maintaining filing systems, responding to
information requests, fielding calls, etc.

Qualifications: Qualified candidate will have excellent research,
writing, interpersonal communication and internet
skills. Must be self-motivated, solution oriented and reliable. The
intern is expected to commit to 10-20 hours per
week. Training / Compensation: The intern will work directly with NFPA's
E.D. in our Washington, DC office. The
E.D. will work with the intern to develop an on-going work plan that
includes concrete goals and timelines. This is
not a paid internship, but credit is available at most Universities
(please talk to your advisor about how to receive
independent study credit or internship credit).
Application: Please contact Tom Weis, NFPA's Executive Director, at
twgreenfire@earthlink.net or call (202)
879-3195.

INTERNSHIP POSITION: Forest Policy Intern
SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: American Lands Alliance
LOCATION: Washington, DC
DATE: Year-round

Project Overview: America's wildlife and wildlands continue to be
threatened by logging, road building grazing, off
road vehicles and mining. American Lands is comprised of a broad
coalition of activists and organizations
dedicated to protecting our forest heritage and restoring ecological
integrity to the landscape. Each year
Congress appropriates money to the U.S. Forest Service and other
agencies along with riders and directions on
how the money should be spent. One billion dollars is currently being
spent to log our National Forests each year
at a loss to taxpayers of at least $500 million. Sound like a good deal?
Timber companies love it, but we get to
clean up the mess.

Internship Responsibilities: As an American Lands policy intern you will
not only learn the political process but also
be a part of the substantive research required to run a national
campaign. Some issues that the policy intern will
work on include the misuse of off road vehicles on our public lands,
destructive National Forest timber sales, and
many other ecologically deleterious programs and projects that occur on
American's public lands. The intern will
work on the Congressional Appropriations process, help draft action
alerts and other grassroots messages, and
assist in other administrative duties. The policy intern may also assist
in other projects such as conducting
research, writing, coalitions building, and other administrative duties
for the Climate Change and Forests Program
and the International Trade and Forest Program.

Skill Requirements: American Lands is looking for a person with a strong
commitment to protecting our public
lands. Computer savvy, especially web updating and design, are pluses.
The intern will work with a variety of
activists representing every region of the United States thus good
organizational and people skills are crucial.

Interested applicants should contact Steve Holmer, Campaign Coordinator,
American Lands Alliance 202-547-9105
or mailto:wafcdc@americanlands.org.

INTERNSHIP POSITION: Network Coordinator Assistant
SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: National Forest Protection Alliance
LOCATION: Missoula, MT
DATE: Year-round

Project Overview: The National Forest Protection Alliance formed in 1999
as a response to the forest protection
community's desire to empower the public lands movement through the
creation of a nationally unified, democratic
alliance. In this capacity, NFPA provides communications and resources
for organizations and citizens who work on
the Campaign to End Commercial Logging on Public Lands (ECL). The NFPA
is offering a hands-on learning
opportunity for individuals interested in supporting our national
network.

Responsibilities: The intern will assist the Network Coordinator in
Missoula, Montana with the implementation of our
key programs. The intern will play a critical role in administering the
network and supporting programs. This is a
very hand's on program and specific responsibilities include the
following:
1. Grassroots Organizing: Engage and activate our membership via phone,
email and mail; participate on monthly
planning calls; engage membership in national events and actions.
2. Membership Development: Work to increase individual and
organizational membership base.
3. Help organize two national conferences: Assist with the promotion,
program development, logistics, and overall
planning of both conferences (National Convention and Fire Summit).

Qualifications: Candidates will exhibit a strong interest in forest
protection and grassroots organizing. The intern
will be self-motivated, reliable and posses good communication and
writing skills. Interns are expected to complete
the hours required and to alert the supervisor about changes to the work
schedule. Training provided.

Training / Compensation: Jeanette Russell, NFPA's Network Coordinator,
will supervise the internship. Jeanette will
support the intern in successful completion of the project and supply
the intern with the necessary materials and
information required. Jeanette will work with the intern to develop an
on-going work plan that includes goals and
timelines. Although this is not a paid internship, credit is available
at most Universities. Hours: 6-12 hours/week.
Talk to your advisor about how to receive independent study credit or
internship credit.

Application: Please contact our Missoula office at 542-7565, to arrange
an interview with Jeanette Russell.

INTERNSHIP POSITION: Nontimber Forest Products Researcher & Ethical
Harvesting Advocate.
SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: The Western Montana Mycological Association
LOCATION: Flexible, or Missoula, MT
DATE: Year-round

PROJECT OVERVIEW: The Western Montana Mycological Association, a
federally registered nonprofit, is interested
in your help evaluating nontimber forest products (NTFP). This is a new
and upcoming issue in forest management,
as mushrooms and other NTFP have been shown to contribute more to local
economies than logging, making this a
powerful economic argument against more clearcuts. On the other hand,
irresponsible plant poachers have
decimated rare wild plants to near extinction. Education and better
understanding is needed to prevent the loss of
species and habitat due to ignorance.


RESPONSIBILITIES:
1.The intern would be responsible for researching existing and
forthcoming documents and reports about NTFP
around the US and around the west especially. We have a substantial
existing data base which you would have
access to and add to. This can be done from your present location, or in
western Montana.
2. Organize information about NTFP and raise NTFP issues by writing
comments for upcoming proposed timber
sales, and other projects requiring an Environmental Impact Statement or
Environmental Analysis, and to respond
to federal scoping letters.
3. Develop outreach for NTFP issues and contribute to the WMMA website,
www.fungaljungal.org. Reply to
requests for information regarding NTFP issues and ongoing studies.
4. Perform outreach to, and encourage organization of, commercial
wildcrafters and develop guidelines for ethical
harvesting of NTFP.

COMPENSATION: This position offers compensation of up to $1200 per year,
to be paid in monthly increments or
as per agreement by the intern and the WMMA staff. Tent housing is
available if travel to Montana is a personal
objective of yours. Talk to your adviser about how you can receive
independent study credit or internship credit for this position.

APPLICATION: Learn about our organization by visiting the website above.
To arrange an interview, please
contact Larry Evans at fungus@selway.umt.edu or write INTERNSHIP, PO Box
7306, Missoula, MT 59807

INTERNSHIP POSITION: 10 Endangered Forests Report Researcher/Organizer
SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: National Forest Protection Alliance
LOCATION: Missoula, MT
DATE: Year-round

Project Overview: The National Forest Protection Alliance is seeking an
intern to work on the 10 Most Endangered
National Forest project. The purpose of the project is to provide a
factual depiction of what is happening on the
national forest system by highlighting 10 national forests and threats
they face from timber sales, roadbuilding
projects, grazing, mining, oil and gas leasing and industrial tourism.
NFPA will produce a report that will outline
each forest and its extractive resource programs and document what
impacts these commodities are having a
social, economic and environmental perspective. We will also coordinate
various outreach events throughout the
nation in conjunction with the release of the report.

Internship Responsibilities: The intern will be work with NFPA's
Campaign Coordinator, Jake Kreilick, and the 10
Endangered National Forest Project Coordinator, Andrew George to:
1. Research. Follow-up on research and compile information from all
nomination forms received.
2. Network Coordination: Work with NFPA member groups, and other
organizations whose national forests were
selected, to coordinate media and public events.
3. Events Facilitation: Help to facilitate the organization of events
surrounding the release of the 10 Endangered
report.

Compensation: Although we cannot pay for this position, most individuals
can receive academic credit. Talk to
your adviser about how you can receive independent study credit or
internship credit.

Application: To arrange an interview, please contact Jake Kreilick,
Campaign Coordinator of the National Forest
Protection Alliance at 406-829-6353 or e-mail at
jkreilick@wildrockies.org.


About the National Forest Protection Alliance: The NFPA is a national
alliance of citizens and organizations
dedicated to protecting public lands from commercial exploitation, and
in particular, protecting federal public lands
from commercial logging.


