Please spread the word about these important upcoming events! A strong turn-out is especially needed for the march and court hearing on Monday January 9, 2012! A complete schedule of events follows the announcement.
Environmental justice groups are specifically asked to come aboard to educate their followers about the grave impacts of this situation.
On January 9, 2012 the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, CA will hear arguments in a legal battle that may decide the ecological integrity of Arizona's San Francisco Peaks, a mountain near Flagstaff, AZ held sacred by over 13 Native American nations.
The Save the Peaks Coalition is planning a Caravan from Flagstaff, AZ to San Francisco where they will be contesting the environmental & human health impacts of wastewater snowmaking.
The Save the Peaks Coalition are fighting the United States Forest Service in a legal battle to protect children from hazardous endocrine disruptors and to protect this sacred site from desecration. On January 9th, 2012 The Save the Peaks Coalition et al vs. the United States Forest Service will be heard by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, CA.
The case argues that under the National Environmental Policy Act and the Administrative Procedure Act, the Forest Service failed to adequately consider the impacts associated with ingestion of snow made from reclaimed sewer water in its Environmental Impact Statement.
The Forest Service approved reclaimed sewer water for the use of snowmaking at a local Northern Arizona ski resort in 2004. The reclaimed sewer water in question is from Flagstaff's Rio de Flag Sewage Plant that has proven to contain harmful bacteria, and endocrine disruptors such as pharmaceuticals and hormones amongst other known toxins.
Schedule of Events:
Sunday January 8, 2012; 6PM - 9PM. Evening dinner, welcoming reception, & discussion on environmental injustice impacts and how they affect sacred sites.
The Women's Building; San Francisco, CA RSVP here: http://www.facebook.com/events/195603233865761/
Monday January 9, 2012: 7AM: Sunrise Prayer Vigil Ceremonial gathering at a park located near the courthouse in downtown SF- TBA! Stay posted by visiting here: http://www.facebook.com/events/195603233865761/
8AM: Protect Sacred Sites, Defend Human Rights March from the nearby park going to the James R.Browning US Courthouse - 9th Circuit; 95 Seventh Street; San Francisco, CA
9AM: Rally & Prayers outside the Courthouse.
9:30AM: Court Hearing. The Save the Peaks Coalition et al vs. the United States Forest Service.
10:15 - 11:00 (Estimated) Press Conference on the steps of the 9th Circuit courthouse afterwards.