Obama Will Not Declare Grand Canyon Monument; Supporters Vow To Continue Fight

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By Miriam Wasser for Pheonix New Times – Rep. Raul Grijalva announced in a written statement today that he has received word from the White House that President Barack Obama does not plan to designate the Greater Grand Canyon National Heritage Monument in the few days he has left in office. “I can only express my profound disappointment,” Grijalva wrote. “The Grand Canyon is one of the world’s most iconic and popular natural places, not just for its beauty but for its importance to tribal culture and history.” The proposed 1.7-million-acre monument would have permanently protected the fragile ecosystem of the Grand Canyon watershed from uranium mining and some old-growth logging…

Pave Grand Canyon, Monsanto’s Clean Slate & Activists In City Hall

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By Staff of Occupy – This week, the Grand Canyon is so breathtaking and gorgeous that we just can’t stand it any longer. Let’s talk about the two big plans to destroy this pristine beauty and what you can do about it. Next up, Monsanto is poisoning people, but that’s nothing new. And after four decades, one measly clause in a house bill could wipe their legal slate clean. Finally, Daniel Lee has occupied the streets, organized and appeared at rallies and actions for years. Now, he’s taking that fight into a bid for political office. But first, an ode to a stoic beauty.