INTERNSHIP POSITION: Pisgah National Forest Monitor
SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Southern Appalachian Biodiversity Project
LOCATION: Asheville, North Carolina
DATE: Year-round

Project Overview: The Southern Appalachians contain some of the most
consolidated and unfragmented
ownership of public lands in the East, with over 6 million acres of
federal land. Though still recovering from past
abuses, these lands nonetheless form a green oasis in a sea of private
development, providing refuge for at least
210 globally rare plants and animals. In the past year, federal courts
in the Southeast have upheld the United
States Forest Service's (USFS) obligation to protect rare and threatened
species in National Forests. The USFS is
required to include adequate species analysis in environmental impact
statements for timber sales, herbicide
spraying, and roadbuilding activities on public lands. Although this
duty is unambiguous and essential for the
protection for threatened species and pristine watersheds, significant
oversight by public interest groups is
needed to monitor activities proposed by the US Forest Service in
national forests. The Southern Appalachian
Biodiversity Project (SABP) is actively engaged in enforcing regulations
for logging, roadbuilding, and herbicide
spraying in fifteen national forests in seven southeastern states. SABP
seeks an intern to assist scientific and
legal staff in the review of USFS proposals for the Pisgah National
Forest in western NC. Potential topics of focus
include Proposed, Endangered, Threatened and Sensitive (PETS) species
data, wetlands and buffer
restoration/mitigation, forest economics analysis, and related topics.

Responsibilities: Specifically, the intern will have direct experience
in assisting SABP staff in some of the following
activities: analyzing USFS regulations; monitoring and commenting on
proposed management activities on the
Pisgah National Forest; conducting wildlife, aquatic, and botanical
surveys for PETS species; media development;
working with SABP's partner organizations on these issues; preparing
materials for advocacy at public hearings on
proposed management activities; and authoring a report on a specific
logging, roadbuilding, or herbicide spray
which SABP intends to disseminate to the public.

Qualifications: The best candidates for an internship with SABP will
exhibit a familiarity with natural resources
policy, government and budgetary processes. The intern will also be
familiar with environmental sciences to the
degree that he or she can understand land protection issues and
recommend criteria for prioritizing resource
protection projects. The intern will also have excellent written and
oral communication skills, be self-motivated,
and have excellent organizational skills.

Training / Application: Marty Bergoffen, SABP Campaign Coordinator, will
supervise the internship. He can be
reached at 828/ 258-2667. Marty will support the intern in successful
completion of the project and supply the
intern with necessary materials and information. Marty will also work
with the intern to determine a timetable and
work plan. Much of the work for this internship will be performed in
SABP's office in downtown Asheville.

INTERNSHIP DESCRIPTION: Public Outreach Assistant
SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: ReThink Paper
LOCATION: Portland or San Francisco
TIME: Year-round

Overview: ReThink Paper is a non-profit organization dedicated to
preserving forests, biodiversity and human
health by promoting the use of clean manufacturing and non-wood fiber
resources for paper production, and
encouraging strategies that reduce paper consumption. ReThink Paper's
goals include:
o target non-wood fiber alternatives for use as feedstock in pulp &
paper manufacturing;
o increase demand for non-wood fiber paper to reduce cost and improve
economies of scale;
o eliminate the use of chlorine as a bleaching agent in wood-based
manufacturing facilities;
o influence paper procurement policies of government, universities,
businesses and other large purchasers;
o advocate for paper reduction and increased paper efficiency to help
ease paper demand
o maintain the website for providing timely, strategic information to
consumers, businesses, government entities,
students,
industry representatives and the rest of the public; and,
o develop regional nodes to implement the RTP ideals on a local level.

Responsibilities: Interns will work towards the overarching goal of
protecting forested lands from commercial
logging by encouraging the use of alternatives to wood-based paper.
Internships will either be based in Portland,
Oregon or San Francisco.
Responsibilities will vary according to the intern's qualifications and
interest, but areas of focus will likely include:
* Grassroots organizing / public outreach
* Education Program
* Outreach/Media coordination
* Membership development
* Fundraising
* Administration

Application: Oregon Contact: Nancy Hurwitz 503-668-5123
rtp@earthisland.org, San Francisco Contact: Jeanne
Trombly 415-561-6546 jtrombly@igc.org

Steve Holmer
Campaign Coordinator
American Lands
726 7th Street SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
202/547-9105
202/547-9213 fax
mailto:wafcdc@americanlands.org
http://www.americanlands.org


from American Lands May 10, 2001

To:  All Activists
From: Jeff Juel, The Ecology Center, Inc.
Date:  May 10, 2002

Comments Needed to Stop Destructive Post-Burn Salvage Project on Lolo
National Forest

Friends,

Here is a link to a new website
http://www.wildrockies.org/teci/lolo-post-burn/ containing photographs
taken May 1 in the Post-Burn Project (Lolo National Forest fire
"salvage") area.

The photos and accompanying text help to illustrate the inadequacies of
the Forest Service's management of the forest, both before and after the
fires of 2000. Although "restoration" is the stated goal of the project,
it takes a back seat to timber production, as is typical of too many
Forest Service initiatives.

Please take the time to look at these images. I hope they'll make it
easier for you to type out some comments on the Draft EIS--due next
Monday, May 13. In fact, the website contains a link so you can easily
email your concerns to the Forest Service.

Thank you VERY MUCH for taking the time to help protect your national
forests.

-jEFF

<><><><><><><><><><><><><><>
Jeff Juel
The Ecology Center, Inc.
801 Sherwood Street,  Suite B
Missoula, MT  59802
406-728-5733
fax: 728-9432
mailto:jeffjuel@wildrockies.org

Visit the Ecology Center website at:
http://www.wildrockies.org/teci


Steve Holmer
Campaign Coordinator
American Lands
726 7th Street SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
202/547-9105
202/547-9213 fax
mailto:wafcdc@americanlands.org
http://www.americanlands.org 


from Friends of the Earth May 10, 2001

May 10, 2002

Dear colleague,

As you know, more than 350 civil society organizations (CSOs) from more
than 50 nations have signed onto a Treaty Initiative to Share the Genetic
Commons.  We believe that this initiative is the critical next step in
assuring that the genetic information encoded in microorganisms, plants,
animals and humans does not become the intellectual property of global life
science companies.

A few individuals have voiced concerns about the substance of the Treaty
Initiative.  While they oppose all patents on life, they champion the right
of countries and indigenous people to enter into exclusive bilateral
bioprospecting agreements with life science companies, allowing the
companies the sole right to exploit the genetic information of the microbes,
plants and animals covered in the agreements.

The problem is that granting exclusive bioprospecting rights legitimizes
the entire process of reducing genetic information to “exclusive commercial
property.”  It is inconsistent to declare, on the one hand, that a country
has the right to sell the exclusive bioprospecting rights to exploit the
genetic information of a particular microbe, plant, animal or human, and on
the other hand, to oppose patents on life on the grounds that no company or
institution should be able to claim genetic information as “exclusive
commercial property.”

The fact is, the granting of exclusive bioprospecting rights goes
hand-in-hand with claims on genetic information as intellectual property.
Both parties accept the notion that genetic information can be monopolized
in the form of exclusive commercial property.  Indeed, securing an exclusive
bioprospecting agreement assures companies a monopoly over the exploration
of that genetic information - an essential prerequisite for later making
patent claims on that information.  Why would any company ever enter into an
exclusive bilateral bioprospecting agreement with a country or an indigenous
community unless it could secure a patent on the valuable genetic
information it discovers?  Life science companies and foundations like the
Rockefeller Foundation are only too happy to accept the idea of establishing
exclusive bioprospecting agreements between countries and life science
companies.  The token financial arrangements that ensue are considered well
worth the expense as the agreements bolster the corporate claim that genetic
information is reducible to exclusive commercial property either by
governments, indigenous peoples, or companies.

Our Treaty Initiative to Share the Genetic Commons reflects the important
distinction between sovereign rights and responsibilities of management over
genetic resources versus the illegitimate claim to enter into commercial
arrangements to monopolize the earth’s genetic information, either in the
form of exclusive bilateral bioprospecting rights or securing patents on
genes.

The three guiding principles that have inspired the Treaty Initiative are:

The earth’s genetic endowment is a collective legacy and shared trust.

Every community and country has the right and responsibility, assisted if
requested by the international community, to manage that portion of the
earth’s genetic endowment that lies within its territory.

