What's next? We had a big win, but the fight is not over

We had a big win, but the fight is not over
We all celebrated last week's ruling by BC Supreme Court Justice Thompson, denying the request by Teal Cedar to extend the injunction. It was a big victory for our movement, and a testament to the strength and integrity of our team, both on the frontlines and in court.

But - the very next day, Teal Cedar filed a request for an expedited appeal, and requested that the current injunction order remain in place until the appeal is heard. We'll be in court next week to ensure this appeal is denied.

In the meantime, trees are still falling, arrests are still happening, and our peaceful battle continues. We have momentum right now; let's keep it up. “The war is not over. The B.C. government has issued lies saying they’ve stopped logging, while we can see trucks going by loaded with the trees we’re trying to protect.” - Pacheedaht Elder Bill Jones, Sept. 29, 2021
Photos @focus.wandering HERE'S HOW YOU CAN HELP:

1. Always, first, COME TO CAMP. We're establishing new camps, and need more numbers to hold them down. We're working hard to keep industry at bay, but irreplaceable ancient forests are at risk daily. Meet at Granite Main and we'll direct you from there.

2. JOIN US IN VICTORIA ON MONDAY, October 4, 8:30 am - 6:30 pm for a Sit-in & Speak out For Ancient Forests, Just Transition and Indigenous Sovereignty - Help us mobilize in mass on the doorstep of the colonial centre of power in Victoria. We need to hold the BCNDP government accountable for the daily destruction of some of the last and most carbon-rich, biologically diverse old-growth forest ecosystems on Earth.

We'll hold space and hear from people who have been on the frontlines in the struggle at Ada'itsx/Fairy creek to protect ancient forests and support Indigenous sovereignty and land back, centering BIPOC, youth and marginalized narratives and voices.

3. DONATE. Our legal battles continue, and we need funding to keep going. By donating today your funds will directly support:
  • Legal funding for Indigenous land defenders and forest protector allies who were arrested on the frontlines of this campaign.
  • Legal initiatives such as appealing the injunction, preventing an extension of the injunction, and further challenges be revealed in the coming weeks.

4. CALL YOUR MLA: This is a key moment to pressure NDP MLAs to implement the Strategic Review and to stop old-growth logging now. Cabinet is in discussions about areas of deferral in BC’s ancient forests, and we know some NDP members oppose the Premier’s position. Download this letter with talking points.

Oct 1, New York Times, Judge rebukes Mounties handling of Fairy Creek logging protest
Oct 1, The Tyee, an article by Suzanne Simard, Next for Fairy Creek? Science must trump politics
Oct 1, CBC’s The Current, The fight over old growth forests continues in BC Excellent! (Begins at the 1:31 mark of Oct 1 episode) with lawyer Patrick Canning; Endangered Ecosystems Alliance director Ken Wu; and Tsimshian and Nuu-chah-nulth scholar and prof at SFU School of Resource & Environmental Management Cliff Atleo Jr.
Sep 30,The Guardian, Win for anti-logging protesters...
Sep 30, Vancouver Sun, BC civil disobedience trumps law enforcement at Fairy Creek. Great article by Ian Mulgrew.
Sep 30, The Tyee, Horgan failed on Fairy Creek, say BC Liberals and Greens
Sep 30, Globe & Mail, Loggers, protesters remain in Fairy Creek as RCMP depart or if you hit a paywall, here
Sep 30, T-C, Company to appeal Fairy Creek injunction decision, RCMP union responds to criticism
Sep 29, Canadian Press, Old growth logging protesters dig in as company appeals court’s injunction denial
Sep 29, The Tyee, Bombshell decision: judge ends Fairy Creek injunction
Sep 28, Vancouver Sun, BC judge refuses to extend court injunction at Fairy Creek:
Sep 23, Georgia Straight, Fairy Creek land protectors must be protected

We're honoured to do this work as guests on traditional territory of the Pacheedaht and Ditidaht First Nations. We work with utmost respect for the land and all its relations, human and nonhuman. Please help us by forwarding this newsletter to any friends or family you feel would like to be involved or learn more. They can join our list here.

About Rainforest Flying Squad

The Rainforest Flying Squad is a volunteer-driven, grassroots, non-violent direct-action movement committed to protecting the last stands of globally significant ancient temperate rainforest on Vancouver Island. Rainforest Flying Squad and LastStandforForests work with other like-minded organizations. We stand in solidarity with Elder Bill Jones of the Pacheedaht Nation.

More information at laststandforforests.com.

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