Statement from David "Gypsy" Chain's family
The family of David Nathan Chain would like to express thanks to all of those who have held us in their thoughts and prayers. We are so proud of Dave and the work he was doing with Earth First! We believe his death will not be in vain. It gives us great peace knowing that he died fighting for what he believed in.
The Death of David Chain
Does this sound like an accidental killing to you?
The voice of "A.E." (the logger who felled the tree which killed Earth First! nonviolent civil disobedience activist David Chain later the sameday). "A.E." is yelling at another activist in the small group protesting in the forest with David:
AE: (Raging) Get the fuck out of here! You've got me hot enough now to fuck!
Activist: (Apologetically) We don't want to cause you any problems.
AE: (Angrily) You already have! So get out of here! You cock suckers! I mean it!
AE: (Threateningly) Get outta here! Otherwise I'll XXXX', I'll make sure I got a tree comin' this way!...
The following is the statement issued to the media by the nonviolent activists who were present in the forest with David "Gypsy" Chain when he was killed by a falling tree cut by a hostile Pacific Lumber Co.
Those of us who were present during the death of our friend and fellow activist David "Gypsy" Chain would like to make the following statements and clarifications.
Gypsy was a strong warrior who fought nonviolently for the forest. His dedication and commitment to defending the Earth is an inspiration to all of us.
Gypsy's death is not an isolated incident of violence. In the last several months trees have been intentionally fallen at nonviolent activists at the Luna tree sit and in the Mattole watershed in Humboldt county. This is part of an escalation of violence against nonviolent forest defenders in the Northwest and all over the world.
The loggers were aware of our presence as we had engaged them in conversation throughout the day. In fact, the logger that felled the tree which killed our brother Gypsy had repeatedly threatened us with violence and chased us. He also purposely felled other trees in our direction. We never contrived a call and answer system. In truth, we ran for our lives.
This is part of a series of lies and cover-ups to benefit MAXXAM Corporation, including, but not limited to, the "domino effect" in regards to the falling tree that killed Gypsy, the "call and response" communications, the claim that they didn't know we were present and the overall claim that Pacific Lumber operated safely.
In closing we would like to send our deepest sympathies to Gypsy's family, friends and supporters and all those beings killed by MAXXAM's destructive and greedy forest practices.
Ongoing memorial services will be held off of Highway 36 just past Grizzly Creek Campground on the north side of the road. We are asking for the area to be preserved as a memorial site for David "Gypsy" Chain with all logging activities ceased.
Erik "Ayr" Eisenberg
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