While communities and countries have sovereignty over the terms by which the
genetic materials they hold in trust are shared with the world, that genetic
information cannot be legitimately claimed as monopoly property in the
marketplace.  Selling exclusive bioprospecting rights or claiming genetic
information as exclusive intellectual property is a violation of the spirit
of biodiversity.

Further, we believe that when host countries receive compensation for
exclusive bioprospecting rights, a framework is created for a new and
dangerous form of high-tech biocolonialism.  Host countries, especially in
the developing world, will be given token financial compensation for the
right to exploit their domestic genetic resources and then be forced to buy
back patented products from seeds to drugs at exorbitant prices, further
deepening the divide between the “haves” and “have-not” nations.

Furthermore, the notion of selling exclusive bioprospecting rights and
securing a monopoly in the form of patents on genetic information runs
counter to the very principles of shared responsibility for the earth’s
biodiversity espoused by the countries that signed the Biodiversity
Convention Treaty.  Sustainable global development is an unrealizable goal
in a world where countries and corporations can enter into exclusive
monopoly agreements to profit off of the genetic blueprints of millions of
years of biological evolution on Earth.

We believe that the earth’s gene pool is a collective legacy and a shared
trust and should not be reduced to negotiable commodities that can be
monopolized in the global marketplace.  At the same time, we agree with the
principle affirmed at the Rio summit that communities and countries are
responsible for managing and stewarding genetic resources within their
borders.  There is a difference, however, between the sovereign right to act
as a trustee - to be responsible for sustaining that part of the earth’s
biodiversity that lies within one’s national or community boundaries - and
the illegitimate act of entering into exclusive monopoly arrangements with
commercial institutions to profit off of the earth’s genetic legacy.   The
gene pool exists apriori to and independent of any contemporary political or
commercial institution.  It is therefore not reducible to monopolies in the
hands of governments or companies.

We would like to emphasize that the Treaty Initiative to Share the Genetic
Commons does not, in any way, preclude existing commercial and trade
arrangements between countries and companies to buy and sell agricultural
commodities and other biologically derived products in the global
marketplace.  The Treaty Initiative is designed only to ensure that the
genetic information from living organisms does not become the exclusive
monopoly of countries or companies.

It is critically important that CSOs not play into the hands of life science
companies by legitimizing the notion that genetic information can be
reducible to monopoly arrangements in the form of both exclusive
bioprospecting agreements and patents.

Regards,

Jeremy Rifkin
President of the Foundation on Economic Trends in Washington, DC
(jrifkin@foet.org)

--------------------
 


from Greenpeace May 10, 2001

Greenpeace's Positive Energy Newsletter
May 5 - 12, 2002
v 2.16

Time for Greenpeace’s CLEAN ENERGY NOW! campaign’s weekly
good news update!!!

Inside this edition:
- Stop the CPUC from Killing the Renewable Energy Industry
- Use Auto Lobby's Own Free Service to Curb Global Warming
- G8 Gathering: What’s Going on Behind the Closed Door?

+ + + + +
Stop the CPUC from Killing the Renewable Energy Industry

Help stop the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)
from killing the renewable energy industry in California!
The CPUC is currently discussing the possibility of
charging "exit fees" to "departing load" customers. This
means that the CPUC are debating whether or not to charge
people who invest in renewable energy systems for their
homes and businesses an extra $0.04-$0.06 per kilowatt
hour. These extra charges would derail the renewable energy
market at the retail level in California, which is just now
starting to boom.

Send a fax now to the commissioners telling them not to
kill renewable energy in California, by going to:

http://www.cleanenergynow.org/bin/takeaction.fpl?action_id=127

+ + + + +
Use Auto Lobby’s Own Free Service to Curb Global Warming!

The auto industry’s smear campaign of deception has reached
a new low. Bill AB1058, which passed the Senate and is now
headed back to the Assembly for concurrence, will require
California’s Air Resources Board to adopt regulations that
achieve maximum feasible reduction of global warming
emissions by passenger vehicles. But not if the auto
industry lobby has its way!

Recently, there has been a full-page advertisement running
in major newspapers featuring auto dealer, Cal Worthington,
claiming he is scared to death of the bill. The ad makes
completely false claims about bill AB1058. But we can turn
the tables and use their dirty tactics against them.
Simply call their toll-free number, 1-800-988-2588, and follow the automated instructions or bypass them by saying your assembly member’s name. You will be connected to your
legislator’s office, whereby you can tell the person
answering the phone that you want your assembly member to
vote for AB 1058. You can also call back and ask to be
connected to Governor Davis’ office to ask him to support
the bill. Remember that this is the auto lobby’s toll-free
number, so they will thank you for calling to oppose the
bill, but really, thanks should go to them for supplying an
easy way for supporters of the bill to communicate that
support to their local representatives.

To learn more about bill AB1058, visit:
http://www.bluewaternetwork.org

+ + + + +
G8 Gathering: What’s Going on Behind the Closed Door?

Energy ministers from the G8 nations – the Group of Eight:
Japan, France, the United States, Great Britain, Germany,
Italy, Canada and Russia -- convened last week during a
two-day summit with a focus on energy policies. This
gathering took place in Detroit, the home base of auto
giant General Motors. Although, Loyola de Palacio, the
European Commissioner for Energy, urged all the policy-
makers to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, G8 members continued
to ignore a report issued by its own task force last year
to be more aggressive in developing non-polluting renewable
energy sources. Rather than investing heavily in clean
energy now, he agreed with other members that along with other renewable energy sources, there’s a need to use more nuclear energy in order to enhance the security and stability of our energy supply. Ironically, even though he stated that "we cannot simply drill our way
out of oil dependency," in a separate statement, G8 members
were urged to refill their nations’ emergency supply. On a
better note, the G8 members emphasized the need to make the
latest "clean and efficient" energy technologies available
to developing nations.

To sign the global petition asking governments to choose
clean energy over nuclear energy and the mining, drilling,
damming and pillaging of the Earth’s resources, go to:
http://www.cleanergynow.org

Articles on this summit can be found at
http://www.washtimes.com
and
http://www.reuters.com

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The “Positive Energy” newsletter and our website,
http://www.cleanenergynow.org , will give you good news about ways to achieve clean air, climate justice, and renewable energy solutions to our ongoing energy crisis.


from EarthNet News May 10, 2001

XEarthNet News
... a project of the Center for Environmental Citizenship
http://www.envirocitizen.org

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May 10, 2002  
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EarthNet thinks of Mom this week as we look at Martha
Stewart's not-so-green ways. Also, read about glamorous
California in GLIMMER OF HOPE.

6 BILLION STRONG & GROWING looks at how what we consume
consumes us. Plus, if you haven't applied for the coolest
political skills training in the country, you better
hurry over to
http://actionnetwork.org/ct/udqAAaF1mq-2/TRAINING

--Zachariah Silk, EarthNet Editor  
mailto:earthnet@envirocitizen.org

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CONTENT
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1. Corporate Corner: Martha 'Steward' She Ain't
2. Quote of the Week
3. 6 Billion Strong & Growing: Life, Liberty & the
Pursuit of What?
4. Glimmer of Hope: Kudos to Cali
5. Green Reading: Get the Grist
6. Jobs and Internships
7. Conferences and Gatherings
8. Activist Phone Book & EarthNet News Info  

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Corporate Corner
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MARTHA 'STEWARD' SHE AIN'T

CLICK HERE to tell Martha to go PVC-free.
http://actionnetwork.org/ct/m7qAAaF1mq-X/MARTHA_ACTION

Thinking about buying your mom something from Martha
Stewart for Mother's Day? Well, you might want to think
twice after viewing a new documentary.

With humor and hope, filmmakers Judith Helfand and
Daniel B. Gold travel to America's vinyl manufacturing
capital and beyond in search of answers about the nature
of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The filmmaker's constant
run ins with this seemingly benign cure-all for many
consumers spark a toxic odyssey with twists and turns
that most people never dare to take. The result is
a humorous but sobering and uniquely personal exploration
of the relationship between consumers and industry.
The HBO films documents the hazards of vinyl (PVC),
and you've probably heard already that PVC is something
you want to avoid.

You might get it, but Martha Stewart doesn't. She's
using PVC all over the place. Items of Martha's Everyday
line at Kmart come in PVC bags, and others, such as
shower curtains, storage bags and beverage containers,
are made from PVC. Greenpeace is urging Martha Stewart
to get rid of her toxic PVC packaging and products.
They are asking activists to tell Martha to become
an environmental "Steward" and eliminate PVC.

