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Contact: Mark LeClaire, We Are One River Sept. 5, 2017
Phone: 505. 933. 9588

‘Fracking Town Hall’ To Be Held at the Harwood Art Center Saturday, Sept. 9th; In
Light of Industry Plans For Area, Local Advocates and Community Organizers To
Give Presentations and Panel Discussion

-ALBUQUERQUE, NM,                                                                                               Sept. 5, 2017

On Saturday, Sept. 9th, beginning with a potluck at 2 pm, a ‘Fracking Town Hall’ will be held at the Harwood Art Center in Albuquerque, organized by the local grassroots advocacy group, We Are One River, in conjunction with numerous other organizations.

10-minute presentations will commence at 3:00, with a prayer by Verna Teller, an introduction by Mark LeClaire of We Are One River, and a presentation on on-the-ground
impacts in the Chaco Canyon Area by Miya King-Flaherty of the Sierra Club and Kendra Pinto from the Navajo Eastern Agency. Asha Canalos of New Mexico Story Power will speak about her experiences fighting fracking infrastructure in upstate NY, and lessons learned that may help communities in New Mexico, and Regina Wheeler of Positive Solar Energy will present on developments in the state on the solar energy front.

At 4:00 PM, a panel discussion will begin, featuring King-Flaherty, Pinto, Canalos, and Wheeler, as well as anti-fracking advocate Elaine Cimino of Common Ground Trust, in Sandoval County; Daniel Tso, a community organizer from the Navajo Nation; Eleanor Bravo, of Food & Water Watch; and Dr.Peter DeBenedittis, a local organizer and NM gubernatorial candidate. A half-hour Q & A period will follow the discussion, at 5:00 PM.

We Are One River is composed of anti-fracking advocates from in and around the Albuquerque area, many of whom traveled to Standing Rock during the crisis that unfolded in North Dakota in 2016-17, and have since turned to issues local to New Mexico. The ‘Fracking Town Hall’ is intended to provide a platform for local community members to learn more about oil & gas developments slated for New Mexico, including in both Greater Chaco and in the Albuquerque basin. Furthermore, the event aims to foster dialogue, and create access points for the public to become more involved in local organizing efforts.

The Harwood Art center is located at 1114 7th St. SW, Albuquerque; the press and public are welcome to attend.

To learn more, and for updates on the event, please visit the Facebook event page.