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Legalizing Direct Action to Protect Our Climate: A Forum

  • East Simpson Coffee Company 414 East Simpson Street Lafayette, CO, 80026 United States (map)

Legalizing Direct Action to Protect our Climate

A forum with former Mora County Commissioner John Olivas, Spirit Horse Nation’s Doug Good Feather and Lafayette City Councilor Merrily Mazza.

In January of 2016 the people of Lafayette, Colorado introduced the “Climate Bill of Rights and Protections” for adaptation to the Lafayette City Council. The ordinance will codify the right to a healthy climate and protects this right through community community-led, nonviolent direct action should government fail to recognize this right. It is based on the First Nation principle of protecting the environment for seven generations and was introduced by Councilors Merrily Mazza and Gustavo Reyna. If adopted Lafayette will join Grant Township Pennsylvania, who passed a similar ordinance to protect their community from injection wells that dispose of toxic liquid drilling waste. 

Join East Boulder County United in forum and discussion on the Climate Bill of Rights and Protections, the fight of the First Nations, and the effort to protect our communities from state and corporate driven law. The forum will welcome former Mora County New Mexico Commissioner John Olivas who led the nation’s first county to ban fracking, Spirit Horse Nation’s Doug Good Feather of Standing Rock, and Lafayette City Councilor Merrily Mazza. 

Doug Good Feather is from the Standing Rock Lakota Sioux Nation, a member of the Hunkpapa tribe and a descendant of Chief Sitting Bull. Good Feather is the spiritual leader of Spirit Horse Nation, a human rights and environmental protection organization.

Merrily Mazza is a fighter for community rights and a current Lafayette City Councilor. Merrily was a co-founder of East Boulder County United, which led the campaign that passed Lafayette’s Community Bill of Rights in 2013. President of Colorado Community Rights Network; COCRN built the campaign for the Colorado Community Rights Amendment in 2014 and 2016, which sought to give communities superior legal authority over corporations. 

John is a 5th generation Mora County resident with deep ties to the traditional and cultural communities of New Mexico. From January 1, 2010 – December 31, 2014 John was the Chairman of the Mora County Commission. As Chairman, John championed the first county-wide fracking ban know as the Mora County Community Rights Ordinance. At the time, it was the first countywide fracking ban in the United States banning industry from oil gas extraction within its borders. In late 2014 the ordinance was challenged in federal district court and ruled invalid.

Later Event: February 9
Lobby Day at the Capitol