Introduction to Direct Action for Front Line Communities (12/3/17  12:00pm - 3:00pm)
Dec
3
12:00 PM12:00

Introduction to Direct Action for Front Line Communities (12/3/17 12:00pm - 3:00pm)

Join the Boulder County Protectors in a half day training on the theory, use and application of nonviolent direct action to protect our communities from fracking.

The training will cover the basics of direct action, when it is used, and how it works to build political power while addressing the ideas and concerns of anyone new to this profound and historic strategy.

We will also talk about the current situation in Boulder County and Erie regarding drilling and how we are organizing to ban fracking around community rights and the Climate Bill of Rights.

People completing the training will be invited to to join our Boulder County Protectors Direct Action Implementation Strategy Sessions. Please join us for this half day training.

Sliding scale of $10 - $50. No one turned away for lack of funds. Donations needed for continued trainings and for our legal defense fund.

RSVP Required to eastbocounited@gmail.com with your name, address and phone number.

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Standing Rock Artists Hosting Weekend of Free Art-making, Music, Story-telling (11/18/17 - 11/19/17)
Nov
18
to Nov 19

Standing Rock Artists Hosting Weekend of Free Art-making, Music, Story-telling (11/18/17 - 11/19/17)

  • 7873 Saint Vrain Road Longmont, CO, 80503 United States (map)
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Participants, youth & community leaders will be making 3-500 banners and signs, silk screening, and painting. There will be visiting presenters, artists, speakers, singers etc sharing and visiting. We want to get to know our community of protectors and discuss what positive impacts we can make to protect our local communities.

East Boulder County United is proud to be working with all of these wonderful people and groups, to be bringing in internationally renowned First Nation artists Isaac Murdoch and Christi Belcourt. No drills, no compromise. Art for front line resistance to fracking.

Environmental Art Workshop
Saturday, November 18, 9am – 4pm
7873 St Vrain Rd., Longmont Colorado
 
An Evening of Native Story Telling and Music
Saturday, November 18, 7pm – 9pm
East Simpson Coffee, 414 E. Simpson, Lafayette, Colorado
 
Environmental Art Workshop
Sunday, November 19, 9am – 3pm
7873 St Vrain Rd., Longmont Colorado

Sacred Water Walk
Sunday, November 19, 3pm – 4pm
Bob Burger Rec Center,
111 W. Baseline Rd, Lafayette, Colorado

Please join us when you desire and when your schedule allows.  All events are open to the public.  People that would like to participate in the art build, please RSVP to:  EastBoCoUnited@gmail.com. No RSVP needed for the Water Walk and the Saturday music and story telling event. 

Please bring a dish or drinks to share, reusable dishware/flatware and a reusable water bottle for the art workshops.

All 4 events are FREE to participants but please help East Boulder County United Fund this terrific event!  Thank you!    https://www.gofundme.com/protecting-boulder-county

Art Workshops

Artists will lead a workshop to craft banners and other works inspired by Native resistance to colonialism and environmental destruction. The art will be used by grassroots groups fighting to protect the local land from new oil and gas drilling and other destructive industrial projects and to draw attention to indigenous struggles across North America.

Please bring a light colored t-shirt or other fabric if you would like to screen print an item to take home.

Evening of Story-telling and Music

Join us for an evening for all Protectors to support, uplift, educate and inspire as we stand together to protect our communities from the dangers of oil and gas.  Special honored guests: First Nations environmental Justice artists; Christi Belcourt & Isaac Murdoch will be sharing traditional stories and welcoming some of our local musicians, poets, speakers and storytellers.

The cafe will be closed during this event.  Please plan to eat dinner before or after the event.

Sacred Water Walk Ceremony

Christi Belcourt & Isaac Murdoch will lead our community in a 1-2 hour Water Walk.  This extended ceremony is intended to call attention to the threats to our water and to honor it as a living being. We are hoping to have many people walking single file in this ceremony.  Women: Please bring a long skirt to wear for the water walk ceremony if you have one.