TAKE ACTION NOW:
http://actionnetwork.org/ct/mdqAAaF1mq-B/MARTHA_ACTION
Tell Martha to go PVC-free.

FOR MORE INFO:
**Greenpeace
http://actionnetwork.org/ct/mpqAAaF1mq-4/GREENPEACE
**On Judge Smith
http://actionnetwork.org/ct/EdqAAaF1mq-f/BLUE_VINYL

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK  
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Mr. Maguire: I just want to say one word to you. Just
one word.
Benjamin: Yes, sir.
Mr. Maguire: Are you listening?
Benjamin: Yes, I am.
Mr. Maguire: Plastics.

-- Calder Willingham, U.S. screenwriter, The Graduate

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6 BILLION STRONG & GROWING
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LIFE, LIBERTY & THE PURSUIT OF WHAT?

We're gobbling up tons of resources to feed our appetites
and churning out new generations of comfort consumers
-- did you ever wonder how Mother Nature's dealing?
Check out this article on the hefty hidden costs of
our affluent ways.

http://actionnetwork.org/ct/m1qAAaF1mq-c/
Read about Population & The Environment at our exclusive
Issue in Focus site.

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GLIMMER OF HOPE
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KUDOS TO CALI

Last week the California state Senate approved a controversial
bill that aims to limit greenhouse gas emissions, one
that automakers believe is aimed at cutting down sales
of SUV's through its tighter standards of fuel economy.
Quite possibly the best thing to come out of California
since Leonardo DiCaprio, the bill would require the
state's Air Resources Board to embrace regulations
that obtain "maximum feasible reduction" in emissions
of greenhouse gases by cars and light-duty trucks by
2009. SUV's, which make up 47 percent of all auto sales
in California, fall into the latter category. Because
its Air Resources Board was created before the EPA
came into existence in 1970, California is able to
impose its own air quality standards, independent of
federal regulatory agencies. Kudos to Cali for putting
out such a plan -- maybe the EPA can learn a thing
or two from you.  

http://actionnetwork.org/ct/u1qAAaF1mq-N/NEWS  
http://actionnetwork.org/ct/E7qAAaF1mq-v/NEWS

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GREEN READING
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GET THE GRIST

Straight from Grist Magazine...
http://www.gristmagazine.com

It's one thing for a company to claim to be environmentally
friendly; it's an entirely different matter for them
to take steps toward actually doing so. In his Dear
Me column, Grist Magazine's Todd Paglia writes of a
man known simply as "Bill," who pulls a Tom Cruise
and infiltrates office retailer Staples, Mission Impossible
style. Sort of. Was Staples able to back up their big
claims of environmental consciousness? Your mission,
should you choose to accept it, is to hit the Grist
Magazine website for more.  

READ IT HERE:
http://actionnetwork.org/ct/E1qAAaF1mq-r/GRIST_MAGAZINE

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JOBS AND INTERNSHIPS  
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These are a sampling of the over 200 environmental
and activist jobs and internships listed at
http://www.envirocitizen.org/enet/jobs/index.asp

Job Title: Northeast Organizer
Organization: Center for Environmental Citizenship
Location: Boston, MA
http://actionnetwork.org/ct/jdqAAaF1mq-3/

Job Title: Program Director
Organization: The Ruckus Society
Location: Berkeley, CA
http://actionnetwork.org/ct/j7qAAaF1mq-e/

Job Title: Research Intern
Organization: Pew Wilderness Center
Location: Portland, OR
http://actionnetwork.org/ct/jpqAAaF1mq-d/

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CONFERENCES, GATHERINGS AND VIEWINGS  
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Lots more events listed at
http://www.envirocitizen.org/enet/events/index.asp

Event: ColoRail Spring Meeting
Location: Englewood, CO
Date: 5/18/2002
FOR MORE INFO:
http://actionnetwork.org/ct/upqAAaF1mq-s/

Event: North American Indigenous Mining Summit
Location: Crandon, WI
Date: 6/12/2002 - 6/15/2002
FOR MORE INFO:
http://actionnetwork.org/ct/j1qAAaF1mq-x/

Event: "Imagine If..." Green Building Workshop
Location: Telluride, CO
Date: 5/29/2002
FOR MORE INFO:
http://actionnetwork.org/ct/u7qAAaF1mq-w/

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ACTIVIST PHONE BOOK  
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U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202.224.3121  
White House Comment Line: 202.456.1111  

White House Address: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington,
DC 20500  
Senate Address: US Senate, Washington, DC 20510  
House Address: US House of Representatives, Washington,
DC 20515  

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We are particularly interested in articles about student
activism on your campus.

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from The Wilderness Society May 11, 2001

***********************
*   WildAlert
*   Saturday, May 11, 2002
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Dear WildAlert Subscriber,

Thousands of folks within the WildAlert community have taken action to
help keep Yellowstone free of snowmobiles.  Your letters are
enormously helpful.  If you haven't yet participated in this campaign,
it's not too late.  You can send a letter to the Park Service, urging
a phase out of snowmobiles, at:
http://www.wilderness.org/takeaction/?step=2&item=1092

or, ask your Representative to support long-lasting protection by
co-sponsoring the Yellowstone Protection Act:
http://www.wilderness.org/takeaction/?step=2&item=1429

This issue of WildAlert contains news and updates on:
-- California Wild Heritage Act
-- Energy legislation and Arctic Refuge drilling
-- Powder River Basin

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CALIFORNIA WILD HERITAGE ACT
Next week, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) is expected to introduce the
"California Wild Heritage Wilderness Act of 2002," designating 2.5
million acres of Wilderness and 400 miles of Wild & Scenic Rivers.

During the past several years The California Wild Heritage Campaign, a
statewide coalition of over 200 organizations and businesses, have
inventoried the state's unprotected wilderness and wild rivers and
have been building support from local, state and federal elected
officials and within rural communities.

Among the special areas that would gain permanent protection:  
--The King Range of Northern California, the longest undisturbed
coastline in the country.
--The Ventana Wilderness Additions, home to the California Condor.
--The White Mountains of the Eastern Sierra, the 2nd largest
roadless area in the US and home to the oldest living trees in the
world.
--The Avawatz Mountains in the California Desert, a spring-watered
stronghold for desert bighorn sheep.
--The Upper San Diego River, one of the most remote areas in
Southern California, and key to protecting water quality for San
Diego.

Future Wildalerts will keep you posted about how you can help
advance this campaign.  In the meantime, learn more about the
California Wild Heritage Campaign at:
http://www.californiawild.org/coalition.html

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ENERGY BILL AND ARCTIC REFUGE DRILLING
Citizens' outcry helped to keep the Senate Energy Bill (passed a few
weeks ago) free of measures to open the Arctic Wildlife Refuge and
other wild and sensitive areas in the lower 48 to oil drilling.  But
the House bill **did** include such measures, so threats remain to
both the Arctic and places like the Rocky Mountain Front in the
American West. (For more on threats to the lower 48 states, see: Big
Oil's Energy Plan, a report by The Wilderness Society, at:
http://www.wilderness.org/eyewash/energy/index.htm )

The Senate and House bills now must be "reconciled" in Conference
Committee.  House Conference Committee members have not yet been
announced, but Senate Conference Committee members are:

Sens. Baucus (D-MT); Bingaman (D-NM); Breaux (D-LA); Craig (R-ID);  
Domenici (R-NM); Grassley (R-IN); Hollings (D-SC); Jeffords (I-VT);
Kerry (D-MA); Lieberman (D-CT); Lott (R-MS);  Murkowski (R-AK);
Nickles (R-OR); Reid (D-NV); Rockefeller (D-VA) and Thomas (R-WY).

The Conference Committee is unlikely to meet until after the Memorial
Day recess.  A future WildAlert will have a call to action urging
conferees to keep energy legislation clear of drilling within
America's special wild places, so stay tuned.

*****************************
Powder River Basin
Your comments on the Bureau of Land Management's proposals to
dramatically increase oil and natural gas drilling in the spectacular
Powder River Basin of Wyoming and Montana are making a huge
difference. To date, at least 17,000 comments have been sent regarding
the Wyoming environmental impact statement, and well over 11,000 have
been sent regarding the Montana impact statement.

