The following is a press release issued by Redwood Nation Earth First!:
Six elders were just arrested at the CA Natural Resources Agency Headquarters in Sacramento. They are members of Redwood Nation Earth First! protesting the announcement of resumed logging operations in Jackson Demonstration State Forest. Arrestee Anna Marie Stenberg said: “Crowfoot needs to keep his promise. He said logging operations would be paused while he was negotiating with the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians. Why is Calfire ending the pause?”
The six elders chose to block the door to the agency and were charged with the following misdemeanors: failure to disperse, failure to obey a lawful order, and blocking a public egress. Naomi Wagner was arrested, and said: “We are demanding that Secretary Crowfoot reinstate the moratorium on all logging operations including road building and herbicide use in JDSF.”
Polly Girvin was arrested and said: “I went to jail today for my great grandchildren Daniel, Courtney, Chloee and Cambree. They are members of the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians and great grandchildren of Priscilla Hunter. I want them to remember that their auntie stood up for their future, so they can be out there in the forest gathering basket materials, gathering medicine, and learning about all the plants. I am a role model for Pomo youth and that is why I took a stand today.”
Larry Aguilera, Naomi Wagner, Tom Shaver, Anna Marie Stenberg, Marggie Chandler and Polly Girvin were all arrested.