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Veteran activist Mary Moore sets her sights on Bohemian Club again


Veteran activist Mary Moore of Camp Meeker is emerging from what she calls “retirement” to organize a protest at Bohemian Grove for the first time in 10 years.

Longtime protester Mary Moore, of Camp Meeker, spoke during an Occupy Santa Rosa event in February. (Crista Jeremiason)

Moore, 76, is reviving her Bohemian Grove Action Network to stage — in collaboration with the Occupy movement and about 20 other groups — an event called “Creation of Care” from noon to 4 p.m. July 14 at the Monte Rio Amphitheatre.

It’s intentionally set for the same day as the “Cremation of Care,” the ceremony that traditionally opens the midsummer gathering for the wealthy and powerful Bohemians at their 2,700-acre enclave, also in Monte Rio.

The “m” dropped from cremation to spell creation “stands for murder and money,” Moore said.

Critics of the San Francisco-based Bohemian Club’s retreat, which dates to 1878, say that the power brokers and plutocrats meet under the redwoods to plot the course of government and industry.

The Cremation of Care ritual involves the burning of a human effigy at the foot of a massive owl statue, symbolizing the Bohemians’ casting off “dull care.”
The 2,400-member all-male club is “dedicated to theater, music and the education of its members,” said Sam Singer, club spokesman.

The club, which maintains tight security to keep strangers out of the grove, has no objection to law-abiding protests held on public property and without infringing on members “rights of free assembly,” Singer said.

The encampment runs from July 12-29, and requires a staff of about 700 people, many of them local high school and college-age youths.

Moore emphatically distances herself from those who allege the Bohemians engage such things as satanic worship.
“The truth is scary enough,” she said. “They’re basically rich guys making money off stuff that hurts people.”

Moore, whose activism began in the 1960s civil rights movement, founded the Bohemian Grove Action Network in 1980 to organize protests at the grove gates that took place “on and off” for about 30 years. She scaled back her involvement in 2001, intent on working on other issues and hoping others would sustain the Bohemian Grove protest.

But that did not pan out, and Moore, attracted to the Occupy movement last fall, started work in March on Occupy Bohemian Grove, intended “to expose the 1 percent,” she said.

Cindy Sheehan, a war protester whose soldier son died in Iraq, and the Fukushima Mothers Delegation will participate in the July 14 event, along with other activists and entertainers.

The Fukushima delegation, which includes women who witnessed the Japanese nuclear disaster in March, 2011, will tour California during early July, Moore said.

The nuclear power issue represents a “coming full circle” for her Bohemian Grove network, itself an offshoot of the Abalone Alliance, a statewide group that opposed the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in the late 1970s.

A flier for the event makes no mention of a march to the grove gates, which means “we are not endorsing it,” Moore said.

July 14 is also Moore’s 77th birthday, and she hopes to finally be done with Bohemian Grove.

“It’s time for the younger people to step up and do this,” she said. “I want this to be the last year I’m doing it.”

(You can reach Staff Writer Guy Kovner at 521-5457 or guy.kovner@pressdemocrat.com.)

18 Responses to “Veteran activist Mary Moore sets her sights on Bohemian Club again”

  1. bats says:

    Well the super meet again. probably to plan how much more money they can suck from all of us. Bernie Sanders (US Senator for Vermont) knows the score:

    “In the United States today, we have the most unequal distribution of wealth and income since the 1920s. Today, the wealthiest 400 individuals own more wealth than the bottom half of America – 150 million people.

    Today, the six heirs to the Wal-Mart fortune own more wealth than the bottom 30 percent.

    Today, the top one percent own 40 percent of all wealth, while the bottom sixty percent owns less than 2 percent. Incredibly, the bottom 40 percent of all Americans own just 3/10ths of one percent of the wealth of the country.

    According to a new study from the Federal Reserve, median net worth for middle class families dropped by nearly 40 percent from 2007-2010. That’s the equivalent of wiping out 18 years of savings for the average middle class family.

