The Way of the Heron in Action w/Evan Pritchard – Sunday Oct. 9th – 7pm


Evan Pritchard will discuss Algonquin non-violence traditions, and what’s going on at Standing Rock, North Dakota, and at Indian Point in Westchester, NY, plus a discussion of the proposed oil barge “anchorages” on the Hudson. Participants are encouraged to share what they have experienced and what they know; Evan will discuss “The Way of the Heron” conflict resolution techniques, and peaceful ways of resolving conflicts used by Native Americans for centuries. These techniques can be used by individuals or communities and include civil disobedience techniques which the Penobscot taught Henry David Thoreau. Let your voice be heard without fear.

Sponsored by Boughton Place, Center for Algonquin Culture and Neetopk-Keetopk.

  • Sun Oct 09 2016 at 07:00 pm
  •  Boughton Place, 150 Kisor Rd, Highland, United States

Contact Joy Ann Savino, (845)594-6382 (Boughton Place); Sally Bermanzohn (NeetopkKeetopk) sallybeethankful and Evan Pritchard (Center for Algonquin Culture) (845)

Arson Investigation Underway on Three Bakken Pipeline Sites


from Newton Daily News
Equipment fires at three construction sites in Jasper and Mahaska counties, Iowa, on the Dakota Access Pipeline construction route over the weekend are being treated as acts of arson by local law enforcement.

 The Newton Fire Department and Jasper County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the fire at approximately 6 a.m. Monday in a farm field on South 12th Avenue West, about 4.5 miles west of Newton. A local resident called 911 to report the blaze.

According to Jasper County Sheriff John Halferty, two machines were damaged at the Newton site — one was smoldering and the other was still ablaze when firefighters and deputies arrived on scene. The damaged pieces of equipment were identified as a bulldozer and a track hoe.

Deputies in Jasper County are also investigating a second fire on Salmon Street about 2.5 miles southeast of Reasnor.

The Newton Daily News confirmed a third report of suspected arson in Mahaska County over the weekend involving equipment on the DAPL route about 8.5 miles north of Oskaloosa.

“We believe it’s an obvious, intentionally set fire. It wasn’t like the equipment overheated,” Halferty said at the scene near Newton.

 As of Monday morning, investigators did not have any suspects in the case. Halferty said the fires could have been set by a single person, but law enforcement is not ruling out the possibility of multiple suspects.

Construction began on the crude oil pipeline in Jasper County last week. Halferty said the fires are the first local reports of vandalism related to the project.

According to investigators, the combined estimated damage at the Newton and Reasnor construction sites is approximately $1 million. Damage was located in the bulldozer and track hoes’ engine and cab compartments. Halferty said the machinery is likely a total loss.

The equipment is owned by Huston-based subcontractor Pe Ben U.S.A. and Precision Pipeline of Eau Claire, Wis. is running the Jasper County job sites.

A representative from Precision Pipeline declined to comment Monday, but work site superintendents told the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department the fires would set construction back about one day. Precision has experienced minor cases of vandalism on other project sites but has never had equipment set on fire in Iowa.

Halferty said the state fire marshal and Iowa DCI have also been notified of the incidents. The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office and the Newton Fire Marshal are leading the investigations near Newton and Reasnor.

Law enforcement is working the case on minimal evidence, Halferty said, and the sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s assistance in the case.

“We want to rely on the public. If they notice anything call it in,” he said. “We’d encourage them to call in something that may or may not be suspicious. If we don’t know about it, it’s hard to follow up on.”

Scott Miller, a deputy at the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office, said Monday four pieces of heavy equipment were found burned on the pipeline route at 175th Street and Kent Avenue between Oskaloosa and New Sharon. Investigators believe the fire was set early Sunday morning.

The New Sharon Fire Department were the first to respond to the scene. Miller said the fire happened early Sunday morning and investigators for the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office also had no suspects as of Monday.