Due to this outpouring, BLM was forced to extend the comment deadline
on the Wyoming EIS by a month, to May 15.  Another factor in BLM's
decision to extend the comment deadline was the fact that EPA has
preliminarily given the Wyoming impact statement its worst possible
rating, which may delay -- and hopefully will modify -- this
destructive project.  Since the Senate rejected oil drilling in the
arctic wilderness, attention has shifted to the Rockies, and places
like the Powder River Basin has become ground zero in the energy
debate.

You can still take action on this at:
http://www.wilderness.org/takeaction/?step=2&item=1375
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For if one link in nature's chain might be lost, another might be
lost, until the whole of things will vanish by piecemeal. -Thomas
Jefferson


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from Natural Resources Defense Council May 13, 2001

========================================
NRDC's EARTH ACTION:
The Bulletin for Environmental Activists

May 13, 2002
========================================

Special Alert for New York Earth Activists: Urge Governor Pataki to
reduce global warming pollution from New York's power plants
Take action now at
http://www.nrdcaction.org/index.asp?step=2&item=1200

======================================================

Last summer, Governor George Pataki declared his intention to make New
York a leader in combating global warming, and created the Greenhouse
Gas Task Force to study how to accomplish this goal. The task force
has many sensible and cost-effective options to consider that would
help reduce global warming pollution, but setting a carbon limit (or
"cap") on power plant emissions is one of the best.
    
In New York and across the nation, power plants are the biggest
individual sources of carbon dioxide, the heat-trapping gas primarily
responsible for global warming. Currently, however, there is no limit
to the amount of carbon dioxide that power plants can emit. Simply
modernizing the combustion equipment at New York's largest power
plants would significantly reduce these emissions. Exploiting the
state's considerable untapped energy efficiency and renewable energy
resources (wind, solar, and biomass) would take us even further toward
a better environmental balance. A cap on carbon dioxide emissions
would spur these kinds of investments.

The task force is due to issue its report and recommendations in June.

== What to do ==
Urge Governor Pataki to demonstrate real leadership in working toward
a smarter, cleaner energy future by capping carbon dioxide emissions
from power plants.

== Contact information ==
You can send a message to Governor Pataki directly from NRDC's Earth
Action Center at
http://www.nrdcaction.org/index.asp?step=2&item=1200
Or use the contact information and sample letter below to send your
own message, and be sure to include your own reasons why we ought to
reduce global warming pollution in New York.

Governor George E. Pataki
Governor's Office
State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224
Fax:  518-474-1513

== Sample letter ==

Subject:  Cap CO2 emissions from New York's power plants

Dear Governor Pataki,

I urge you to cap carbon dioxide emissions from power plants in New
York to 30 percent below 1990 levels by 2017.

Carbon dioxide is the greenhouse gas most responsible for global
warming, and power plants are the largest individual sources of carbon
dioxide emissions. Global warming is projected to cause sea level in
New York to rise as much as three feet and reduce the state's maple
forests by 50-70 percent. Global warming will also lead to more
frequent and intense severe weather events, expand the areas at risk
of Lyme and other diseases, and leave the state's $3 billion-a-year
agriculture industry vulnerable.

Capping carbon dioxide emissions from power plants is one of the best
ways to guarantee that we reduce global warming pollution now and in
the future, and must be the cornerstone of New York's global warming
policy. Combining a carbon cap with investments in energy efficiency
and renewable energy would have the added benefit of helping us lower
the state's electric bill.      

Last summer you pledged to make New York a leader in reducing global
warming pollution. Capping carbon emissions from power plants is an
essential step toward fulfilling that promise, and I urge you to take
that step before the end of the year.

Sincerely,

[Your name and address]

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from World Wildlife May 13, 2001

Please help protect the world's rarest marine dolphin from the threat
of fishing.  The population of New Zealand's North Island Hector's
dolphin is currently less than 100 individuals.  In a recent one-year
period, six dolphins are known to have drowned.  The dolphin is headed
for extinction unless the government of New Zealand acts quickly to
protect it.  

Last year, New Zealand's minister of fisheries banned commercial and
recreational "set netting" (a form of gill netting) within most of the
dolphin's range.  However, following a challenge by fishers, the
commercial ban was overturned.  On May 1, the government proposed new
management measures, but they are flawed and insufficient to save the
dolphin.

PLEASE FOLLOW THE SIMPLE STEPS BELOW TO SEND A FREE MESSAGE URGING THE
NEW ZEALAND FISHERIES MINISTER TO PROTECT THE NORTH ISLAND HECTOR'S
DOLPHIN.  

*************************TAKE ACTION NOW!****************************

To send the message below, as is, to the New Zealand fisheries
minister, hit "reply" to this email and then "send."  World Wildlife
Fund will automatically send the message for you.

However, we urge you to greatly increase your impact by adding your
own thoughts to your message.  Personalizing your message only takes a
minute; see below for details.

ADD YOUR OWN THOUGHTS AND INCREASE YOUR IMPACT  

Log in to your "Personal Action Center" at the World Wildlife Fund
Conservation Action Network Web site --
http://takeaction.worldwildlife.org/login.asp -- with your email
address (alerts@earthhopenetwork.net) and your password.  (If you have
forgotten your password, follow the instructions on the log-in page to
have a new password emailed to you.)

Once you are in your Personal Action Center, click on "Protect the
World's Rarest Marine Dolphin" and follow the instructions for adding
your own thoughts to your message.  If you have any questions or
problems with taking action, contact us at
actionquestions@takeaction.worldwildlife.org for help.

Please urge your friends and colleagues to visit the WWF Conservation
Action Network Web site at
http://takeaction.worldwildlife.org/ to
take this action.

*****************************LETTER TEXT*****************************

Hon. Pete Hodgson
Minister of Fisheries
Parliament
Wellington
New Zealand

Dear Mr. Hodgson:

I write to urge you to do all you can to save the critically
endangered North Island Hector's dolphin, the world's rarest marine
dolphin.  

In the last year alone, six dolphins are known to have drowned.  With
fewer than 100 individuals left and a naturally slow breeding rate,
their population can only sustain one human-induced death every five
years and still be able to recover.  Urgent action is needed to
prevent the dolphin from heading towards extinction.

Entanglement in fishing gear kills more whales and dolphins worldwide
than any other threat, and too little is being done to address this
global problem.  New Zealand has an opportunity to set an example for
the rest of the world by taking immediate action to save the North
Island Hector's dolphin.  

The following are the minimum steps necessary to ensure the dolphin's
survival:

*  an enforced ban on commercial and recreational set netting
throughout the dolphin's entire range

*  the establishment of a marine mammal sanctuary

*  100 percent observer coverage on trawlers operating within the
dolphin's range

*  development and implementation of a species recovery plan.

New Zealand should be proud of the North Island Hector's dolphin; it
is found nowhere else on Earth. It would be a tragedy for New Zealand
and the rest of the world if it should be lost to us all through a
lack of decisive action.

Sincerely,

Your name and address
will be inserted here

***********************END OF LETTER TEXT*********************

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The roughly 100 remaining North Island Hector's dolphins live close to
the shore of the northwest coast of New Zealand's North Island in
small family groups, rarely swimming more than 30 kilometers (19
miles) from their place of birth.  Fishing nets are currently the
major threat to the dolphins, compounded by other human-induced
threats such as pollution, collisions with boats, and effects on their
food sources.

Please act now to show New Zealand's fisheries minister that there is
overwhelming international support for protecting the North Island
Hector's dolphin.

You may receive an automated response from the minister of fisheries.
The ministry has asked that you please not respond to this message.
_____________________________________________________________________
Direct any questions about the WWF Conservation Action Network to
actionquestions@takeaction.worldwildlife.org
______________________________________________________________________
The Conservation Action Network is sponsored by World Wildlife Fund-
US.  Known worldwide by its panda logo, WWF is dedicated to
protecting the world's wildlife and the rich biological diversity
that we all need to survive.  The leading privately supported
international conservation organization in the world, WWF has
sponsored more than 2,000 projects in 116 countries and has more than
1 million members in the United States.  WWF calls on everyone --
government, industry, and individuals -- to take responsibility by
taking action to save our living planet.

