Sunday, January 28, 2007

Why not say it?


Darryl Cherney says: "...I was not the first Earth Firster [in this area]; I just rejuvenated it, along with Greg King and eventually Judi Bari, of course. We brought it to a new level."

So why are his credentials as one of the Earth First! organizers left out of all the recent news reports about Greg King, the new Executive Director for the Northcoast Environmental Center?

The Times Standard refers to him as "... longtime activist Greg King..." saying "...it was his skills as an administrator, writer and founder of two nonprofit groups that made the center's board of directors choose him for the job...."

The Eureka Reporter says:
"...King brings experience in nonprofit administration and conservation to the executive position, according to a recent news release from the NEC...."

Neither uses the words Earth First! Why would you leave out something that important? Why sanitize the record? Why not say he was a ranking member of Earth First?

Arcata Eye

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why ? Maybe they will loose potential support if there true intentions or leanings are known.

Maybe he's ashamed of his past ?

Anonymous said...

What is a "ranking member of Earth First?" There is no such thing.

NEC made a great choice in bringing King on as director.

Anonymous said...

I like the B/W photo of Paul ! It shows off his male pattern baldness better.

Rose said...

He may be a great choice, anon 10:00. That is not the point. From all the reports I see, he was Darryl Cherney's co-whatever, #2 whatever (ok, they don't have titles) in Earth First!

You can't blame the papers for this one - they printed the NEC's press release. therefore NEC had full control over this message, and they chose to obscure his past.

Presumably he is proud of his past actions in Earth First! and they are proud to be associated with that record as well.

Anonymous said...

you think? why hide it if he's proud or not attempting to obscure or omit?

I don't care one way or the other really. Just like to see one of these activist get a real job.

Anon.R.mous said...

Good ole Earth First! Remember when they showed people how to spike trees, make roadway bombs, and anyone who talked to the media was a "media whore"?

He's from those days. Glad they've all sold out, and gotten too old to spike trees anymore.

Anonymous said...

King is a radicals "radical". His hiring shows that the NEC is shakey. It also shows that the NEC is willing to get down and dirty to try and stay on the local enviro-throne. With the new flavor of the month hot on their heels for new converts and MONEY,MONEY,MONEY,the eco-pie is shrinking. The EPIC connection is important to battle the posibility of hostile take overs. After EPIC was ripped off by the the Tress Foundation,they feel they need to circle their wagons with one of their own. The truth is that their is no honor among theives or self promoting radicals. They all still have one constant tenant,they take from the producers to further their own gain. These people really need to be cutting brush in orange jumpsuits! For more info on King,check out "Smith River Project"---(Greg King),or check out the "Lake Earl Grange" and see what dairy farmers think of him.

Anonymous said...

Good job Rose, this was a positive post.

Rose said...

Thanks. When people are being asked to give money to support the Northcoast Environmental Center, they have a right to know about this sort of affiliation, so that they can consider what it may mean and whether or not they agree with this man's history, his agenda, and his means of accomplishing that agenda.

Anonymous said...

Rose, You'll never be educated on their true agenda. They are an illusive bunch. If you want the truth, you'll have to become part of the "inner circle", being Wesley, P. Berg (the wife of the late DR. Patrick Murphy of Sempervirons Mental Health, whom cared more about complete socialism and his political agenda,then he cared about mental patients. His motto was more meds). Sorry, worked with the BASTARD and trust these 2 clowns, NOT. Roy

Anonymous said...

What evidence is there that King spiked trees? None.

It's one thing to "educate" people about current issues. But spreading misinformation doesn't feed that end.

Anonymous said...

Anyone with a memory and a brain for that matter, remembers King as he mouthed off on KMUD and at rallies that it wasn't OK just to protest, that one had to put their body and soul on the line. He said many times that civil disobedience didn't just mean non-violent sit ins, that one had to do what every was necessary to stop the logging. That the ends would justify the means. On several occasions he casually justified spiking trees and burning equipment or sugaring fuel tanks as an example of protester's frustration and commitment. Even though he was careful to not admit to anything personally, his words were very blatant and fanned the flames. That's just a damn cold fact. You are a fool or worse if you try to sanitize King's past.

