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)
[PLEASE PASS THIS MESSAGE ALONG!]
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!
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: