nonviolent resistance

Earth First’s Fight to Save the Redwoods

In 1990, Earth First! and the International Workers of the World initiated Redwood Summer in northern California to fight for old-growth redwood trees slated for logging and for timber jobs.


ALARM no. 3

In this first issue of the ALARM to be widely circulated, the editors explain their goals for the publication. Michael Vernon discusses environmental movements, property rights, and the Maine Conservation Rights Institute; Michaela de Liuda calls for attention to biodiversity and paganism; the editors present ALARM’s first “It’s All Bullshit” award; and EF!/Abenaki updates readers on their struggle to stop industrial fishing in the Abenaki River.

ALARM no. 4

This issue of the ALARM celebrates 500 years of indigenous resistance, for example with “Columbus sucks” actions. Anne Petermann discusses voting rights and voting’s potential for change; Judi Bari brings good news from the actions to save redwoods in northern California; Steve Taylor updates readers on the Shawnee forest in southern Illinois; and Abbey Edwards writes on Native American land ethics.

ALARM no. 5

The ALARM no. 5 reports on regional Earth First! direct actions; Mike Z. gives an update on Dartmouth students’ and locals’ protest in favor of divestment from Hydro-Quebec. Orin Langelle reports on the First International Temperate Forest Conference (FITFC) in Tasmania; and the editors reprint a biotechnology-critical statement from the left-radical Dutch paper Konfrontatie.

ALARM no. 6

In this issue of the ALARM, the editors explain the history of its name. Maine EF! brings up the subject of political violence against activists and tells the story of police brutality that occured against Mount Blue activists; Anne Petermann reports from the Earth First! invasion of the Conservation Congress in Bristol, Vermont; and Helkat welcomes new voices to the EF! movement.

ALARM no. 7

With issue 7, the ALARM changes its subtitle from “a voice of northeast Earth First!” to “a voice of revolutionary ecology” to reflect the feeling of the group Biodiversity Liberation Front EF! that it was too great a responsibility for one group to represent the entire region. While they will continue to report about EF! actions, they wish to draw on a revolutionary ecology perspective to form a more broadly based movement.

ALARM no. 8

In this issue of the ALARM includes a report on a Native Forest Network (NFN) activist’s arrest for protesting the destruction of roadless areas by the U.S. Forest Service in Idaho; a report of environmental devastation resulting from international initiatives such as toxic waste trade in Somalia; local news of a golf course threatening to expand into sacred Mohawk burial grounds; and a report on the economic development standoff of the Paugeesukq Nation and the state of Connecticut. Fiery Virus continues the argument against biotechnology from the previous issue. Orin Langelle and Anne Petermann present a thorough investigation of the situation in James and Hudson Bay, Northern Quebec, where people fight against Hydro-Quebec.

ALARM no. 11

The local group Massachusetts Earth First! has produced this issue of the ALARM. In it, readers are asked to write letters of encouragement to prisoners of conscience; Don Ogden calls for attention to the Western Abenaki people and their struggle for the health of their fishing waters; and Barbara McGovern updates readers on the radioactive waste management proposal in Massachusetts.

ALARM no. 12

This issue of the ALARM is produced by women only. It is dedicated to the struggle to smash down patriarchy and save the planet, expresses solidarity with activists struggling against capitalist-patriarchal devastation as womyn, and “affirms our existence and our power on the front lines of the resistance.” Aimee Mostwill discusses pregnancy, abortion, and overpopulation; Judi Bari explains “why I am not a misanthrope.”