US Prison/Slave Labor

US Prison/Slave Labor

At every full collective gathering we acknowledge that we live in a society founded on stolen land and stolen lives. Someone researches and presents a relevant topic and then we take a moment of silence to reflect. We share the research here for others as well.

Prison labor is legalized slavery. While technically american slavery was technically abolished in 1865, a loophole in the 13th Amendment has allowed it to continue “as a punishment for crimes”. Not surprisingly, corporations have lobbied for a broader and broader definition of “crime” in the last 150 years.

After the Civil War, a system of “hiring out prisoners” was introduced in order to continue the slavery tradition. Freed slaves were charged with not carrying out their commitments or petty thievery – which were almost never proven – and were then “hired out” for cotton picking, working in mines and building railroads. From 1870 until 1910 in the state of Georgia, 88% of “hired-out” convicts were Black. In Alabama, 93% of “hired-out” miners were Black. In Mississippi, a huge prison farm similar to the old slave plantations replaced the system of hiring out convicts. The notorious Parchman plantation existed until 1972.

With 5 percent of the world’s population and 25 percent of the world’s prison population, the United States has the largest incarcerated population in the world. No other society in history has imprisoned more of its own citizens. There are half a million more prisoners in the U.S. than in China, which has five times our population. Approximately 1 in 100 adults in America were incarcerated in 2014. Out of an adult population of 245 million that year, there were 2.4 million people in prison, jail or some form of detention center. The vast majority – 86 percent – of prisoners have been locked up for non-violent, victimless crimes, many of them drug-related. The prison population is disproportionately African American and Latino resulting from the criminal justice policies ransacking minority communities across the United States. African Americans are incarcerated at a rate five times higher than that of whites. In states like Virginia and Oklahoma, one in every 14 or 15 African American men are put in prison.

For people doing time in federal prisons, work isn’t optional. The Crime Control Act of 1990 established that all federal prisoners who are physically capable of work must have a job while serving their sentences. People who choose not to work are locked away in solitary confinement — deprived of human contact.

At the federal level, the Bureau of Prisons operates a program known as Federal Prison Industries, under the more palatable name of UNICOR. UNICOR earned $500m in sales in 2016 and paid prisoners roughly $0.90 an hour to produce everything from mattresses, spectacles, and road signs to  shooting targets and body armor, which is especially cruel work for the people who come from communities terrorized by the police.

Similar schemes exist at the state level as well. In Idaho, prisoners roast potatoes. In Kentucky, they sell $1m worth of cattle. California’s program was expected to generate $232m in sales in 2017. Around 30-40% of the firefighters responding to the wildfires that ravages the state in 2017 were incarcerated, saving $124m a year for the state. Prisoners are paid an average of $2 a day for this dangerous work and receive very little training. California had a year long litigation to reduce the population of prisons deemed unconstitutionally over-crowded by the Supreme Court in 2010. One of the reasons the state gave in court for not releasing more [prisoners] in California was because “It would be bad for the economy.” The same argument given by plantation owners in the confederacy.

In Louisiana, criminal justice reform caused the release of some non-violent offenders early, because of over-crowding and because these sentences were largely understood to be draconian and cruel. The sheriff of Caddo Parish objected publicly, describing state prisoners as a “necessary evil to keep the doors open” at the jail his office runs. “In addition to the bad ones… they’re releasing some good ones that we use every day to wash cars, to change oil in our cars, to cook in the kitchens, to do all that where we save money,”

Influenced by enormous corporate lobbying, the United States Congress enacted the Prison Industry Enhancement Certification Program in 1979 which permitted US companies to use prison labor. For the tycoons who have invested in the prison industry, it has been like finding a pot of gold. They don’t have to worry about strikes or paying unemployment insurance, vacations or comp time. All of their workers are full-time, and never arrive late or are absent because of family problems; moreover, if they don’t like the pay of 25 cents an hour and refuse to work, they are locked up in isolation cells.

