Demand a Boulder County Ban on Fracking (7/16/19 4pm-7pm)
Jul
16
4:00 PM16:00

Demand a Boulder County Ban on Fracking (7/16/19 4pm-7pm)

On July 16, the Boulder County Commissioners will hold a public hearing regarding the emergency moratorium on fracking they enacted in June. The moratorium was passed to allow the land use department to write new regulations in light of SB181 passed earlier this year. This new law allows governments to have some power in determining locations of well pad surface structures. Fracking will return to Boulder County under the leadership of the current Commission.
Commissioners Elise Jones and Matt Jones both voted no on a resolution to ban fracking at a meeting of the Boulder County Democrats earlier this year. They are not interested in a ban, though the majority of their constituents and the rank and file of the Boulder County Democrats support one.
Climate scientists are telling us that there must be a drawdown of fossil fuel now. Lawsuits for future damage and simply encouraging renewables, the two current approaches of the Commissioners, won’t combat climate change. There must be an end to the construction of new fossil fuel infrastructure including well pads in Boulder County.
The Democratic and Republican parties are heavily invested in keeping the fracking industry afloat in Colorado and State law supports their position in forcing communities to accept the industry. This reality is the reason the Commissioners fully accept the return of fracking to Boulder County.
Our Commissioners can say NO to all fracking in Boulder County, but it will take a critical mass of citizens to apply relentless pressure for them to do so. We CAN force the Commissioners to represent the will of the people rather than the State Democratic leadership. The language for a ban on oil and gas development can be found at bocoprotectors.org/climate-bill-of-rights.

Show up on July 16 at the County Courthouse and demand a ban. Sign up to speak here: https://www.bouldercounty.org/property-and-land/land-use/planning/oil-gas-development/


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Redefining Environmentalism For The Climate Emergency (4/28/19 2pm-5pm)
Apr
28
2:00 PM14:00

Redefining Environmentalism For The Climate Emergency (4/28/19 2pm-5pm)

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/redefining-environmentalism-for-the-climate-emergency-tickets-59931849776

** RSVP REQUIRED ** Space is limited at Lafayette Library.

East Boulder County United is proud to host First Nation water protector Waniya Locke and the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund’s Thomas Linzey. The presentation and discussion will include local community members and address the most pressing questions of our time.

What does environmentalism mean in an age of climate emergency?

On a national and global level communities are struggling underneath a system that defines our activism for us. It tells us what actions and talking points are acceptable, selects our spokespeople, and narrows the spectrum of what are considered to be agreeable forms of dissent and influence. It is also this same system which is the driving force behind global ecological collapse and climate disruption.

Acceptable forms of dissent are not working and something has to change.

Join us to discuss and explore what environmentalism for the climate emergency can look like, what communities are doing now to build power for people and the natural world, and to craft the ideas behind a new environmental movement.

- Waniya Locke is from the Ahtna Dene, Dakota, Lakota and Anishinaabe tribes. A mother of three beautiful children, she currently resides on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. A former Lakota Language Teacher. “Language is the foundation of any people, it makes us unique and true to our Identity.”

- Thomas Linzey is an attorney and the Executive Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) – a nonprofit law firm that has provided free legal services to over five hundred local governments and nonprofit organizations since 1995. He is a co-founder of the Daniel Pennock Democracy School – now taught in twenty-four states across the country which has graduated over 5,000 lawyers, activists, and municipal officials – which assists groups to create new community campaigns which elevate the rights of those communities over rights claimed by corporations.

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This One's for You, Lafayette! (4/19/19 5pm-7pm)
Apr
19
5:00 PM17:00

This One's for You, Lafayette! (4/19/19 5pm-7pm)

Thank you to The Post for considering the front-line frack fighters in Lafayette and Longmont and graciously rectifying the Hickenlooper Ale misstep.

Those of us holding the line in Boulder County will gather on Friday, April 19, at 5 pm at The Post Lafayette to say “thanks for understanding and for supporting the community members fighting the oil and gas onslaught." Come pound a few with us.

