UPDATE: Home Depot has Earth First! activists arrested in Denver for action against dams in Patagonia

Last night we hosted a presentation about ecological direct action at Gypsy House in Denver. This morning, some of us were arrested at an action against Home Depot in Glendale (see details below.) They should be out in a few hours, and we will be back on the road without missing a stop! (but we are missing a chunk of change in our account that went to the bond.. so, if you wanna help us make it up, you can donate online at www.earthfirstroadshow.wordpress.com)

-EF! Roadshow crew (the one’s still on the outside)

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Hey, all you ‘angry Home Depot customers’ and friends of the Earth First! Roadshow, would you mind callin’ 1-800-553-3199 (press extension # 5), Or you can also, send an email to them direct from this link: http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2486/t/8800/p/dia/action/public/?ac...

Tell Home Depot to drop the charges against our friends in Arapahoe County Jail, Colorado.. and to get the hell out of wild Patagonia!

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For Immediate Release: May, 27, 2009

Home Depot has Earth First! activists arrested for action against dams in Patagonia

Denver, CO– Two Earth First! activists were arrested at a Home Depot this morning in Glendale. The arrests followed a banner being hung off the roof of a Home Depot store reading “Dam Home Depot, NOT Patagonia!” Supporters of the arrested activists demand that Home Depot cut all ties and voice their opposition to this project at tomorrow's corporate shareholders meeting tomorrow in Atlanta, Georgia.

The banner-drop action was intended to remind both the public and the company: “We’ve fought The Home Depot before and won.” Almost ten years ago, Earth First! groups around the country joined with Rainforest Action Network and others forced Home Depot to adopt wood product policies that removed old growth from their shelves. But their ongoing economic involvement with the Chilean interests that are proposing to dam wild rivers with the HidroAysen project in Patagonia shows their commitments to ‘green business’ practices to be merely empty Public Relations maneuvering.

International Rivers, an organization working to protect rivers and defend the rights of communities that depend on them, explains that:

“The HidroAysen project involves 3 dams on the Pascua River and 2 dams on the Baker River that would flood globally rare forest ecosystems and some of the most productive agricultural land in the Aysen region. Electricity from these dams would be sent thousands of kilometers north to serve Chile’s biggest cities and its mammoth copper industry. More than 1,500 miles of transmission lines would require one of the world’s longest clearcuts–much of it through untouched temperate rainforests found nowhere else on the planet. US retailer The Home Depot is the largest buyer of timber products from the main Chilean interest promoting the dams. The Home Depot has been asked by thousands of people, including socially responsible investors, to stop buying timber from suppliers that plan to destroy the rivers and forests of Patagonia.”

According to Ron DeFeo of Home Depot (from a blog post this morning): “we don’t think it’s our place to weigh in on an issue that we have no expertise or influence over.” While DeFeo denies the company’s involvement and refuses to accept the research of International Rivers, his blog post admits that “the president of our supplier’s parent company owns shares, along with his family, in one of the companies that would work on the project.”

Earth First!, which is more of a movement than an organization, has autonomous groups around the world who target corporations that are responsible for devastating the planet. The movement currently has a national Roadshow crossing the country to mobilize people to take
action against companies like Home Depot, which is currently featured on their website www.earthfirstroadshow.wordpress.com

More information about this campaign at:
http://internationalrivers.org/patagonia

xxx

FUCK home depot!

this shit delayed the Roadshow's arrival at Feral Futures, but it DID NOT stop them! we had a GREAT time together. THANK YOU ROADSHOW for everything you do! keep up the bad-ass sexiness!

oh yeah, and FUCK YOU home depot! get the FUCK out of Patagonia or face the consequences. and get the fuck off the planet while you're at it.

no compromise. EARTH FIRST!

NGO's, The United Nations & Home Depot

I admire your stand against Big Corporate Interests, but let's not give these bastards more ammunition. It's high time that The United Nations got involved & worked with local governments to bring about tough new world standards for environmentalism. These greedy companies will comply or else. And let's not forget Home Depot is not the only culprit. China is now working hand in glove with American corporate interests much to the destruction of China's air & water. What we need are international enforcable standards & if they corporate bosses don't agree with, it's jail time.

It makes my blood boil when the USA thinks it can take their fucking war machine over to Iraq, cause millions of civilian deaths and totally ignore the plight of their own citizen's living in the wake of the huirricane. After living on this planet for 50 yrs I too am tired of the bullshit, the lies & the corrupt politicians. Keep up the fight!!

you

I don't know where to start and it would take too long to finish, so I'll just say this and you can spend the next 50 years trying to figure it out: YOU'RE AN IDIOT.

"will work for industrial collapse"

"let's not give these bastards more ammunition."

how has this action, which you say you admire, give them more ammunition?

"These greedy companies will comply or else."

or else what? the UN will put them in jail? fat chance. the UN is a joke. not to mention illegitimate (along with all nation-states).

also, you cannot jail a corporation. the CEOs and other human operatives are expendable and replaceable. this is the nature of the bureaucratic machine, and the reason our problems are systemic rather than housed within specific individuals who can be held accountable. the problem lies within the system itself and the worldview that perpetuates it.