Anonymous said...

damn cold fact

This proves nothing. You're a trustworthy source because...?

Rose said...

...EF! works very hard to convince the public that its activities are not governed by any formal institution. "Earth First! is not an organization, but a movement" is the constant refrain. "There are no members of Earth First!, only Earth First!ers."

There are practical as well as romantic reasons to downplay any organizational structure. According to the Earth First! Journal: "To avoid co-option, we feel it is necessary to avoid the corporate organizational structure so readily embraced by many environmental groups."

Of course, most green groups engage in legal activities -- and therefore don't fear "co-option."

While there is no primary EF! office, there are numerous incorporated Earth First! organizations, each with its own specific function. These include Daily Planet Publishing (which publishes the Earth First! Journal), the Fund for Wild Nature (formerly the Earth First! Foundation), the Trees Foundation, and the Earth First! Direct Action Fund.

For the benefit of anyone who doubts that these are genuine, legal "organizations," consider that the website of the Fund for Wild Nature once read: "The Fund relies on invididual [sic] contributors like yourself, and your friends. We accept donations of cash, stock or other financial assets." Here is a tax-exempt foundation making a plea for corporate securities, on behalf of a group that claims to exist without any structure....:

Anonymous said...

"Good job Rose, this was a positive post."

I was being sarcastic. There is nothing positive about this. It is a bunch of frothing at the mouth conspiracy junk.

To get positive change you must work toward what you think is a good thing and then convince others to do the same. Spending your time trying to tear down others doesn’t show any positive alternative and gets old real fast.

Show us a new direction if the NEC and others are not what you want them to be.

Rose said...

They do not need me to point them in a positive direction.

Frothing at the mouth conspiracy junk? Pointing out the fact that his past history was not mentioned? Hah!

And as for a "new direction" - let's just start with being honest.

Anonymous said...

Damn cold fact is right. I was at most of the early actions. We were not very nice and I have no excuse for it.King has made a good living off the movement. It's still an ego thing with him and others. I neede balance in my life so I moved on. Sue.

Anonymous said...

SORRY! what I ment to say was,"I needed balance---" Sue

Anonymous said...

King has made a good living off the movement.

King has made a living (meaning he gets by, like the rest of us) doing good things that he believes in, including conservation work. Many people are thankful for the work he has done and are encouraged by his new position with the NEC.

Anonymous said...

sure some support King,thats obvious, why do you think the rest of us are so vocal about him. Most of you are enviro-phonies just like him. You all seem to have a nice place to lay your heads,good buds, computers,cell phones,and the newest Toyota 4x4 with a top of the line kayak,except isn't one of you driving a new Ford PU? getting by! yes by getting over on the rest of us. You're doing pretty good for bottom feeders.

Anonymous said...

Eat me.

Anonymous said...

HA! must of hit a bulls eye.

Eric V. Kirk said...

Well, back when I was 17 I decided I was a socialist, looked up socialism, and joined a trot fringe group called the Socialist Workers Party. I was in the group for about 8 months, which would have been about 7 months shorter but for a crush on a young woman in the group.

I don't hide the fact. But I wouldn't put it on my resume either.

Anonymous said...

Earth First! We'll log the other planets later.

Anonymous said...

Anyway-good posting Rose. Its always good to know the interrealations of groups and I do think you have drawn attention to the fact that its not a lot of people in these many offshoots. These folks must be very committed-like some churches ya know? The kind of churches where everyone only goes to church like 6-7 days a week and doesn't have friends on the outside?

Problem being no outside influence, no outside point of view.

Anonymous said...

Why not? Would you after 7yrs ? After 17yr ? What if you continue to be a socia;ist ? Quitely!

Eric V. Kirk said...

Even if I was still a socialist, I wouldn't brag about having been a member of the SWP.

Anonymous said...

isn't that a lot your hero saying,"yes buy I didn't inhale"