East Boulder County United, the Colorado Community Rights Network, and local residents in Lafayette are fighting for the most audacious local ordinance and campaign to protect our climate from the fossil fuel industry. East Boulder County United has initiated a campaign that combines local direct action trainings with an ordinance giving Lafayette residents a legal right to a healthy climate and the ability to enforce that right through nonviolent civil disobedience. The measure is titled the Climate bill of Rights And Protections. Help move it forward!
Come to the Lafayette City Council meeting on Tuesday, January 17, at 6:15 to support residents and hear the City Council read the ordinance for the first time. Details of the event are here on the East Boulder County United Facebook page – please share on social media and bring your friends and family.
Come out in support of Lafayette’s Cimate Bill of Rights! We need 100 people at this meeting. Lafayette has introduced a Climate BIll of Rights which would ban oil and gas drilling and legalize civil disobedience to protect our climate, and it made it to first reading, which will happen at this meeting on 1/17 at 6:30.
We invite you to join us at the City of Lafayette building to rally your support for the Climate Bill of Rights, Take a turn to speak for 1-2 minutes on the ideas that we have a fundamental right to a healthy climate, and that we need to challenge the unjust laws that are in place preventing a healthy climate. Please consider these talking points outlined below:
I suport Lafayette’s Climate Bill of Rights because:
1. We have a fundamental, inalienable right to a healthy climate (use the words Healthy Climate, not just clean air and clean water)
2. Oil and gas extraction, i.e fracking, is a violation of our fundamental right to a healthy climate
3. We have a fundamental right to local community self-government and the authority to make decisions to protect a healthy local climate
4. Should the city fail to protect us from activities which harm our climate, i.e oil and gas extraction, fracking, etc., the citizens of Lafayette have a right to peacefully defend the Lafayette Climate Bill of Rights through nonviolent direct action
5. Citizens who perform Nonviolent direct action to protect this law shall not be harassed, arrested or detained by police.
6. Oppression and unjust laws are changed by refusing to cooperate with and obey these unjust laws, i.e slavery, civil rights, women’s right to vote, gay rights to marry, right to consume cannabis legally, right to not be asked about your immigration status or your religion (happening now).
7. We refuse to obey unjust laws that threaten our healthy climate such as the Colorado Oil and Gas Act. We expect the city to side with people in protecting our right to a healthy climate and passing the Lafayette Bill of Rights
Support for Lafayette‘s efforts from officials in other affected communities
Looking forward we will organize additional direct action trainings and begin to build a campaign structure that can take our efforts outward from Lafayette to Boulder County and beyond.
Thank you all for your tenacity and courage during these historic movements. We will be in close contact and announce new forums, developments and trainings going forward.
Building Rights and Protections for Our Climate
Tuesday, January 17
Lafayette City Council Meeting
Lafayette City Hall
1290 S Public Rd