The $3.8 million, 1,164-mile DAPL project is under construction in four U.S. states. When completed it will transport a maximum 540,000 barrels of crude oil per day from the Bakken Oil Fields in North Dakota to a hub in Patoka, Ill.

Approximately 343 miles of pipe will be laid underground in 18 counties Iowa counties. Dakota Access, LLC — a subsidiary of Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners — expects to be complete with construction and have the pipeline in operation by the end of 2016.


Crust of the Earth Vol. 2 – Benefit Show

Benefit show for Hudson Valley Earth First! and that eco-defense stuff we do. We got bands, pizza, beer and great people as always!


Cell 63 (awesome shit)
Exit 17 (new paltz)
Plastic (first Show/ex members of Praxis, Selfbeater and Psychwar)

Come through and support the fight!

My Place Pizza – 322 Main Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Tree stumps blocking delivery of steam generators to CPV site in Wawayanda

A crane helps offload a shipment of "heat recovery steam generators" from a barge at Steelways, Inc. on Water Street in the City of Newburgh on Friday.|

A crane helps offload a shipment of “heat recovery steam generators” from a barge at Steelways, Inc. on Water Street in the City of Newburgh on Friday. The shipment, bound for the CPV site in Wawayanda, is still there, blocked by a pair of tree stumps and bureaucracy. Allyse Pulliam/For the Times Herald-Record James Nani

  • Times Herald-Record

    Posted Jul. 22, 2016 at 8:42 PM
    Updated Jul 22, 2016 at 11:58 PM

    CITY OF NEWBURGH Two humble tree stumps are blocking the path of a load of multi-ton steam generators destined for the $900 million power plant under construction in the Town of Wawayanda.

    On Friday, a large yellow crane helped to offload a shipment of “heat recovery steam generators” from a barge at Steelways, Inc. on Water Street in the City of Newburgh.

    The crane placed the massive load onto a carrier about 90 feet long with 18 rows of wheels.

    But the trip from the shores of the Hudson River to Competitive Power Ventures’ Valley Energy Center’s construction site in Wawayanda hit a snag … or a stump.

    David Plotkin, president of Steelways, Inc., said workers are ready to move the shipment, but they first need permission from the City of Newburgh to cross Water Street.

    Plotkin said in order to move the generators, they need to back the truck into a lot Steelways owns across the street from the dock. Plotkin said the lot had been fallow for some time and two trees had grow there.

    They cut the trees down, but Plotkin said the city engineer stopped them this week from buzz-sawing the stumps down to ground height, telling them they need a new site plan approval to remove the stumps and safely haul the generators away. With the stumps still there, the truck can’t back out and leave, Plotkin said.

    Plotkin said City Manager Michael Ciaravino has been working hard with Steelways to resolve the issue so that it won’t linger until the next City Council meeting. But he needs to get permission from the city’s engineer, fire and police departments and building inspector first.

    “The city manager has been cooperative,” Plotkin said. “We’re caught up in the city’s bureaucracy.”

    Several calls to the city engineer and city manager Friday were not returned in time for publication.

    Danny Cain, a safety and risk manager with Edwards Moving and Rigging, said his company is in charge of shipping 20 of the massive generators and two steam drums to Wawayanda. Each generator weighs between 113,000 and 230,000 pounds.

    “They must be delivered in a sequential order to the plant due to the fact that they will be aligned and connected to each other once they arrive,” Cain said.

    CPV’s 650-megawatt, natural gas-fired power plant is expected to begin operation in February 2018. CPV’s environmental impact statement for the plant says each steam generator will take in exhaust heat from two combustion turbines to produce steam that will drive a steam turbine.

    But until the city gives the go-ahead on a new site plan, the generators aren’t going anywhere, Plotkin says.

    “We’re waiting for permission to cross Water Street,” Plotkin said. “We’d like to have one truck moved by Saturday morning.”