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Strategic Use of Direct Action to Protect Colorado (3/23/2019 12pm - 3pm)
Mar
23
12:00 PM12:00

Strategic Use of Direct Action to Protect Colorado (3/23/2019 12pm - 3pm)

Join the Boulder County Protectors in a half day training on the theory, use and application of nonviolent direct action to protect our communities from fracking.

The training will cover the basics of direct action, when it is used, and how it works to build political power while addressing the ideas and concerns of anyone new to this profound and historic strategy.

We will also talk about the current situation in Boulder County and Erie regarding drilling and how we are organizing to ban fracking around community rights and the Climate Bill of Rights.

People completing the training will be invited to to join our Boulder County Protectors Direct Action Implementation Strategy Sessions. Please join us for this half day training.

Sliding scale of $10 - $50. No one turned away for lack of funds. Donations needed for continued trainings and for our legal defense fund.

RSVP Required to eastbocounited@gmail.com with your name, address and phone number.

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Proposition 112 Defeated: What's Next for the Grassroots? (1/6/19 3pm-5pm)
Jan
6
3:00 PM15:00

Proposition 112 Defeated: What's Next for the Grassroots? (1/6/19 3pm-5pm)

Join East Boulder County United activists in a political analysis of oil and gas development in Colorado. We will examine the political forces and dynamics of the past 15 years with special emphasis on 2018. We'll discuss what we can expect from the Blue Wave and the role of grassroots organizing.

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Free Screening of the film "Unfractured" (9/30/2018 3pm-5pm)
Sep
30
3:00 PM15:00

Free Screening of the film "Unfractured" (9/30/2018 3pm-5pm)

Join East Boulder County United for the film, Unfractured, that tells the story of how activists worked to ban fracking in New York.

Two local candidates and EBCU activists Cliff Willmeng (running for BoCo county commissioner) and Theresa Stets (running for representative in State House District 12) will speak at the event to frame the film through the lens of fracking opposition in Colorado.

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Boulder County Community Rights Forum (8/23/2018 7pm-9 pm)
Aug
23
7:00 PM19:00

Boulder County Community Rights Forum (8/23/2018 7pm-9 pm)

Why can't people protect themselves from--
Fracking?
Gravel mines?
Prairie dog destruction?
Pipelines?
Ecosystem and endangered species destruction?
For-profit water withdrawals? 

What kind of movement will it take to save the environment and protect ourselves, our families, and our communities? 

Join us at the Historic Church of the Brethren and learn about efforts to build the community rights movement, and why this movement is imperative NOW, not only to preserve our communities but the whole planet. 

You'll hear from local organizers with--
Save Our Saint Vrain Valley
Best Democracy
Prairie Protection Colorado
Boulder Rights of Nature
Tindakan
East Boulder County United and the Longmont Protectors

You'll also hear from two current candidates for local and state office who both emerged from the community rights movement in Boulder County: Cliff Willmeng for Boulder County Commissioner (at large), and Theresa Stets for State House District 12

We'll wrap up with a discussion on Home Rule for Boulder County, and what such a campaign could achieve.

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Lafayette Council - Do Not Legalize Drilling in our Town (6/16/18 5pm)
Jun
19
5:00 PM17:00

Lafayette Council - Do Not Legalize Drilling in our Town (6/16/18 5pm)

The Lafayette City Council majority is attempting to legalize oil and gas drilling, the construction of fossil fuel infrastructure, and the burning of cancer causing volatile organic compounds within city limits. Ignoring the damage this will cause to public health, our local environment, and the global climate, Councilors are being asked to approve industry-reviewed drilling regulations in defiance of public safety and concern. 

