Leaving the Northeast, heading Into the Heartland

Mass
We passed through western Massachusetts, stopping in Amherst and Northampton, joining a hike in the state forest with local activists fighting to protect public lands from clearcutting. For more info contact: enviroshow@valleyfreeradio.org
Clearcutting public lands in western Mass
Boston greeted us with a great benefit show with several bands including Even Greer of the RiotFolk collective, and a reunion with our friends from Appalachia, Here’s to the Long Haul!

Back to New York
We completed our northeast tour loop in the Hudson Valley with a stop in Albany (where Emma’s Revolution played) and headed west, on to Ithaca, a stronghold of the opposition to drilling the Marcellus Shale for gas extraction and on to Rochester. Although our tour was dealt a disorienting blow by the arrests of friends in Indiana (for their opposition to I-69), leaving the Roadshow crew smaller than ever as one of us left to assist with jail support, we left the Empire state buzzing from the great music, good discussions and successful blockades workshops knowing that the State’s repression only feeds our resistance.

Into the ‘Heartwood’
Some thoughts on the region from our friends with Heartwood: “This region was once blanketed with a majestic hardwood forest containing more than 70 species of hardwood trees. Unfortunately, much of this forest has been cleared and what remains is mostly isolated fragments of public land that nonetheless play a critical role in providing habitat for wildlife, purifying the air and water, moderating global climate change, and offering places of beauty and enjoyment..Today, [Heartwood’s] efforts remain rooted in the heart of the central hardwood region, with an emphasis on our “core states” of Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, and Missouri.”
Thus far we have made stops in Cleveland, Athens, Cincinnati, (Ohio), offering presentations, tri-pod and climbing training, and more.

As we post this update, we are about out the door to the “Community Forum on Repression of Eco-Activists” here in Bloomington, Indiana.

Take risks, stay in trouble… See you all on the road!

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