Earth First! Journal Roadshow plus author Rik Scarce w/ music by The Pleasants
Activists from the radical environmental group Earth First! will speak at The Sanctuary For Independent Media (3361 Sixth Avenue in North Troy) at 7 PM on Wednesday, June 30, 2010. They will be presenting the Earth First! Journal Roadshow, featuring a program about the international ecodefense movement called “Earth Nightly News” followed by a multimedia presentation on the history of Earth First! (which is celebrating 30 years on the front lines of ecological defense).
The event will be introduced by Skidmore professor Rik Scarce, author of "Eco-Warriors: Understanding the Radical Environmental Movement." As a Ph.D. student in 1992, he was conducting research on the radical environmental movement when the federal government came knocking, believing he had interviewed people involved in a break-in at a federally supported laboratory at Washington State University, where he was studying. He refused to answer some of a prosecutor's questions on the grounds that compelling him to do so violated the First Amendment's free-press provisions. He was locked away by a judge for more than five months. He subsequently wrote "Contempt of Court: A Scholar's Battle for Free Speech From Behind Bars."
Music from The Pleasants will start off the evening. The Pleasants were born in the green mountains of Vermont in 2009 on a crisp, frost covered, April morning. Mixing equal parts whiskey, dusty earth, and spring water, The Pleasants evoke a strange sense of longing for simpler times and lyrically draw on past experiences when young hearts and minds are unspoiled and uncorrupted by modern exploitations. Sometimes described as Americana but best described as “Intense Folk”, The Pleasants weave together music familiar yet altogether new. Bonded by their love of REAL music, this song-writing duo (Amanda Rogers and Mike Matta) has bounded on their musical journey to writing "the most undeniably best song ever." They have recently finished their first record appropriately titled "Forests and Fields" which will be available in the U.S. through Do It Together Records and Expect Candy in Europe. The Pleasants are on tour bringing their harmony-laden blend of recession rock to towns everywhere.
Admission to the event is by donation ($10 suggested, $5 student/low income). Call (518) 272-2390, email info@MediaSanctuary.org, or visit www.MediaSanctuary.org for directions and more information.
With BP's Gulf Coast oil spill dominating the world news headlines, people are awakening to the extent of humanity’s impact on our planet--melting ice caps, dying oceans filled with oil and pollutants, destroyed freshwater aquifers, unchecked biotechnology contamination, alarming rates of deforestation and mass extinctions across the globe. Independent news coverage provides the needed critique of those responsible for destroying our planet, and tools to stop the machine! The Earth First! Journal is the voice for the international radical environmental movement; their editorial staff is coming to the Capital Region as part of a tour designed to expand the ability to reach more communities around the world. The Earth First! Journal is produced by a small collective which is stopping in town for one night on the way to this summers’ Earth First! Rendezvous in Maine.
Earth First! was created in 1979 by a handful of environmental activists who were fed up with working for inefficient environmental nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). These NGOs, for the most part, cooperated with the very institutions responsible for destroying the Earth and are still complicit today. Earth First!, with its “no compromise” stance, instantly appealed to environmentalists who wanted to boldly make a stand. Earth First!ers shared the sense that people need to act now, or it will be too late. In 1980, the Earth First! Journal was created to bring this new movement together, providing both news and inspiration. Earth First! also has a culture of singers, songwriters, poets and artists.
Thirty years later, the Earth First! Journal is established and respected as an award-winning, international source for cutting-edge environmental news and stories from the frontlines of ecological direct action. The Earth First! Journal has brought many environmental issues to the forefront of public consciousness and, ultimately, to mainstream acceptance. Back issues of the EF! Journal are regularly requested by scholars near and far, nearly 100 libraries in the US subscribe to the EF! Journal--which has broken major stories such as:
• The surge of direct actions against the people and companies behind global warming
• The struggle against mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia
• The rise in food prices as food becomes a fuel commodity through the biofuels explosion
• Blockades resisting the construction of a NAFTA super-highway in Indiana
• Ongoing land occupations by Six Nations indigenous people in Canada
• Resistance to today’s COINTELPRO-like government repression
• Activists’ challenges to the genetic manipulation of our food
• The physical defense of whales, mountain lions and other endangered species
• The unlawful death of Macho B, the last known wild jaguar in the US
This presentation is made possible by volunteer labor and hundreds of small donations from patrons of The Sanctuary For Independent Media. The Sanctuary for Independent Media is a community media arts center located in an historic former church in Troy, NY. The Sanctuary hosts screening, production and performance facilities, training in media production and a meeting space for artists, activists and independent media makers of all kinds.