We will gather at Bob Berger Rec Center and the march will culminate in a water ceremony at Waneka Lake.

Community collaboration co-sponsored by :
H.O.M.E (Honoring Our Mother Earth)
Spirit Horse Nation
East Boulder County United
Lakota Way Healing Center
Christi Belcourt
Isaac Murdoch

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Oct
26
7:30 PM19:30

EBCU Longmont Branch Meeting (10/26/17 7:30pm - 9:00 pm)

This is a general planning meeting of the Longmont branch of East Boulder County United. We will review new developments, strategize next tasks, and bring new volunteers in to join those already hard at work to stop drilling in Boulder County

This meeting occurs on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month.

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Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

Lafayette Community Meeting To Stop Oil and Gas Drilling (10/25/17 7pm - 9pm)

Are you new to the fight against fracking in Boulder County and Lafayette? Join East Boulder County United at this community meeting to update, inform, discuss, and organize a community response to prohibit drilling within Lafayette and Boulder County. The meeting will be attended by local organizers and Lafayette City Councilor Merrily Mazza. We will bring available information on drilling plans, the city's response and details about the various ways community members can connect, build, and protect our incredible town. This meeting will be an updated version of the September 28 EBCU community meeting.

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Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

EBCU Lafayette Branch Meeting (10/23/17 7pm - 8:30pm)

This is a general planning meeting of the Lafayette branch of East Boulder County United. We will review new developments, strategize next tasks, and bring new volunteers in to join those already hard at work to stop drilling in Boulder County

This meeting occurs on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month.

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Oct
17
5:30 PM17:30

No Drills, No Compromise for Lafayette Health & Safety (10/17/17 5:30PM)

  • 1290 South Public Road Lafayette, CO, 80026 United States (map)
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Bring your signs, your words, and your just demands to the Lafayette City Council meeting.

After five years of anticipation, warning, and grassroots organizing to protect our community from the lethal practice of oil and gas drilling, we recently learned that oil and gas operator 8 North LLC, a subsidiary of Extraction Oil & Gas, plans to begin horizontal drilling in Lafayette and unincorporated Boulder County. Extraction’s action follows the termination of the drilling moratorium by the Boulder County Commissioners in May of 2017. More importantly, it reflects the profound lack of leadership shown by city and county public officials during the long history surrounding fracking in Colorado and Boulder County.

For five years, Lafayette city councilors, excluding Councilor Merrily Mazza, have told Lafayette community members that drilling was highly unlikely in Lafayette. As though past experience predicts the future, the community was comforted. No more. This stance weakened public concern for an industry that, as we know all too well, imposes life and death risks to the women, men, and children of Lafayette. In 2013, councilors used this same speaking point to warn residents against voting for ballot initiative 300, the Community Bill of Rights, which banned fracking and its infrastructure within the city limits. In 2014, the City Council and the Colorado Oil and Gas Association denied Lafayette community members a position in the COGA lawsuit against the city to remove a rights – based legal defense of the of the Community Bill of Rights. Last spring, the current council rewrote and weakened the Climate Bill of Rights, a proposed ordinance that community members brought to you to protect our town from the oil and gas industry.

This bureaucratic, passive, and visionless approach to the industry, by both the Lafayette city officials and the Boulder County Commissioners has led Lafayette and Boulder County into the catastrophic position we now face: thousands of oil and gas wells, toxic industrial operations, in and around our community. Your leadership, by all definitions, has failed the people of this community and now poses a profound risk to the community as a whole.

At this critical moment we make the follow demands with the expectation that you begin, for once, to follow the leadership of your community.

1. Lafayette City Councilors, current and prior, who made misleading statements to the public on the likelihood of drilling in our community will apologize and admit that these statements were wrong.

2. The Lafayette City Council will take immediate steps to replace the weakened measure adopted by Council in 2017 and to codify the Lafayette Climate Bill of Rights in its entirety, including the direct action components.

3. The City Council will demand that the Boulder County Commissioners adopt the Boulder County Climate Bill of Rights banning fossil fuel development. 

