On Thursday August 24, over 60 activists gathered in San Francisco for a rapid response rally to defend our public lands. The lunchtime rally, which took place in front of the Department of Interior’s regional offices in downtown San Francisco, was called in response to the close of the Trump Administration’s review of 27 national monuments, and breaking news that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had recommended the reduction of numerous national monuments.
Co-sponsored by the Sierra Club (national Our Wild America Campaign and San Francisco Bay Chapter), Center for Biological Diversity, and Natural Resources Defense Council, the rally also included speakers from the Trust for Public Land, 350.org and The Wilderness Society. Supporters from many other local progressive organizations including Audubon California and Golden Gate Audubon, Rainforest Action Network, CREDO, and more, also turned out.
Representatives of Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congresswoman Barbara Lee were there, and we read a statement of support from Congressman John Garamendi, a champion for the Bay Area’s closest national monument at-risk, Berryessa Snow Mountain.
The crowd was energetic, chanting “Hey Zinke, show us you care – Protect our land, our water, our air!” and “When our public lands are under attack – what do we do? Stand up, fight back!”
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