(en) Headwaters News: UPDATE & ACTION ALERT

Robert Cherwink (rc@vom.com)
Sun, 14 Dec 1997 21:27:27 -0800

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1. Re: Weekly Updates and Alerts - System Failure

2. H E A D W A T E R S F O R E S T U P D A T E Maxxam/PL slapped with lawsuits...

3. H E A D W A T E R S F O R E S T A C T I O N A L E R T ACTION: Tell SEC "no" to rule change...

4. Eureka! "Pepper-Spray Capital of the World!!!"

5. *** SAVE ANCIENT FORESTS *** Misc. links

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Date: Thu, 11 Dec 1997 18:10:54 -0800 (PST) From: Headwaters News <Headwaters@enews.org> Subject: system failure

12-11-97 | 5:45pm PST

From: Headwaters News system administrator Re: Weekly Updates and Alerts

Dear friends,

We experienced a fatal system failure ten days ago that severely crippled our efforts at keeping you informed of news and happenings regarding Headwaters Forest. Until this evening we had been unable to access this Update and Alert email list, and subsequently have been unable to send you our past two weeks' Updates and Alerts. We are now mostly back up and running, and this missive should be followed shortly by a new Update and new Alert for this week, as well as a digest of news you may have missed last week. FYI, we WERE able to continually update the website, even though the email list was down, so full versions of all the stories you may have missed are available at www.HeadwatersForest.org/news

Thank you for your patience, your continued interest, and your support.

Mark Bult system admin. Bay Area Action Headwaters Forest Project www.HeadwatersForest.org

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Date: Fri, 12 Dec 1997 07:02:03 -0800 (PST) Reply-To: Headwaters@enews.org Subject: UPDATE: Maxxam/PL slapped with lawsuits...

H E A D W A T E R S F O R E S T U P D A T E Update 12-11-97 [Look for the adjoining Action Alert]


On December 2, 40 Humboldt County residents filed suit against Maxxam for irresponsible timber practices and the threat to their safety posed by mudslides and floods. In two separate lawsuits, the property owners assert that Pacific Lumber's clearcutting on the mountainside above Stafford caused the New Year's Day mudslide that destroyed seven homes and caused the ongoing flooding of the north fork of the Elk River earlier this year. The plaintiffs also charge the company with defrauded the government and residents in the Humboldt County town of Stafford and along the north fork of the Elk River about the true extent of harm their tree-cutting operations would cause. "We are tired of hearing Hurwitz cry about his property rights. What about us, the people who live here, and our rights?" asked Marilyn Del Biaggio, a 72-year-old plaintiff and 41-year Stafford resident. Many of the plaintiffs are Pacific Lumber employees, and some are third and fourth generation Humboldt county residents. The lawsuits are historically significant because they focus on Maxxam's violations of property and personal rights, rather than environmental regulations. Moreover, the suits assert that the company engaged in unfair business practices and further, should be subject to punitive damages for the harms it has caused. They also ask that Maxxam be divested of any earnings proceeding from violations of the law. Bob Irelan, Maxxam spokesman and chief propogandist, responded to the suits by blaming the mudslides on the weather. "It appears that the inordinate amount and intensity of the rain gave rise to the slide," said Irelan. He also claimed that "in an effort of good will," Maxxam bought some of the damaged properties and did reinforcement work on the land. Maxxam's neighbors who have been forced into the courtroom for compensation, however, considered the company's offer of $800 per acre for their submerged homes to fall far short of neighborly "good will" or corporate responsibility.



KCBS-AM in San Francisco ran a two-minute piece on the lawsuits (mentioned above) and some of the moral issues being raised around Headwaters. Rabbi Pearce of Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco joined a priest and a Buddhist leader in describing the spiritual significance of ancient trees, and calling for the permanent preservation of all 60,000 acres of Headwaters Forest.



Headwaters Sanctuary Project held a series of successful organizing meetings on the east coast just prior to Thanksgiving. These meetings provided the impetus for the formation of local Coalitions for Headwaters in New York City, New Hampshire, Boston, and the Washington Area. Members of groups including the Sierra Club, Rainforest Action Network, the New Hampshire Greens, the Massachusetts Public Interest Research group, and campus groups like Free the Planet! and SEAC are helping to organize the coalitions, and collecting the "Pledge to Protect Headwaters Forest." These activists are ready to help us raise the profile of Headwaters nationally by doing media and organizing demonstrations, writing letters to the editor, forming a speakers bureau, and collecting pledges of support. Many thanks to all the great Headwaters activists all over the country who will be key players in our effort to propel this issue into the national limelight, and to preserve the whole forest as a national treasure. To get involved in a Headwaters Coalition in your area, please contact Susan Stephenson at Headwaters Sanctuary Project, 510-444-4710, or email susans@nextgeneration.org

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Date: Fri, 12 Dec 1997 07:03:26 -0800 (PST) Reply-To: Headwaters@enews.org Subject: ACTION: Tell SEC "no" to rule change...

H E A D W A T E R S F O R E S T A C T I O N A L E R T Action Alert 12-11-97 [Look for the adjoining Update]


On January 2, the comment period closes on proposed securities rules that would make it dramatically harder to sponsor shareholder proposals like the Headwaters Forest proposal that the Rose Foundation sponsored last May. Under the current rules, shareholder resolutions have been more and more effective in making companies change their treatment of natural treasures like Headwaters Forest. Shareholder resolutions have been important in a host of efforts, including the campaign to preserve the Arctic Wildlife Refuge, the struggle to preserve forests near Clayoquot Sound, and the campaign to reduce chlorine use and its impact on the human and natural environment. If adopted, these rules would put up major roadblocks for these kinds of campaigns and would effectively make it impossible to wage a long-term shareholder campaign like the South Africa divestment effort.


To: rule-comments@sec.gov

Jonathan G. Katz, Secretary U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission 450 Fifth Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20549

Regarding: File No. s7-25-97

Dear Mr. Katz:

As a conservationist, I write to strongly oppose proposed changes in the rules governing shareholder resolutions. These changes would make it much harder to sponsor shareholder proposals addressing environmental concerns. First, by increasing the percentage of votes a resolution must win to be resubmitted, the new rules would make it hard to build support over time. Second, the new rules would allow company's to refuse to include a resolution on the proxy statement if, in management's sole judgment, a resolution's sponsors are motivated by a special interest, including, apparently, a special interest in the environment. From a purely financial standpoint, companies that improve environmental performance tend to improve their stock performance as well. If shareholders are not able to encourage companies to act as better environmental stewards, it is not clear who will. I urge you to withdraw the proposed rule changes.

Sincerely, _______________


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Rainforest Action Network www.ran.org http://www.ran.org/ran_campaigns/index.html

Native Forest Council http://www.forestcouncil.org PO Box 2190 Eugene, OR 97402 (541) 688-2600; fax 689-9835 or 461-2156

The Western Australian Forest Alliance http://www.digitalwizards.com.au/WAFA/

Bay Area Action Headwaters Sanctuary Project http://www.HeadwatersForest.org Headwaters@enews.org

Earth First! Headwaters Forest Direct Action Campaign http://www.envirolink.org/orgs/headwaters-ef/

JAIL HURWITZ - No Money for the Criminal Hurwitz!! See: http://www.jailhurwitz.com



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