Forum: Legalizing Direct Action
to Protect our Climate
Wednesday, February 8
7 to 9 pm
East Simpson Coffee Company
414 East Simpson St, Lafayette
A forum with former Mora County, New Mexico, Commissioner John Olivas (Mora was the nation’s first county to ban fracking); Doug Good Feather, Standing Rock Lakota Sioux Nation, a member of the Hunkpapa tribe, and spiritual leader of Spirit Horse Nation, a human rights and environmental protection organization; and Lafayette City Councilor Merrily Mazza.
In January of 2016 the people of Lafayette, Colorado introduced the “Climate Bill of Rights and Protections” for adaptation to the Lafayette City Council. The ordinance will codify the right to a healthy climate and protects this right through community community-led, nonviolent direct action should government fail to recognize this right. It is based on the First Nation principle of protecting the environment for seven generations and was introduced by Councilors Merrily Mazza and Gustavo Reyna. If adopted Lafayette will join Grant Township Pennsylvania, who passed a similar ordinance to protect their community from injection wells that dispose of toxic liquid drilling waste.
Join East Boulder County United in forum and discussion on the Climate Bill of Rights and Protections, the fight of the First Nations, and the effort to protect our communities from state and corporate driven law. John Olivas led the nation’s first county to ban fracking, Spirit Horse Nation’s Doug Good Feather of Standing Rock, and Lafayette City Councilor Merrily Mazza.
The moratorium on fracking in Boulder County expires on May 1, 2017, and the state attorney general is now threatening to sue over that short respite. Industry must be eager to start drilling on our open space. It’s on.
East Boulder County United has held three Direct Action trainings in the past two months. All three have filled to capacity with hardly any advertising. Suddenly, we’ve got a highly-trained crew of energetic folks who are fed up and ready to stand for their rights.
We’ve had two discussions of our Climate Bill of Rights at the Lafayette City Council, with fantastic turnout and massive local coverage including articles in Boulder Weekly, Colorado Independent, The Daily Camera, and The Denver Channel.
Now we’re reaching out to you, because we know you’ll want to be involved!
Upcoming Events in February
Tuesday, February 7, 6.15 pm – Women and Children First: Reading of the Lafayette Climate Bill of Rights, Lafayette City Council. Women and children will address the Lafayette City Council in support of the Climate Bill of Rights. Come support us with your presence and/or your voice in a 2-3 minute statement, and bring your kids! Lafayette City Hall, 1290 S Public Rd.
Wednesday, February 8, 7 pm – 9 pm – “Legalizing Direct Action to Protect Our Climate”: workshop and panel–see announcement above.
Sunday, February 12, 3.30 pm – 6 pm – Graduates Meeting (for graduates of Direct Action training 101 AND 201). East Simpson Coffee Company, 414 East Simpson, Lafayette.
Direct Action Trainings
Over the past five years, the fight against fracking in Boulder County has been long, contentious, and complex. So if you’re ready to join with us to become official Boulder County Protectors – and we hope you are – we’ve got a few mandatory trainings for you to take: Direct Action 101, Direct Action 201, and Graduates Meeting. These workshops blend the philosophy of nonviolent action with practical tools to use in the field (and they’re also a blast).
Sunday, February 26, 1 pm – 4 pm – Direct Action 101 at Scornavacco Family Karate, 1830 Boston Ave, Longmont. Shoot us an email asap at firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Please note: trainings are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and DA 101 trainings are capped at 40 participants. Cost is by donation. Suggested donation is $20-$60 based on income.
We need you, your talents and your skills! Remember, trainings are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so email ustonight to register. More DA 101s, 201s, and Graduates Meetings will be held later in the spring…stay tuned for details.
And hey, we could use your help spreading the word! Here are some ideas:
1. Forward this email to someone else in the area who’s fired up about saving our planet
2. Bring a friend or colleague to our upcoming City Council readings and our “So Your Community is About to be Fracked” panel.
3. Like our FB page, and share our events.
4. Email the Lafayette City Council and tell them you support the Climate Bill of Rights.
No drills. No pipelines. Water is life.
Let’s do this. HOKA.
In love and solidarity,
The Boulder County Protectors of East Boulder County United