Over Ten Years to Talk About: Eric McDavid’s Speaking Tour of New York, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania


from Sacramento Prisoner Support

Eric McDavid, a former Anarchist prisoner will be talking about ten plus years of experiences including federal prison time, the post release period and moving forward as well. The importance of supporting political prisoners will be brought up along with so much more. If you are in the area of any one of the locations listed at the bottom, please come, check it out and tell a friend!

Starting back in early 2006, from the first one of his co-defendants who took a cooperation deal and agreed to testify against Eric at trial to the second of his two co-defendants taking that same deal about 6 months later Eric began a long road as an anarchist prisoner. Being charged with” conspiracy to damage and destroy property by fire and explosive” and utilizing an entrapment defense it certainly doesn’t make things any easier if your co-defendants agree to testify against you.

Well, after twenty-eight months in “total separation,” a form of isolation at the Sacramento County Jail, he was convicted once the trial was over.  Subsequently Eric was sentenced to an outrageous 19 years and 7 monthsdue to a Terrorism enhancement, and shortly after taken into the custody of the Federal Bureau of prisons. He was then sent to a medium security federal prison called FCI Victorville, where he ended up spending the majority of the sentence and then moved to a low security prison in San Pedro, CA.  It wasn’t until Sacramento Prisoner Supportfound out through multiple FOIA requests there was sufficient documentation of withholding evidence at trial that after a habeas petition was filed the new prosecutor which was assigned to Eric’s case made an offer to Eric’s attorneys that could bring him home.  If Eric would agree to a single felony charge of general conspiracy that carried a max of 5 years, and the district judge would sign off on it, he would be released with time served and have a max of 2 years probation.

After a very tumultuous transport from the low security prison, Eric returned to the Sacramento County Jail for the court appearance.  Well, after an anxiety filled court appearance on the afternoon of January 8th, 2015 and quite a few hours later, Eric McDavid walked out of the doors of the federal building at 5th and I streets in street clothes with a big smile on his face and ready to get into the back seat of his parent’s car in search of a little peace.

Now it’s been over a year and a half from that very day and Eric has a lot to share. Those nine years he endured from arrest, to the day the appeal went before the judge and he walked out and started the 2 years of supervised release. A probation that was terminated back at the ¾’s mark on May 8th of this year. Then there’s all that he has experienced since being released from federal prison and now being done with the probation as well. He has worked towards being a yoga instructor and last October was one of the many former political prisoners who helped encourage a committee to be formed within the National Lawyers Guild to focus on the issues Political Prisoners do face. There’s so much more, but we’ll let him tell you all about it.

Please check it out if you can and definitely spread the word about Eric McDavid’s New York, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania speaking tour.

To learn more about Eric’s case, please visit:

The Tour:

7pm, Thursday, 08-11-2016
Burning Books
420 Connecticut Street, Buffalo, NY

6pm, Friday, 08-12-2016
Stone Soup
4 King Street, Worcester, MA

7pm, Saturday, 08-13-2016
The Base
1302 Mertyle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

7pm, Monday, 08-15-2016
Wooden Shoe Books
704 South Street, Philadelphia, PA

7pm, Tuesday, 08-16-2016
Big Idea Books
4812 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Eric McDavid is an environmental activist who was entrapped by an FBI informant and charged with a single count of conspiracy to use fire or explosives to damage corporate and government property. The conspiracy charge is, quite literally, a thought-crime – no actions were ever carried out by Eric or any of his alleged co-conspirators.

After serving 10 years for a wrongful conviction, Eric was set free due to the government’s withholding of key evidence about how had been entrapped by the FBI.

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Susquehanna Regional Climb Camp

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August 12 – 18, 2016

Location in Southeastern Pennsylvania TBA

The fossil fuel infrastructure build out and its accompanied tree-cutting has made us realize the need for more skilled climbers to combat the destruction of our regions and earth. Join regional organizers/trainers for a week long climb camp and practice skills in basic and advanced treeclimbing, platform rigging for tree-sits, aerial blockades and more!

