Ape Goes to the Ancient Forest Alliance Demo Mar 16, 2013 mix2

Went down to the AFA demo today. Here’s their blurb: Hi friends just a reminder that TODAY if you’re in the area, please come down to our most important event of the year in Victoria! See below! Bring friends and family (kids come dressed up for the Small Animals Parade, or get their face painted at the rally) with respect for the large, diverse group of forestry workers, First Nations, business owners, environmentalists, children, parents, students, seniors…Over 1000 people have preconfirmed their attendance. New Article: Conservationists call for revamped forest policy http://www.news1130.com/2013/03/15/conservationists-call-for-revamped-forest-policy/ TODAY Sat. March 16, 2013: PRE-ELECTION RALLY for ANCIENT FORESTS and BC JOBS! Join this “Families for Our Forests” event in Victoria RAIN or SHINE: Small Animals Parade! Ring-Around-the-Legislature! Speeches! Masala Marching Band! “Save the Old-Growth, Sustainably Log Second-Growth, and End Raw Log Exports” 11:30 am Meet at Centennial Square, then begin march with drumming band 12:00 noon Rally begins at BC Legislative Buildings with speeches 1:00 pm Ralliers join hands to encircle government in “Ring-Around-the-Legislature” end to rally KIDS! Take part in the “Small Animals Parade”, come dressed as Marmots, Owls, Murrelets, Bears, Wolves, Cougars, Salmon, or mini-Sasquatch! Get your face painted as a small animal at the rally! Two months before a BC election, join concerned citizens from all walks of life – conservationists, forestry workers, First Nations, business owners, children, parents, seniors, and students – in demanding that the BC Liberal government and the NDP opposition commit to a plan that will protect BC’s endangered old-growth forests and forestry jobs, and finally bring an end to BC’s “War in the Woods”. The continued support of the BC government for the status quo of unsustainable resource depletion and raw log exports has caused the increasing collapse of native ecosystems and rural communities. 75% of Vancouver Island’s original ancient forests have already been logged, including 90% of the valley bottoms where the largest trees grow. BC’s old-growth forests are vital to support endangered species, tourism, the climate, clean water, wild salmon, and many First Nations cultures. See spectacular images and videos of BC’s old-growth forests at: www.AncientForestAlliance.org Help ensure a sustainable, value-added, second-growth forest industry that keeps the logs in the province to support BC forestry jobs! Support First Nations land use plans calling for the protection of old-growth forests! Because thousands of people like YOU spoke up against the BC Liberal government’s attempts to increase the privatization of our public forest lands for major logging companies (their proposed “Forest Giveaway Bill”, in Bill 8, to expand Tree Farm Licences on Crown lands), the BC government has just backed down! See http://www.ancientforestalliance.org/news-item.php?ID=587 Now lets MOVE FORWARD to make progress for a sustainable forest economy! Speakers include: Robert Morales – Chief Treaty Negotiator, Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group Joe Martin – Tla-o-qui-aht canoe carver, Band Councillor, original Meares Island protest organizer Gisele Martin – Tla-o-qui-aht business operator and cultural educator Jon Cash – Vice-President, Chamber of Commerce of Port Renfrew Arnold Bercov – President, Pulp, Paper, and Woodworkers of Canada (PPWC) union – Local 8 Eric Hamilton-Smith – Campaigns Officer, BC Government Employees Union (BCGEU) Ken James – President, Youbou TimberLess Society Valerie Langer –BC Forest Campaign Director, ForestEthics Jen Wieting – Coastal Forest Campaigner, Sierra Club of BC Eduardo Sousa – Forest Campaigner, Greenpeace Vicky Husband – BC Conservationist, Order of BC and Canada recipient TJ Watt – Forest Campaigner, Ancient Forest Alliance Ken Wu – Executive Director, Ancient Forest Alliance Help hold BC’s politicians responsible for the future of beautiful British Columbia! Sign our online petition at: www.AncientForestPetition.com or Send a Message to Politicians at: www.BCForestMovement.com Organized by the Ancient Forest Alliance www.AncientForestAlliance.org

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