As parents, families and people who love our town, we cannot allow this to happen. We stand by the following ideas and principles:

1. The regulations are the legalization of drilling and flaring in Lafayette

2. They do not protect human health, the environment or the climate

3. Legalizing drilling will harm people and the environment and can only be accomplished through the violation of our basic fundamental rights

4. Anyone voting to legalize drilling is complicit in these harms

5. After five years of appealing to all levels of government and being ignored, we are forced to protect the people, environment and climate ourselves. 

6. Any person in public office who refuses to protect the public has no moral basis for their position and should resign immediately

7. We want the Council to stop making misleading statements on the protective nature of the regulations, restore the full Climate Bill of Rights, and join with the community to build the necessary political force to protect us from drilling

Join with us to tell the Lafayette City Council to join with the community, end the brokering of oil and gas drilling in our town, and help us build a movement to protect our community from the poisoning and destruction seen across the Colorado oil fields.

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Pioneer Bannering: Be Cool Don't Frack Our School! (5/11/18 3:10pm-4pm)
May
11
3:10 PM15:10

Pioneer Bannering: Be Cool Don't Frack Our School! (5/11/18 3:10pm-4pm)

Please join our community and say no to fracking! We will meet on the Pioneer playground by 3:10pm and be ready to greet parents, teachers and members of our community! Invite friends so that we can make it loud and clear that we are saying no to fracking and our community, school, and district leaders cannot remain silent. They need to fight with us!! We will head over to Odd 13 after we finish up our bannering at Pioneer!

Two more Fridays - 5/11, and 5/18

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Levels of Volatile Organic Compounds in Our Blood (5/10/18 6pm)
May
10
6:00 PM18:00

Levels of Volatile Organic Compounds in Our Blood (5/10/18 6pm)

Last week, an Erie mother testified at a COGCC meeting on elevated levels of benzene, ethybenzene, and 0-xylene in her six-year-old-son’s blood.

Thursday, East Boulder County United hosts Dr John Hughes in a presentation on the levels of VOCs in human subjects living adjacent to oil and gas drilling. 

In 2013, Dr. John Hughes of Aspen Integrative Health tested the blood of 10 Carbondale residents for a range of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) associated with gas drilling, including benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene. He originally planned to re-test some of the individuals later, and see what happened if drilling took place in the Thompson Divide.

Hughes compared Carbondale residents’ results with blood samples from 10 residents of Erie. He found high levels of the carcinogen ethylbenzene in the blood of nine of the 11 Erie subjects; none of the Carbondale subjects showed high levels of ethylbenzene. In an article in the Aspen Times, Dr. Hughes stated: “The EPA has a standard for benzene of 5 parts per billion (ppb), and the highest levels that I found in the Erie patients’ blood was 118.5 ppb.”

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Nonviolent Direct Action Training (5/6/2018 12pm-3pm)
May
6
12:00 PM12:00

Nonviolent Direct Action Training (5/6/2018 12pm-3pm)

Join the Boulder County Protectors in a half day training on the theory, use and application of nonviolent direct action to protect our communities from fracking.

The training will cover the basics of direct action, when it is used, and how it works to build political power while addressing the ideas and concerns of anyone new to this profound and historic strategy.

We will also talk about the current situation in Boulder County and Erie regarding drilling and how we are organizing to ban fracking around community rights and the Climate Bill of Rights.

People completing the training will be invited to to join our Boulder County Protectors Direct Action Implementation Strategy Sessions. Please join us for this half day training.

Sliding scale of $10 - $50. No one turned away for lack of funds. Donations needed for continued trainings and for our legal defense fund.

RSVP Required to eastbocounited@gmail.com with your name, address and phone number.

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Pioneer Bannering: Be Cool Don't Frack Our School (5/4/18 3:10pm-4pm)
May
4
3:10 PM15:10

Pioneer Bannering: Be Cool Don't Frack Our School (5/4/18 3:10pm-4pm)

Please join our community and say no to fracking! We will meet on the Pioneer playground by 3:10pm and be ready to greet parents, teachers and members of our community! Invite friends so that we can make it loud and clear that we are saying no to fracking and our community, school, and district leaders cannot remain silent. They need to fight with us!! We will head over to Odd 13 after we finish up our bannering at Pioneer!