Take the fight against fossil fuel infrastructure to new heights! Get climb trained!

For more information or to RSVP, please email

In your RSVP please indicate your level of previous training and what you hope to get out of the camp. Let us know about special dietary and other needs so that we can do our best to accommodate you. Please come prepared for a week of camping.


Pics from recent tree-sits in Huntingdon County PA

Demonstration at the Home of Michigan Attorney General Due to Lack of Action on Enbridge Line 5

Midland, MI – Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 1:30pm – Over 60 demonstrators arrived at the home of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette earlier this afternoon to demand that Schuette take immediate action to shut down the Enbridge oil pipeline Line 5. Demonstrators from Earth First! hung a massive banner between two trees in Schuette’s front lawn that read “No Line 5: Pipelines Equal Ecocide.” Others in the crowd chanted, held banners, and held a mock funeral for Enbridge. Down the street another group hung a massive banner that completely covered two billboards which read “No Line 5 Pipeline”. By the end of the action over 20 police cars had assembled to harass the protesters into ending the actions. The protesters are demanding that Schuette use his authority under the Public Trust Doctrine, Article 10, and shut down Line 5 immediately in order to protect the Great Lakes.

Earth First! takes the Line 5 issue to Schuette's residence.

Line 5 is a 63-year-old crude oil pipeline that runs across the Straits of Mackinac, west of the Mackinac Bridge. The pipeline is directly exposed to freshwater for 5 miles and crosses through 11 tributaries in the lower peninsula. Studies by David Schwab, an expert on hydrodynamics at the University of Michigan, show that up to720 miles of Michigan’s shoreline would be at risk if Line 5 leaked. The pipeline is owned & operated by Enbridge, whose crude oil pipeline 6B ruptured in 2010, resulting in 1 million gallons of diluted bitumen spilling into the Kalamazoo River.

Last April, an environmental coalition of over 20 environmental groups sent Attorney General Schuette a letter detailing multiple ways in which Line 5 is operating illegally, in violation of its 1953 Easement with the State of Michigan.  Despite this, Schuette continues to delay action on the pipeline, citing the desire to wait for a risk and alternatives analysis for the pipeline to be completed, which is expected to take months to years. Additionally, the every tribe whose territory is occupied by the state of Michigan has demanded that the pipeline be shut down meaning that its continuing operation is a direct attack on tribal sovereignty.

“Schuette knows Line 5 poses an immediate risk to the Great Lakes each day it is allowed to continue to operate,” says Plantain, an organizer with Earth First! “and yet he’s choosing to stall for another 1-2 years. Schuette is directly threatening all of life in our region and is putting us all at risk and we are going to bring the fight to his front lawn until he is held accountable.”

Numerous demonstrations and shows of opposition have been conducted to raise awareness about this pipeline, including petition deliveries, over 183 Michigan business and organizational groups supporting Line 5 to be shut down, letters to newspapers, bills to address pipeline safety, over 50 municipal resolutions being passed to show public opposition to the pipeline, and confrontations at policy conferences and spill response demonstrations.  However, this is the first demonstration associated with Line 5 conducted at the home of a politician with the power to shut Line 5 down.

Frida, a resident of Michigan present at the protest, commented on the escalation of tactics. “If public officials continue to threaten our safety, then we will continue to threaten their security.”

Expect a video of the demonstration soon!

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New Yorkers engage in a daring, peaceful, civil disobedience to stop Spectra’s continuing pipeline construction

Peekskill, NY—As part of an escalating peaceful resistance campaign, concerned New Yorkers engineered a dramatic and elaborate protest against pipeline construction early this morning. A team erected a 20-foot-tripod in the path of construction equipment, and then a woman who grew up in Croton climbed up and sat at the top, thereby effectively halting construction. Additionally, two people locked to the base of the tripod. A total of six people have been arrested and taken to the Peekskill Police Station.

