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Let the Youth Be Heard in the “Trial of the Century”
October 29 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The “Trial of the Century” is going to be heard soon, after 3 years of attempts by the government to stop it. It was expected to start on Oct. 29th, but Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts is saying now that the Supreme Court needs a brief time to consider whether the whole court should weigh in on a procedural issue. This is an extremely unusual decision. Latest information is HERE. So, now, this Rally becomes not the Celebration of the trial starting we were planning, but a Demand that the Youth Must Be Heard.
Oct. 25th Press Release from Our Children’s Trust with latest info: HERE
21 students want to be heard along with all the arguments, based in science, that our government has taken actions that deny them a “public trust” right to a future that includes THEIR right to life, liberty, and property. Back in December of last year the youth appeared at the Federal Appeals Court for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, shown in the pictures here after their presentation on one the government’s attempts to block the trial on procedural grounds.
When the Trial begins in Eugene, Oregon. It will be before a judge only. This Juliana v US case is a lawsuit where the defendants are the heads of executive branch agencies (initially the Obama administration, now the Trump administration). The youth plaintiffs allege that, by exercising their sovereign authority over our country’s atmosphere and fossil fuel resources, the U.S. government defendants permitted, encouraged, and otherwise enabled the continued exploitation, production, and combustion of fossil fuels. These actions were taken with full knowledge that so doing would cause atmospheric CO2 concentrations to escalate to levels unprecedented in human history, resulting in a dangerous destabilizing climate system for our country and these youth plaintiffs.
So Let’s stand up for the right of the Youth to be Heard. Stop the delays and start the Trial. It will be a supportive event that includes signs (we have quite a few), speeches and singing on Oct. 29th
- Attend in: San Francisco, San Rafael, or find a city near you
- Help plan and organize the rallies
- Get the word out on social media using the hashtags #youthvgov, #LetTheYouthBeHeard”
- Learn about it on the Youth Vs. Government website
- For teachers there is a Classroom Kit HERE
- And for those wanting to create posters to bring there is this Art Tool Kit HERE