World Wildlife Fund
1250 Twenty-fourth Street, NW
Washington, DC  20037
http://www.worldwildlife.org
http://takeaction.worldwildlife.org


from American Lands May 13, 2001

XTo: All Activists
From: Steve Holmer
Date: May 13, 2002

More Original Sponsors for Roadless Bill Needed - Deadline This
Wednesday, May 15

We are making rapid progress building support in Congress to codify the
National Forest Roadless Area Conservation Rule in legislation to be
introduced by Reps. Jay Inslee (D-WA) and Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY).  
Over 130 offices have indicated that they will be original sponsors in
just four weeks time.   Now we would like to reach 150 before the bill
is introduced next week.

Please contact your Representative at 202/225-3121 and urge him/her to
become an original sponsor of the bi-partisan National Forest Roadless
Area Conservation Rule.  To send your Representative faxes or emails
please see
http://www.congress.org   If the staff indicates that they
have already signed on, please thank them.  Here are some talking
points:

1. Conserving National Forest Roadless Areas protects clean water
supplies, provides important habitat for fish and wildlife and
recreational opportunities for the public and will ensure a forest
legacy for future generations.

2. The Forest Service currently has a road maintenance backlog of $8
billion dollars.  It doesn't make sense to continue building new roads
when the agency cannot take care of the current system.

3. The Roadless Area Conservation Rule is strongly supported by the
public.  The rulemaking process saw a record number of comments (1.6
million), the overwhelming majority (95%) of which spoke out for strong
roadless area protection.

4. The Roadless Area Conservation Rule is not being implemented by the
Bush Administration.  As a result, the Forest Service is now planning a
large number of new logging and roadbuilding projects which are
inconsistent with the Rule and that threaten roadless areas.

A copy of the Dear Colleague letter is available at     
http://www.americanlands.org/dear_colleague.htm  Also, a sample letter
that you can send to your Representative to encourage them to sign on as
a cosponsor is available at
http://www.americanlands.org/sample_letter.htm    For more information
please contact me or see
http://www.ourforests.org   Thanks.

Steve Holmer
Campaign Coordinator
American Lands
726 7th Street SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
202/547-9105
202/547-9213 fax
mailto:wafcdc@americanlands.org
http://www.americanlands.org


from American Lands and Sierra Club May 14, 2001

To: All Activists
From: Sierra Club Responsible Trade Program
Date: May 14, 2002 
       
   Stop NAFTA's Corporate Lawsuits! 
   Urge your Senators to Support the Kerry Amendment 
   to Fast-Track Legislation 
   Dial 877-611-0063 toll-free

In the next few days, the Senate will vote on "fast track" trade
legislation that would jeopardize all the hard-won laws that protect our
land, water, and air.  This fast-track bill denies Congress its
constitutional power to strike anti-environmental provisions from trade
agreements made by the President. But the Bush administration plans to
use it to expand provisions in NAFTA that allow foreign corporations to sue
taxpayers for billions if our environmental laws interfere with
business.

TAKE ACTION 

 Please call your US Senators NOW! 
 Urge them to support the Kerry Amendment to Fast Track! 
 Dial 877-611-0063 toll-free (courtesy of the AFL-CIO).

TALKING POINTS

I am calling to urge the Senator to support the Kerry Amendment to fast
track.  The Bush administration plans to use this fast track bill to
expand provisions in NAFTA that allow foreign corporations to sue US taxpayers
for billions if our environmental laws interfere with their businesses.

If fast track passes in its current form, Congress will be virtually
helpless to stop the expansion of NAFTA's corporate lawsuits to many
more countries. Lawsuits against our own environmental laws and costs to
taxpayers will skyrocket if this happens.

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) is sponsoring an amendment to help fix these
dangerous fast-track corporate lawsuit provisions.  His amendment would
ensure that foreign corporations never have greater rights than those
provided to US citizens under US law.  That standard will both protect
legitimate property rights and safeguard our environment.

FOR MORE INFO

visit http://www.sierraclub.org/trade

Steve Holmer
Campaign Coordinator
American Lands
726 7th Street SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
202/547-9105
202/547-9213 fax
mailto:wafcdc@americanlands.org
http://www.americanlands.org


from American Lands May 14, 2001

To: Northeast Activists
From: John Demos
RE: Roadless Bill
5/14/02

COSIGNERS UP TO 135!!

The number of cosigners on the Boehlert (R-NY) and Inslee (D-WA) National Forest Roadless Area Conservation Act is at 135.  I believe Sanders (I-VT), McCarthy (D-NY), and McNulty (D-NY) should be on the bill momentarily. Still to many New Yorkers are missing.

The following NY and New England Representatives have still not signed on.  This bill will simply codify the Roadless Policy the Clinton Administration instituted that Bush is blocking.  Please see if your Rep is not on yet and give them a call. The close-out date is tomorrow.

John Larson D CT 1 (202) 225-2265  Charles F. Bass R NH 2 (202) 225-5206
John Sununu R NH 1 (202) 225-5456
NY
Felix Grucci R NY 1 (202) 225-3826                     Vito Fossella R NY 13 (202) 225-3371
Benjamin A. Gilman R NY 20 (202) 225-3776       Amo Houghton R NY 31 (202) 225-3161
Peter King R NY 3 (202) 225-7896                        John J. LaFalce D NY 29 (202) 225-3231
Nita M. Lowey D NY 18 (202) 225-6506                John McHugh R NY 24 (202) 225-4611
Gregory Meeks D NY 6 (202) 225-3461                Major R. Owens D NY 11 (202) 225-6231
Jack Quinn R NY 30 (202) 225-3306                     Thomas Reynolds R NY 27 (202) 225-5265
John Sweeney R NY 22 (202) 225-5614                 James T. Walsh R NY 25 (202) 225-3701

ALSO NEED HELP IN DC ON JUNE 2-7

American Lands Lobby week will focus on the Roadless Bill and
Amendments to the Interior Appropriations Bill.

Cheap airfares need to be reserved by this Saturday.  We will help with expenses (see below).

Register for the Forest Protection Week June 2 - 7

Environmentalists have had a few wonderful victories recently on public
land and native forest protection.  Everyone has heard about the Arctic
National Wildlife Refuge but we also scored big on the Farm Bill last week.

Two very harmful provisions for forests (biomass and stewardship logging)
were dropped at the last moment.  This was more than we could have hoped for!!

We also have 150 cosponsors, as of today, on a bill that will codify the
National Forest Roadless Policy. This bill, and the entire Interior
Appropriations bill will be before Congress soon.

WE NEED ACTIVIST HELP IN DC JUNE 2-7 TO PRESS FOR NEEDED REFORMS!!

This year, we know that much is at stake.  The Forest Service is moving
rapidly to dismantle the roadless conservation rule while it is tied up in
court and is pushing forward new roadless area timber sales.  Without action
by Congress, these areas will remain at risk and now the action has begun
with Reps. Inslee and Boehlert announcing their roadless area protection
bill.  This year will be an all-out blitz to pass permanent legislation
protecting roadless areas and stopping Forest Service rollbacks.

Fire and restoration funding and policy have dominated the Interior bill the
last several years and we expect a major fight once again to reign in the
abuse of restoration and hazardous fuel treatment funds being diverted for
commercial logging.   We are also may be fighting provisions to increase
subsidies for biomass from the National Forests.

Lack of enforcement of off-road vehicles and the agencies failure to monitor
their impacts is allowing for unacceptable damage to the public lands.  This
year, we will ask Congress to start tackling this problem by asking for
additional funding for monitoring and requiring a portion of the law
enforcement budget to be spent policing off road vehicles.

Register for the Forest Protection Lobby Week

To attend the Forest Protection Week, please e-mail the below registration
form to me at demos@americanlands.org .I will coordinate with you to
schedule meetings on Capitol Hill.

Scholarships

Travel scholarships are available for half the cost of your airfare (up to
$200) for those with financial need.  In order to receive a stipend
activists must lobby for three full days.  Other travel scholarships may
also be available (e.g. gas and bus ticket for Eastern activists).  Please
contact the organizer in you region below if you wish to receive a travel
scholarship.

