Friday, December 18, 2009
The struggle to protect the Holy San Francisco Peaks and community health from ski resort expansion and wastewater snowmaking continues.
Although a current lawsuit filed by the Save the Peaks Coalition and community members has halted the ski business' efforts to make sewage snow, community support is still needed.
In the face of political pressure from the State of Arizona's Congressional Delegation, (more) the US Forest Service approved a component of the ski area's proposed development that is not associated with snowmaking.
Regardless of the approval Snowbowl cannot currently expand due to the lawsuit.
While it is unclear as to how long the court case will stop Snowbowl from expanding and making sewer water snow, in the context of the legal battle the Obama administration is doing everything in their power to put wastewater snow on the holy San Francisco Peaks.
When the Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort opened on Thursday, a small group of protesters held signs and banners to ensure that skiers were aware of public health threats and the desecration of the sacred mountain.
Arizona Snowbowl employees called the Forest Service and County Sheriffs in an attempt to have the protesters and others with them arrested for "trespassing" on public lands. No charges were made.
You can join us in our stand for the protection of sacred places and community health.
When: Saturday, December 19th starting at 10AM
Where: Flagstaff City Hall on the Rt. 66 side
If you can't join us please visit http://www.savethepeaks.org for more information on what you can do to help stop Snowbowl and protect sacred places!
Note: This event is not endorsed by the Save the Peaks Coalition.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Community Protest Against Obama's Troop Escalation
Saturday, December 5, 2009
On Saturday (12/5), dozens of Flagstaff residents gathered on the City Hall lawn to protest Barack Obama's decision to escalate the war in Afghanistan. On the preceding Tuesday (12/1) Barack Obama announced that the United $tates would be sending 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, set to start in the upcoming months.
After co-opting anti-war sentiment during the 2008 presidential election, Obama has since escalated the wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq. In February 2009, Obama ordered 17,000 more combat troops to Afghanistan, furthering the U.$. occupation. Obama is also responsible for illegal and immoral attacks against Palestinians, immigrants, women, children, and other marginalized peoples, all of which have been committed by the U.$. government.
With Tuesdays announcement, the U.$. will be sending an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan. This recent deployment will raise the level of U.S. troops in Afghanistan to more than 100,000. Ironically, this announcement came less than 2 months after Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
On Saturday, Flagstaff community members responded to the troop surge and we encourage more people to get involved locally. Anti-war actions have also taken place in Philadelphia, Portland, New York and internationally.
CHANGE DOES NOT EQUAL WAR
posted on arizona.indymedia.org