History and Industry

I sent this message today to the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle:
In the 1990s, the Seattle-based Northwest Coalition Against Malicious Harassment organized human rights groups in Washington, Oregon and Idaho to oppose the violent racism of the property rights militias. In 1997, seven militia members were convicted in U.S. District Court in Seattle, for making bombs to murder environmental and treaty rights activists.
Part of this story was covered by Jane Kramer at The New Yorker, but the back story of how this tragedy happened reveals that it was funded by the real estate development industry. That back story is told in Wise Use in Northern Puget Sound by Paul de Armond, which is available at Bellingham Public Library, and soon as a Google doc.
From 2013-2017, Wise Use terrorism in Whatcom County–directed at the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians–was organized by Tea Party-led PACS, funded by the Cherry Point coal export consortium, which included BNSF Railway. This story is currently available online as a six-part special report Anti-Indian Movement on the Salish Sea by the Center for World Indigenous Studies in Olympia.

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