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South Bay Indigenous Solidarity (Formerly Friends of Juristac) Organizing Meeting
October 17 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Newspaper headlines have described this as a ‘Standing Rock Moment’ for the South Bay. In both cases, sacred sites and burial grounds were threatened by extractive industries. In both cases, unique ecological concerns stood jointly with issues of human rights.
Join us to learn about the effort to save the area traditionally known as Juristac, the ancient Amah Mutsun ceremonial site located south of Gilroy. A proposed sand and gravel quarry threatens to level sacred hills and rip 40 million tons of materials from pits covering 317 acres.
Protect HUMAN RIGHTS: Juristac contains ancient village sites, ceremonial sites, and burial grounds. No amount of mitigation can ensure the preservation of cultural resources. And, in Amah Mutsun tradition, there will be no way to repair the spiritual damage done to this sacred site–a site which should be treated with the same respect accorded to other important pilgrimage sites around the world.
Protect NATURE: Juristac is home to endangered and threatened species. It is an important wildlife corridor, connecting the unique habitats of the Santa Cruz, Gabilan, and Diablo mountain ranges. It occupies the extremely sensitive watershed of the Pajaro River. And its water-table is prone to saltwater intrusion.
Thousands of other Indigenous cultural sites in Santa Clara County have already been destroyed by urban sprawl, extractive industry, and agriculture.
Indeed, over a century of OIL production, including hydraulic-injection applications, along with other extractive activities and road building, have already affected the perimeters of the proposed quarry site. Just another reason why the land threatened by this quarry is so unique.
Come to learn; come to connect. If you choose to help, it’s as simple as spreading the word, gathering a few signatures, or writing your County Supervisor. You CAN make a difference!
If interested in learning more about this issue, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
More detailed information on this issue can be found at: http://www.protectjuristac.org
The First Unitarian Church of San Jose is wheelchair accessible and there is street parking available nearby.