Monday, October 26, 2009
SOUTH MOUNTAIN FREEWAY LOOP 202 ACTION THIS WEDNESDAY 10/28/09!
SAY NO TO THE PROPOSED SOUTH MOUNTAIN FREEWAY!!!
ON OR NEAR DISTRICT 6 OF THE GILA RIVER INDIAN COMMUNITY!!!
This past Wednesday, the Maricopa Associations of Governments (MAG) Transportation Committee voted unanimously to approve the 8-Lane 202 South
Mountain Freeway extension through Ahwatukee and South Mountain Park. The route now must be approved this Wednesday by the MAG Regional Council.
One proposed freeway scenario will run along the reservation boundary, and lead to the destruction of Ahwatukee and West Phoenix residents' houses, in
addition to destroying a portion of South Mountain. MAG’s route will specifically affect District 6 and 7 of the Gila River Indian Community with the many
environmental and health hazards that freeways bring, but most importantly, it will desecrate the many sacred sites on the mountain. This potential route
has brought much opposition from the residents of Ahwatukee, forcing MAG officials to look at alternatives to the Ahwatukee-South Mountain alignment.
One such alternative is to place the 202 extension onto Gila River land.
Gila River Tribal Council and District 6 have passed resolutions
against any such route.
But as a recent AZ Republic report has confirmed, MAG officials will
be meeting Gila River tribal officials in the next few weeks to discuss
placing the route through Gila River, on District 6!!
OPPONENTS OF THE CURRENT PROPOSAL ARE SUGGESTING
TO BUILD THE FREEWAY ALONG PECOS RD, UP 51st AVE!!!
OR ALONG RIGGS ROAD, TO 51st AVE!!!
BOTH ROUTES WILL RIP DISTRICT 6 IN HALF!!!
This past Wednesday, the O'odham Solidarity Across Borders Collective in solidarity with the many opponents of the freeway took action and told MAG that we oppose the Freeway entirely. But still they ignore and disrespect us as O'odham/Pi'Posh people by still suggesting building the freeway through our community!!
SO, ONCE AGAIN MY FELLOW O'ODHAM/ PI'POSH, PLEASE COME OUT AND VOICE YOUR OPPOSTION AGAINST ANY SUCH FREEWAY TO BE BUILT ON DISTRICT 6 AND GILA RIVER!! LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD AT THE PUBLIC COMMENTING PORTION OF THE MEETING! LET MAG AND GILA RIVER TRIBAL COUNCIL HEAR YOUR CONCERNS AND OPPOSITION AGAINST THE SOUTH MOUNTAIN FREEWAY GOING THROUGH OUR COMMUNITY!
JOIN THE O'ODHAM SOLIDARITY ACROSS BORDERS COLLECTIVE, GILA RIVER ALLIANCE for a CLEAN ENVIROMENT (GRACE) AND PHOENIX CLASS WAR COUNCIL IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIX!!
Meeting - 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 28, 2009 ---
MAG Office, Suite 200 - Saguaro Room
302 North 1st Avenue, Phoenix
For more information about Wednesday’s meeting/ South Mountain Freeway proposal and to help, contact us at:
O'odham Solidarity Across Borders Collective firstname.lastname@example.org & http://oodhamsolidarity.blogspot.com
GRACE (Gila River Alliance for a Clean Environment) email@example.com
PHOENIX CLASS WAR COUNCIL firstname.lastname@example.org & http://firesneverextinguished.blogspot.com