Harvest Camp: Ojibwe Protest the World’s Largest Open Pit Mine

We’ve been following the Ojibwe/Lac Coutre Oreilles Harvest Education Learning Project protest of the world’s largest open-pit mine proposed in Northern Wisconsin. @storydoula spent time there this fall and created the following film. Please share and support Harvest Camp.

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Forestry Committee Pressured to Evict Lac Courte Oreilles from Iron County

Originally posted on Wisconsin Citizens Media Cooperative:

December 12, 2013 by Barbara With

On May 8, 2013 the Iron County Forestry department granted LCO HELP host Melvin Gasper a Native American Gathering permit to gather plant materials and tap trees for syrup, and a firewood permit to collect down trees on Iron County forest lands. Both permits are valid through December 31, 2013. Photo: Ros Nelson.

On May 8, 2013 the Iron County Forestry department granted LCO HELP host Melvin Gasper a Native American Gathering permit to gather plant materials and tap trees for syrup, and a firewood permit to collect down trees on Iron County forest lands. Both permits are valid through December 31, 2013. Photo: Ros Nelson.

On December 9, 2013, the Iron County Forestry Committee voted unanimously to recommend that Lac Courte Oreilles Harvest Education Learning Project (HELP) be evicted from the county land they have working on since last spring. The issue will be taken up at the next Iron County Board meeting, Tuesday, December 17, at 6 PM at the Iron County Courthouse.

The tribe and the county have been working together since May on drafting a permit to support HELP. LCO planned to present the next draft of their Scientific Investigation Permit to the…

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Resist the Mine/Envision the Future: The Penokee Hills Education Summit – Part Two

Notes from the Summit: Treaty Rights as Key Paths to Protection

Penokee Hills Education Summit, Upson WI 9/21, 9/22

Penokee Hills Education Summit; Upson, WI 9/21, 9/22

My last post provided background to the First Annual Penokee Hills Education Summit held at Whitecap Ski Resort in Upson, WI on Friday, 9/21 and Saturday, 9/22. The summit focused on protecting the pristine Northern Wisconsin land and waters currently under dire threat from a Florida mining company poised to turn the area into what could be the largest open-pit iron mine in the world.

This post – Part 2 – considers aspects of the summit itself. I did not attend all of the sessions – this not a comprehensive review of the summit. I outline a few talks focused on historic treaty rights as a modern-day method for protecting the area, then offer background on individuals and groups protecting the Penokee Hills in a multitude of ways.

I invite you to send me notes and thoughts on other speakers and themes – and I’ll incorporate them into this post. We can create a collaborative text here.

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Resist the Mine/Envision the Future: The Penokee Hills Education Summit – Part One

Notes from the Summit: Background

St. Croix Canoe at the First Annual Penokee Hills Education Summit, Upson, WI

St. Croix Canoe on Display at the First Annual Penokee Hills Education Summit, Upson, WI

The Penokee Hills in Iron County provided a breathtaking backdrop last weekend for a convergence of approximately 300 dedicated individuals who are resisting what could end up being the largest open pit iron mine in the world (4 1/2 miles long, 1.5 miles wide and up 1,000 feet deep). The mine is slated to run through the pristine landscape across Iron and Ashland Counties in Northern Wisconsin. An Ojibwe Harvest Camp has been operating and educating in opposition to the venture for months while the mining company’s armed mercenaries patrolled the forest. What follows here is some background to the Penokee Hills Education Summit held at Whitecap Resort in Upson. In my next post I’ll outline what took place at the summit itself.

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Whistleblower Protest Pics and Audio Interview with OHB Members

A great OHB development. On Tuesday, July 2, we engaged in our first “mini-protest” in support of whistleblowers including Edward Snowden. Why mini? They are easy to organize, keep our morale up, and allow us to experiment as we plan for bigger protests later.

Click on the audio link below for an after-action interview with OHB members on why we keep occupying!

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Interview With Whistleblower Thomas Drake

“We have the equivalent of a virtual prison, a digital fence around us.”
-Thomas Drake on the freedoms we’ve lost since 9/11 and the consequences of vilifying whistleblowers.

Click here for video.


How (and Why) I Pissed-Off One Thousand Liberals: The Real-Time True Adventures of a Non-Violent Gadfly

-May 4, 2013 Toronto

“People who talk about revolution and class struggle without referring explicitly to every day life, without understanding what is subversive about love and what is positive in the refusal of constraints, such people have a corpse in their mouth.” – Raoul Vaneigem

I pissed-off approximately one thousand liberals today on the campus of the University of Toronto . I pissed them off so completely that they booed me off a stage and threatened to physically remove me from a convocation hall. Many were clapping. But not in a good way.  “Get outta here!” they yelled as I regressed from the hall. “We didn’t come here to see YOU!”.  And in many ways that was absolutely true.

But from my perspective, Canada’s First Nations National Chief and people (of which I am one) deserved an apology – for what had happened one hour earlier at the event – and for the humiliations heaped upon our ancestors since Europeans (of which I am also one) came to the shores of the “New World”.  The event we were attending was specifically about exploring our democratic voice and I didn’t see any good reason to wait on that apology one minute longer.

I’m getting ahead of myself. Here is some background.

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