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*Courtesy of: http://efclimbers.net/events/

The next climbing camps:

Updated May 5th, 2014:

August 25th-31st, Driftless Area of the Upper Midwest  (Click Here to Register)

Directions to camps will not be posted online so the only way to get directions to camp are to RSVP. Include in your RSVP:

    groups you have worked with
    what climbing experience you already have
    what (if any) climbing gear you will be bringing

EF! Climbers Guild hosts climbing camps across the US. In General things to consider when coming to a camp are;

What to bring:

Pack like you’re going camping, sleeping bag, tent, rain gear.

You want to have good climb shoes- these are any shoe with a stiff sole. While some people can climb in sandals, I wouldn’t recommend it. And about climbing barefoot- like most things in life, the fantasy is better than the reality. It hurts.

Gloves- i find that bike gloves are great, but anything snug and flexible will work.        Blisters = slower climbing

Pants that you can climb and be comfortable in. This means loose or stretchy and breathable material.

Your own climb gear. While this is certainly not required, if you have it, bring it! And if you’ve been wanting to invest, carpe diem! There really is no time like the present. We are not sure exactly what and how much gear we will have, so the more people provide their own gear, the less the likelihood of waiting to use communal gear. Remember, one of the most important pieces of gear you can bring for yourself, and a piece of gear that is always in short supply is a HELMET.

Food. Not all EF! Guild camps have communal kitchens. Look at the page for the specific event to see if you need to provide all of your own food or what food will be provided. Like all Earth First events, you should come prepared to be self sufficient. If there is a communal kitchen, please consider bringing vegan food to donate to the kitchen.  Also, bring what you know that you need to sustain yourself for a week. i.e. if you know you need chocolate everyday in the afternoon, throw it in your personal food bucket.

 A requested donation of $30-$100 for the week. However, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

 What we will provide:

Climb gear. If you do not have your own gear, we can provide gear for the week but there is a chance you may be sitting around waiting to use a shared harness where as, if you bring your own gear you will never have to wait for communal gear to become available.

 Knowledgeable trainers.

A typical agenda for a camp covers:

    Basic climbing and Rope Anchoring
    Traverses and Tree to Tree transfers (sky walking)
    Basic Structure rigging and Haul systems
    Tri Bi and Mono Pods
    Advanced Structure rigging
    Large scale, occupied banner deployment
    Basic rescue and training set ups.

To climb at the camp you will have to sign a waiver of liability and recognize that what we are doing is dangerous. We are willing to share our climbing knowledge but not willing to accept responsibility if anyone hurts themselves. Along this same line, at the camp the trainers have veto power over everything climbing related and can ask anyone to leave the camp if they feel they are not acting in a safe manner or are behaving in a disruptive manner. Remember, you are done climbing for the day as soon as you crack a beer or use any type of drug.

THE DEFEND THE WATER AND PENOKEES FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS FLOTILLA DECLARATION

 

The “Defend the Water and Penokees for future Generations” Flotilla is a family-friendly grass-roots canoe and kayak quest down part of the Bad River and Chequamegon Bay; it is intended to connect people to the Bad River Watershed and rejuvenate interest and passion in protecting its’ waters, flora and fauna, and all that depend and live on it from the proposed Penokee Mine. All that are anti-mine that also embrace our goals to make the flotilla, our intentional floating community, a safer space where we do not discriminate based on age, race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, ability, etc. are welcome to attend! The Flotilla will commence June 1st and end approximately around June. 9th, 2014. There will be opportunities to understand culturally significant places, plants, creatures, and resources along the flotilla route, as well as a community work-day and anti-oppression workshop at Bad River Elder Joe Rose’s property on Waverly Beach (at end of Lake Rd. off HWY 2 in Odanah, WI) Monday June. 2nd, all day. Tuesday June 3rd, there will be an anti-mine demo on the Chequamegon Bay, and a community potluck and musical jam at Prentice Park in Ashland, WI at 6:00 p.m..

 We believe that the protection and preservation of our local land bases and the water and nutritive resources therein are of the utmost importance to sustain life, both human and non, and have reverence for and prioritize support for those indigenous to a certain land-base
We embrace a more holistic view of relationships to land bases and reject modern connotations of land ownership as we believe they are a negative construct of society implemented to control the masses and displace indigenous peoples and creatures
We oppose the company Gogebic Taconite’s (GTAC) purchase of the mineral rights for 21,000 acres along 22 miles of the Penokee Range in Ashland and Iron Counties of Wisconsin, and 2011 proposal to build the world’s largest open-pit iron-ore mine (the initial mining phase measuring approximately four and 1/2 miles long, 1.5 miles wide and up to 1,000 feet deep) to extract taconite, low-grade iron ore; we oppose all related mining phases and projects such as exploratory drilling and bulk sampling (mini-mining), and envision a world without large-scale industrial resource extraction, aiming to determine the organization and outcomes in our communities on our own accords, utilizing many already existent materials to meet our basic needs
We recognize the intrinsic value of the Penokee Hills outside of financial gain, and within the transition of paradigm shift of how humans live, recognize that extracting substances such as maple syrup to be more lucrative than mining or mining related activities (i.e. large-scale logging)
We oppose Wisconsin’s new law AB/SB1, authored in help by GTAC which demolished environmental safeguards related to mining, eliminated public input, reduced revenues to local communities, and rushed the permit review process.
We support the repeal of this legislation, in conjunction with supporting the Treaties of 1836, 1837, 1842, and 1854, that secure the Ojibwe people’s right to hunt, fish, and gather in the ceded territories of Wisconsin, upon signing the land over to the state; We believe that construction of a 22-mile long taconite mine would be a direct violation of these treaties
We recognize the Wisconsin State Legislature has failed the people and future generations dependent upon this land base’s water and food resources, and recognize that it is our collective communities’ duty to continue to organize against the proposed Penokee mine, and that the most effected frontline communities in regards to the location of the proposed mine are the best equipped to address and prevent resource extraction
We believe protecting ourselves and our communities means defending our local land bases, and
We support and practice various incarnations of creative resistance to accomplish our goals to stop the proposed Penokee Mine, and furthermore break free from the overarching shackles of capitalist, free-market society that perpetuates destructive resource extraction, attacking the peripheral communities to feed the elite, 1% core, the “ruling” class.
Therefore the “Protecting the Water and Penokees for Future Generations,” Flotilla will commence June of 2014, and dissolve within the same month; we recognize that each individual watercraft is an autonomous entity, united under the banner, “Protecting the Water for Future Generations.” Within the approximate nine day flotilla, our goals are to conduct research in regards to the Bad River Watershed, Share food and resources in the spirit of collectivity, empower individuals to create the communities we want to exist in, as opposed to acquiescing to restrictive and uncreative societal norms that undermine our abilities to live without large corporations and resource extraction initiatives, such as that proposed by GTAC, and ultimately once again bringing together our diverse communities to raise awareness about the Proposed Penokee Mine and the status of this ongoing attempted project, and garnish support and resources to stop this mine.

