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"The Death of 'Gypsy' Chain"

Shunka Wakan

March 17th, 2005
To: Humboldt County Sheriff's Dept.

From: Shunka Wakan, eyewitness

Re: Investigation into the death of David Chain, Sept. 17th, 1998

My name is Shunka Wakan. I was and am an eyewitness to what I believe was
the murder of David Chain, on September 17th, 1998, in the Grizzly Creek/Van Duzen
River watershed, near Grizzly Creek State Park.

As an eyewitness, I personally heard the threats made by the Maxxam/PL worker,
A.E. Ammons, just before he began falling trees in our direction. Within the hour, David
Chain was dead, crushed beneath a tree that had been intentionally fallen in our direction.

Social Ecologist Transformation writes:

Turkey: "People Against Dams" Flowed Like a River

From Istanbul to Dersim, Action for Munzur! People against Dams flowed like a river against global murderer corporations. For action photos:

Munzur is Life!

ISTANBUL — Against the global murderer corporations’ dam projects in Munzur Valley and gold mining with cyanide, about 300 people flowed like a river with slogans “Munzur will flow freely”, “Munzur is Life! The stream of life can not be stopped!”.

For the International Day of Action for Rivers on 14th of March, with the action call of Munzurun Delileri (the Mad of Munzur), Sosyal Ekolojist Dönüþüm (Social Ecologist Transformation), Munzur Çevre Derneði (Munzur Environmental Association), Hozatlýlar Derneði (Hozatlýlar Association), on the 13th of March, hundreds of people marched in Beyoglu-Istanbul.

Activists Hope Nun's Slaying in Amazon Is Catalyst for Change

Henry Chu, LA Times

RIO DE JANEIRO — As mourners laid her bullet-riddled body to rest Tuesday, environmentalists and colleagues of slain missionary Dorothy Stang seesawed between fragile optimism and angry skepticism over a question they had hoped never to consider.

Would the slaying of the silver-haired American nun, who devoted her life to fighting land grabbers and loggers in the Amazon, galvanize action and world opinion the same way the killing of legendary Brazilian rubber tapper Chico Mendes did 16 years ago?

Officials and activists are already drawing comparisons between Mendes, a national hero here, and Stang. The 73-year-old nun was gunned down Saturday in the jungles of northern Brazil, a region beset by land disputes and growing lawlessness. Authorities say the Ohio-born Stang was ambushed by hit men contracted by a local rancher, just as Mendes was assassinated on the orders of a wealthy landowner he had opposed.

Oread Daily writes:

"Global Warming and Inuit Human Rights"

Oread Daily

The United States is about to be charged with human rights
violations for contributing substantially to global warming. The Inuit, whose homeland stretches from the northeastern tip of
Russia across Alaska and northern Canada to parts of Greenland, plan
to seek a ruling from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
saying that the actions of the US are threatening their existence.

The Inuit plan is part of a broader shift in the debate over human-
caused climate change evident among participants in the 10th round
of international talks taking place in Buenos Aires aimed at
averting dangerous human interference with the climate system. Inuit
leaders said they planned to announce the effort at the climate
meeting today. Representatives of poor countries and communities —
from the Arctic fringes to the atolls of the tropics to the flanks
of the Himalayas — say they are imperiled by rising temperatures
and seas through no fault of their own. They are casting the issue
as no longer simply an environmental problem but as an assault on
their basic human rights.

E. Heroux writes:

"Apocalyptic Christian and Anti-Earth"

E. Heroux

Bill Moyers retired, but he's not yet tired. Writing in yesterday's Star Tribune Moyers reports that "millions of Christian fundamentalists may believe that environmental destruction is not only to be disregarded but actually welcomed -- even hastened -- as a sign of the coming apocalypse."

