The Red Pill
Over the weekend of July 9th and 10th a short-bus full of activists associated with Confluence Media Collective, and Grand Junction Earth First!, unearthed five dump truckloads of illegally buried toxic waste in a pristine meadow, just yards from the Larime River. The US Forest Service is now investigating the situation, and has pledged to clean up the waste.
Last summer and fall, Doug Harding, currently of Grand Junction, was working for Eagle Feather Construction, out of Roberts, Idaho, when he was ordered by project manager to dig the pits and bury the waste. “I was told to make it look like we were never there,” said Harding.
“I knew when I did it, it was wrong, but I needed a job,” said Harding, “but I’m out here today to set things right.”
The waste stems from a $555,071 federal contract from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, to replace outhouses at four campgrounds in both the Roosevelt and Arapahoe National Forests. The Forest Service now admits that the waste from the popular, Tunnel Campground, was instead dumped nearby in a meadow.
Eagle Feather Construction and its sister company Peace Pipe Construction specialize in Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management contracts around the country. Eagle Feather Construction is right now re-building the outhouses at Kelly Dahl Campground near Denver.
“If there were more people like Doug Harding in this world, willing to stand up and do the right thing. We would live in a better society and have a healthier environment,” said GJ Earth First! activist Ian Lafferty.
November has been quite a month for change here at Grand Junction Alternative Media (GJAM). GJAM is the umbrella media group for such projects as The Red Pill, CUNTastic, The Peep Show, Vignettes: Glimpses of Culture, Confluence Books, and more. At the beginning of this month the collective, after a many month-long process, have changed the name of GJAM to Confluence Media Collective. CMC will be continuing all of GJAM's media projects, except one, Confluence Books storefront will be closing at the end of November. We are sad to have to close the storefront, and we are looking into becoming a mobile infoshop to bring radical literature to all the small radical communities around the region. On Friday 13th of this month CMC held its first Variety Show, highlighting CMC's many artist, writers, and activists. In the coming months look for the variety show to come to a radical community near you soon.
confluence books will reopen friday september 11th at 742 rood ave suite A. we will be celebrating at five pm. a month long reopening sale will take place with 20% off new books!
The Red Pill, Grand Junction's only alternative news outlet, will be holding a massive fundraiser yardsale this weekend. July 26th and 27th from 8am-3pm at 629 Ouray Ave, Grand Junction, CO. There will be furniture, bike parts, clothes, baby stuff, books, zines, baked goods, refreshments and much much more. For more info call 970 245-3720. www.gjredpill.org
In this issue:
Mesa State Housing: A Classist System
We Vote No!: GJ Anarchist Banner drop coincides with Super Tuesday
The Forgotten News: Homework for the Mainstream Media by
Sabrina Carrasco Heiermann
Unconventional Denver: Call to Action! Disrupt the DNC: Proposed Calender of Events/Days
After Reading Peter Dale Scott’s Deep Politics and the Assassination of JFK: Poetry by Art Goodtimes
Colorado Thought Crime Statute Bans Anarchism
Know Your Media! Where do You Get Your News
The End of America: Book Review
read it here: www.gjredpill.org
In This Issue:
Women in the Struggle: Report-back from the First Encuentro of Indigenous Zapatista Women with Women from Around the World by: Victoria Law
Death on the Streets: Homelessness in the Grand Valley
An Iraq War New Years Resolution
Toxic Mold: A Public Health Battle Ground
Re-Declaration of Independence by the Lakota Nation: A Red Pill Interview with Duane Martin Sr. (Canupa Gluha Mani)
My Mother Wears Combat Boots: A Parenting Guide For the Rest of Us --Book Review--
On December 16th, the Grand Valley Coalition for the Homeless held its annual ceremony for those who died on the streets during the last year. It was bitter-cold despite the bright sun shine, and three inches of snow blanketed the ground. Dozens of men and women gathered early to get into the soup line, The Red Pill was able to sit down with Wild Man a Grand Junction native who has been on the streets for that last year and half.
*From the local newswire
In This Issue:
Ron Paul (our favorite republican) censored
Race, Justice, and the Jena 6
Remembering the Dead: AVOR hold peace vigil in conjunction with othes across nation to remember all who have lost their lives in this illegal war in iraq..
Natural Building: Straw bale and Beyond
Electrifying free speech: Andrew Meyer, student at FU tased for asking Kerry questions
1.2 Million dead: new studies show 1.2 million Iraqis have died since the invasion in '03
Radical hip-hop 101
Grand Junction 9/11 Truth website debut