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Earth First! Journal review of Rod Coronado Benefit Book

News ArchiveFlaming Arrows: A Compilation of Works by Rod Coronado, 119-page book,, 2006.
From the day he burst onto the international ecodefense stage, Rod Coronado has been more than an activist—he has been a veritable force in the First World movement for total liberation.
Today, Rod is facing years behind bars for allegedly giving out information that is easily found on the Internet (see EF!J May-June 2006). If you don’t yet know why the feds have it out for this guy, this is the book for you. If you already know who Rod is, but your old collection of Strong Hearts is tattered beyond repair, you may give a shout of joy at this compilation. If you are looking for a way to support a warrior in trouble or for a wonderful resource to inspire and renew our resistance movements, you need to get this book. This review was published in the current issue of the Earth First! Journal you can order the journal @ earthfirstjournal.org and you can order the book @ flamingarrows.mountainrebel.net

Warrior Tales
by Ben Pachano
The Earth First! Journal

Flaming Arrows: A Compilation of Works by Rod Coronado, 119-page book,, 2006.
From the day he burst onto the international ecodefense stage, Rod Coronado has been more than an activist—he has been a veritable force in the First World movement for total liberation.

Today, Rod is facing years behind bars for allegedly giving out information that is easily found on the Internet (see EF!J May-June 2006). If you don’t yet know why the feds have it out for this guy, this is the book for you. If you already know who Rod is, but your old collection of Strong Hearts is tattered beyond repair, you may give a shout of joy at this compilation. If you are looking for a way to support a warrior in trouble or for a wonderful resource to inspire and renew our resistance movements, you need to get this book.

The first 20 pages of the compilation consists mostly of articles originally published in the EF! Journal. The middle consists of excerpts from the Strong Hearts zines that Rod put out during his first prison term in the ’90s. The last third is a slightly edited version of the 1997 zine Memories of Freedom by the Western Wildlife Unit of the Animal Liberation Front.

In these pages you’ll read inspiring, firsthand accounts of actions from coyote liberation to lynx rehabilitation, sunken whaling ships to torched laboratories. You’ll read about topics from the Canadian seal hunt to the struggles of the Irish Republican Army, and see how Rod synthesizes issues of animal, human and Earth liberation through the lens of an indigenous person fighting the forces of colonization.

In August 2006, Rod wrote a statement from prison (included in this compilation) in which he said, “[In the past,] I chose to engage sometimes in the destruction of property…. No longer do I personally choose to represent the cause of peace and compassion that way…. Don’t ask me how to burn down a building. Ask me how to grow watermelons or how to explain nature to a child. That is what I want to grow old doing. “

As the forces of destruction continue to crack down on our resistance movements, some warriors will be faced with the choice between retirement and martyrdom. I’m not talking about people who abandon radicalism for a comfortable nonprofit paycheck; I’m talking about people like Rod, Free or the current batch of noncooperating Operation Backfire defendants—people who will never be out of the feds’ spotlight even when their prison terms are done (until the system collapses, that is—another reason to get to it!).

If we want to ensure the long-term viability of our movements, we need to support these warriors as they transition into the elders that we are going to need over the long haul. In a project like Flaming Arrows, I see two ways of doing this.

First, support the person. All proceeds from the sale of Flaming Arrows go directly to Rod and his family to help them with the enormous financial burdens of imprisonment and mounting a legal defense.

Second, keep their actions alive. An action does not end when the ashes grow cold or the district attorney says, “Case closed.” It lives on as long as the story is being told, informing and inspiring the actions of a new generation.

A legend is told that the great Apache warrior-shaman Geronimo never actually died, that the man who surrendered to the US military was not the one who had hounded it for a quarter century. I don’t know if Geronimo really rides free in the mountains of the Apache homeland today. But I do know that every time my friends and I camp in those mountains, we tell stories of Apache resistance, and the warriors of this place speak to us across the ages.

So buy this book, and read it. Read it out loud and retell its stories in living rooms and around campfires, at birthday parties and on war parties. Let these warrior tales be the sparks that ignite your own flaming arrows. And remember to aim high.

Flaming Arrows is available for $12. To obtain a copy, go to flamingarrows.mountainrebel.net or send a blank money order to Flaming Arrows, c/o IEF Press, PO Box 372, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.
For more information about Rod and his case, contact Support for Rod Coronado, PO Box 732, Tucson, AZ 85702; info@supportrod.org; www.supportrod.org.

Ben Pachano works with Root Force.
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