In the article, "There is No Tomorrow," Moyers begins by observing that "one of the biggest changes in politics in my lifetime is that the delusional is no longer marginal. It has come in from the fringe, to sit in the seat of power in the Oval Office and in Congress. For the first time in our history, ideology and theology hold a monopoly of power in Washington." This theology is as bizarre as it is dangerous.

"Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage"

Screening and Discussion, New York City, Jan. 27, 2005

Recycle This! presents:


[a film + discussion with the film's director and other speakers]

Thursday, January 27, 2005 + 7 PM

Park Slope Food Co-op

782 Union Street (between 6th + 7th Ave)

Park Slope, Brooklyn

FREE + Light Refreshments will be served + Open to the public

Curbside recycling has returned to New York City, but NYC residents
produce some 13,000 tons of garbage a day, which is then exported and
travels to and through poor communities in other states. How can we
reduce our waste and create a more sustainable NYC?

Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage illustrates the links
between modern industrial production, consumer culture and our
disposable lifestyle. With only 5% of the world’s population, the U.S.
consumes more than a quarter of the planet’s resources. Serious yet
wryly humorous, the film’s images portray the unintentional beauty of
production, waste, and the stories our culture tells us about both.

Film (19 min) to be followed by a discussion with:

+ Heather Rogers, the film’s writer/director and a Brooklyn resident

+ Robin Nagle, NYU anthropologist and author of the forthcoming
tentatively titled book: We all Wear Green: Flinging Trash in NYC.

Recycle This! is a grassroots activist group which works creatively
around NYC waste issues and meets in Park Slope.

Find out more about Recycle This at www.RecycleThisNYC.org or write to

info@recyclethisnyc.org or call 212.592.4184.

This event is presented with The Park Slope Food Co-Op Environmental

Trains: Q/B to 7th Ave, walk along 7th to Union
or R to Union St, walk up Union St towards 7th Ave.

ABC No Rio writes:

SPICE: photo exhibition & auction to benefit Tsunami relief

A photography show and anonymous silent auction to benefit Architecture For Humanity's building effort in India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

Contributing photographers include Martin Parr, Susan Meiselas, Burt Glinn, Steve McCurry, David Alan Harvey, Stuart Franklin, Chris Rainier, Zana Briski, Abbas and many others...

Silent Auction begins with Gallery Opening at ABC No Rio

THURSDAY JANUARY 27 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Viewing through Tuesday February 8

Viewing Hours: Sundays 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:00pm to 7:00pm

ABC No Rio

156 Rivington Street

(between Clinton & Suffolk)


Silent Auction concludes with closing party

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 9 7:00pm to 10:00pm


149 East 38th Street


For more information: www.architectureforhumanity.org/SPICE.htm

Sponsored by Magnum Photos, Architecture for Humanity, ABC No Rio and Earth Pledge.

Michael Bell writes

"The Big Picture Look at the Planet"

Mihael Bell

The problems facing the planet, which are the result of the activity of its people, in part, stem from the fact that we tend to compartmentalise the problems, put into separate boxes hunger, terrorism, disease, global warming, growth.
We do not deal with all matters as part of the whole because it is too complex.

Bush Sets Out Plan to Dismantle 30 Years of Environmental Laws

Geoffrey Lean, Independent (UK)

George Bush's new administration, and its supporters controlling
Congress, are setting out to dismantle three decades of US
environmental protection.

We will now see an assault on the law which will set the US in the
direction of becoming a Third World country in terms of environmental

American Multinational Firms Stealing Iraqi Grain


When the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
biodiversity on World Food Day on October 16, Iraqi
farmers will be mourning its

A new report [1] by GRAIN and Focus on the Global
South has found that
new legislation in Iraq has been carefully put in
place by the US that
prevents farmers from saving their seeds and
effectively hands over the
seed market to transnational corporations. This is a
disastrous turn of
events for Iraqi farmers, biodiversity and the
country's food security.
While political sovereignty remains an illusion, food
sovereignty for
the Iraqi people has been made near impossible by
these new regulations.


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