Fridays - 5/4, 5/11, and 5/18

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Croissants with Council (4/21/2018 9:30am - 10:30am)
Apr
21
9:30 AM09:30

Croissants with Council (4/21/2018 9:30am - 10:30am)

Ask council directly about the city's oil and gas regulations, now being reviewed by the industry (!), or about amendments to the criminal code to protect nonviolent activists, or about any other subject, Here's a chance for an actual back-and-forth exchange, unlike stilted public comment at city council meetings. And you get free croissants.

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Pioneer Bannering: Be Cool Don't Frack Our School (4/20/18 3:10pm-4pm)
Apr
20
3:15 PM15:15

Pioneer Bannering: Be Cool Don't Frack Our School (4/20/18 3:10pm-4pm)

Please join our community and say no to fracking! We will meet on the Pioneer playground by 3:10pm and be ready to greet parents, teachers and members of our community! Invite friends so that we can make it loud and clear that we are saying no to fracking and our community, school, and district leaders cannot remain silent. They need to fight with us!! We will head over to Odd 13 after we finish up our bannering at Pioneer!

Fridays - 4/20, 5/4, 5/11, and 5/18

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Angevine MS Bannering! Join our community & say no to fracking! (4/12/18 3:40pm-4:40pm)
Apr
12
3:40 PM15:40

Angevine MS Bannering! Join our community & say no to fracking! (4/12/18 3:40pm-4:40pm)

  • Minotaur Circle and South Boulder Road (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Calling all teachers, school administrators, students, parents, grandparents, and members of our community! We will meet at the corner of Minotaur Circle and South Boulder Road, in front of Angevine Middle School at 3:40PM on April 12th. No need to bring anything! We will have signs and banners.

After the bannering we will head over to Odd13 to connect, collaborate, and decompress. See you on April 12th!

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Pioneer Bannering: Be Cool Don't Frack Our School (4/6/18 3:10pm-4pm)
Apr
6
3:10 PM15:10

Pioneer Bannering: Be Cool Don't Frack Our School (4/6/18 3:10pm-4pm)

Please join our community and say no to fracking! We will meet on the Pioneer playground by 3:10pm and be ready to greet parents, teachers and members of our community! Invite friends so that we can make it loud and clear that we are saying no to fracking and our community, school, and district leaders cannot remain silent. They need to fight with us!! We will head over to Odd 13 after we finish up our bannering at Pioneer!

On Fridays until May 18th - 4/6, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, and 5/18 

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Students United! Meeting for School based antifracking campaign (3/25/18 3pm-5pm)
Mar
25
3:00 PM15:00

Students United! Meeting for School based antifracking campaign (3/25/18 3pm-5pm)

Join our growing crew of Boulder County activated parents, students and educators at this meeting to continue strategizing and making concrete plans to for our campaigns to fight fracking. Our 4 active areas are: 

1. Engagement across Boulder County Schools
2. Bannering and visibility events
3. Letters to the Editor
4. School walk-outs

This meeting will focus on the following: 

  • Messaging and logistics on Apri1 3 and May 1 school walkout events to the Boulder County Commissioners public meetings/hearings.
  • Updates and planning on Letters to the Editor and Bannering campaigns.
  • Communications and legal updates on BVSD policies regarding protests on school property.
  • Planning for engaging and building awareness at all Lafayette schools. 
  • Potential collaborations on Earth Day event.

This agenda will change if new developments arise in the next few days. Also we will provide basic orientation information for new folks to this meeting.

