Archives for the month of: March, 2014

Krow’s arraignment has been postponed, due to the fact lawyer filed a motion to substitute ze’s judge; it is expected that they will know by the end of the week who the new judge is, as well as when arraignment is rescheduled for. Thanks so much for your ongoing support and interest!

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Krow has an arraignment cour hearing tomorrow, Monday Mar. 24th in Hurley, WI, located at the Iron County Courthouse on Taconite St., at 3:15 p.m.. Ze’s charges will be “formally’ filed during this event, and it is expected to be rather quick. If you can make it, your support is much welcomed.

  Pasted below is a statement from Krow dated back to June, 2013, shortly after alleged incidents, in conjunction with a lay-out of the legal situation written by a friend, and opportunity to donate to legal defense fund, who all that may face police/state repression in the form of jailing, etc. throught this resource extraction struggle can appeal to utilize! Thank you for your time and support!

 

June 26, 2013

“Those who fight against the destruction of the water, land, plants, and human and non-human animals of the Penokee Hills and Bad River Watershed are not ‘terrorists.’ The only terrorists are those who plot to blow up the hills with ammonium nitrate and use the power of the state’s policing apparatus to repress and send fear and division through the communities that oppose them. Gogebic Taconite (GTAC) and Chris Cline have millions of dollars and the support of the state to destroy the Penokees.

In these struggles, the police are never ‘on our side,’ because they are NOT employed to enforce what is “moral” or “right” by a utilitarian standard, the are only employed to enforce the law. The law is determined by those who have enough money to buy the legislature. The police protect the people with the most money and if individual officers decide otherwise, they will likely lose their job. Because they are “just doing their job” we must understand that they will always be here to protect GTAC, not us.

With the help of the media, GTAC is trying to tear apart the movement of those who want to save the Hills and protect the water, but we must strive to stay united, keep criticisms of tactics internal to “the movement” and keep the wider focus on those that want to destroy the precious water, not those that are fighting to defend it. We must support each other, hold G-TAC accountable for their egregious acts against our mother Earth. Earth is our home and we must act to defend it. Regardless of the diversity of tactics that will be used, we need to show solidarity with all who strive to stop the Penokee mine, and focus on just that, stopping the Penokee mine.”

-Krow

 

defend the Penokees!

June 29, 2013

                       

text from a Support Krow Poster created by a supporter and friend:

“Katie Kloth, aka Krow, is an activist, artist, forager, sustainable farmer, and biologist who has been committed to struggles to protect the environment and liberate all life fokrowr many years, and has spent the last several years organizing against the proposed Penokee mine.

“On June 11th, 2013, she was cited by the Iron County Sherriff for theft due to her alleged involvement in a rowdy protest earlier that day that disrupted bore hole drilling on the Penokee Range.  Since it was considered such a minor crime, she was neither arrested nor detained that day.

“On June 21st, it was announced that the Iron County District Attorney increased the charges to robbery with use of force (a class E felony), two counts of criminal damage to property and one charge of theft of movable property (<=$2500).

“It is apparent that the prosecutor gave into outside political pressure and that the charges were trumped up. The state legislature and powerful mining corporations seek to make an example out of anyone who dares to step out of line. 

“As one prisoner support group states:  ‘When those in power are challenged, they inevitably turn to violent repression and imprisonment to maintain their interests.  In order to avoid defeat, movements must become organized and capable of combating the repression of the state apparatus, and they must be able to support their comrades and allies in the event that they are arrested or imprisoned. Few would commit themselves to a movement that would leave them behind prison walls, or a movement that is incapable of sustaining itself in the face of state intimidation.’

“We must support Krow and all those that suffer from state repression for protecting the water!  ‘No mine’ means supporting those that defend the land!”

