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This page last updated February 08, 2009

Patrick Diehl

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paid occupation: words (editing, research, translation, fiction & poetry writing, deposition summarizing) unpaid occupation: political agitator/activist

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Born in Texas in 1946. Maternal grandparents ranched for 50 years near Uvalde. Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (UC Berkeley)--specialty, European Middle Ages, including Byzantine Empire. Left academe in '82 for full-time anti-nuclear weapons organizing with Livermore Action Group (Bay Area, California), '82-'85. Lived in group household in Berkeley, 1985-1998. Did etymological research for 3 years for American Heritage Dictionary (3rd edition) around '90. Involved in Save Ward Valley campaign, '95-'98. War tax resister, nonviolence trainer. Partners with Tori Woodard since '85. Moved to Escalante, UT in 9/98 for Tori's health. Co-founder of Escalante House and Escalante Wilderness Project. Goals include winning civil rights for environmentalists in Southern Utah and getting the cows off Western public lands (BLM, USFS, NPS). Elected to Executive Committee of new Glen Canyon Group of Sierra Club this summer. By popular agreement, most hated man in Escalante. Interested in sustainable economic alternatives in rural West, which local "ranchocracy" seems determined to resist at all costs. Love Southern Utah, but unfavorably impressed by Southern Utahns. Tori's health much improved, so Escalante is stuck with us for the foreseeable future. Excited to see anti-grazing movement starting to blossom, after 20 years or so of slow underground spread of information, outrage, personal connections and initiatives. Our major task now is to raise public awareness of damage grazing does to ecosystems, archaeological sites, human society and economy. The Escalante Wilderness Project's Immodest local vision is protected wilderness (no livestock!) from the Aquarius Plateau, down the Escalante drainage, and across a restored Glen Canyon all the way to Blanding, Monticello, and Mexican Hat way east of the Colorado River.

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