Betty Krawczyk, a 73-year-old great-grandmother, romance writer, and hero to many Canadian environmentalists, was released from jail yesterday, after a judge ruled that she had served enough of her year-long sentence for protesting old-growth logging in the Elaho Valley in British Columbia. Krawczyk began serving her jail term four months ago just as five loggers were given only suspended sentences for assaulting a protest camp in the valley. Krawczyk, who is a member of the group Raging Grannies, said yesterday that when she blockaded logging roads to protect trees, “it affirmed human values over the profit motive and that’s considered far more dangerous by corporations and governments.” On a related note, check out the diary entries this week on the Grist Magazine website by Susan Tixier of the enviro group Great Old Broads.

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