Housing

Free housing options are limited.  However, there is a low cost housing
option available at the Penn House, which is located on Capitol Hill.  The
rate is $35 a night, which includes a breakfast.  For reservations call the
Penn House at (202) 543-5560.  For more information see
www.quaker.org/pen-house/lodging.htm.  For other low cost housing options
please see
http://www.americanlands.org/dc_hotels.htm

Issue Briefing / Lobby Training

Please plan to arrive in Washington D.C. on the evening of Saturday June 1,
2001 or in the early morning on Sunday June 2, 2001.  On June 2nd there will
be an issue briefing and lobby training from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.  Location to
be announced.

Lobby Week Schedule

From June 2 - 7 activists will lobby Members of Congress and their staff.
To coordinate Hill meetings contact the American Lands organizer in your
region.  Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. we ask everyone to
join us for a debriefing meeting so we can give you updates, share
information from our meetings.  Location to be announced. You will receive
meeting locations, directions and other important information by early May.

Registration Form

Please fill out the registration form and email it the organizer in your region.

FOREST PROTECTION LOBBY WEEK REGISTRATION FORM

NAME:

ORGANIZATION (If any):

ADDRESS:

PHONE:

EMAIL:

STATE:

CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE:

DO YOU NEED TRAVEL ASSISTANCE:

DO YOU NEED A HOME STAY (THESE ARE LIMITED)?


AMERICAN LANDS ALLIANCE ORGANIZERS

MA, NH, VT, NY, RI, CT, MASS, NJ:  contact John Demos, Northeast
Organizer, at 207-384-0175 or mailto:demos@americanlands.org


John Demos
Northeast Organizer
American Lands Alliance
59 Rodier Rd.
South Berwick, ME 03908
207-384-0175
demos@americanlands.org


from Global Response May 14, 2001

Dear Members of Global Response's "Quick Response Network:"

In his inaugural address last week, the newly elected President of Costa
Rica declared a new era of "peace with the environment" and specifically
rejected oil drilling and mining as the basis for Costa Rica's future
development.

Let's let President Pacheco know that world citizens applaud Costa Rica's
rejection of oil development on the Caribbean coast (see Global Response
Action # 2/01 at
http://www.globalresponse.org/gra_index/gra0201.html). His
administration will surely be under pressure from political and corporate
sectors to expand mining, gas and oil development; it's important for him to
hear from world citizens who support his bold vision for a future based on
clean energy.

Feel free to use the model letter below, drafted by the Costa Rican
coalition against oil development (ADELA), or send your own fax or email.
Following the model letter are translated excerpts from the incoming
president's inaugural address, also provided by ADELA.

We write a lot of "please don't do this" letters; it's great to be able to
give positive reinforcement when we can!

MODEL LETTER:

Dr. Abel Pacheco de la Espriella
Presidente de la República de Costa Rica
Fax: Int'l code + (506)253-9078
Email: presidente@casapres.go.cr
cc: Dr. Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, Ministro del Ambiente y Energía
    Email: cmrodri@catie.ac.cr  Fax: Int'l code + 506 2570697
cc: ecologismoprofundo@hotmail.com
cc: adelatala@racsa.co.cr

Dear President Pacheco,

I write to congratulate you for your very progressive and enlightened
environmental policies expressed in your inaugural address.  With your
commitment to have Costa Rica establish itself globally as an ecological
power, you will surely bring more prosperity to the Costa Rican nation.

We were also delighted to learn of your environmental agency’s rejection of
the Harken oil development project for the Caribbean coast.  Your valuable
marine coastal resources, including internationally recognized RAMSAR
wetlands, coral reefs and mangroves, are vital to the survival of extensive
biodiversity and a breeding area for many endangered species.  We fully
support you in your efforts to capitalize upon your extraordinary natural
treasures which also merit your protection as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

We wish you and your administration a most successful mandate in your
efforts to maintain Costa Rica as an ecological leader globally.

Sincerely yours,


-------------------------------------------------------
Excerpts from the Inaugural Address of the President of the Republic of
Costa Rica, Dr. Abel Pacheco of the Espriella, May 2002-Mayo 2006

COSTA RICA DECLARES PEACE FOR NATURE

We will be competitive without destroying nature because, beyond the events
of the moment, our rich biodiversity will always be a great wealth and we
will preserve it.

Before becoming an oil enclave, before becoming a land of open pit mining,
I plan to initiate a sustained effort to transform Costa Rica into an
ecological power.

The true fuel and the true gold of the future will be water and oxygen;
they are our aquifers and our forests.

In the past, we declared peace among ourselves and we declared peace among
all nations; now we should declare peace with nature.

Costa Rica does have a future. As part of the effort to guarantee this
promising future, I announce that I have adopted a proposal from a group of
young environmentalists that was
transmitted to me by Gabriel Quesada, grandson of Víctor Quesada, drafter
of our Social Guarantees, and by my son Fabián, and that I will press
forward  decisively to incorporate a Chapter on Environmental Guarantees
into  the  political Constitution of the Republic .

As part of this new Chapter to the Constitution, we will guarantee absolute
protection for primary forests so that not a single tree there is cut;
absolute protection for the aquifers and the rivers; absolute protection
for the coral ecosystems, for the mangroves and the wetlands;  absolute
protection of wild fauna and flora.

We will create legal mechanisms so that deforested areas will be reforested
with native species and to make clear that we will not be an oil enclave or
land of open pit mining.

At the same time we will incorporate in this new Chapter of the
Constitution all that is necessary to ensure appropriate processes for
treatment of solid waste; to begin a systematic process of recycling and to
foster the vigorous development of organic agriculture.

Furthermore, we will guarantee Costa Ricans have the technological
developments, including the genetic advances, made in harmony with the
nature.

The inclusion of Social Guarantees, moved forward by Dr. Calderón
Guardia, gave us social peace; the inclusion of the Chapter of
Environmental Guarantees will give us sustainability and survival.
I call on all Costa Ricans, especially the youth, to help me with this
initiative, to contribute with their ideas, to reinforce it with their
proposals as their right to make of this country a sanctuary for nature and
for humanity.

Costa Rica has future and we will assure it.

********************************
Paula Palmer, Executive Director
Global Response
P.O. Box 7490
Boulder CO 80306
USA
TEL: 303-444-0306
FAX: 303-449-9794
Email: paula@globalresponse.org
Website: http://www.globalresponse.org

Global Response empowers people of all ages, cultures, and nationalities to
protect the environment by creating partnerships for effective citizen
action.  At the request of indigenous peoples and grassroots organizations,
Global Response organizes international letter-writing campaigns to help
communities prevent environmental destruction.  Global Response involves
young people as well as adults in these campaigns, to develop in them the
skills for global citizen cooperation and earth stewardship.


from Environmental Defense May 15, 2001

Take action to protect the waters, wildlife and cultural
heritage of the Northwest Hawai'ian Islands.

You can take action on this alert either via email
(please see directions below) or via the web at:
http://actionnetwork.org/campaign/nwhi_1/wk8bxn225dmi

Spread the word!
http://actionnetwork.org/campaign/nwhi_1/forward/wk8bxn225dmi

We encourage you to take action by May 17, 2002

Protect the NW Hawai'ian Islands

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Action Network from Environmental Defense
finding the ways that work  
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* First of three NWHI alerts *

Establish a Strong Northwest Hawai'ian Island (NWHI)
Sanctuary, based on a Strong NWHI Reserve

Instructed by Congress, the federal government has
proposed establishing a NWHI Sanctuary, which by law
is supposed to add to the protections of the existing
NWHI Reserve. The NWHI Reserve was created in December
of 2000 by Executive Order of President Clinton after
strong support from the public and thousands of Environmental
Defense Action Network activists. The NWHI Reserve
is mandated to protect this 1,200-mile stretch of coral
islands that are home to over 7,000 species of coral,
fish, birds and marine mammals, including the endangered
Hawaiian monk seal, threatened green sea turtle and
the endangered leatherback and hawksbill turtles. They
also have great cultural and spiritual significance
to Native Hawaiians with linkages to early Polynesian
culture.  

