KEEP YOUR PROMISE!
HONOR THE GRASSY NARROWS LOGGING MORATORIUM!
RESPECT INDIGENOUS RIGHTS, WILDLIFE, AND THE ENVIRONMENT
JOIN WETLANDS ACTIVISM COLLECTIVE ON WEDNESDAY FOR AN PROTEST AS PART OF
THE NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION TO DEMAND THAT OFFICE MAX RESPECT THE GRASSY
NARROWS LOGGING MORATORIUM!
We?ll be dressing as the Office Max Endangered Forest Logging Crew with
mock chainsaws and hardhats.
DATE: Wednesday, January 30, 2008
LOCATION: Rendezvous at Storagemart at 718 Atlantic Ave between Cumberland
Street and Carlton Avenue to distribute signs and costumes. From there,
we?ll walk over to Office Max at Atlantic Center, 625 Atlantic Avenue
(Suite 103) at 5th Avenue. (SEE BELOW FOR DIRECTIONS)
TIME: 9:45 AM SHARP (if you arrive after 10 go straight to Office Max.
PLEASE arrive on time!)
AND JOIN US ON TUESDAY, JAN 29 (TODAY) TO PREPARE PROPS, SIGNS AND COSTUMES:
LOCATION: 15 Thames St bet Morgan Ave and Bogart St, Bklyn, NY (SEE BELOW
MORE INFO: [masked] or [address removed]
ABOUT THE GRASSY NARROWS STRUGGLE:
Last January, Grassy Narrows First Nation called for an end to clear-cut
logging within the community?s traditional territory over concerns about
the community?s health and welfare. Last year, we confirmed that OfficeMax
sells paper made from those clear cuts.
At the time, OfficeMax promised to help resolve the conflict in Grassy
Narrows by promoting ?win-win? solutions to the community?s concerns. To
its credit, a supplier to OfficeMax did help convince the Province to
begin negotiating with the community.
One year later, however, the only clear ?winner? is OfficeMax and its
paper suppliers. Despite pledges to "do what we can to help", the
clear-cutting continues while the negotiators talk. So far there's been no
change on the ground in Grassy Narrows. To learn more, visit
http://freegrassy... and http://snipurl.co...
DIRECTIONS TO THE PROTEST:
B. Q, or 5 to Atlantic Avenue/Flatbush Avenue.
D, M, or R to Atlantic Avenue-Pacific Street /4 Avenue
N to Pacific Street /4 Avenue
2 or 3 to Bergen Street /Flatbush Avenue
4 to Atlantic Avenue /Flatbush Avenue / Brooklyn Academy of Music
LIRR: Take the LIRR to Atlantic Avenue
BUS: B41, B45, B63, B65, B67 (give the driver the address and ask to be
let off at the closest stop to the meeting place)
DIRECTIONS TO COSTUME & PROP MAKING SPACE:
SUBWAY: L to Morgan Avenue. Get out at the Bogart exit and make a right.
Make a left onto Thames. Ring bottom buzzer at #15
BUS: B 60 to Thames Street (at Morgan Avenue). B13 or B57 to corner of
Flushing Avenue and Morgan Avenue. Walk past Rock Street and make a left
The people of Grassy Narrows First Nation have lived on 2,500 square miles
of land north of Kenora, Ontario for thousands of years. Since the
settlement and industrial development of their land in the 1960?s, the
community has struggled to survive. Residential schools, forced
relocation, hydro-dams, mercury poisoning and clear-cut logging are just
some of the major challenges faced by the community. Wood logged from
Grassy Narrows? traditional territory is manufactured into paper sold by
For the last decade, Grassy Narrows leaders have repeatedly called on
industry and government to suspend clear-cut logging from their
traditional lands unless the community provides its consent. Community
members established a road-blockade in 2002 to stop logging trucks from
entering their traditional territory. Today, the logging blockade stands
as the longest in Canadian history.
A Lawsuit filed by the community on the issue is not expected to be
resolved for several years. While they wait, clear-cuts are scheduled to
continue beyond the reach of the community?s blockade through 2009 with
options filed to extend cutting through 2024. Nearly 5 years after the
establishment of the road blockade, and despite a call for a complete
moratorium of all industrial activity on their traditional territory,
logging continues on areas of Grassy Narrows? territory beyond the reach
of their blockades.
Clearcut logging also threatens the wildlife of Ontario's boreal forest,
which includes warblers, sparrows, waterfowl, moose, black bear, and