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News, Info & Actions
- Protect Juristac – we stand with local indigenous leaders in defending sacred site
- #StopLine3 Demonstrations
- Amah Mutsun Tribal Band Covid Relief Fund
- Survey Seeking Suggestions for Weekly Gatherings
- Land Acknowledgement in the Santa Cruz Area
- Help Novasutras Grow in Santa Cruz
We help organize local actions in response to climate justice struggles.
Now is the time for action in solidarity with the Amah Mutsun!
The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band’s most sacred site, Juristac, located in the Southern Santa Cruz Mountains near Gilroy, is threatened by a proposal for an open pit sand and gravel mine. Novasutras sent this letter of support to urge for the protection of Juristac.
The mine can only be approved through a permit-request process that involves environmental review by the County of Santa Clara. Public comments on the draft environmental impact report (DEIR) that were sent between August and November 2022 will play a crucial role in swaying the Santa Clara County’s Planning Department’s vote to deny the permit.
Over 1200 letters were sent using through our letter campaign! A total of over 5,000 comment letters were submitted challenging Juristac mining plans.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to speak out about this issue.
Learn More & Educate your Communities
- Learn more using the many resources at ProtectJuristac.Org/Resources and in this folder.
- Human Rights Commission (HRC) decision press coverage from the San Jose Spotlight and Gilroy Dispatch
- Follow and amplify @ProtectJuristac on Facebook and Instagram
- Keep you and your friends informed with the Friends of Juristac newsletter. Sign up here. (check promotions/ spam folder)
Here is a press-release that you can share with anyone you know who works in journalism and media.
Land Acknowledgement in the Santa Cruz Area
In the recent blog post about land acknowledgements, we included examples and links to detailed information about the local indigenous peoples. It can be instructive and healing to include some acknowledgement of the land and the people who lived there as part of our gatherings. We can learn important things about appropriate ways to act with integrity in our local ecosystems from the indigenous peoples of the land.
For Santa Cruz county from Aptos north, that was the Awaswas-speaking people. South of that was the Mutsun people. Both cultural groups are now represented by the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band.
…the local Novasutras chapter in Santa Cruz, California attempts to always include an acknowledgement of their gathering on lands of Awaswas-speaking peoples. Sometimes, for small gatherings and in personal practice, “May all beings on the lands where Awaswas was spoken abide in agaya and ubuntu,” is simply included as part of our opening of sacred space in Connecting the Corners, between the wishes for those in the local watershed and those in the larger coast redwood and coast live oak bioregions. In longer introductions to events, we make mention of the history of enslavement in the California Mission period, the genocidal efforts of Gold Rush settlers, and the loss of much traditional knowledge and language as a consequence. We express gratitude for the current efforts of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band to restore some of their culture and preserve sacred sites. The Amah Mutsun are the descendants of the Awaswas and Mutsun-speaking peoples who were taken by the Missions at Santa Cruz and San Juan Bautista (part of the Ohlone language and cultural group, of the amazingly diverse indigenous peoples of California).
Help Novasutras Grow in the Santa Cruz Area
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Ubuntu suggests collaborative co-creation will give us the best possible Novasutras Santa Cruz gatherings. What are you interested in? When are you available? Where would you like to meet? Please give us your input on this short survey, to help us plan for our next get-together…
September Equinox Gathering
We held an in-person gathering with meditation and reflection to welcome in the Equinox from 12:30 to 1:30 on Sunday, September 22, 2019 (about 12 hours ahead of the actual time the sun crossed the equator).
Novasutras hosts meditations on the Equinoxes, Solstices and Cross-Quarters (8 times per year). These Octal Meditations revitalize our connection with and reverence for Nature and promote global unity. See Events page for info about the next Octal Meditation.
Archives: Intro to Drawdown Nov 5th ~ Pachamama Symposium 10/12/19 ~ September Equinox Gathering Recap ~ Climate Strike 9/20-9/27 ~ Launch Party 8/12 Recap
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