4. Both the Lafayette City Council and Boulder County will accept the pro bono legal defense of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund to advance these the bills of rights though the legal system.

5. Council will cooperate with all community-led efforts to protect Lafayette and Boulder County to best inform, prepare, and organize citizens for a common defense of our families, our community, our environment, and our fundamental rights.

We believe these positions are fair, guided by the highest level of concern for our community, and informed by years of grassroots organizing on this critical issue. We will not accept any political/regulatory measures to make the drilling “less harmful,” This activity must be banned. You will need to put your political careers at risk, as community members put their liberty at risk, to ensure that happens. Thank you for your attention and immediate response. Please respond as individuals so that we can accountably inform our neighbors and make additional preparations.

East Boulder County United

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Oct
16
5:00 PM17:00

Lafayette Neighborhood Canvassing (10/16/17 5pm - 7pm)

We need your help!

We are going to alert our neighbors regarding the proposed drilling coming to our town in Lafayette and ask them to join our fight to stop fracking in all of Boulder County. We have to educate the community on what they can do to stop this and get mass numbers of people involved to win this!

Please reply to mandi.papich@gmail.com if you can help with this effort and we will send you the meeting location. Please bring a clipboard and extra pens.

We will have a script plus flyers and we are hoping to hit 30-40 houses each.

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Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

Organizing Meeting For Teachers, Parents and Students (10/4/17 7pm - 8:30pm)

East Boulder County United will be having an organizing meeting for teachers, parents and students to bring outreach, education and mobilization of our schools now threatened by oil and gas drilling.  Please bring your questions and ideas - No student too young to attend. See you there.

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Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

Lafayette Community Meeting to Stop Oil & Gas Drilling (9/28/2017 7pm - 9pm)

East Boulder County United will be hosting an emergency community meeting to update, inform, discuss, and organize a community response to prohibit drilling within Lafayette and Boulder County.

The meeting will be attended by local organizers and Lafayette City Councilor Merrily Mazza. We will bring available information on drilling plans, the city's response (or lack thereof), and details about the various ways community members can connect, build, and protect our incredible town.

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Sep
24
12:00 PM12:00

Introduction to Direct Action for Front Line Communities (9/24/2017 12pm-3pm)

Join the Boulder County Protectors in a full day's training on the theory, use and application of nonviolent direct action to protect our communities from fracking. 

The training will cover the basics of direct action and how it works to build political power while addressing the ideas and concerns of anyone new to this profound and historic strategy. 

We will also talk about the current situation in Boulder County and Erie regarding fracking and how we are organizing to ban fracking around community rights and the Climate Bill of Rights. 

People completing the training will be invited to join our Boulder County Protectors Direct Action Implementation Strategy Sessions. 

Sliding scale of $10 - $50.  No one turned away for lack of funds.  Donations needed for continued trainings and for our legal defense fund. 

RSVP Required to bouldercountyprotectors@gmail.com with your name, address and phone number.

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Sep
13
7:00 PM19:00

EBCU Community Rights Informational Meeting - Erie

EBCU has been organizing on the basis of community rights for the past 5 years in Lafayette and Boulder County. This movement works to change the design of our state government, which guarantees the rights of corporations at the expense of the rights of citizens/communities. Erie has been on the front lines of fracking for several years and the impact will only worsen as the Boulder County side of Erie is opened for drilling as is planned for 2018-2019.

This is an informational meeting to engage with Erie citizens and gauge interest in the community rights approach. EBCU welcomes the active participation of Erie citizens to join us in the Boulder County fight to ban fracking and also offers a playbook/support to citizens outside of the Boulder County border in developing their own community rights group to make specific demands to the Erie BoT and Weld county officials.

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Jul
26
7:00 PM19:00

Legal Training For Protectors - Know Your Rights

Join Standging Rock legal defender and Red Owl lawyer Angla Bibens in a evening to discuss the legal rights, risks, and approches to defending our air and water. 

East Boulder County United will host the evening's presentation for people moving into activism that will include the stretegic use of nonviolent civil disobedience to protect our communities from impending oil and gas drilling. 