Jessica Rechtschaffer, the climber, was born and raised in Croton. “I remember how the sirens from Indian Point would go off when I was a kid,” she said, “and now Spectra Energy wants to build a major gas pipeline right next to the nuclear power plant even though they are a company with a terrible safety record. We can’t let that happen. If there’s an explosion next to the nuclear plant, there is no plan B.”

The Houston-based Spectra Energy Company’s Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) pipeline is a 42-inch diameter, high pressure, fracked gas pipeline, which if completed will run through residential communities and within 105 feet of critical safety facilities at the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant.

This action comes after years of residents and grassroots groups actively engaging in the regulatory process, only to be ignored by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The City of Boston and more than 20 grassroots groups have filed a lawsuit in Federal Court challenging FERC’s approval of the project. In February, Governor Andrew Cuomo wrote to FERC asking for an immediate halt to construction while New York State conducts an independent risk assessment of siting the massive, high-pressure pipeline next to Indian Point Nuclear Plant. FERC denied the Governor’s request, and claimed that a risk assessment by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) showed that the plant was safe. Less than one month ago, on May 20th, Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand called for an immediate halt to construction. Spectra’s Director of Stakeholder Outreach, Marylee Hanley, responded that “Algonquin Gas Transmission resumed construction on the Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) project in April and will continue with its construction.”

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For the First Time in Decades, Herring are Spawning in a Hudson River Tributary

by Merrit Kennedy / NPR


Herring are spawning in a tributary to New York’s Hudson River for the first time in 85 years after a dam was removed from the tributary’s mouth.

The spawning in the Wynants Kill tributary is seen as an environmental success, as NPR’s Nathan Rott tells our Newscast unit. He says it was previously “closed off to fish by a 6-foot dam at the side of an old mill there.” Nate explains:

“With the removal of the dam earlier this month, river herring and other ocean-going fish are making their way up the tributary to spawn. Those fish spend the bulk of their life at sea, but need smaller tributaries off of rivers like the Hudson to spawn and reproduce.”

There are more than 1,500 dams affecting Hudson River tributaries and “there’s a wider push to remove ones that no longer serve their intended purpose,” Nate adds.

“Every dam should have an existential crisis,” said John Waldman, a biology professor at Queens College, tells The Associated Press. “These are artifacts of the Industrial Revolution that are persisting and doing harm.”

Riverkeeper, a watchdog organization aimed at protecting the Hudson River involved in the dam removal, describes Wynant’s Kill as a “historic spawning run.” They explain this is an effort to improve herring stocks which fallen for decades:

“Since the 1960s, river herring populations up and down the Atlantic Coast have significantly declined due to overharvest and the loss of spawning habitat. Federal and state biologists prioritize the restoration of this habitat as one of the best ways to encourage herring stocks to recover from current historic lows.”

And herring are an “integral part of the aquatic food chain,” as the Associated Press explains. “In the Atlantic, many species of fish, bird and mammal rely on herring as their primary food source,” according to the wire service.

“Environmental improvement efforts like the removal of the Wynants Kill dam are critically important to maintaining a healthy Hudson River ecosystem,” Mayor Patrick Madden said at a recent news conference, the Troy Record reports.”The construction of the Wynants Kill barrier almost 100 years ago cut off a tributary that was owned by the herring and other species. Now it’s theirs again. That’s how the Hudson River will recover. That’s how the Hudson will be restored.”

Other species such as the American eel, white sucker and yellow perch have also entered the tributary after the dam was removed, according to the Troy Record.