These are some of the factors that increase the profit potential for those who invest in the prison industry complex:, according to reports by human rights organizations.

  • Jailing persons convicted of non-violent crimes, and long prison sentences for possession of microscopic quantities of illegal drugs. Federal law stipulates five years’ imprisonment without possibility of parole for possession of 5 grams of crack or 3.5 ounces of heroin, and 10 years for possession of less than 2 ounces of rock-cocaine or crack. A sentence of 5 years for cocaine powder requires possession of 100 times more than the quantity of rock cocaine for the same sentence. Most of those who use cocaine powder are white, middle-class or rich people, while mostly Blacks and Latinos use rock cocaine. In Texas, a person may be sentenced for up to two years’ imprisonment for possessing 4 ounces of marijuana. In New York, the 1973 Nelson Rockefeller anti-drug law provides for a mandatory prison sentence of 15 years to life for possession of 4 ounces of any illegal drug.
  • The passage in 13 states of the “three strikes” laws (life in prison after being convicted of three felonies), made it necessary to build 20 new federal prisons. One of the most disturbing cases resulting from this measure was that of a prisoner who for stealing a car and two bicycles received three 25-year sentences.
  • Longer sentences.
  • The passage of laws that require minimum sentencing, without regard for circumstances.
  • A large expansion of work by prisoners creating profits that motivate the incarceration of more people for longer periods of time.
  • More punishment of prisoners, so as to lengthen their sentences.

How can you help?

Boycott the Corporations Profiting from Prison Slavery

Being aware of where your products are being made and where your money is going is a first step toward real change. People criticize clothing companies for using overseas sweatshops, and we must put that same awareness on prison labor happening in this country. Educate yourself and work to raise awareness of the plight of those of us locked in cages and “forced to do grueling, back-breaking, and dangerous work for nickles and dimes, while corporations rack up billions of dollars in profit off the cheap labour.” 

Complicating a straight-forward boycott, prison labor helps produce goods and services for almost every big business in America. The problem isn’t limited to brands with bad reputations. Starbucks, Victoria’s Secret, Whole Foods, Walmart, Dell, Intel, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, American Airlines, Nintendo, and so many more have all used prison workers to increase corporate profits.

Read more about the companies that profit off of prison/slave labor today:

Support resistance happening inside the walls!

Stay informed about resistance happening inside the walls and seek ways to support our exploited comrades locked in cages. There is resistance happening all the time, and it is often rare the news reaches many of us outside. One great example of recent resistance began on January 15th, coinciding with MLK Day, in nonviolent protest of conditions in Florida prisons including a work stoppage, or ‘laydown’, and commissary boycott. Operation PUSH reportedly included thousands of prisoners in at least eight facilities. I was unable to find any information about an end to Operation PUSH and, since they stated they were prepared to “stay down indefinitely” until someone addressed their concerns, I am hopeful the resistance continues. (I will update this post when I find out more information.)

The following text is an excerpt from the original announce message regarding Operation PUSH:

“FL Prisoners Call for Operation PUSH to Improve the Lives of Incarcerated People and the Communities We Come From

Sending out an S.O.S. to all parties concerned!

We are currently forming a network agency within D.O.C. We are asking all prisoners within the Department of Corrections to take a stand by laying down starting January 15, 2018, until the injustice we see facing prisoners within the Florida system is resolved.

We are calling on all organized groups as well as religious systems to come together on the same page. We will be taking a stand for:

1. Payment for our labor, rather than the current slave arrangement
2. Ending outrageous canteen prices
3. Reintroducing parole incentives to lifers and those with Buck Rogers dates”

Their primary demands are clear and concise: end prison slavery, stop price gouging, and fully return parole. They believe these issues have directly created the overcrowding that is responsible for the deplorable conditions in Florida prisons.

For more information and to help keep you informed:

Organize locally to support prison abolition!

