Earth First! Journal 17, no. 5

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Earth First! Movement Writings

Earth First! Fist, Volume 17

Buchanan, Kim, et al., eds., Earth First! Journal 17, no. 5 (1 May 1997). Republished by the Environment & Society Portal, Multimedia Library.

This issue of Earth First! Journal features a story about the Cascadian women who blocked the main entrance of the Hull-Oakes old-growth mill, which had been illegally releasing wastewater into Oliver Creek (Willamette River) for years. In addition, Hazel discusses sexism and power dynamics within the Earth First! movement, and Jana Thomas places focus on the rain forest of the North American West Coast.  

The power-over way of relating, and other manifestations of patriarchal conditioning, can sneak into all of us, both men and women. Other examples of the “power-over” dynamic range from interrupting someone to outright violence, such as rape or clearcutting. The spectrum in between includes not listening, always “taking charge,” hoarding or not sharing knowledge, utilizing dominating or controlling leadership techniques or an unwillingness to create and work within a process which facilitates an egalitarian community and empowers all those involved.

— Hazel

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Further readings: 
  • Abbey, Edward. The Monkey Wrench Gang. New York: Lippincott, 1975.
  • Bari, Judi. Revolutionary Ecology: Biocentrism & Deep Ecology. Melville: Trees Foundation, 1998.
  • Foreman, Dave. Confessions of an Eco-Warrior. New York: Harmony Books, 1991.
  • Foreman, Dave. Ecodefence: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching. Tucson: A Ned Ludd Book, 1987.
  • Foreman, Dave, and Howie Wolke. The Big Outside: A Descriptive Inventory of the Big Wilderness Areas of the United States. New York: Harmony Books, 1992.
  • Lee, Martha. Earth First!: Environmental Apocalypse. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1995.
  • Manes, Christopher. Green Rage: Radical Environmentalism and the Unmaking of Civilization. Boston: Little, Brown, 1990.