Press Release For immediate release: Aug.4, 2006
Prepared by the Colorado Legal Eagles <email@example.com>
Video Exposes Forest Service Propaganda about Rainbow
See Video Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hAx5G0I9mU
[Denver] -- Video was posted on the Internet Thursday (8/3) of
a confrontation between attendees of the North American Annual Rainbow
Gathering and the U.S. Forest Service at a Forest Service roadblock
on June 20, 2006 in the Routt National Forest, north of Steamboat
Springs, Colorado. The video clearly shows that the Forest Service
lied about the Rainbows hurtling sticks and stones at them during
The Rainbows were peaceful and did nothing more than try to surround
the Forest Service with a prayer circle. Many shouts of "We
love you!" and "We bring peace!" are heard. Although
some obscenities and name-calling can also be heard, there were
no sticks or stones thrown as the Forest Service claimed.
The gathering attendees are armed only with flowers, guitars, and
American flags. However, the Forest Service law enforcement officers
at the roadblock were heavily armed with semi-automatic rifles,
shotguns, pepper spray and mounted patrolmen.
The Forest Service tried to shut down the Gathering this year because
the group failed to obtain a permit for the estimated a 20,000 attendees.
The Rainbows contend that they are a group without structure or
leaders and therefore no one has the authority to request a permit
for the Gathering. They instead work with the Forest Service to
create Operating Plans.
The event, which attracts about 20,000 people per year, comes about
through the efforts of volunteers who gather every year to commune
with nature and celebrate peace and love. The Gathering's focal
point is a July 4 prayer circle, where thousands of people hold
hands in a circle for hours and Om and pray for world peace.
The Forest Service employed an unprecedented media and public dis-information
campaign this year, aimed at discrediting the Rainbow Gathering
attendees as "drifters, criminals, homeless people, runaways,
sexual predators, drug addicts, skinheads and members of violent
groups ranging from the Earth Liberation Front to the Ku Klux Klan."
The Forest Service also tried to paint Rainbow volunteers as destroying
the land, despite years positive Forest Service reports on past
Gatherings. They ignore the fact that every year after the Gathering,
the Forest Service praises the Rainbows on their ability to clean
up the sites and leave no trace of the event.
See cleanup letters: http://www.coloradolegaleagles.org/rainbow/
The Forest Service paints themselves as guardians of the National
Forest against thousands of undesirable human beings. They neglect
to publicize the fact that they denied all permit applications this
year because a logging company has a previous permit to build logging
roads and cut down the forests in the same area later this summer.
A few thousand peaceful feet over the course of a week are no comparison
to the destruction a logging company will do to the forest in one
day. But the Forest Service propaganda machine chooses to ignore
this inconvenient truth. The truth is in the video of the roadblock
on June 20, 2006, when the Rainbows peacefully overcame the Forest
Service law enforcement officers attempting to shut down the gathering.
See Video Here: http://www.welcomehome.org/rainbow/sites/co2006/video/
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