Follow your inspiration and passion when considering how to organize in your community. Think about how to connect with people and projects that raise awareness, build community, reduce harm, and affect real, positive change.

There is a call-out for local solidarity events on June 19th, 2018. Juneteenth is an abolitionist holiday in which we celebrate and reflect about the moment in history when Slaves in Texas finally got word that the Civil War had ended. The following is an excerpt from an article published on the Fight Toxic Prisons website:

“Peace & Blessings Sisters and Brothers in the struggle!

My name is Keith ‘Malik’ Washington and I am a human rights and civil rights activist who is currently incarcerated in the state of Texas... This year during your regular Juneeenth celebrations and fellowship with loved ones and members of your Communityour communityI am requesting you consider doing something that will help raise the public’s awareness in regards to the struggle… For starters, I encourage all of you to arrange viewings of Director Ava Duvernay’s trailblazing film “13th” on Juneteenth. Let’s create positive conversations and dialogues about this topic. I and hundreds of like minded activists across the Nation would certainly appreciate your help.”

A Call to End Prison Slavery:

We are looking into events currently being planned in the Eugene/Springfield area. If you are aware of an event, or would like to get involved, send us an email!



U.S. Imperialism in Central America

At every full collective gathering we acknowledge that we live in a society founded on stolen land and stolen lives. Someone researches and presents a relevant topic and then we take a moment of silence to reflect. We share the research here for others as well:

The majority of relations between the United States and Central America has been a history of imperialism imposed at varying levels to ensure the political and economic interests of the U.S. Although the early 20th century saw more overt imperialism through U.S. military occupations such as in Nicaragua, financially backing right-wing groups and dictators in overthrowing democratically-elected governments became a more common tactic as the century progressed to ensure that Central America remained within its sphere of influence.

One example of this sort of tactic is the funding of counter-revolutionaries against the successful revolution of the Sandinista National Liberation Front, also known as FSLN, in 1979. After the FSLN overthrew the Somoza regime, a regime which came into power after U.S. occupation in Nicaragua and largely contributed to rising inequality and political corruption, the Reagan administration began to secretly fund the Contrarrevolucion, or the “Contras”, who targeted peasant collectives, schools, and clinics in an attempt to spread fear, disrupt the already-unstable Nicaraguan economy, and undermine Sandinista social programs. Although the Sandinistas were officially elected to office in 1984, the continual war with the Contras funded and armed by the U.S, despite the International Court of Justice condemning these actions and ordering the U.S. to stop, only to be ignored, resulted in the Sandinistas losing office in 1990.

There are a number of examples of the U.S. contributing to the conflicts and destabilization of nations in Central America, such as overthrowing the democratically-elected government of Guatemala in 1954, financially backing the Salvadoran government military during the Salvadoran Civil War in the ‘80s which proceeded to commit a number of atrocities, and pushing free trade policies such as NAFTA on Latin America and furthering economic instability and unemployment.

However, these problems remain relevant as conditions continue to worsen for people in Central America. It is no wonder that after decades of meddling in Latin American affairs in pursuit of personal interests, and then making minimal to no effort in reparations for the damages, that some of these nations are incredibly unstable. For a myriad of reasons, including politically corrupt governments, ruined economies, drug cartels partially created by the U.S. itself, and more, people are fleeing their countries to seek asylum in the United States in pursuit of a better and safer life. In 2016, the U.S. Border Patrol captured a record 17, 512 unaccompanied minors coming from El Salvador alone. The narrative that the current administration spins would have you believe that many of the refugees coming in are here only to take advantage of benefits available to U.S. citizens or are gang-affiliated, such as the gang Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, that originally (and ironically) began in Los Angeles by refugees from the Salvadoran Civil War and only spread to Central America through deportation from the U.S. Rather, the reality is that these refugees are a direct result of U.S. intervention and imperialism.

