April 5, 1999
John Reimann, Secretary for Carpenters Union Local 713: 510-534-3254
Karen Pickett, Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters: 510-548-3113
Woodworkers Union Present Care Package to Treesitter
Representatives from Local #713 of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters &
Joiners will gather Tuesday April 6 to present a "care package" for Julia
Butterfly Hill, who has been sitting in and protecting an ancient redwood
tree in the Headwaters Forest area for over 15 months. The package,
containing organic dried fruit, juices, honey, chocolate, postage stamps
and other goods, will be presented to Headwaters activists at the Berkeley
office of the Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters (BACH), who will deliver
the package to Ms. Butterfly in her tree in Stafford, California. A press
conference will accompany the presentation at noon Tuesday at the BACH
office at the Ecology Center at 2530 San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley.
After reading an article about Ms. Butterfly's long tree sit, a carpenter
working on Berkeley's Civic Center remodeling asked his union local to
support the 25-year-old activist by sending the needed goods. Those at the
local meeting voted unanimously in favor of the aid.
The woodworkers' support comes at a time when collaboration between labor
and environmentalists is growing by leaps and bounds, evidenced by the
joint organizing by the United Steelworkers of America (USWA), representing
striking Kaiser Aluminum workers, and activists working to preserve the
remaining ancient redwoods of Headwaters Forest in Northern California.
Kaiser Aluminum is owned by Charles Hurwitz's Maxxam Corporation, also
owner of Pacific Lumber Co., holder of over 200,000 acres of redwood and
douglas fir forestland in Humboldt County.
The carpenters went shopping and bought basic provisions for Julia,
including organic fruits and juices. These provisions will be hiked up a
hill to Ms. Butterfly's tree, Luna, which sits on a ridgetop above a
landslide caused by a Pacific Lumber clearcut that buried seven homes in
Stafford, California, about 250 miles north of San Francisco. Although
government and PL officials recently signed a deal to protect fragments of
the Headwaters Forest, the 1,000-year-old tree Luna sits in the over 85% of
the forest still vulnerable to cutting. Only 7,500 acres of the 60,000 acre
Headwaters Forest were purchased under the deal.
Press Statement from Carpenters Local 713
The brother and sister member of Carpenters Local Union 713, Alameda
County, California, commend and support the concept and actions of Julia
Butterfly in her ongoing effort to preserve old growth forest. We believe,
along with Julia Butterfly, that the preservation of a healthy environment
is of equal importance to humanity as our own economic well being. We also
believe it is true that one is not exclusive of the other, but
interdependent, both in the forest and the urban streets. To demonstrate
our support we have voted to make a small contribution to her major effort.
Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters (BACH)
2530 San Pablo Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94702
phone: 510 548 3113
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