Here is the latest Daily Camera article on the developments at Pioneer Elementary: http://www.dailycamera.com/lafayette-news/ci_31748869/lafayette-elementary-school-sees-tensions-over-fracking-tensions

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Pioneer Bannering: Be Cool Don't Frack Our School (3/23/18 3:10pm-4:00pm)
Mar
23
3:10 PM15:10

Pioneer Bannering: Be Cool Don't Frack Our School (3/23/18 3:10pm-4:00pm)

Please join our community and say no to fracking! We will meet on the Pioneer playground by 3:10pm and be ready to greet parents, teachers and members of our community! Invite friends so that we can make it loud and clear that we are saying no to fracking and our community, school, and district leaders cannot remain silent. They need to fight with us!! We will head over to Odd 13 after we finish up our bannering at Pioneer!

On Fridays - 3/16, 3/23, 4/6

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Lafayette Council: Call to Action (3/20/18 6pm-9pm)
Mar
20
6:00 PM18:00

Lafayette Council: Call to Action (3/20/18 6pm-9pm)

DEMANDS FOR COUNCIL following town hall meeting with Thomas Linzey of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund:

Protect the Community by:

1. Restoring the Climate Bill of Rights to its original version with the direct action component

This will be discussed during council comments, Merrily Mazza will request that the amendments be added to the agenda and voted on at the April 3 council meeting. THE COUNCIL MAY REFUSE TO DO SO. Speak out and demand they protect the community and not the oil and gas industry!

2. Enforce the Climate Bill of Rights; accept pro bono legal offer from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund

3. Revamp trespass provisions in the city code to protect protestors acting for the community to stop neighborhood oil and gas drilling

Council has to make a decision at this critical moment for Lafayette public health and safety. We cannot survive Lafayette being turned into a toxic oil field. Ask the City Council to stand with the public against drilling or make way for others that will.

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Students united! Anti Fracking School Walkout Committee Meeting (3/18/18 3pm-5pm)
Mar
18
3:00 PM15:00

Students united! Anti Fracking School Walkout Committee Meeting (3/18/18 3pm-5pm)

Parents, students and teachers - Join Lafayette families to help us plan for an April 3 school walkout to express our demand to keep fracking away from our schools and out of all of Lafayette/Boulder County.

We have a basic plan to check our children out of school in the morning and take a bus to the county courthouse. Bring your ideas, passion, and interested friends. We have student leaders for this action and would love to recruit more.

See you there!  To get in touch, email antifrackingwalkouts@gmail.com

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Know Your Rights Training (3/18/18 1:00pm - 2:30pm)
Mar
18
1:00 PM13:00

Know Your Rights Training (3/18/18 1:00pm - 2:30pm)

Calling all area fracking activists!  Whitney Leeds, lawyer with the Denver chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, is conducting a know your rights training for local activists.   Ms. Leeds is phenomenal!  Know Your Rights is critical training for those planning to take part in direct actions.

After the last Lafayette city council meeting on fracking regulations, that's about all we have left to save the community, our families, and our environment. Attendees will learn about the procedure of being questioned, detained, and arrested by police in Colorado as well as their rights during that process. Specific language and behaviors to use with police will be discussed and role-played. 

Coming?  RSVP to jclamb4649@gmail.com

Free and sponsored by East Boulder County United.

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Pioneer Bannering:  Be Cool Don't Frack Our School (3/16/18 - 4/6/18 3:10pm-4:00pm)
Mar
16
3:10 PM15:10

Pioneer Bannering: Be Cool Don't Frack Our School (3/16/18 - 4/6/18 3:10pm-4:00pm)

Please join our community and say no to fracking! We will meet on the Pioneer playground by 3:10pm and be ready to greet parents, teachers and members of our community! Invite friends so that we can make it loud and clear that we are saying no to fracking and our community, school, and district leaders cannot remain silent. They need to fight with us!! We will head over to Odd 13 after we finish up our bannering at Pioneer!

Every Friday, March 16 - April 6 (3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6)

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Escuela Bilingue Pioneer - First Bannering Event! No to Fracking (3/9/18 3:10pm - 4pm)
Mar
9
3:10 PM15:10

Escuela Bilingue Pioneer - First Bannering Event! No to Fracking (3/9/18 3:10pm - 4pm)

Meet on the playground from 3:10PM-4:00PM. We are standing together to say no to fracking. We will bring the signs and banners - please just bring yourself, students and friends.

