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PEOPLE COUNT TOO! THOUSANDS ATTEND RALLY TO DEMAND A BALANCED SOLUTION TO THE TIMBER SUPPLY CRISIS.

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 PEOPLE COUNT TOO! THOUSANDS ATTEND RALLY TO DEMAND
 A BALANCED SOLUTION TO THE TIMBER SUPPLY CRISIS
 Rally, Organized by Labor and Grassroots Organizations,
 Precedes Critical Events on Timber Supply Issues
 /ADVANCE/ ROSEBURG, Ore., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Preceding many critical announcements relating to conservation of the Northern Spotted Owl, thousands rallied today at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Roseburg, demanding that Congress and the Bush administration seek a balanced solution to the timber supply crisis.
 "Thousands have come here to send a message to their elected officials and government bureaucrats that people count too," said Mike Draper, executive secretary of the Western Council of Industrial Workers (WCIW). "When government officials discuss how to conserve the Northern Spotted Owl, human lives must be entered into the equation."
 The rally -- organized by WCIW, the International Woodworkers of America, U.S., the Oregon Lands Coalition and several other Oregon labor and grassroots organizations -- comes before a series of administrative, judicial and legislative activities related to the supply crisis. These activities include the release of a ruling by the God Squad; a ruling by Judge Dwyer; the release of Interior Secretary Manuel Lujan's proposal for recovery of the northern spotted owl; and the introduction of new timber supply legislation in Congress.
 "It is not enough to continue to debate about how we conserve the spotted owl and minimize job loss," said Draper. "We must have a solution today that relieves thousands of families of the worrying and hopelessness that the supply crisis has wrought throughout the Pacific Northwest.
 "That solution, the Federal Lands and Families Protection Act, currently sits before Congress," continued Draper. "This legislation will protect both endangered species of the Pacific Northwest -- the spotted owl and the timber community. Congress must act now to enact this important legislation."
 "We have recently seen some encouraging signs," said Oregon AFL- CIO President Irv Fletcher, "including the Department of Agriculture's recent decision to modify the administrative timber sales appeals process and Secretary Lujan's decision to evaluate different options to conserve the spotted owl that involve less drastic social and economic impacts."
 "But forest products workers and timber communities remain under attack by those who would lock-up our forest to protect the owl while ignoring the economic and social effects," added Fletcher. "We must band together and demand a balanced solution."
 Evelyn Badger, co-director of Workers of Oregon Development, said, "The time for taking the battle to our adversaries is here. People in Roseburg and throughout the Pacific Northwest have everything at stake in this debate from our jobs to support for education and our way of life."
 Badger continued, "We have seen several positive decisions that indicate times are changing -- our leaders are finally realizing we must put human rights above animal rights."
 Draper said, "Not even a rainy day like today can keep the thousands of Northwest families affected by this crisis from making their voices heard and demanding a resolution to this issue."
 Other speakers at the rally included: Rep. Peter Defazio (D-Ore.); Rod Kelty, vice president for the International Woodworkers of America, U.S.; Jay Power from the national AFL-CIO; Charlie Janz, president of Oregon Lands Coalition; and Joyce Morgan, a Roseburg county commissioner.
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