To those of us who feel the Earth is sacred, those who have given, lost or taken their own lives in defense of her are the equivalent of martyrs, I guess. So many of us wish we had the courage, the wit, the strength and the dedication to do what they have done, but I guess too in the long run, all the roles of work for the Earth are needed, we all do what we can and just keep doing it til we see the change or we die trying.
It is fitting, imho, at the solstice when the Light begins its return, the days increase and we head back toward the seasons of growth, to honor those who gave their all in Defense of Life and Mother Earth.
Environmental and social justice activist, ELF warrior and political prisoner William C. Rodgers (known to friends as “Avalon”) died on December 21, 2005. A casualty of the Green Scare, he committed suicide in jail, citing the following reason:
“To my friends and supporters to help them make sense of all these events that have happened so quickly: Certain human cultures have been waging war against the Earth for millennia. I chose to fight on the side of bears, mountain lions, skunks, bats, saguaros, cliff rose and all things wild. I am just the most recent casualty in that war. But tonight I have made a jail break—I am returning home, to the Earth, to the place of my origins. Bill, 12/21/05 (the winter solstice.)”
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