Support the Amah Mutsun Ohlone tribal band to stop the proposed destruction of their sacred ceremonial heartland near Gilroy — by turning it into a 403-acre sand and gravel mining operation. Santa Clara County has released an environmental analysis of the project and soon will decide whether to approve or deny permits for the mine.
For thousands of years, the Amah Mutsun lived and held sacred ceremonies at Juristac. Valentin Lopez, Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, says “Juristac is the heart of Amah Mutsun spirituality and culture, and an open-pit sand and gravel mine would forever desecrate this sacred place.”
As part of the environmental review process, Santa Clara County commissioned an ethnographic study. The resulting confidential 285-page report provides a detailed review of archaeological, ethnographic and oral historical records, unequivocally documenting the immense historical, cultural and religious importance of Juristac to the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. The draft EIR confirms that these impacts are unavoidable if the mine moves forward.
In addition, the draft EIR reports that the mine would impact more than 400 acres of grassland and oak woodland habitats, irreversibly altering the landscape at Juristac. The project would use over 80,000 gallons of water a day, threaten endangered waterways, and destroy a critical wildlife corridor.
Join a rally to protest the project or take action online.
Amah Mutsun Rally for Juristac
Saturday, September 10, 1 – 4 PM
70 W. Hedding St., San Jose
Take action online
Sign a template letter as is or add your own words at https://www.greenfoothills.org/juristac-take-action/
Submit a comment on the Environmental Report by Sept 26 to email@example.com. Comments become part of the official response and can become a part of the legal defense if a lawsuit is necessary
Be sure that your comment email includes your full name and address, states the name of the project (“Sargent Ranch Quarry Project”) at the top.
Sample talking ponts:
The DEIR lists numerous Significant and Unavoidable impacts of Sargent Quarry Project that make this permit untenable, including:
o The destruction of the Juristac Cultural Landscape
o worsening air quality that would endanger people’s health,
o 200 truck-per day traffic that would overwhelm US 101 and the streets of Gilroy,
o extreme disturbance that would block the movements of wildlife between Santa Cruz, Gavilan and Diablo Ranges
o weaken genetic viability and chances for survival of cougars and other animals
o Severely impair the existing visual character of the county-designated scenic route of US 101, and the view-shed for local residents.
o Excessive use of the water aquifer underneath the land resulting in potential impacts on local Pajaro and San Benito rivers and unknown impacts for availability of water in local districts including Gilroy, Aromas and Watsonville.
Facebook Event webpage — info/RSVP
4 minute video on the project