Despite the fact that many of these issues are a result of the decisions of the very few elite in power, it is important to stand in solidarity with our neighbors to the south and do what we can to support the immigrants who come to find sanctuary and a better quality of life.


How can you help?

First Successful Share Fair!

This past Tuesday (Feb 27th, 2018), the Neighborhood Anarchist Collective hosted its first Share Fair at the First Christian Church and with the help of all those who contributed, the event was a success! With an estimate of about 150 attendees, the fair was able to provide a variety of goods and services, from clothes, food, and hygiene products to letter-writing, access to health services, and live entertainment – free for all who came!

We would like to give a very enthusiastic thank you to all the local organizations, businesses, and individual folks who offered their time, effort, and anything they had to give to make this event possible:

  • Food:
    • Food Not Bombs
    • Burrito Brigade
  • Services:
    • Planned Parenthood
    • Womenspace
  • Donations:
    • 100 mile bakery
    • Bread Stop
    • Ophelia’s Place
  • Live entertainment:
    • Ben Hamilton – Cellist

Thank you to First Christian Church for letting us use their space and a warm thank you to the volunteers who helped out with the fair along with individual donations we received from the community!

With the success of this event, members of NAC are working towards making this a reoccurring event in the hopes of providing continuous basic and necessary goods and services and to cultivate different forms of mutual aid within the community. We will continue to plan for future Share Fair events and keep folks updated with relevant news!

If you attended this last Share Fair and didn’t get the opportunity to fill out the survey about your experience there, please click here to fill out the survey. We welcome all feedback and look forward to your input!

If you would like to contribute or partner with NAC for the next or future Share Fair events, please reach out to us at All help and donations are welcome and greatly appreciated!

Efrîn Defense

At every full collective gathering we acknowledge that we live in a society founded on stolen land and stolen lives. Someone researches and presents a relevant topic and then we take a moment of silence to reflect. We share the research here for others as well:

Efrîn is the western province of Rojava which is now a part of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria and is isolated from the other provinces. It is currently being invaded by Turkey, the second largest military in NATO, backed by Syrian rebel groups. Turkey views the PYD, one of the main parties in the DFNS administration, as a terrorist organization due to its links to the PKK, which has been fighting a guerilla war in Turkey for the last 40 years. The United States has been working with the rest of the DFNS through their military wing, the Syrian Democratic Forces, as part of the coalition against ISIS. However, due to Efrîn’s isolation from the other cantons and lack of proximity to either ISIS or the Syrian regime, the coalition has not deemed Efrîn as a useful proxy in either conflict. This had led Efrîn to have stronger diplomatic relations with Russia, who until shortly before the start of the Turkish invasion was guaranteeing the safety of Efrîn with a small military police force operating inside the province. However, a deal was struck between Turkey and Russia, the latter recalling its forces from Efrîn in exchange for Turkish cooperation on a proposed division of rebel-controlled Idlib. Despite the United States current protection of the eastern DFNS, they have made it clear they care nothing for the actual project or its forces/governance by repeatedly stating they have no issue with the Efrîn invasion. This is imperialism on a global scale, super powers negotiating for spheres of influence and territory in foreign lands at the expense of the groups they supposedly support on the ground.

Efrîn has been resisting for 45 days against a vastly superior military force. So far the land lost has been mostly confined to the border regions but estimates of lives lost vary from around 200 according to the SDF to over 2500 according to the Turkish military, with a more accurate count being estimated around 700. This with an additional roughly 200 civilian lives lost. Turkish/Rebel losses are estimated between 150 and 1200. Recently militias aligned with the regime have joined the defense of Efrîn to resist the Turkish invasion. This is due in large part to the SDF in Efrîn helping neighboring Shia towns when they were besieged in the past by rebel Sunni Islamist forces, but also due to the necessity of warming relations with the Syrian regime to ensure the survival of their democratic project. Negotiations are ongoing between the regime and the DFNS in Efrîn for the handover of the province to the regime in exchange for protection from Turkey and some degree of autonomy.

