This is the one video clip that probably means the most to me from over 300 hours in my Earth First! archive, and I didn't shoot it. I did record audio of the Sagebrush Patriots Rally that year aat the RRR, and release a 96-minute cassette of that music a year later, "Battle Cries From The North Rim."
But I think these four clips were a big inspiration for me to go to video in 1988. Hollenhorst liked us, and the four clips almost make a single "How to take over a uranium mine" how-to video. And I thought that was pretty cool!
Later, I thought, people 180-feet up in redwoods? Might make inspiring video!
All kinds of old-timey Formanistas in these clips, like Mike Roselle... hmm... Nancy Z, Roger Featherstone, John Seed, Dana Lyons (singing "Our State Is A Dumpsite" to a circle), Jeff Hoffman (you can hear him directing recon plans, and I think he was one of the arrested bears), Val Wade (who, of course, climbed to the top of the mine headframe), Sequoia (as some kind of devil goddess and as a "60s Free Spirit"), Darryl Cherney (as Eraserhead--check out that hair!), John Patterson, Brian Gaffney (Directing Traffic!), Karen Pickett, Mokai, Bob Stern, Tim Coleman as hippie ranter ...
And I even got seen in several places, raising a fist among the marchers and wearing a blue monkeywrenching bomber long sleeve t-shirt that "we" gave to Don Hodel at Hetch Hetchy Damn a few months later when we couldn't fiind any clean ones to give to him and Dianne Feinstein.
And then Michelle Miller, Janaka (who would come back two years later with Bodhi Seed as Emu and tour Turtle Island as The Wallys) and I sing Bill Oliver's song "Holes" with Bill and Glen Waldeck, a shot they used over and over!
I met John Hollenhorst at the rendezvous, and hung out with him quit a bit, pointing him to good interviews, and straightening him out on things like biocentrism, Deep Ecology, Miss Ann Thropy's "Hooray AIDS!" letter, "No Compromise," etc.
So after the RRR I contacted the southern Utah news stations, who put me in touch with copying services, and $80 later I had these four clips.
Unfortunately those tapes were destroyed in the 1991 Oakland Firestorm. But I had made a copy as part of a compilation to show in the reception area at a Portland EF! event i 1990, and that copy was part of the tapes I rescued from the fire.
This and over 300 hours of similarly invaluable video of Earth First! culture that I have shot and collected since 1985 (along with a ton of cassette albums and other audio material) is now very aged and at risk of becoming unplayable. This is the single greatest archive of its kind in the world. In fact, there is nothing at all like it in the world.
Most of it is now over twenty years old on tapes that deteriorate at fifteen years. I am trying to professionally digitize it all. If you would like to help me with that effort, please let me know. If you can help with a contribution of money or expertise, you can also reach me at
P.O. Box 324
Redway, CA 95560