Thanks all for your patience and support!
On October 11th the treesitter came down from their perch in the tree named “Truth or Dare” after being sieged for five days in the midst of an early fall storm. Subsequently, the DNR has taken down our blockade, kept the area surveilled, and vowed to start roadwork in the forest that our blockade was protecting, literally paving the way for more colonial extraction. Us chameleons have been taking deep breathes, grieving, re-configuring, dreaming and scheming, and connecting with the incredible comrades we have found through this process. The blockade may be dead, but we believe that the spark of resistance to the death cult that is DNR’s timber practices lives on stronger than ever, and so do the precious new friendships and connections that have been forged. We are profoundly grateful to everyone who supported the blockade through physical presence, prayers, songs, gear, money, and encouraging words. We also want to express our gratitude and deep respect to all those taking a stand to protect forests, rivers, desert springs, fish, birds, charismatic megafauna, and all other biodiversity on this planet, especially Indigenous water and land defenders who have stewarded this land since time immemorial. Of course, we also extend our thanks to everyone out in the streets fighting against fascism and for Black liberation. We believe that our struggles must be interconnected if we are to defeat the capitalist hydra whose only languages are domination, control, and destruction.
Let’s continue to meet each other! We are still planning events and actions. There will be a demonstration outside of the Department of Natural Resources HQ in Olympia on the corner of Union and Capitol this Friday 11/06 at 4 pm. We are also planning to continue hosting local trainings and in-town events related to forest defense. We hope to get a mailing list together soon, but in the meantime @chameleonblockade is the best place to stay up-to-date on news and upcoming events coming from us.