Currently there is not much that can be done to support the resistance in Efrîn. There aren’t any ways to get money or supplies in. The limited and dangerous volunteering that used to be possible is now largely impossible do to the political changes in Iraq. The only thing that we can do now is largely symbolic solidarity actions, and the dubious route of trying to persuade the government to take action to defend Efrîn, which it has already ruled out doing. Other than that, we must stay informed and keep on our own path of resistance in solidarity with those also trying to make a better world. Hopefully their defense will be successful and we can support their recovery from its toll in the future.

Mass incarceration and political prisoners

At every full collective gathering we acknowledge that we live in a society founded on stolen land and stolen lives. Someone researches and presents a relevant topic and then we take a moment of silence to reflect. We share the research here for others as well:

The U.S. has a history of slowly and grudgingly making social progress, but we are still far from being done. In honor of Black History Month, we will cover a brief (and racist) history of mass incarceration of the Black community and statistics, political prisoners, and different ways to provide support for them.

In the years following the end of legal slavery, it is no coincidence that the U.S. found ways to criminalize Black folks under certain laws to imprison a disproportionate amount as the prison system became a new way to provide free and cheap labor for plantations. These laws, known as the Black Codes and designed after racist laws existing since colonial times, were intended to restrict their freedoms and control their movement and labor, and within a century, their labor was being used for governmental contracts and private industries.

With these already disproportionate numbers, President Nixon’s “war on drugs” in 1971 was a response to the social unrest across the country as the Black community struggled for civil and human rights. The laws that passed under this new “war”, such as the Rockefeller drug laws in New York, fueled a surge in prison populations with numbers continuing to increase to this day.

-Between 1980 and 2015, the number of people incarcerated in America increased from roughly 500,000 to over 2.2 million.
-Black people are incarcerated at more than 5 times the rate of white people.
-Imprisonment rate of Black women is twice than that of white women.
-African American children represent 32% of children who are arrested, 42% of children who are detained, and 52% of children whose cases are judicially waived to criminal court.
-Though Blacks and Latinos make up approximately 32% of the US population, they comprised 56% of all incarcerated people in 2015.

Besides these reasons, there are also many Black folks who have been incarcerated for their activism and political activities who have served long sentences or remain in prison. The NYC Anarchist Black Cross has an extensive list of folks, including a list of Black political prisoners such as Herman Bell, Reverend Joy Powell, and Russell Maroon Shoatz, who are still incarcerated today:
Herman Bell – Herman joined the Black Panther Party in Oakland, CA and became active around human rights issues in the Black community. In 1971, due to relentless FBI attacks on the Party, Herman went underground. While underground, Herman joined the Black Liberation Army, and in September of 1973 he was captured and extradited to New York on charges of having killed 2 New York City police officers—a case for which other Panthers were serving time. No witnesses were able to put Herman at the scene of the crime. The first trial ended in a hung jury, but Herman was convicted at his second trial and sentenced to 25 years to life. Herman remains a prison activist, having coached sports teams inside the prison system, as well as mentoring younger prisoners. More info:

Revered Joy Powell – A reverend from Rochester, New York who was active in opposing police brutality, violence, and oppression, she was falsely accused by the Rochester Police of burglary and assault in retaliation for her activism. Powell was warned by the Rochester Police department that she was a target because of her speaking out against corruption. An all-white jury tried her; the state provided no evidence and no eyewitnesses. Rev. Joy was not allowed to discuss her activism or say that she was a pastor. She was convicted and given 16 years and seven years concurrent. More info:

Russell Maroon Shoatz – Shoatz was a dedicated community activist and founding member of the Philadelphia based organization Black Unity Council, which eventually merged with the Black Panther Party (1969). In 1970, Maroon was accused along with 5 others of attacking a police station, which resulted in an officer being killed. This attack was said to have been carried out in response to the rampant police brutality in the Black community. For 18 months Maroon functioned underground in the Black Liberation Army. In 1972 he was captured. Twice he escaped—once in 1977 and again 1980, but both times he was recaptured and today he is held in Pennsylvania where he is serving multiple life sentences. More info:

NYC Anarchist Black Cross U.S. Political Prisoner and Prisoner of War Listing:

The Education project also does a monthly Incarcerated Comrade Support Night to write letters and support political prisoners, so if you would like to get involved and support in any way that you can, be on the lookout for future announcements about these events!

