Tar sands strip mines are about to tear into the Book Cliffs of eastern Utah unless a grassroots movement can stop them before it starts. And we’re building that movement right now.
The Utah Tar Sands Roadshow is an educational presentation and listening project about the imminent threat posed by tar sands and oil shale extraction in Utah. This week the Roadshow has traveled from the bottom to the top of Utah bringing people together to share stories and experience about how to stop these extreme extraction projects.
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After a teach-in at Sky View High School, the students recorded a solidarity message to the people of Manchester, TX, who are fighting against Valero’s tar sands refineries. The students were compelled to make this message because they too are having their air threatened by tar sands refineries proposed for the Wasatch Front.
At a church gathering in Logan, a dairy worker still in his work clothes mapped out the hunting and fishing groups we should get in touch with. “They love the Book Cliffs and they’ll fight this mine.”
Though some members of the crowd were veterans of Utah land struggles, everyone was surprised at how quickly and quietly this project had been pushed through. While there were many ideas how to engage this fight, everyone agreed about two things: the tar sands must be stopped and that we have to get more people involved.
Last week at an Idle No More rally in Cedar City, we shared our story and listened to Navajo elders’ stories about their fight to protect sacred lands in the Grand Canyon. In Provo, we supported the Utah Valley Dream Team in their campaign against private prisons and deportation. Showing up to support these other struggles is part of building intersections between grassroots movements. What binds our struggles together is a common enemy: corporations trying to profit from land grabs, extreme extraction, and mass incarceration. These struggles are also linked because our task is to build grassroots power to challenge the rule of a small few that are dictating an increasingly dire future.
For more information about the Utah tar sands and to stay tuned for more updates from the Roadshow, check out beforeitstarts.org.
Also, save the date! July 21-28, Utah will be hosting a direct action camp to escalate resistance to tar sands and oil shale exploitation. More details soon…
With grit and backbone,
The Roadshow Crew