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Anti-fracking march in Grand Rapids next Friday, September 21

September 13, 2012

Next Friday, September 21, the Grand Rapids group Mutual Aid GR invites everyone to participate in an action for the International Day Against Fracking.

The actual international day of protest is September 22, but Mutual Aid GR is doing on the 21st for reasons they will share before the march starts at noon.

There is a growing global resistance to the practice of hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. Some states in the US are looking to pass laws banning the practice, but more importantly communities are organizing and engaging in direct action against the oil & gas industry’s desire to extract more oil and gas domestically.

In Michigan, there is a petition campaign being organized by Ban Fracking Michigan and there are at least 11 other communities in Michigan that are hosting an event or action on International Day Against Fracking.

People have also been resisting the sale or leasing of public land by the State of Michigan for the purpose of oil & gas exploration. In May, there was a significant protest in Lansing at a DNR land auction and many people are already preparing for the next DNR land auction, which is scheduled for October 24.

The Facebook event created by Mutual Aid GR states:

In solidarity with communities surviving and resisting the destructive oil and gas extraction method known as “fracking”, we will march through Grand Rapids for Global Anti-Fracking Day, starting at Veteran’s Park on Fulton & Sheldon.

People are encouraged to bring signs and be ready to march in downtown Grand Rapids to make a statement against fracking in Michigan.

Grand Rapids Global Anti-Fracking Day March

Friday, September 21

Noon

Meet at Veterans Park on the corner of Fulton & Sheldon

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