Nationwide Forest Service Protests for San Francisco Peaks Protection

Posted: August 19, 2011 by earthfirstdurango in direct action, environmental justice, environmental racism, indigenous solidarity, logging, repression, resistance, sacred sites, water
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San Francisco Peaks clearcutting 2011/Protect the Peaks

Nation-wide Protests Planned at Forest Service Headquarters to Halt Sacred Site Desecration on the San Francisco Peaks

We hope you can help organize a demo at the Regional Forest Service office in your area. Please let us know. We may have other supporters in your area and can connect you.

Greetings friends,

This is a call to see if anyone can organize protests at any of the 10 regional Forest Service Headquarters, including the main office in DC!

Even a few people holding banners outside FS offices would greatly help us put necessary national pressure on the Forest Service regarding the Holy San Francisco Peaks crisis, i.e. current clear-cutting and pipe-line construction in conjunction with Snowbowl ski resort’s expansion and plans to make snow with treated wastewater.

It is also important to note that some of the regional foresters have good working relationships with Indigenous Nations and so please consider this when organizing.Folks in the Flagstaff area have been very busy as Im sure you’ve heard. ( If you haven’t heard, check out truesnow.org and www.IndigenousAction.org) Not only have 26 arrests been made so far in response to out efforts to stop desecration and eco-cide of the Peaks, but harassment and bogus citations are given to Peaks campers by USFS agents on a daily basis.The goals of the protests are to:

1. To call for an immediate halt to desecration of the Holy San Francisco Peaks.

2. Call for the USDA to revoke the Special Use Permit for Arizona Snowbowl for greater public interest.

3. Draw attention and elicit comments for the U.S. Forest Service draft report outlining its policies and procedures for protecting Sacred Sites.

4. Demonstrate nationwide support for protection of the Peaks and all Sacred Places!

We can provide a template news release for media contacts in your area.

We can also provide banner templates and tips (or send banners depending on the need).

Below is a sample call out from the already planned Albuquerque, NM protest. Please email me at indigenousaction@gmail.com or protectpeaks@gmail.com if you can help organize a demonstration.

Please forward to your contacts who maybe able to help as well.For some background please visit: www.IndigenousAction.org and www.TrueSnow.org.

Here are the regions:

Southwestern Region – Albuquerque, NM (CONFIRMED!)
Northern Region – Missoula, Montana (FOLKS ORGANIZING NOW!)
Rocky Mountain Region – Golden, CO
Pacific Northwest Region – Portland, Oregon (FOLKS ORGANIZING NOW!)
Intermountain Region – Ogden, UT
Alaska Regional Office – Juneau, AK
Pacific Southwest Region – Vallejo, CA (FOLKS ORGANIZING NOW!)
Southern Region – Atlanta, GA
Eastern Region – Milwaukee, WI
US Forest Service HQ – Washington, D.C.

PROTECT SACRED SITES! DEFEND HUMAN RIGHTS!
PROTECT THE PEAKS PROTEST

When: Thursday, Aug 25th – All day 9am to 5pm.

Where: Southwestern Regional Forester Office
333 Broadway SE, Albuquerque, NM.

Why: Since May 25, 2011, the owners of Arizona Snowbowl, with the support of the U.S. Forest Service and the Flagstaff City Council, have laid over five miles of a 14.8 mile wastewater pipeline and have clearcut over 40 acres of rare alpine forest on the Holy San Francisco Peaks in Northern, AZ.

The Peaks are Holy to more than 13 Indigenous Nations.
They are a place of worship, a place where deities reside, a place where offerings are made, where herbs are gathered, where emergence has occurred, and a location where other sacred religious practices take place.

The USDA, the agency in charge of the Forest Service, has been holding hearings on protection of sacred places due in part to the Peaks controversy.

Urge the Forest Service’s Regional Forester and USDA to immediately halt all Snowbowl development on the San Francisco Peaks!

The Forest Service and USDA can stop this desecration and eco-cide!

More info: TrueSnow.org

TAKE ACTION:

1. Contact the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Urge the USDA to immediately halt all development on the San Francisco Peaks!

The USDA heads the Forest Service. Urge them to revoke the Special Use Permit for Arizona Snowbowl for greater public interest.

Tom Vilsack

U.S. Department of Agriculture

1400 Independence Ave., S.W.

Washington, DC 20250

Phone: 202-720-3631

2. Comment on USDA Draft Sacred Sites Report.

Public Comment Deadline: Oct. 4.

The draft report is available for review at
http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/tribalrelations/sacredsites

Public comments can be sent to:

U.S. Forest Service
Office of Tribal Relations
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Mailstop Code: 1160
Washington, DC 20250-1160

Comments also may be submitted by fax to (202) 205-1773 or e-mail to
sacredsitescomment@fs.fed.us.

3. Converge on the Mountain! Donate supplies!

Join an established base camp or start your own.

Supplies are also needed.

More info: www.truesnow.org

4. Donate funds for legal support for those arrested

Donate online at www.TrueSnow.org or www.IndigenousAction.org

You can also organize fundraiser support and awareness events.

Contact protectpeaks@gmail.com for more info.

5. Contact Flagstaff City Officials and urge them to RESPECT the environment, Indigenous culture, and protect public health by finding a way out of their contract to sell Snowbowl wastewater!

PHONE: (928) 779-7600
EMAIL: council@flagstaffaz.gov

6. Write letters to your local papers about the issue.

Spread the message on your social networks.

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Comments
  1. Silent Vigil August 23 – 4PM – City Hall

    Water is Life, Don’t sell ours to Snowbowl!

    Wear tape or a cloth or something covering your mouth to show how the council has forced silence on this issue!

    On Tuesday August 23 we will hold Silent Vigil in front of City Hall and subsequently in city council meeting. It is time to stop for a moment and pay our respects to the plants, trees, animals, and insects who died or lost their homes in the clear-cuts that are taking place up on the mountain at the hands of Arizona Snowbowl.

    It would only take four city council members with courage and vision to end this entire treated sewage effluent fiasco forever. With their simple vote to end the contract it could put an end to anger and racism and outright desecration and begin the healing process. It would also keep 180,000,000 gallons of water a year filtering through 1200 feet of volcanic rock back into our own aquifer, instead of dumping it directly above a perched aquifer on the peaks and uphill from the Hart Prairie aquifer. Flagstaff water for Flagstaff, don’t sell it to Snowbowl.

    Please join us in the City Council meeting and let them know what their silence feels like. The council chambers can likely hold about 200 people, so come on down and help us fill the room. Let them know that water is life, don’t sell ours to Snowbowl.

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