Activists Lock to Shipping Container on Pipeline Route


In Defiance of Pipeline Construction, Concerned Individuals Move Reclaimed Shipping Container Home With Two People Inside Onto AIM Pipeline Construction Site

from Popular Resistance

Update: Jane and Lee were arrested after stopping work for five hours. Supporters are holding the vigil outside the police station on the corner of Central Street and Nelson Avenue. It is close to the train station. Please join them and follow Resist AIM on Facebook and Twitter for updates or contact them at

Peekskill, NY – Just four days after 21 people were arrested for peacefully blockading the entrance to a Spectra Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) Pipeline work site, two people courageously locked themselves into a renewable-energy powered, 20-ft recycled shipping-container home at the work site, directly on the pipeline route. They plan to stay inside the container blockade for as long as possible.

The AIM Pipeline is a 42-inch, high pressure, fracked gas pipeline, which if completed will run through residential communities and within 105 feet of critical Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant safety facilities. The fully self-contained home is a strong symbol of both resilience and resistance: It is intended to halt construction of the dangerous AIM Pipeline and to represent the safe alternative living situation we need to move towards to fight climate change and to halt our dependence on fossil fuel, which drives the buildout of dangerous infrastructure like the AIM Pipeline. The container home was built using reclaimed and recycled materials, is powered by both photovoltaic solar panels and a bicycle generator, has a green roof growing succulents and herbs, has a solar-heated shower and a compost toilet, and comfortable living space and beds for two occupants. All of these measures are important, but without stopping fossil fuel infrastructure, we are still on a path to disaster – which is why this project is also designed to physically stop construction on the AIM Pipeline.

The sustainable home has two occupants, both of whom walked across the entire country to raise awareness about climate change as part of the Great March for Climate: Jane Kendall is a 65-year-old retired New York mother of two who would like to be spending more time with her family, but feels morally obligated as an elder to do her small part to stop Spectra and to fight for a renewable energy future; and Lee Stewart, a 29-year-old organizer with Beyond Extreme Energy, who has been working to stop FERC since they approved a fracked gas compressor station near his home as part of project that would feed Dominion’s Cove Point LNG export facility.

“I was inspired by the fierce, loving determination in the voices of 13 Resist AIM members who disrupted a FERC public meeting to call out the commissioners for their complicity in the destruction Spectra represents,” said Lee Stewart. “It is an honor to take up temporary residence in New York on the route of the AIM Pipeline.”

“Spectra has placed all of us on a destructive path and in harm’s way. Today this simple small house, built from reused and repurposed materials and powered by renewable energy, stands on the AIM Pipeline path to halt construction.” Said Jane Kendall.

This action comes after years of residents and grassroots groups actively engaging in the regulatory process, only to be ignored by FERC. The City of Boston and several grassroots groups have filed a lawsuit in Federal Court challenging FERC approval of the project. In February, Governor Andrew Cuomo wrote to FERC asking for an immediate halt to construction while New York State conducts an independent risk assessment of siting the massive, high-pressure pipeline next to Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant. FERC denied the Governor’s request, and claimed that a risk assessment by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) showed that the plant was safe. Just five days ago, on May 20th, Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand called for an immediate halt to construction. Spectra’s Director of Stakeholder Outreach, Marylee Hanley, responded that “Algonquin Gas Transmission resumed construction on the Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) project in April and will continue with its construction.”

“Now Spectra is rapidly proceeding with construction in our area despite opposition from thousands of New Yorkers and elected representatives.” Said Kendall. “We are at a critical stage in this struggle, with project completion scheduled for November. Each day more trees are cut, more blasting takes place, and more pipeline is laid. It is necessary for us to stop this project now.”

There is no more time to wait. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has shown that it will not protect us from the fossil fuel industry that is destroying our climate. Instead, everyday people are stepping up and modeling the future we want to see while taking a stand against the dangerous pipeline that threatens us and our friends and neighbors.

“I am also taking this step because of the amazing connection I feel to the amazing people all over the state who are not only standing up to AIM, Spectra, and FERC, but who are also finding ways to build community during a time when the power that be are bent on keeping us isolated and narrowly focused.” Said Stewart.


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