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Anti-Fracking Rally Through Mahwah To Unite Ramapough Tribe, Activists

Tribe says it hopes event will close the historic divide between the Ramapoughs and the rest of the community

For nearly a year, a group of Ramapough-Lunaape people have been fighting against a that is proposed to go through the , and through what the tribe says is sacred land. Saturday, the Ramapough will join local activists to expand their fight.  

Anti-fracking activists from 350.org and the “Connect the Dots” environmental movement will host a four-mile hike and anti-fracking teach-in along the route of the proposed pipeline extension project.  

According to a release from 350.org, “this event in Mahwah is part of a worldwide day of action in hundreds of communities across the globe connecting the dots between climate impacts like extreme weather, global warming, and the causes of the climate crisis. The events will help explain that climate change is no longer a problem for the future, but an immediate crisis that is already affecting millions of people around the world.”  

The group also plans to take a photo of a large dot at the location that will be posted on 350,org, marking Mahwah on a map that connects climate activists across the globe.  

The hike is set to begin at 9 a.m. at 25 Bear Swamp Road.  

Leaders of the Ramapough-Lunaape Nation will then take over, at 12 noon, hosting a prayer rally, vigil, guest speakers, light entertainment and prayer. “We have chosen to hold this event now because the hour is critical for America. The destructive extraction of gas/oil resources from our Grand Mother Earth is almost complete. We hope this event will result in “An Awakening, an Occupation of the Spirit”, whereby each and every human concerned with the Earth and Future Generations will stand together as “One Voice”, accumulating the collective strength of millions,” Ramapough Chief Dwayne Perry said in a release on the event.  

The tribe said it hopes the rally will help put an end to “a long tragic history that drove a wedge between the Ramapough and the community at large.”  

The rally begins at 95 Halifax Road. Parking will be available in the field near the river. 

Read more about the proposed pipeline .

Gottardo DiGiacopo May 06, 2012 at 11:04 PM
i'm sorry to have missed this, and hope turn-out was good... the mahwah patch might be one good way to signal any next event.
Andy Schmidt May 07, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Dito! If they wanted community participation they can't wait until THAT morning to get it into the patch.
Phyllis A. Stewart May 07, 2012 at 04:10 PM
I agree with both of you. People might have gone just to learn more about the fracking process and the environmental dangers it presents. It seems that many times, news of this type, involving public attendance that may not be sanctified by the powers that be, are deliberately posted too late for residents to make plans to attend.
Matt Smith May 07, 2012 at 04:27 PM
@ Gottardo and Andy - you can sign up at www.350.org and www.foodandwaterwatch.org to stay informed of future events on Climate and Fracking issues in our area.
ML May 07, 2012 at 08:04 PM
let me guess... turn the property over to the Tribe, taking it off the tax rolls and turn it into a gambling resort leaving Mahwah taxpayers on the hook
Gottardo DiGiacopo May 07, 2012 at 10:02 PM
when you find yourself guessing ML, is it always that cynical?.. i'm just curious.
Gottardo DiGiacopo May 07, 2012 at 10:08 PM
thanks for the links matt!
joycem May 08, 2012 at 01:23 AM
good guess. i was just thinking the same thing. funny world.
joycem May 08, 2012 at 01:25 AM
ML, I would say you are cynical but that does not make it a bad guess. It is still a darn good guess and I would bet on it (oops, sorry for using the bet word. I did not mean to offend anyone.
Gottardo DiGiacopo May 08, 2012 at 11:40 AM
joycem, this is just an observation: it seems all the persons with encrypted names know the real-deal; and all of us with our birth certificate names are the suckers... have you noticed that? and, does anyboy want my social security #?
ref May 08, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Go to your room "ML"and take joyce m with you

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