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A Panel on the Culture & Ecology of Juristac
October 29, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
On October 29th, South Bay Indigenous Solidarity and First Unitarian Church of San Jose will be hosting a panel discussion about Juristac, an ecologically-sensitive ancient ceremonial site located South of Gilroy. The discussion will focus on why the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, environmental groups, and concerned citizens want to protect the land. These groups oppose granting a permit for the proposed Sargent Quarry, which would cover 317 acres and remove 40 million tons of sand and gravel.
The discussion’s panel will include: Valentin Lopez, Chair of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band; Alice Kaufman Legislative Advocacy Director for the Committee for Green Foothills, and conservation ecologist Dr. Stuart Weiss, Ph.D., Chief Scientist for Creekside Science. The panel will discuss Juristac’s cultural and spiritual significance, conservation and open space values, and the relatively pristine ecology of this critical wildlife corridor and watershed.
In Amah Mutsun tradition, Juristac is a site equivalent in importance to any of the great religious pilgrimage sites of the world. It is the land in which their spiritual leader, Kuksui, dwells.
Juristac is ecologically unique and environmentally sensitive.
We invite you to learn about the cultural and natural uniqueness of Juristac. The fate of this land, dubbed “Our Local Standing Rock” by the media, is in the hands of our local representatives. Their decisions will be shaped by the opinions of their constituents. Your opinion matters!