Early Monday morning, activists from around the Southeast and as far north as Maine converged on the global headquarters of genetically engineered tree giant ArborGen to tell them in no uncertain terms that they must tear down the walls of secrecy regarding their GE loblolly pines and eucalyptus trees and dissolve and discontinue their research and development.
Monday’s action was but a small representation of the global public rejection of GE trees. In 2015 alone, more than a quarter of a million (269,867) people have signed on in rejection of genetically engineered trees.
Add your voice to the chorus!
Upload a photo of yourself with a sign reading ‘ArborGen: STOP GE Trees!’ to #stopgetrees and #nogetrees
Call ArborGen and the USDA and tell them you support the action and that GE trees must be banned!
Direct Action Workshop
SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center
Wednesday September 16th
From lunch counter sit-ins during the civil rights movement to living in a tree to stop it from being cut, direct action takes many different forms. This training will provide a space to explore what is direct action, when to use it, how it integrates into campaign strategy and much more.
Sunday September 13th 3pm – 6pm
Shannen Park (1918 Route 284, Slate Hill, NY )
Across the country, and the world, powerful movements are using nonviolent direct action to to disrupt business as usual and demand lasting systemic change.
These moments show that broad mobilization and disruption are ways that we can transform our society. It is time we move beyond conventional strategies. Its time we connect across movements and #FloodTheSystem
The recent ruling on the need for a new supplemental environmental impact statement did not go our way, as many of you will have learned in the Times herald record paper. We are all, I know, disappointed; we also are shocked and confused by the apparent inconsistencies of the ruling and hope to understand better what happened as time goes on.
Our pickets at the plant site have been very successful in drawing
attention. There ANOTHER PICKET this coming TUESDAY SEPTEMBER
8th, 7 – 9 a.m.
We hope we can do this every week at the start of the week — so that would
mean Mondays beginning the 14th.
The legal committee is in consultation with Michael Sussman and we will be formulating next steps over the course of this week. We will keep you informed!
Meanwhile, this is a moment we need to mobilize and maintain very vocal opposition to the CPV plant on all levels and in all places. WE NEED EVERYONE THERE ON TUESDAY MORNING at the plant site!
For directions, it’s the big pull of on route 6. You can type the following into maps and find it
3326-3382 New York State Bicycle Route 17, Middletown, NY 10940
Early this morning, Hudson Valley Earth First! And local residents enraged by CPV’s fracked gas power plant dropped 2 banners over the I-84 highway overpass adjacent to the construction site on route 6 in Wawayanda, NY. The banners hung for almost 3 hours, during which a morning picket organized separately by Protect Orange County made its presence known from 7 -10am out front the site as workers continued “Site Preparation” to build the toxic CPV Valley Energy Center.
Today’s picket was organized the same day attorney Michael Sussman must submit a formal response to CPV’s claims against his recent filing for an injunction. It is unclear when we will hear a decision from the judge. If granted, construction on site would be halted for 2 months while the court case is resolved. In court last Thursday, CPV claimed all present activities on site would be limited to “site preparation.” It is also possible a voluntary injunction would be agreed on by CPV with the judge to stop work once “site preparation” was finished. What exactly that means is questionable. It would seem the earth moving, digging, clearing and electrical work on site now is not considered more than “site preparation” by CPV although it is negatively impacting the sensitive wetlands and species of concern on site, all in question by this court case.
Sussman’s lawsuit argues for a new supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. The recent listing of the Northern Long Eared bat as federally threatened is one reason to take a hard look and reevaluate the project, the recent ban on fracking in New York State contradicting the permitting of infrastructure projects, transportation and processing of fracked gas, is another. Not to mention the poor job of letting locals know the project was happening in the first place. While the legal case remains in limbo, what is clear is the widespread opposition by local residents!
Despite widespread opposition and unanswered questions, the transformation of this beautiful forest wetland and field into an industrial zone is underway. Located 65 miles northwest of New York City, the CPV Valley Energy Center is a 720 megawatt combined cycle natural gas powered electric power generating facility with ultra low sulfur diesel backup. The project will be constructed by a joint venture consisting of Skanska USA Civil Northeast, Inc., Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc. and ECCO III Enterprises, Inc. Perrecca Electric is doing electrical work. Construction will take 32 months with commercial operation projected in early 2018.
The earth moving, unloading of electrical boxes and destruction of this area is being facilitated by these companies by the authority of the Wawayanda Town board, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and other state/town agencies for an unnecessary power plant that most residents oppose.