This is the first of our weekly bannering events - join us and say no to fracking under our school! For more information email - emilylovecu@gmail.com

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Brad Holmes - Activism & Student Power (3/6/18 6pm - 8pm)
Mar
6
6:00 PM18:00

Brad Holmes - Activism & Student Power (3/6/18 6pm - 8pm)

  • Eaton Humanities Building on CU Boulder Campus. Room 135 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join East Boulder County United and the Boulder County Protectors in an informal get-together to talk about Environmental Activisim, Community Rights and Student Power. Brad Holmes, a student at Bowling Green State in Ohio, will discuss his experiences with organizing and activism and his dealings with a resistant local government.

Brad Holmes will give a short synopsis of his background, the pipeline proposal in Bowling Green, Ohio, the ensuing livable climate bill of rights and how the politicians fought it, and what the community plans going forward. As the Bowling Green BOR was very much pushed by the student population, he will also be speaking about his experiences of organizing as a student.

This event will also provide options for joining efforts to protect Boulder County from a looming assault by the oil and gas industry.

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Town Hall Meeting with CELDF's Thomas Linzey esq. (3/5/18 6:30pm - 9:00pm)
Mar
5
6:30 PM18:30

Town Hall Meeting with CELDF's Thomas Linzey esq. (3/5/18 6:30pm - 9:00pm)

Join community members and the Lafayette City Council in a town hall meeting on banning fracking in Lafayette and the community rights organizing and legal strategy. This will be a watershed event and marks the first time in over five years that Council members will be meeting with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, known internationally for their intrepid and pioneering legal work in conjunction with embattled communities around the world. 

Learn more about Thomas Linzey and the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund here:  CELDF.org

Other stories about CELDF’s work:  

Rolling Stone:

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/how-a-small-town-is-standing-up-to-fracking-w482577

In These Times:

http://inthesetimes.com/rural-america/entry/18976/thomas-linzey-interview-on-corporate-control-and-community-rights

Stay tuned for details and educational forums throughout Boulder County, in preparation for a critical year for our communities and environment. 

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CALL TO ACTION:  Lafayette City Council Meeting (2/20/2018 5:30pm - 8:00pm)
Feb
20
5:30 PM17:30

CALL TO ACTION: Lafayette City Council Meeting (2/20/2018 5:30pm - 8:00pm)

The city is moving forward with -- 

Drilling,

Pipelines,

Compressor stations,

Flaring,

Neighborhood industrial fossil fuel extraction

Jeffery Robbins has submitted proposed oil and gas regulations; they're almost a direct lift of Boulder County's.   The council may be voting on this, so ATTEND and SPEAK UP!  

Note the earlier start time.  It's the first item on the agenda.

Read regulations for the full flavor.  They're in the agenda packet:   http://www.cityoflafayette.com/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3192

From Mr. Robbins's Memorandum: " The City’s objective with the amended oil and gas regulations is to protect public health, safety, welfare, and the environment to the MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW."  That is to say, Extraction's profit overrides your children's health and welfare.

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Boulder:  Community Rights & Grassroots Power (2/14/2018 6pm - 8pm)
Feb
14
6:00 PM18:00

Boulder: Community Rights & Grassroots Power (2/14/2018 6pm - 8pm)

  • Eaton Humanities Building on CU Boulder Campus. Room 135 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join East Boulder County United and the Boulder County Protectors in an informal get-together to talk about Community Rights and Grassroots Power.  The Boulder County Protectors will be screening CELDF’s "So Your Community is about to be Fracked…" presentation and a short movie "Forget Shorter Showers".

This event serves to provide basic foundational knowledge around community rights, the need to organize independently of the two-party system, and options for joining efforts to protect the local area.

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