Supporters of public land ownership and conservation will peacefully rally Tuesday, January 19th between 12:15 and 12:45 p.m. on the Terrill Mall to show support for the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and public lands across the United States.
Public lands belong to all Americans. The illegal, armed
occupation of Malheur puts one of America’s most important wildlife refuges, founded originally by Theodore Roosevelt, at risk and threatens years of collaborative work between the refuge, local community, conservation organizations, the Burns-Paiute Tribe and others. The Audubon Society of Portland, which has been working to protect Malheur, is rallying in locations across the region to gather and peacefully express appreciation for Malheur, national public lands, their public servant caretakers, and the positive collaborative efforts between refuge officials, ranchers, environmentalists, and the Burns-Paiute Tribe.
The rally of solidarity in Pullman kicks off at 12:15. Participants are encouraged to bring signs to show solidarity. The time and location of an educational event planned for later in the week will be announced at the rally.