Around nine am today town of Wawayanda code enforcement came to site and told protesters the only permit the workers had was for ‘Storm water Management.’ If this is the only permit given, how does electrical and other work count as Storm Water Management?
Skanska workers were slowed down by protesters and redirected from certain entrances because of the inconvenience of our presence multiple times. When asked if they had permits to come in off the highway pull off, Skanska workers appearing to be management said yes. When someone asked the State Troopers to check and prove it to us, they became disgruntled and refused. Skanska is the same company responsible for building an unnecessary and cruel animal vivisection lab in Seattle Washington . It is clear we are up against a lot, but spirits are high and resistance is fertile!
Come find out about the intersections of mass incarceration, criminal justice and the environment.
An organizer with the Prison Ecology Project will be discussing the Project’s effort to get the EPA to recognize environmental justice impacts on prisoners, and an effort to stop the construction of a new maximum security federal prison on 700 acres of endangered species habitat in eastern Kentucky.
We’ll also be showing an excerpt from Up The Ridge, a documentary about the prison-building boom in Appalachia’s coal country, and other short films on the prison/ecology connection.
Requested Donations: $6 $10 $15 sliding scale for event (no one turned away for inability to pay.) Money raised will support the Prison Ecology Project
Event co-sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild, Prison Legal News/Human Rights Defense Center, New York Environmental Law and Justice Project, National Police Accountability Project, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Hudson Valley Earth First!, Marxist Education Project, NYC Anarchist Black Cross, Movement Media, Prison Project of Sante Fe and others TBA
Please support ‘More Trees Records’ upcoming radio podcast.
This new and exciting radio show put together by a bad as HVEF!er will consist of stories and report backs from the front-lines of ecological resistance and struggles for liberation, as well as playing music, having guests to chat on various topics and more.
On the morning of May the 19th individuals from the Hudson Valley Earth First! movement returned to Jacobs Road in Westtown, NY.
Jacobs Road is home to the now built fracked gas compressor station that many opposed during its construction. A banner was hung near the entrance that says “Competitive Power Ventures= Minisink Compressor Station – Two Sides- Same Coin”
“to construct a seven mile, 16” lateral [pipeline] to provide the proposed 650 MW CPV Valley Energy Center generation plant in Wawayanda.”
Connecting these pieces of infrastructure is something that should be spread far and wide, gas companies will continue to use this area- our bioregion – as a hub for natural gas unless we make the necessary connections and stop them.
The motive has always been for MCS to sell gas to CPV, one couldn’t happen without the other. Yet there has been little public mention by either companies-or town government(s) of this partnership.
Actions like these are very easy to recreate and pose little to no risk, but can be very effective in relaying an unheard message- such as this one. Construction on the CPV plant could begin as early as June and although a banner won’t stop the plant alone, every action helps to sustain the culture of resistance we need to win.
We’re here- we’re watching- and we’re up early.
Forever for the wild,
Your friendly neighborhood Hudson Valley Earth First!er’s
Almost exactly one year ago Hudson Valley Earth First! had it’s first pressing of “A Compilation In Defense of The Earth” Now you can pick up a copy via More Trees Records or when you run into one of us at a local event or speaking engagement! they’re only 3-7$ (or josh fox money if you got it) and it includes a kick ass lyric book with essays by some of the bands!
Hudson Valley Earth First! Invites you to a weekend long bio regional round up to connect with the land while sharing skills, stories, meals and fire this May 15th -17th in the 4,315 acre Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Westchester County NY (occupied Lenape territory).
The park is home to a unique combination of meadows, sandy moraines, vernal ponds and rustic woodlands. Evergreen plantations, oak, hickory and maple forests, wooded wetlands, and the Cross and Stone Hill Rivers, provide habitat for many species including rare wildflowers, newly discovered dragonflies, elusive bobcat and other wildlife. Hudson Valley Earth first! acknowledges the history of colonization which displaced native communities throughout the Hudson River Valley or more appropriately named the “river that flows two ways” or “Muhheakantuck” as it was called by natives. As the people were colonized so too was the land; genocide and ecocide. With that in mind, we are reaching out to chiefs from the Ramapough Lenape Nation (the closest identifiable relative) about our presence on the land and to forge links in our struggles.
We are now accepting submissions for workshops, presentations, talks, and skill-shares.
Please write us at email@example.com to confirm attendance, submit ideas, get more details or help out with supplies.
There will be time for hiking, tree climbing, music & poetry and enjoying the splendor of the wild.