Cascade Volcanoes • Entered by Laurie Kerr on February 10, 2023
February 2, 2023
Participants and Hours
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Key Issue: Wilderness & Monument Designation/Protection
Activity Type: Advocacy (rallies, lobbying, meeting decision makers, letters/calls/emails)
Key Partners: Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
Landscape/area: Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (1880108 acres)
Outcome 1: Advocacy actions (25 letters/postcards)
Short Description of Activity
We tabled at the BANFF Film Festival at Kiggins Theatre in Vancouver Wash.
The goal of the activity was to gather postcards for support for increasing the wilderness study areas in and around Escalante National Monument. People were very supportive of the campaign and we collected over 25 postcards which will be delivered to Deb Haaland in person in DC by SUWA employees. The film was amazing and we were allowed free admission by the film director who was also in attendance. Free raffle prizes were also distributed but I didn’t get one. There was one film that was somewhat controversial in that it depicted the thousands of Indigenous people that marched in British Columbia to stop the timber harvest on their native lands. Native Americans were sprayed, beaten, and arrested for their opposition to the logging that moved in with their large equipment. The roads were blocked and other direct actions were unsuccessful in stopping the timber harvest on old growth forests in the 25 minute documentary film.
It was a great evening of public engagement and education about the need to protect and expand public lands for wildlife connectivity, climate change, and protection of Native Americans’ culture and lands.