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Fracking protest in Boulder: "Mob harassment" or a great moment of community togetherness?

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Video below.
On Tuesday, Boulder county commissioners temporarily walked away from a fracking hearing due to a boisterous protest by attending activists. The next day, the officials issued a statement included here that decried the disruption using terms like "mob harassment." But the director of a youth-oriented environmental organization who attended with kids from the group saw much of what took place as tremendously positive. See videos below.

Here's the description of what went down at the start of the meeting from a video posted by the aforementioned organization, Earth Guardians:

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Xiuhtezcatl Martinez in a photo from his Earth Guardians bio.
Earth Guardian Youth signed up to speak to demand a ban on fracking at the county commissioners meeting, when some adults stopped the meeting with a mic check. The commissioners tried to stop it, but the crowd refused, so the commissioners left the room. The Earth Guardians, thinking the meeting was going to be shut down, decided to do a mic check of their own. "We are standing up for the survival of our generation," they chanted. The crowd went wild with support for these young leaders fighting for their future. After their mic check, an adult shouted out, "Who is going to run the meeting?," and Xiuthezcatl [Martinez], a twelve-year-old Earth Guardian, said, "We are going to run the meeting," and all the kids went and sat in the commissioners' chairs. Someone shouted to them, "So, commissioner, what are you going to do about fracking in our Community?" and the kids began to shout, "We are going to ban it."
Earth Guardians executive director Tamara Roske confirms this account, but adds detail. In her view, the adults who took part in the initial mic check appeared to have decided in advance that they wanted to shut down the meeting, and they accomplished their goal. Afterward, though, the kids took the floor, sharing a poem and a rap about fracking that delighted those in the room.

In her view, "it was such a spirited event, with everyone being allied and saying, 'We don't want fracking in our community.'"

Continue for more of our interview with Tamara Roske, plus videos from the hearing and its aftermath.



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zatticus87
zatticus87

@froggiefav Great moment of community togetherness. Boulder may have some crazies, but holy shit does it work.

LittelCaesar
LittelCaesar

@AnarchoAnon stop fracking. stop screwing Mother Earth

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

Boulder - Loons, douchebags, and trust-fund hippies.

Denver's 8th Avenue Crime Fighters
Denver's 8th Avenue Crime Fighters

YOU ALL SHOULD BE SO PROUD! Villa Park Neighborhood! Denver's 8th Avenue Crime Fighters AND I SHOULD BE STALKED, ATTACKED, BEAT IN THE HEAD after saving the attacker LOOSE DOG! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU ALL! AGAIN this week I watched a KID BULLED, PUSHED to the ground then picked up and repeated numerous times and PUNCHED! WHILE 5 cars with ADULTS, picking up kids at Westside Christian FEET away DID NOTHING! And RAN when I started yelling for the kid to stop! I called and BITCHED to Westside. Then the to Eagleton had a NEGLIGENT admin tell me she did not KNOW if the Principal would call me back! WTF? I HAD to call back the next morning to school security to complain about HER TOO! The Principal did call me, as I was running after the victim the next morning trying to get his picture! SHE figured out who the VICTIM was! THIS IS NOT MY JOB! I DO NOT GET PAID TO DO THIS CRAP! AND WOULD RATHER NOT! SHOULD I JUST IGNORE THIS CRAP? THE PROOF IS this CRAP? HENCE THE BLIGHT and HIGH CRIME AREA, some say is NOT! REALLY?

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

Hence MY COLORADO inspired motto..FUC OFF FUC UPs!

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

WHAT IS the line? WHEN my fat pig neighbor brought 21 news reporters out front of my home. They parked illegally in the street! SHE stood in the street YELLING at me! She was doing the crazy hand sign and yelling "YOU are CRAZY", "YOU ARE GONNA get in trouble for a hate crime! NOT ONE person called the cops! IF in fact I am CRAZY..SHE WAS THE HATE CRIMINAL! GEE one of my HOOD stalkers and attackers YELLED at me in the street and followed me into store when I went to call 911 after I was BEAT in the HEAD. Yelled at me when she was beating on me and in the store, YOU are gonna get in trouble for fighting a minor! NEGLIGENT and PREJUDICE COPS DID NOT CHARGE HER. IT WAS ON STORE VIDEO. PREJUDICE DIC TRUHILLO did NOT give to P.A. cus he says there is no evidence, ON the video that he did not see until 5 days later. Oh the LIABLE store owner would not want to cover up the FACT it was his employees daughter..working with her at the Villa Park Mart! REALLY is this HOOD NORM?

H Newcomb
H Newcomb

Which protesters do you mean? The ones who interrupted those who followed the process and signed up for time to speak, or the ones who were following the process? The first were way out of line, and I salute those who followed the process and proceeded to go ahead and state their case despite the commissioners walking out.

Justin Novak
Justin Novak

Was one of them wearing a Hobbs costume?

Russell Lott
Russell Lott

so they will throw out anyone they dont like.. With that in mind, the commissioners note that "we will be creating a security plan for future hearings to ensure that everyone is made to feel welcome for taking the time to let his or her voice be heard. In the interest of helping to create this safe environment, the plan will entail the removal of individuals who elect not to participate in civil discourse and the prosecution of individuals who threaten the safety of other individuals."

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