    The distribution of income is even worse. If you can believe it, the last study on this subject showed that in 2010, 93 percent of all new income created from the previous year went to the top one percent, while the bottom 99 percent of people had the privilege of enjoying the remaining 7 percent. In other words, the rich are getting much richer while almost everyone else is falling behind.

    Not only is this inequality of wealth and income morally grotesque, it is bad economic policy. If working families are deeply in debt, and have little or no income to spend on goods and services, how can we expand the economy and create the millions of jobs we desperately need? There is a limit as to how many yachts, mansions, limos and fancy jewelry the super-rich can buy. We need to put income into the hands of working families.”

  2. bats555 says:

    Moore could have a point, here is a link to a cnbc report. We are all slaves to the Central Bankers:


  3. Jean Anderson says:

    Ignorant left-wing radical losers.

    The clowns run their own circus.

  4. Over Easy says:

    This woman and her cult followers are fruit cakes. They have dedicated their lives to annoying the public to get attention. They are covered by the constitution and while I respect their rights they bring no value to everyday society.

    It is ridiculous nonsensical articles like this that ensure the PD’s place among the least credible and least interesting newspaper in the state. Unfortunately we are stuck with it.

  5. scot says:

    Beware the environmentalist. Green is the new Red.

  6. Skippy says:

    For 2 weeks every summer Sonoma Co. is the most secure location on the planet. Gotta love it!
    I welcome the Bohos and their $$.
    Time and tide have caught up with Mary.
    Now the Occupy losers can take her place.
    If they don’t space out the entire month of July, that is.

  7. Grey Whitmore says:

    It still amazes me how the 1% have convinced a large portion of the 99% to stand up for them.

  8. truth in news says:

    Gee, maybe if they had to get a JOB and be at WORK instead of living off the system we could quit taxing the working person to support their lifestyle. Going from public assistence checks to social security is not retirement.

  9. Steveguy says:

    My Mom plays bridge, they play protest.

    700 jobs sounds good to me. Wholesome summer jobs.

    Oh, sorry, jobs are BAD, and we should all sue to stop every job opportunity by any business. Call it an ‘inadequate environmental impact report’, and there will be ZERO jobs ! Hip-hip-hooray !

  10. Jim Bennett says:

    If you don’t want these globalists to impose their New World Order Agenda on your community, the most effective thing you could ever do is to KICK ICLEI OUT!

  11. Missy says:

    These things are just social events for lefties – the protests are social events for lefties and the BG is filled with lefties as well like Soros, Bono, etc. The wealthy elite have hookers they hook up with (ALL OF THEM) and the lefties hook up with willing hippie chicks. Fun party for both sides of the left – the elite 1%er left and the trustfunders pretending to be poor at the gig, er demonstration.

  12. GAJ says:

    700 summer jobs for our Youth?

    I like it.

  13. RAW says:

    Sad, so much intolerance among protesters these days.

  14. 3rdKing says:

    What a joke…the more the merrier. I for one am glad the Bohemian Grove is here and hope it remains forever. Good for everyone involved, where else would you have the retreat of all the power but the place with all the power, Sonoma County….

    Quit playing Mary, my advice would be find better avenues of resistance. This just brings them attention, don’t let them fool you, they want it.

  15. Law Abiding Citizen says:

    Who cares? Please stop publishing articles about this crazed woman and her cronies. They are nobodies in the eyes of everyone except for PD reporters. The entire world ignores them except you. Enough, nobody cares!

  16. Sarkyfish says:

    Crazy communist gives Bohemians something to laugh about as they enter campsite.

  17. Reality Check says:

    Way to go, Mary! And thank you!

  18. Thomas Brooks says:

    These people have way toooo much time on their hands. They should be reading Marx and Mao in their recliners and let go of the past.

    No one cares what this little band of anarchists do or think. They are passe. Only the PD and the daily worker would give them any ink.

    The Bohemian Grove will still be hosting the rich and powerful long after all of these little leftists are dust.