It was so inspiring to connect with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now & Maeve Conran, News Director KGNU at the KGNU 40th Anniversary celebration on September 15th. Thank you Don Lutter for sponsoring SOSVV’s seat at the table! Amy’s moving speech focused on Standing Rock– and we had the opportunity to talk with Amy about our own local struggle against extraction and conflicting with our community’s rights and rights of nature; our concerns for the St Vrain River and for the valuable archeology, including burial grounds and the westernmost plains’ pottery found in the project area.
I met Maeve Conran at the KGNU Boulder studio the following Monday morning. Tune in to Morning Magazine to hear about SOSVV’s next steps, archeology developments, and next Thursday’s Benefit Concert at Planet Bluegrass with Jayme Stone, RapidGrass. You can listen to the interview here.
Scroll down for details on the concert and breaking news on the District Court’s ruling against Martin Marietta Materials–another local victory for the “little” guy.
Hope to see you next Thursday evening.
Save Our St. Vrain Valley Benefit Concert
Don’t miss this unforgettable Fall musical event, featuring the Summer 2018 festivals headliners and internationally acclaimed, award-winning acts: Jayme Stone, dubbed the “Yo-Yo Ma of the banjo,” bridges the traditions of folk, jazz, and chamber music & Rapidgrass, blending classical, gypsy, bluegrass, pop, swing, and other world rhythms. Both bands push the boundaries of conventional bluegrass through contemporary innovation.
Grammy Award winning Lakota singers, Doug Good Feather and Charlie Red Cloud will perform the opening and closing prayer songs–highlighting the valuable archeology and the existing Native American ceremonial land uses in and surrounding the proposed 640+ acres mining project in the pristine St Vrain Valley.
It’s sure to be an unforgettable evening of world-class music in one of the most beautiful, intimate music venues in Boulder County–Planet Bluegrass.
Doors open at 5:30 PM. Children 12 & under are free. Tickets are $45 (& tax deductible). Get yours NOW here
DENVER 7 NEWS reports Martin Marietta Material’s July 2018 subpoena was denied by District Court Judge as a blatant violation of First Amendment rights.
“Martin Marietta, a multi-billion-dollar company that supplies construction materials to oil and gas, slapped activists with subpoenas back in July…” immediately following Paula Oransky’s wrongful termination lawsuit against MMM in the Fall 2017. Ms Oransky was reportedly fired by MMM for speaking out at a community forum for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation’s new drilling operations, held five months after Anadarko’s explosion killed two members and injured other members of the Martinez family. MMM filled subpoenas for all communications with Ms Oransky and six citizens, including 2018 mid-term election County Commissioner candidate, Cliff Willmeng, an unwavering and vocal advocate of community rights & rights of nature. MMM asked that they turn over all communications related to 2017 demonstration against Anadarko– “Wether you’re for against oil & gas, this is a story about first amendment rights…if produced the records would have a chilling effect” says journalist, Jennifer Kovaleski. Attorney Andy McNutty notes that this is a David & Goliath story, where the ‘little guy’ won andthat “it sends a big message to big corporations trying to use litigation and power to silence critics”.
Paula Oransky’s lawsuit against MMM is pending. SOSVV is pending a District Court date for our legal suit against MMM and Land Use’s ruling on Special Use Mining Permit 96-18. Watch the Denver 7 News report.