Bring your questions and ideas to this unique and important event. The legal training will help you get informed and plug into the larger organzing for the defense of Boulder County. 

Suggested donation: $10, no one will be turned away

Bio, Angela Bibens:
Angela Bibens (Santee Dakota) is the former ground coordinator for the Water Protector Legal Collective where she spent six months providing legal support services for the defense of water protectors in North Dakota. Angela is the founder of Colorado’s newest indigenous law firm, Red Owl Law. She is a 2006 graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and admitted to practice in Colorado state courts, the federal district courts of Colorado and North Dakota, and the Oglala Sioux Tribal courts. Angela has experience in environmental and criminal defense, movement support, and expertise in the Indian Child Welfare Act.

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Jul
25
6:00 PM18:00

Boulder Protectors Affinity Group

  • Boulder Public Library - Arapahoe Room (map)
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If you are a resident of Boulder City or the surrounding communities—please join us for the first meeting of the Boulder Affinity Group of EBCU. This is an direct action and outreach planning meeting in the fight against fracking, and we will plug you into a breakout group where you can participate.

Boulder Public Library—Arapahoe Room

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Jul
19
6:00 PM18:00

Emergency Meeting: Protect Our Rights & Climate from Fracking

Emergency Meeting - Protecting Our Rights and Climate from Fracking

- The moratorium against fracking ended on May 1, 2017
- 216 wells are already planned for East Boulder County around Highway 287 and 52
- Fracking is imminent in Boulder County. Permits have arrived. 
- Every one of us must get involved to protect our land and demand a ban on fracking.
- Invite everyone you know and attend this important meeting. 


Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 in Lafayette
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: East Simpson Coffee Shop, 414 East Simpson St., Lafayette, CO 80026

You'll learn:

- Our approach to banning fracking through community rights and direct action
- How to advocate for the Climate Bill of Rights we aim to pass in Boulder County
- How and why to get involved with Direct Action to protect our climate
- Why we the people have a right to healthy climate
- Basic health impact of fracking on our health and communities
- How you can plug in to protect a healthy climate and demand a ban on fracking in Boulder County

We will be organzing on the following basis:
1. We have spoken clearly on the issue of oil and gas development and it is resolved that we do not want drilling in Boulder County under any circumstances. It is a violation of the land, the health of our families, and the well being of our communities and climate.

2. Any attempt to forcefully move fracking into Boulder County is a violation of our fundamental rights.

3. The laws that seek to remove us from protecting the land, the local environment, the climate, and our right to self govern are in every way immoral and illegitimate.

4. We have the right and obligation to protect the environment, our families, and our communities.

5. All government officials and staff are being asked to side with the people in every capacity, refuse to administer the destruction of the land and its climate, and enforce the will of the community to protect ourselves from any intrusive industry that fails to recognize these fundamental rights.

6. In the event that elected leadership fails to join with the people and the environment, we will protect Boulder County ourselves.

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Jul
9
1:00 PM13:00

No Fracking, No Compromise - Direct Action Training

Join the Boulder County Protectors in a day's training on the theory, use and application of nonviolent direct action to prevent fracking in Boulder County. 

The training will cover the basics of direct action and how it works to build political power while addressing the basic ideas and concerns of anyone new to this profound and historic strategy. 

We will talk about the current situation in Boulder County regarding fracking and how we are organizing to ban fracking around community rights and the Climate Bill of Rights. 

People completing the training will be invited to to join our Boulder County Protectors Direct Action Implementation Strategy Sessions. Please join us for this training. 

Sliding scale of $10 - $20. No one turned away for lack of funds. Donations needed for continued trainings and for our legal defense fund. 

RSVP Required to bouldercountyprotectors@gmail.com with your name, address and phone number.

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May
19
to May 20

Democracy School

  • Unity of Boulder Spritual Center (map)
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Instead of questioning why corporations can legally treat Colorado communities like sacrifice zones, we accept their authority to do so and then beg elected officials to make the drilling a little less harmful. How did we get to this state and what can we do about it? 

