30
Apr
2005

Haida Struggle Continues

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OLD GROWTH CAMPAIGN UPDATE

//www.wakeupweyco.com
//www.ran.org
//www.buygoodwood.com


CONTENTS

· Support the Haida
· Weyerhaeuser AGM
· Donate to RAN
· New website



SUPPORT THE HAIDA

After a month of blockades that have effectively halted Weyerhaeuser's logging operations on the island of Haida Gwaii, the Haida Nation is in lengthy negotiatiations with the Government of British Columbia to protect their livelihood and the island of Haida Gwaii from corporate logging.

Send a message to Weyerhaeuser, telling them to support Haida Title and stop logging endangered forests on Haida Gwaii. Go to: //action.ran.org/ctt.asp?u=2844473&l=90977


SUCCESS AT WEYERHAEUSER'S ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

REPORT ON PROCEEDINGS AT WEYERHAEUSER'S AGM

Thank you for working with us to pull off a great Annual General Meeting demonstration.

We hung 8 large banners on overhangs along Seattle's main highway, Interstate 5. We also had 60 to 70 people demonstrating on Weyerhaeuser's corporate headquarters. Solidarity demonstrations were organized in Vancouver, Winnipeg, New York and Toronto.

Over 100 people rallied against Weyerhaeuser at the Toronto Stock Exchange, demonstrating their support for the Haida Nation blockades. Speakers representing Native communities, environmental NGO's and human rights groups expressed their support for Indigenous struggles to protect the land and gain self-determination. Throngs of business people in the heart of the financial district were confronted by the sound of Native drummers, raging grannies, colorful banners, and pamphlets exposing Weyerhaeuser as an unethical and unsafe investment.

Back in Seattle, over 20 allies attended Weyerhaeuser's 1 and a 1/2 hour Annual General Meeting. This is the only time that allies gain a chance to speak directly to the very decision makers that control vast amounts of our resources, and people wanted to make the most of this opportunity. Leaders from various groups, including Amnesty International, the Steelworkers Union, leaders of the green building industry, Haida First Nations representatives, the Native Forest Council, the Boreal Songbird Initiative, the Sierra Club, Jobs with Justice, socially responsible investors and members of RAN all expressed their concerns to Weyerhaeuser's Chief Executive Officer, Steve Rogel, during the meeting.

Their concerns ranged from Weyerhaeuser's destructive logging practices in British Columbia and the Boreal, Weyerhaeuser's decision to buy wood from national forests, Weyerhaeuser's refusal to accommodate and consult with the Haida First Nation, Weyerhaeuser's poor record with labor, and Weyerhaeuser's treatment of indigenous first nations tribes.

Unfortunately, Weyerhaeuser made the decision to change the format of their question and answer session so that concerned shareholders couldn't ask questions directly to Steve Rogel.

Regardless, our concerns were heard - some allies expressed their concerns during the meeting; others voiced their concerns to the media. We generated press across Canada and the United States, including in the Seattle Post Intelligencer, CBC Radio and the New York Times.

One interesting point - the world's largest mutual fund, CalPERS, the Californian Public Employees Retirement System, put Weyerhaeuser on their "watch" list because of Weyerhaeuser's poor corporate governance record. Weyerhaeuser's share price has since dropped about 5 percent. We hope that other investors and shareholders will investigate Weyerhaeuser and choose to stop owning a portion of this environmentally destructive company.

The Old Growth Team extends their thanks to everyone who worked with us. I sincerely hope we can continue to work together and build and strengthen our coalition in the future.

Thank you.
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