There is an alarming trend that has Great Old Broads for Wilderness very troubled. Many of us, in our youth, cut our teeth on activism. But more and more, instead of using democracy, factions are resorting to threats and violence to achieve their aims.
Broads have been on the receiving end of this kind of behavior. Remember Recapture Canyon? Remember when a group of Broads San Juan County, Utah was locked in their campground, a “hag” mask covered in fake blood hung on the gate? Scrawled on a milk jug: “Stay out of San Juan County. No last chance.” Other, more ominous threats were made towards Broads that day, and other incidents have occurred over the years.
Well, we’ve decided enough is enough. Broads has joined with 6 other organizations to form the Ballots Not Bullets Coalition, a group concerned by the increasing use of violence—and threats of violence—to affect public policy in the United States.
Here’s more about this new coalition, and here’s an article that recently appeared in the Durango Herald.