"What we need are international enforcable standards & if they corporate bosses don't agree with, it's jail time."

nah what we need is to create a sustainable mode of existence on this planet, which in the end, will not permit any level of industrial activity on a scale that would require such regulation to begin with.

what we need is a shift from anthropocentrism to biocentrism.

the base line is that we cannot sustain any level of activity that exceeds the ability of the land base to sustain it. plain and simple.

I have to ask

While I disagree with the liberal reformist stance the above poster (NGO's, The United Nations & Home Depot), the line about "let's not get these bastards more ammunition" has some resonance, especially with responses such as "Will work for industrial collapse."

Rebel insurgent, i have to ask, how to you think industrial collapse will come about? No-one honestly thinks the UN or NGO's will provide a catayst for such change. But will you and a handful of your friends? That's how it comes off when you mouth of self-expressive and ultimately egotistical remarks such as "Fuck home depot" and "no compromise." It seems in lieu of actually having a strategy for bring down Home Depot and the sytem that it operates within, you're content with moralistic platitudes.

At some point, you have to grow up.

industrial collapse

"how to you think industrial collapse will come about?"

unfortunately, it looks like it will be forced upon us by environmental circumstance.

ideally, we would bring it down NOW, thoughtfully and intelligently, thus minimizing the ultimate impact on the land base, in turn minimizing the intensity of the collapse (meaning minimizing the suffering of all living beings on this planet). but that does not seem like the likely outcome at this point, unfortunately.

"No-one honestly thinks the UN or NGO's will provide a catayst for such change. But will you and a handful of your friends?"

small groups of people can indeed contribute greatly to bringing down civilization (which is code for saving the earth from anthropocentric destruction). you and your friends can indeed act as catalysts for change. it will take the courage of individuals and groups, both large and small, to overcome our programmed attitude that we cannot affect change ourselves, which is the view i hear you expressing here.

"At some point, you have to grow up."

depends what you mean by "grow up," i suppose.

all too often in our culture "growing up" is code for giving up one's dreams and immersing one's self in the system, because after all, there's no other choice, right? thinking otherwise is simply immature and those who dare to pursue other modes of existence simply need to get real and grow the fuck up, right?

whatevs. love you too.

i have to ask-

if people like rebel insurgent and the countless others that put their personal freedom on the line "grew up" or in other words "gave up" our planet would be dying even faster than it is because there would be no incentive to keep these corporate entities in check. yes, self rightous'ness and egotistical attitudes can resonate from being so committed to a revolutionary cause, but whats the alternative? act like the rest of society and give up our dreams to assimilate into a souless existence? i agree, actually bringing about industrial collapse isnt something to be said lightely and most likely wont be done by a few people, but atleast theyre doing something unlike you. ill say it, fuck home depot and fuck the rest of the countless other irresponsible multinational corporations who profit off of the systematic destruction of our earth. we can talk about it all we want, but it takes real dedication to go out and do something about it. every time someone causes economic sabotage to one of these entities they are atleast contributing to stop the destruction of our planet whether they stop them or not. what keeps these corporations going? money, and to anyone who thinks that eco-sabotage and direct action (assuming these cause economic harm to their profit margins) cannot effect change then your full of shit. money is the driving force behind industrial civilization, so why not hit them where it hurts?

small groups of concerned people

In fact, there are great numbers of people concerned about this. Few, these days, can avoid the conclusion that we are on a very wrong path. The problem is that most do not know enough about solutions to begin working towards them.

That's where small groups of people come in. Mass movements can start this way. A lot of movements have spread much faster and wider than anyone expected, by bringing together small groups of people. Witness the women's movement and the collapse of the Soviet state, to name two recent ones. In both, conciousness spread through conversation in small groups. People who thought they were the only ones who saw the problems were able to learn that vast numbers of people saw them. The feeling that "maybe I'm wrong" or "maybe I'm crazy" or "I can't do anything because I'm all alone" went away. Then, change happened.

Outreach is what we need. And it will have to be done on a personal level, since mass media is too invested in the system. The shift we need, from anthropocentrism to biocentrism, will begin when people find out that they have power, they have choices, and they can be effective.

the time is now-

for autonomous actions all over the country to bring relentless warfare against these greedy corporations. enouph is enouph, weve got to confront them with any means possible!

This is exactly what I mean

"for autonomous actions all over the country to bring relentless warfare against these greedy corporations. enouph is enouph, weve got to confront them with any means possible!"

That sounds nice and all but it's not going to happen. Instead of seriously asking yourself why and forming a more concrete analysis of social change, I'm labeled a reformist simply because I don't "believe" hard enough in such ultra-"revolutionary" pixie dust.

That's cool that's you have such a deep desire of fundamental change, but don't you think some of that energy could be placed into coming up with a better strategy than inconsequential proclamations.

Again, I'm not challenging the necessity or possibility of fundamental change. But I'm asking someone to provide an actual strategy beyond millenarianism and/or 'direct action' by a handful of people.

While I think Tina has it right when she expresses the need to involve people, I think the formula that we simply need to do outreach is wrong. It's not like outreach hasn't been done over the last 100 plus years. Likewise anyone can google search anything and find info about it, so there's not a lack of accessibility. There must be something else to it....

We had some similar cases

We had some similar cases with activists but they were mainly thrown out of court i do internships with some boston lawyers and helped with a few people who were arrested and got ACOD for the most part.