The NWHI Executive Orders specify that the proposed
overlapping Sanctuary must "complement or supplement"
existing Reserve protections. However, there appears
to be a move to utilize the Sanctuary as a "Trojan
horse" which may act to undo NWHI Reserve protections.
This truly unique and special area still needs your
support.

In April 2002, the Department of Commerce convened
"scoping/visioning" meetings throughout Hawai'i to
seek public opinion about how to establish the NWHI
Sanctuary. Over 900 people participated, demonstrating
once again the tremendous support for safeguarding
these remote and fragile reaches of the Hawaiian Archipelago.

THREATS TO THE NWHI:
The NWHI are threatened on several fronts. In Congress,
the fishing industry, backed by fishery management
councils, has introduced the Right to Fish Act, which
would undermine protections in the NWHI and gut the
Sanctuary Act. Other concerns include efforts to open
commercial aquarium fish collection in the NWHI, access
by mega-cruise ships, dubious "research" activities,
and attempts by the Western Pacific Regional Fishery
Management Council to begin coral harvesting.

TAKE ACTION:
As we get closer to achieving a true pu'uhonua, or
refuge in the NWHI, your written comments to the Department
of Commerce are needed to counter industry pressure
to weaken protection measures established as law by
the NWHI Executive Orders. Please comment on the Sanctuary
designation process below and express your support
for the strongest possible protections for the NWHI
Sanctuary.

For more information on efforts to protect the NWHI,
please visit:
http://www.environmentaldefense.org/hawaii

Mahalo nui loa,

Stephanie Fried, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist

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INSTRUCTIONS TO RESPOND VIA THE WEB:
If you have access to a web browser, you can take action
on this alert by going to the following URL:

http://actionnetwork.org/campaign/nwhi_1/wk8bxn225dmi  

INSTRUCTIONS TO RESPOND VIA EMAIL:
Just choose the "reply to sender" option on your email
program, and edit the letter below as you wish. Do
not delete "-YOU MAY EDIT THE LETTER BELOW-" and "-END
OF LETTER-". Please do not add your name and address
to your letter. Our system automatically does this
for you.  

We STRONGLY encourage you to make edits directly to
our sample letter below, and put the alert talking
points into your own words. An individualized letter
is worth ten computer generated letters. Of course,
hundreds of unedited letters will still create a large
impact, so please reply even if you don't have time
to personalize the letter.

Your letter will be addressed and sent to:
Mr. Robert Smith


-------YOU MAY EDIT THE LETTER BELOW---------

I support the strongest possible protections for the
proposed NWHI Sanctuary, which must be designed to
protect the waters, wildlife and cultural significance
of this unique reef ecosystem. In particular, I support
the NWHI Executive Orders, which are law, and which
clearly state that the proposed NWHI Sanctuary must
"supplement or complement" the existing NWHI Reserve
protections. Regulations for the implementation of
the NWHI Executive Orders must be developed in close
consultation with the Reserve Advisory Council, released
for public comment, and put in place immediately. The
principal purpose of any NWHI Sanctuary must be strong,
long-term conservation of the NWHI in their wild state,
resource protection using a precautionary approach,
and the prevention of further degradation of the NWHI
ecosystem.  

Sanctuary protections must include all of the protections
embodied in the NWHI Executive Orders and the following
further protections:
* Permits should be required for all activities in
the Sanctuary.  
* Research, educational, scientific, commercial, recreational
activities should be allowed only if they do not harm
the ecosystem, are independently monitored, and meet
conservation goals as determined by a permit review
committee consisting of ecologists who have worked
in the NWHI, conservation representatives, and Native
Hawaiian representatives.
* All State waters in the NWHI should be incorporated
into the NWHI Sanctuary at strict levels of protection,
mirroring protections in federal waters.
* A Kapu Zone should be established, running the length
of the Sanctuary, closed to commercial activity with
the exception of fishers grandfathered under the NWHI
Executive Orders.
* Native Hawaiian cultural, religious and subsistence
access must be guaranteed.
* Strong enforcement of Reserve and Sanctuary rules
is needed. Without adequate enforcement, protection
efforts will fail.  
* Twenty-four hour automatic Vessel Monitoring Systems
must be required on all boats accessing the NWHI Reserve/Sanctuary,
independent dock-side inspection of returning vessels,
and significant penalties for Sanctuary violations.

* Clear steps must be taken to ensure that the Sanctuary
designation process itself, does not lead to increased
human impact on fragile ecosystem as result of Reserve/Sanctuary
designation
* Military activities in the NWHI should be limited
to the clean-up and clearing of military structures,
dumpsites, toxins, and debris.
* "Eco-tourism" activities should be limited to Midway.
* Cruise ship access to the fragile NWHI Reserve and
Sanctuary should be prohibited.

The following activities represent substantial threats
to the integrity of both the NWHI Reserve and the proposed
NWHI Sanctuary and should not be allowed:  
-- Lobster Fishing
-- Coral Harvesting
-- New fisheries and transfer of fishing permits
-- Aquarium fish collecting
-- Bio-prospecting  
-- Dredging or construction
-- Dumping (vessel sewage, ballast water, CO2, etc.)
-- Ocean mining or exploration
-- Research that does not follow the Executive Order
mandate of conservation

Other threats to the NWHI include:
-- Shipwrecks/vessel groundings
-- Anchor damage to coral reefs
-- Poaching
-- A campaign against NWHI protections by the Western
Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, targeting
federal and state officials and enforcement agencies

Again, I urge you to establish the strongest protections
for the NWHI Sanctuary based on and adding to the protections
of the NWHI Executive Orders. Thank you for the opportunity
to comment.

-------END OF LETTER-------------------------


from Care2 alerts May 15, 2001

Critical issues that affect our Environment on the PetitionSite.com ...

One of the most important, yet often forgotten environments is your indoor
environment --  indoor air quality in your home, at restaurants, bars, and more.

Did you know that tobacco smoke contains over 4000 chemicals,
including 50 carcinogens that are released when a cigarette is smoked.
Some are found naturally in the tobacco leaf, and others are created
through combustion or burning. If you are a non-smoker, exposure to
second-hand smoke increases your chance of lung cancer by 25% and heart
disease by 10%. In the year 2000, an estimated 900,000 children under
the age of 12 were regularly exposed to second-hand smoke in the home
from cigarettes, cigars or pipes.

Eliminating smoke from our local environments is one of the simplest
ways to help improve air quality. It might not be feasible to end
smoking now for all smokers, but we can certainly take action
immediately to help reduce the number of future smokers by keeping our
children smoke free today!

Today, 5000 kids will try their first cigarette. Another 2000 will
become regular, daily smokers, one-third of whom will die prematurely
as a result.

You can help protect America's kids from Big Tobacco.
Send a FREE letter to the President,
Click here:
http://www.care2.com/go/redirect/2/4220


After decades of marketing to kids, Philip Morris is changing its name
to sound socially responsible, but it isn't changing its deadly habits.
The fact is, more kids smoke "Altria's" Marlboros more than all other
brands combined.

It only takes a minute to help. Click here to send a FREE letter and
protect America's Kids from Big Tobacco:
http://www.care2.com/go/redirect/2/4220   

And once you have done your part, please forward this message to your
friends and family.

Thank you for your help,
Your Friends at Care2, ThePetitionSite.com &
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids


from National Environmental Trust May 15, 2001

We need you to contact the Environmental Protection Agency today and tell
Administrator Whitman that you want her to support clean air in our
National Parks. Please take a moment to send your FREE FAX NOW!

To protect our national parks and clean up haze from power plants click on
the link at the end of this e-mail or go to: www.environet.org/grassroots

THE PROBLEM:
Our parks are shrouded in haze. The same haze that kills over 30,000
Americans each year.

THE SOLUTION:

EPA Administrator Whitman must immediately finalize stringent Best
Available Retrofit Technology (BART) rules to improve air quality in our
nation's parks and wilderness areas. These pollution clean up safeguards
will restore clean air to America's favorite parks, like the Great Smoky
Mountains, Grand Canyon, Big Bend and Acadia.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Send a FREE FAX to EPA Administrator Whitman urging her to clear the air in
America's national parks. Just click on the "Compose Fax" button, below, or
visit http://www.environet.org/grassroots

Sincerely,

Andrew Katkin
e-Outreach Coordinator
The National Environmental Trust

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