Trial for Protect the Peaks Six Arrested at August Protest Begins Thursday Support Needed
Flagstaff, AZ – On Thursday, October 20, 2011, six Protect the Peaks supporters who were arrested during an August 7 march for protection of the Holy San Francisco Peaks will go to trial. Five of the six are charged with “Obstructing A Public Thoroughfare” and one individual with “Obstruction of Government Operation.” The Protect the Peaks supporters invite community supporters to join them inside and outside the courthouse during the trial. The bench trial will take place at Flagstaff Municipal Court located at 15 North Beaver in downtown Flagstaff at 9:30 AM.
If you cannot attend please consider sending a donation for legal support through www.truesnow.org or www.indigenousaction.org.
During the August 7 march more than one hundred people, including families with children and elders, marched through downtown Flagstaff on a Sunday in protest of the destruction and desecration of the San Francisco Peaks by Arizona Snowbowl. As the protesters peacefully passed out flyers and carried banners through Flagstaff’s Southside, police aggressively disrupted the march, grabbing those who were closest to the street, pulling them into the street and arresting them. As six marchers were handcuffed, the remaining demonstrators continued to yell demands for an end to the Peaks’ desecration.
Since May 25, 2011, the owners of Arizona Snowbowl, with the support of the U.S. Forest Service and the Flagstaff City Council, have laid 7 miles of a 14.8 mile wastewater pipeline and have clear-cut over 50 acres of rare alpine forest.
28 arrests relating to actions to protect the Peaks have been made since June.
A current lawsuit against the Forest Service, focusing on human health impacts of wastewater snowmaking, is still under appeal in the 9th Circuit Court.
In August the Hopi Tribe filed a lawsuit against the City of Flagstaff asserting that the contract to sell treated sewage to Snowbowl for snowmaking is illegal.
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