Democracy School: Confronting the Corporate Takeover of Communities: A New Organizing Model

With Ben Price and Chad Nicholson, Senior Organizers, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF)

Sponsored by: Colorado Community Rights Network

Date: Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20, 2017

Time: 6 pm - 9 pm Friday evening and 8:45 am - 5 pm Saturday

Location: The Unity Church, 2855 Folsom St., Boulder, CO 80304

Tuition: $150 (for the two-day session and all reading material)

Space is limited to 35 people: SIGN UP AND PAY HERE NOW: https://www3.thedatabank.com/dpg/568/donate.asp?formid=DemschoolMay201

Note: We can accommodate up to 5 people on a reduced-rate scholarship. To apply for a scholarship, send an email explaining why you need the scholarship to bouldercountyprotectors@gmail.com and we will be in touch with you. 

To bring: A brownbag lunch on Saturday. We will have a short break and there are no restaurants close by. 

Deadline for signup: Wednesday, May 17 at 5pm

What is Democracy School?

The Daniel Pennock Democracy School is an illuminating course that teaches citizens and activists how to reframe discouraging single-issue work (fracking, cyanide use in mining, factory farming, livable wage, affordable housing, worker rights, policing) in a way that confronts corporate control on a powerful single front: people's constitutional rights. 

Democracy School offers a new organizing model that helps citizens confront the usurpation by corporations of the rights of communities, people, and earth. Lectures cover the history of people’s movements and corporate power, and the dramatic organizing over the last decade in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Ohio, Colorado, Washington, and Oregon by communities confronting agribusiness, the oil and gas industry, corporate hegemony over worker rights, and others. 

Included with enrollment in the Democracy School is a 300 plus-page notebook of background reading material.

In Boulder County and many other counties in Colorado, we are facing impending oil and gas drilling as our moratoriums end. Join us for Democracy School as we learn more about how to continue the fight for local control over fracking and other issues in our communities. 

Learn more about Democracy School in this short video from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund:  https://youtu.be/i1s_rE1VR64 

Questions? Contact Kristin McLean at bouldercountyprotectors@gmail.com

Why should you attend a Democracy School?

• You want to understand how corporations have taken control of our government.

• You want to learn how certain social movements won against corporate power.

• You believe that we have to understand our true history in order to bring decision-making power back to the people and to our communities.

• You studied American history in high school and/or college, but think you might have been snookered about the stories of our past.

• You suspect that we don't really live in a democracy.

• You care about slowing climate change, stopping pollution, ensuring social justice, getting basic rights for workers, etc.

• You would like to help get a local community bill of rights enacted in your town, city, or county.

“If you take no other training this year, do the Democracy School. It is a superlative unfolding revelation of how corporations have hijacked democracy. It meticulously deconstructs the historical arc that brought us to this precipice. But most importantly, it then departs into the highly pragmatic and inspiring work now underway that is slowly turning the tide . . . This Second American Revolution may be the most important political work going on anywhere in the country or the world.“

-Kenny Ausubel ‘05, Founder and Co-Executive Director, Bioneers

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May
12
7:00 PM19:00

Fracking Death Jam!

Join us for a zombie and skeleton jamboree to honor our wonderful Boulder County Commissioners. They are allowing fracking into Boulder County as of May 1, thereby gifting our un-dead family with an influx of new (dead) blood!

Meet at 7.00 pm at Barker Park, on Spruce St and 15th. Allow yourself plenty of time to find parking, as this area can be crowded on the weekends. You will be greeted by your zombie hostess, Zelda Fairweather, also known as Miss Fracking 2016. She will orient you to the events of the evening.

Dress in your best zombie or skeleton gear. Bring a sign! Here are some ideas:

I [heart] fracking/cancer/death/(any disease that has been linked to fracking)
More cancer/death/toxic air/toxic water
The Beginning of Zombie Earth

We look forward to celebrating this special moment in Boulder County history with our zombie and skeleton friends.

(This will be a very low-risk event)

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