Deborah Cipolla-Dennis (@CipollaDennis) traveled to Sacramento, California on March 14th to attend California’s largest anti-fracking rally and participate in four local organizing events throughout the State’s Central Valley.
Saturday, March 15th California’s capitol was buzzing with more than 4000 fractivist from as far away as San Diego. A diverse crowd of indigenous people, farm workers, and environmentalist came together to bring a message to Governor Jerry Brown that fracking will not be welcomed where 50% of the nations food is produced.
Cipolla-Dennis along with two men from Weld County Colorado that have been directly impacted by fracking have met with local organizers in Sacramento, Merced and Delano in the past week. Shane Davis (@fractivist) and Rod Brueske (@rkbrueske) shared their stories of being run out of their homes and poisoned by fracking. Cipolla-Dennis brought the hopeful story of Dryden and New York and how we were able to ban fracking and protect our way of life. California laws are very similar to New York laws and the same type of zoning ordinance can be enacted at both the city and county levels.
The group, coordinated by Robby Diesu of Stop the Frack Attack and Reed Steberger of Earthjustice, are making a final stop in Los Angeles on March 21st to meet with a fenceline community that has been experiencing oil development for many years and is now threatened by fracking coming to their community.