Angela Davis – Political Prisoners, Prisons, and Black Liberation:

Share Fair: A Really Free Market!

Share Fair: A Really Free Market!

The Neighborhood Anarchist Collective will be hosting its first Share Fair on Tuesday, February 27th at First Christian Church*! This free market is a project organized by members of NAC in the hopes of cultivating ways for neighbors to help each other meet basic needs.

The fair will be providing free goods and services from local businesses, organizations, and charities to unhoused and vulnerable members of the community. There will also be food, live music, games, a movie, and a chance to know other folks in the community – and it’s all free!

We are also still accepting donations! If you or your group/business/organization/charity would like to provide goods or services at this event, please contact to get connected. A list of some of the resources we are looking for includes, but are not limited to: underwear, socks, shoes, blankets/sleeping bags, backpacks, water bottles, flashlights, hygiene, tarps, emergency blankets, soap, tampons, pads, and such. All donations are greatly appreciated!

Event details
When: Tuesday, February 27th  1-5pm
Where: First Christian Church (1166 Oak St.)

Confirmed organizations for the event (so far):

  • Planned Parenthood
  • Womenspace
  • Eugene Gleaners
  • Goodwill Job Connectors
  • Burrito Brigade
  • Food Not Bombs

Organizations that have made donations:

  • Ophelia’s Place
  • The Bread Stop Bakery
  • 100-mile-bakery

There will also be information and pamphlets available for other resources, organizations, and charities around Eugene!


*First Christian Church neither endorses nor sponsors the activities of this group.

Kalapuya History

At every full collective gathering we acknowledge that we live in a society founded on stolen land and stolen lives. Someone researches and presents a relevant topic and then we take a moment of silence to reflect. We share the research here for others as well:

Before white settlers, the original peoples residing in what is now the Willamette Valley were the Kalapuya. The Kalapuya were not a single tribal entity, but rather thirteen autonomous groups loosely related by dialects, and these dialects made three distinct language groups. The thirteen groups, identified by their dialects, are as follows (from north to south): Tualatin, Yamhill, Ahantchuyuk, Luckiamute, Santiam, Chepenefa, Chemapho, Tsankupi, Mohawk (of no relation to the Mohawk Nation of New York and Canada), Chafan, Chelamela, Winefelly, and Yoncalla. Each of these groups resided along different areas of the Willamette, Umpqua, and McKenzie rivers. The Kalapuya were hunter-gatherers, gaining food by fishing and hunting, and gathering nuts, fruits, and roots. Their villages were occupied year-round, with smaller groups departing only to gather seasonal food and raw materials, and they used obsidian from the Cascade ranges to make projectile points for their weapons. Before contact with white settlers, it is believed the Kalapuya numbered as much as 15,000 people.

Much of the information of the tribes of greater Oregon was gathered by the Southwest Oregon Research Project started in 1995 at the University of Oregon. Initiated by the Coquille Nation, Native student researchers started a collection of photocopies of original documents that had been scattered and generally overlooked in the National Archives and National Anthropological Archives. These documents pertained to the history of Native peoples of greater Oregon and were established as a collection at the U of O within the Special Collections program of the library. This collection was intended by the project to allow Native and university scholars to continue to research and rewrite the histories of colonization that have been imposed on Native people, and has helped the tribes of Oregon and Northern California recover missing and lost histories and cultural information.

