Trying to support the folks on site.
The next court date is July 5th. Apparently most of
the people who went to court on June 28th opted
for a trial on July 5th.
So some folks at the gathering are organizing a press
conference for July 5, 9 AM at the Cranberry Mountain
Apparently, the last court date had cops in Riot Gear
and Sniper Rifles to "protect" the courthouse.
At any rate, here's the info I sent out this
morning. Please take this, update it and send
it out to all media in area.
Don't forget to put your contact info on whatever
you send out.
Monongahela National Forest, Seebert, West Virginia
July 2, 2005
Unduly Unauthorized Unrepresentatives of the Rainbow Gathering to Hold Second
Press Conference on Tuesday, July 5 @ 9 AM at Make Shift Courthouse
On Tuesday a second Rainbow court is scheduled for gatherers who missed the
first court date. Once again, the Cranberry Mountain Visitors Center is being
transformed from an educational nature facility to the court of a federal
magistrate and more people will be tried for camping in the woods.
At the first court appearance on June 28, some individuals plead no contest to the
charges and were fined or promised to perform community service.
If the upcoming proceedings are anything like those of June 28, gatherers who
plead not guilty to the charges will have no time to prepare their defense as
their trial will start immediately and testimony by the USFS will be allowed while
testimony by individual citizens was not admitted.
According to media reports of the June 28 proceedings, encampments of as little as
twenty campers that have contact with other campers in the national forest can be
cited for failure to organize themselves into a group as was the case with some
of the accused who were found guilty by U.S. Magistrate John Kaull. This chilling
precedent could apply to any family who camped in the woods and made friends with
other campers a mile down the trail.
The press conference will be conducted on the front lawn of the Visitors Center
if possible. Mounted USFS law enforcement officers, U.S. marshals and West
Virginia state troopers prevented disorganizers of last weeks press conference
from entering the center.
Once again, the Federal Government is spending large sums for money to prevent
people from exercising their rights to peacefully assemble in the woods. Many
taxpayers think the money could be better spent on schools and health care for our
Where is it happening?
The Cranberry Glade Visitors Center near Seebert, West Virginia. Directions: from
the Washington, DC area, take I-66 west to I-81 south to I-64 west. At Lewisburg,
about 12 miles across the state line inside West Virginia, take WV Route 219
north. Near Seebert, West Virginia, take 39/55 west to the Cranberry Visitor
Center. Total travel time, about 5-1/2 hours.