Updates for the, “Defend the Water and the Penokees for Future Generations Flotilla,”:

  *Departure: June 1st at 9:00 a.m. from Elmhoist Rd. Landing on the Bad River Reservation.

*Flotilla Benefit Concert: Friday May. 23rd @ 7:30 p.m. in Prentice Park Pavillion, Ashland, Wisconsin, featuring: Jeremy Warden, the Free Bleedin’ Hitch Hikers, and Kaia (more musical acts welcome and wanted!). Proceeds will go to the purchase of extra canoe/kayak accoutrements/supplies for the flotilla. Donations of items like life preservers, ropes, paddles, granola (for the hungry hippies and their friends:)), extra canoes to borrow/use/have, *dry bags, triple and double A batteries, headlamps, and first aid supplies are appreciated.

*Water skills training for the flotilla will be held Sat. May.24h at 11:30 a.m. at Pamida Beach, off US HWY 2 in Ashland, WI, across from Shopko with River guide John Peck (not required but recommended for flotilla participants).

*Northland Students are also planning another ‘tour of the mine site’ hike for May. 17th; more details soon.

*REGISTER for flotilla via e-mail inquiry to: penokeedefenders@riseup.net

*Items to bring on flotilla:

Rain gear, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent/tent to share, band aids, extra personal snacks (two meals a day will be provided), shoes that can get wet, dry bags if you have them, headlamp/flashlight and extra batteries, rope, personal flotation device, hat, sunblock, sunglasses, swimsuit, pocket knife, compass, matches/lighter, extra plastic bags, gloves, clothes for rain, ho and cold weather, personal cookware/plates/utensils.

 

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and get more info at penokeedefenders.wordpress.com

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!

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

 

Rally at Moore Park Rd. west of Mellen, WI, siding on Highway 77 next Sunday Feb. 16th from 1-3pm, with a Press Conference to be held at 2pm, in opposition to taconite mining in he Penokee Hills as well as in opposition to the restriction of 1200 feet of Managed Forest Land/Law (MFL; 600 feet on either side of access roads or bulk sampling/core drilling sites) between Ashland and Iron Counties. Please show your support for both the human and non-human creature communities fighting against destructive resource extraction in Wisconsin’s northwoods, wherever you are!

On Thursday, February 13 at 2:00 p.m. at the State Street entrance to the State Capitol, indigenous and non-native people will stand up, step forward and speak out against destructive sand and taconite mining in Wisconsin. Migizi Advocates for Turtle Island invites all people concerned with protecting Turtle Island or planet earth against permanent damage by mining in Wisconsin to join us after the State of the Tribes address by Menominee tribal chairman Craig Corn in the state legislature at noon. Rally speakers will include Jon Greendeer, chairman of the Ho Chunk Tribe, Andi Cloud of Migizi Advocates, the Penokee Hills Education Project, Forest Jahnke of the Crawford Stewardship Project, and John Peck of Family Farm Defenders.
 

 More than 60 operating mines blasting sandstone for hydraulic fracking, with dozens more in development, are changing the landscape of western Wisconsin and subjecting citizens near the open pit mines to silica dust, water pollution and life in an industrial zone. Sand mining spilled into the St Croix River, one of two wild and scenic rivers in Wisconsin resulting in fines, although lax regulations and abundant supply help make Wisconsin the largest source of frac sand in the U.S. Sand mining uses huge amounts of water and also threatens sacred sites of the HoChunk people. The proposed Gogebic Taconite mine in the Penokee Hills on Lake Superior’s doorstep is an assault on the Bad River Ojibwe, with the largest wetland estuary and remaining wild rice beds on the largest freshwater lake in the world. Despite the discovery of asbestos at the mine site, the passage of the law exempting taconite mining from most mining laws last year has paved the way for an irresponsible company whose president faces charges of poisoning an aquifer in Spain to open the largest open pit mine in the world in northern Wisconsin.
 

 Stand with us on February 13 and send a message to our government–Protect our land, air and water from mining!