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The End of Santa Cruz Earth First!?

As of Wednesday, 23 June, 2004, at 7 pm. Santa Cruz Earth First! will be gone - Unless you do something about it!

If any of you want to see Santa Cruz Earth First! continue, then you have to let the group know it.

You MUST come to the meeting on Wednesday, 23 June at 7 pm at 224 Walnut Ave (The HUB) Suite E (Upstairs over the Bike Church) or You MUST send a donation to Santa Cruz Earth First!, POB 344, Santa Cruz, CA 95061 that arrives before the meeting on June 23rd.

Don't send a reply email saying how much you want SCEF! to continue - SHOW UP OR SEND A DONATION!

If you want SCEF! to continue and are willing to participate, support it and be active, and show it, then SCEF! will live on.

A Quick Look Back: History of Santa Cruz Earth First! I SCEF! Fights for Jailed Comrade "Victim" I SC County Jail is Redecorated I Treesitters Needed NOW I EF! Tree-Sit in Ramsey Gulch! I Ramsey II Sitters Threatened at Gun Point I Treesitter Dies Defending Ramsey Gulch Ecosystem I EF! Organizers' Conference I SCEF! Climb Training I Earth First! Radio News (archives)
The End of Santa Cruz EF!?

To everyone,

Uncle Dennis here with some sad news for you all.

As of Wednesday, 23 June, 2004, at 7 pm. Santa Cruz Earth First! will be gone - Unless you do something about it!

Here's the story...

For the last 6 months, the number of activists who have come to a meeting of Santa Cruz EF! can be counted on one hand. We had to move our office because we couldn't afford the rent anymore. No one has volunteered to table at the Farmer's market. I attended Earth Day on the UCSC campus and at San Lorenzo park and only one other person showed up to help, but didn't stay very long. We also made zero money those two days because every cent that was donated went to PAY for the booth space in San Lorenzo Park. The last two issues of the EF! Journal have been lost somewhere and I can't seem to locate the bundles. This means no EF! Journals for Bookshop Santa Cruz or the Sacred Grove. (or the money we normally get from those sales.)

There are some bright notes. We have an office (very small) for very reasonable rent thanks to a long time activist who squeezed us into a space he had available. We have gotten some donations that could keep us going for a few more months. We have a place to meet. We have a post office box. We have a voicemail service. We have a webpage (2 years out of date).We have a bank account with some money in it, but not much. We have a dedicated activist who has been there with SCEF! for the last 22 years and is willing to do it 25 more years, if we can, but he can't do it alone and he can't fund it all by himself.

So here's the deal...

If any of you want to see Santa Cruz Earth First! continue, then you have to let the group know it.

You MUST come to the meeting on Wednesday, 23 June at 7 pm at 224 Walnut Ave (The HUB) Suite E (Upstairs over the Bike Church) or You MUST send a donation to Santa Cruz Earth First!, POB 344, Santa Cruz, CA 95061 that arrives before the meeting on June 23rd.

Don't send a reply email saying how much you want SCEF! to continue - SHOW UP OR SEND A DONATION!

If you want SCEF! to continue and are willing to participate, support it and be active, and show it, then SCEF! will live on.

If not, then here is what I will do.

I will stop having meetings.

I will stop the voicemail.

I will close the post office box.

I will give up the office space and put the files
into storage.

I will shut down the webpage and the email.

I will return the donations recently made.

I will close the bank account and send the money to the Direct Action Fund.

I will sift through all the rest and donate the useful stuff to active campaigns aound the country who need it.

I will erase the email list.

I will tell the EF! Journal collective to take Santa Cruz Earth First! off the Contact List and stop sending Journals.

I will think back on all the wonderful and powerful activists who were part of this group and miss them a lot.

I will keep working for Mother Earth and all her species in every way that I can.

In Love and Solidarity,
Uncle Dennis
 
 


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About Santa Cruz Earth First!

About Santa Cruz Earth First!

Earth First! is a non-hierarchical network of autonomous groups and individuals committed to biocentrism, direct action, and a no-compromise stance.

The Santa Cruz chapter of Earth First! consists of various folks who want to protect local biodiversity and ecosystems. We are a mix of students, teachers, parents, bike activists, organic farmers, contractors, artists, and computer programmers. Some of us are 'young' and others 'old', and often we differ on tactics, strategy and even philosophy. Some of us call themselves Earth First!ers, some don't. But we are all bound together by our love and respect for the Earth that we all share, and by a commitment to eradicate all forms of oppression and exploitation of any living being.

From the coastline of the Monterey Bay to the redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the committed activists of Earth First! Santa Cruz are engaged in a no-compromise effort to defend our bioregion.

Ask around to learn more about our direct action campaigns -- past, present & future. What's up with the tree-sitters out in Ramsey Gulch, and the Sherpas of Salsipuedes who keep them supplied with the relevant necessities? And how can you help them? Send stuff, send money, send a friend. Or turn off the computer and get out there.

Together, we can stop Redwood Empire, Inc. and its timber-baron CEO Roger Burch from further ravaging the watershed of Watsonville and gain permanent protection for these beautiful trees and the precariously steep hillsides that they safeguard. What's more, we can stop business-as-usual for the logging industry in Santa Cruz and ultimately, end corporate rule, through global non-violent solidarity with like-minded activists everywhere.
 

Hey Dennis, Send the Money to Me!

Hi Dennis, I'm presently in the Berkeley Shelter because Hellarity House came unglued due to drug mainlining...I moved out! I am willing to get the hell out of Berkeley and go to Boston immediatley and work with the Black Tea Society to protest the corporatization of the world at the Democratic National Convention. I am also willing to go on the 276 mile march between conventions from Boston to New York City. Lastly, I plan to be on the frontlines with Eco Bloc in opposition to the entire philosophical insanity being propounded at the Republican National Convention in Manahttan Aug.30-Sept.4. SEND ME SOME MONEY! The earth thanks you.
 

Re: The End of Santa Cruz Earth First!?

Don't give up so quickly Dennis. The Santa Cruz Coalition to Free Mumia and All Political Prisoners still has a voice mail 831-425-4467 that we share with the Human Rights Organization, even though the Coalition isn't having regular meetings at the moment. www.angelfire.com/sc2/freemumia/ is our website, which needs to be updated. A more up to date website that has some of the same info is www.pagesincolor.com . We are hanging in there for the long haul because Mumia could face execution again at any time, and presumably people would pitch in to help out at that time. We are listed in the phone book and will keep it that way for the forseeable future. Our PO box is PO Box 332, Santa Cruz, CA 95061, shared with the Human Rights Organization. The HRO e-mail address is: hrosc061 (at) hotmail.com . I will see if I can make it to the next EF! meeting so I can at least give a donation. I haven't seen or heard about the infamous "Victim" in quite awhile, after I bailed him out in 2001, and he made all of his court appearances. I hope he is doing well.
 

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