The WePay page for the bail/legal fund can be found here

 

 

We are happy to say that after more sparked interest, the “Penokee Zine; a Community DIY Publication,” is undertaking another continuation. We encourage any and all peoples to submit artwork, poetry, various writings/articles, and other creative works pertaining to Penokee Iron Mine Resistance in the northwoods of Wisconsin, to this project. We will have community zine work and discussion days at the following dates and times (though one can work on their submissions alone as well):

*Friday Mar. 28th, all day informally staring at noon in the Northland College Ponzio Student Center, during the “OCCUPONZ” project. This is located in Ashland Wisconsin off of Ellis Ave., near where it intersects 16th St.

*Sunday Mar. 30th, at 2:00 p.m.; Tap Roots Coffee Shop, Ashland, WI, Lakeshore Ave.

*Sunday April. 6th, at 3:00 p.m., Bad River Casino, Odanah, WI, off HWY US 2

The Zine will be in the dimensions of 5.5 in x 8.5 in. Let’s get together and help keep the Penokees mine free!

 

*Online submissions can be sent to: penokeedefenders@riseup.net

 

Petition to Halt Frac Sand Mining in WI & Re-evaluate Iron Mining Deregulation (and various other egregious environmental laws and deregulations) can be accessed here:

https://www.change.org/petitions/governor-scott-walker-wisconsin-lawmakers-and-federal-environmental-agencies-stop-frac-sand-mining-and-environmental-degradation/sponsors/new

 

Related Articles Courtesy of: http://host.madison.com/news/local/writers/jessica_vanegeren/online-petition-calls-for-halt-to-frac-sand-mining-in/article_622868c8-884a-11e3-a5c0-001a4bcf887a.html

Some 75 civic and environmental groups have endorsed a resolution started by the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice that calls for a ban on frac sand mining and a halt to a bill that would strip the ability of local governments to regulate the booming industry.

“Since 2011, legislative efforts have undermined Wisconsin’s democratic tradition and conservation heritage by weakening environmental protections, eroding the authority of the state Department of Natural Resources to make science-based rules, preventing DNR enforcement staff from doing their jobs and reducing public input in the iron mine permitting process,” reads the petition.

So far, nearly 450 people have signed the online petition.

The resolution was delivered to Gov. Scott Walker and members of the Republican-controlled state Legislature, along with state and federal regulators earlier this month. Organizations signing on in support include 49 Wisconsin groups and 29 other groups from seven states where Wisconsin sand is used for hydraulic fracturing.

The number of frac sand mines and processing centers has more than doubled in the past two years to more than 140 either operating or in the planning stages, according to data from the Wisconsin Center on Investigative Journalism.

The mining operations are changing the landscape of western Wisconsin, where the hard silica sand is most abundant.

At the same time the state’s frac sand industry is booming, a handful of Republican lawmakers are trying to roll back regulations or prevent local governments from regulating it and other industries.

For that reason, the resolution also calls for lawmakers to block passage of Senate Bill 349, authored by Sen. Tom Tiffany, R-Hazelhurst, and Rep. Joan Ballweg, R-Markesan, that would also prevent municipalities and counties from imposing any regulations on air and water quality for any industry, not just frac sand mining, moving forward.

A big concern for residents near frac sand operations is crystalline silica dust, a known lung carcinogen that is a byproduct of the mining process. The state doesn’t monitor or regulate silica dust amounts in the air and if SB 349 was passed into law, neither could local governments.

“This bill has a much broader reach than the frac sand industry,” said Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, D-Alma, following a public hearing on the bill in October. “It is really an anti-environmental bill that is cloaked in the garb of needing to create more frac sand jobs.”

The bill would nullify an untold number of licensing and regulatory agreements across the state that deal with air and water quality, including a recently passed moratorium on frac sand mining permits in Trempealeau County, a town of Rosendale ordinance that bans the aerial spraying of manure and a three-year ban on the same practice by Adams County.

“Wisconsin has historically used strong regulation to ensure that a clean environment is preserved for future generations because our well-informed citizens have stood up to demand it,” reads the resolution.

Read more: http://host.madison.com/news/local/writers/jessica_vanegeren/online-petition-calls-for-halt-to-frac-sand-mining-in/article_622868c8-884a-11e3-a5c0-001a4bcf887a.html#ixzz2uq3sIGG9