Eugene Resource Guide

The Little Guide to Free Resources in Eugene

A printable and summarized guide to the resources we think most useful for providing immediate needs, such as food, shelter, both medical and mental health care, etc. Please download and share this in the Eugene/Springfield area. Whether or not one has a direct need for the resources, we can all benefit from having and sharing these resources widely.

Download the Little Guide PDF (Feb 2023)


Full list of Resources in Eugene

White Bird has put together an online list of resources in Eugene. Instead of duplicating their work, we’re just going to link to theirs:

White Bird Online Resource List

Eugene Bike Safety Survey

The Neighborhood Anarchist Collective (NAC) Transportation Safety Project is gathering information on where cyclists and pedestrians have been hit by cars. We’ll publish this information to benefit the whole community.

Questions or interest in getting involved in this project? Please contact us: transportation @


Where have you been hit or almost hit by a car?

Fill out a new form for each collision or near collision.

Note: All responses will be anonymized and published publicly.



CFD Press Releases: Logging at Goose Timber Sale

CFD Press Releases: Logging at Goose Timber Sale

Comrades from the Cascadia Forest Defenders have released these statements:


LANE COUNTY OREGON: Logging has begun at the Goose Timber Sale in the Willamette National Forest north of McKenzie Bridge and highway 126. The Cascadia Forest Defenders (CFD) have maintained a tree sit protest inside the Goose Timber Sale since late May and CFD first observed evidence of logging on Tuesday October 17th.

The Forest Defender tree sit was searched and extensively photographed Wednesday October 18th by Lane County Sherriff’s Deputies and Forest Service Officers with a promise to “see you tomorrow”, says one Forest Defender. This is the first contact CFD has had with law enforcement since the tree sit protest began six months ago.

Cascadia Forest Defenders are making a general call to action to all activists and organizers in the Pacific Northwest to help stop the Goose Timber Sale. CFD will maintain a presence inside the Goose Timber Sale that will force Seneca Jones Timber Company and the U.S. Forest Service to abandon logging of public lands.

Logging has begun along forest road 704 near the entrance to the Frissell Trail. CFD asks all participating volunteers, activists, and media to access forest road 705 at the intersection of Highway 126 and McKenzie River Dr. Lane Transit District bus route 91 intersects with forest road 705 at Stop ID: 09086 near mile post 49 on Highway 126.

The Cascadia Forest defenders are committed to ending logging on all Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Services public lands. In the spirit of legendary American naturalist Edward O. Wilson, CFD wishes to keep half of Oregon wild, just as E.O. Wilson believes half of Earth must remain wild to maintain a livable biosphere. The Goose Timber Sale borders the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest and has a high concentration of mountain springs that feed the McKenzie River. The McKenzie River is the primary water source for Eugene/Springfield and a crucial Bull Trout habitat.

“This action is not just about saving ancient forests or the McKenzie River, it’s about preventing human extinction and all the suffering to come,” says veteran activist Shannon Wilson.

For more information visit:

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Back to the forest… where we are going, we don’t need roads…

On October 23, Cascadia Forest Defenders erected a road blockade at the entrance to the W Timber Sale. Taking direct action against Seneca Sawmill’s plan to destroy thousands of acres in the McKenzie River watershed, the blockade consists of large slash piles, multiple cars, and a refrigerator – all serving as an anchor for an occupied platform suspended 80 ft up a Douglas fir tree.

“We’re protecting drinking water, biodiversity, a stable climate, and – ultimately – our own survival,” said Scrimshaw Forest, of Cascadia Forest Defenders,“We oppose resource extraction and deforestation.”

Today Forest Defenders effectively halted logging and will continue to save an estimated 50-100 old growth trees each day the blockade remains.  Forest Service ranges visited the blockade this morning but no arrests have been made.

The sale is part of the 2000+ acre Goose Project in the Willamette National Forest. Logging began on October 16.​

Contact Cascadia Forest Defenders

phone: 541-554-2519