At least they got a reception.  Sounds like fun.

Earth Firsters, megaload protesters occupy governor’s officeMissoulian

Schweitzer told the group he would not cede to their demands before they started playing the piano and dancing on the big table in the governor’s reception room in apparent frustration with the direction of the meeting. Schweitzer left the room.

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More (from USA Today on July 13). Pipeline protesters hit Montana governor’s office. By John S. Adams.


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10 Responses to Earth Firsters occupy Montana governor’s office (with update July 13)

  1. skyrim says:

    I love it………
    “Earth 1st, Grizzly 2nd, Man 3rd, J. Paul Getty last”

  2. jimt says:

    Hayduke and the Band of Merry Pranksters make a long overdue return…VBG…Surprised he didn’t have them arrested……

  3. Jerry Black says:

    Thanks Earth First….great to see the return of “civil disobedience”. We can use more to wake up all the “zombies” in Montana and elsewhere.

  4. CodyCoyote says:

    Thanks for the humour value, EF! At least you don’t resort to violence and destructive stuff like the Earth Liberation Front folks.

    I’m sure out there somewhere in the blogosphere where I do not tromp much is some right winger blathering on rabidly about those dang greenies in Schweitzer’s office ( who by the way handled it pretty well, I thought).

    I would interject here as a preemptive counterpoint that we recall some of the antics the Sagebrush Rebellion and cynically-named Wise Use Movement used in their turn at civil disobedience. The Jardine Shovel brigade comes to mind. Antics from down there in Catron County New mexico using bulldozers. Or Wyoming’s own rightwing firebrand Frank Rhoads who used to picket the sidwalks of the Worland WY district office of the BLM with his mule. Dear to my own heart are the photos I took here in Cody WY of the early Anti-Wolf marches and rallies. The comedic value of those was high , too.

    I do miss Ed Abbey. I was hoping he and his Monkeywrench Gang would’ve been reincarnated in the popular western literature by now.

  5. Jay says:

    “Civil disobedience” is the excuse by the anti-wolf crowd to illegally kill wolves–lauding it by one group and condemning the other for the same is the ultimate in hypocrisy.

  6. skyrim says:

    Not all civil disobedience is created equal. Killing endangered animals is not on par with a “sit in” at a government official’s office.

  7. Violating a law in private is also not really civil disobedience, though it might be considered resistance. Civil disobedience is where it is done publicly and where the identity of those participating is known, or at least knowable.

    • Jay says:

      Regardless, ignoring laws you disagree with is still BS, pro- or anti-wolf side. If you don’t like the law, change it through the proper channels, don’t do what you feel like doing. I agree that a sit-in doesn’t violate any laws, but escalating disapproval of wolf management through illegal behavior is just as wrong as poaching wolves.

  8. skyrim says:

    “escalating disapproval of wolf management ……….” is NOT just as wrong as poaching wolves. Legal behavior, or otherwise.
    I’m done.


July 2011


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey