Stand Up for Open Space and Indigenous Sacred Sites at Juristac

On Wednesday, January 15, the Morgan Hill City Council will be voting on a resolution opposing a proposed sand mine on the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band’s most sacred grounds, Juristac. Please come to a rally at 6:00 pm at Morgan Hill City Hall, and email the City Council using the form below, asking them to vote for the resolution!

What’s Happening

Juristac, also known as Sargent Ranch, is a 6,500-acre open space area southwest of Gilroy that is the spiritual center of Amah Mutsun Territory and a critical migration corridor for mountain lions, badgers, and other wildlife. A sand mine has been proposed on this site and is currently undergoing environmental review by the County of Santa Clara. The draft Environmental Impact Report will be released soon.

Although the Morgan Hill City Council does not have jurisdiction over this proposal, a resolution opposing the mine will send a powerful signal to the County of Santa Clara that local communities near Juristac don’t want to see this landscape destroyed by an open-pit sand and gravel mine.

Why It Matters

The proposed Sargent Ranch Quarry would dig four pits hundreds of feet deep in Juristac’s hillsides. The mine would operate for 30+ years, pumping 76,000 gallons of groundwater per day and resulting in hundreds of daily truck trips hauling sand and gravel across the Bay Area. The noise, lights and activity will disrupt wildlife movement, and the pits will permanently alter the landscape of Juristac.

What You Can Do

Come to the Morgan Hill Rally for Protecting Juristac and email the Morgan Hill City Council asking them to vote in support of the resolution.

Morgan Hill Rally for Protecting Juristac – Wednesday, January 15, 6:00 p.m.
Morgan Hill City Hall
17555 Peak Ave, Morgan Hill

Hosts: Committee for Green Foothills, Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, South County for Protecting Juristac, Protect Juristac, ACLU of Northern California, South Bay Indigenous Solidarity, Santa Cruz Friends of Juristac, Santa Cruz Group of the Sierra Club, The Center for Biological Diversity

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