This year has been a whirlwind of victory and perseverance for Loop 202 extension resistors. On February 8, 2012 GRIC members voted for the “No Build” option for the proposed 202 freeway to prevent desecration of South Mountain, which has been held sacred since time immemorial. South Mountain is an area full of cultural significance to the Akimel O’odham and the Pee Posh, the two tribes that comprise that Gila River Indian Community.
Despite this victory of a vote in support of no build, Limited Liability Corporation Pangea of Tempe Arizona has still taken a “no compromise” attitude in the face of those that resist the freeway. After folding deception and community tension into the recently formed assembly of “Gila River Indian Community Land Owners”; Pangea LLC is attempting to force the freeway on the valley.
Gila River Against the Loop 202 (GRAL202) has reported on this new face of the freeway backed by Pangea in their press release titled: Pangea continues to push for Loop 202, while GRIC leadership sits on the sidelines –
GRAL202 also recently reported on a Gila River Indian Community meeting where youth wore dust masks to display a visual protest while in Attendance. They later shared this article with their feelings about the meeting and the freeway: Under the watchful eye of engaged youth and concerned GRIC members, Pangea and the PLA’s “City Concept” plan was halted by tribal council
We share these stories to help paint the picture of vivid resistance that is happening in response to the proposed extension of the loop 202. In the following week we will have more to share about other upcoming events about resistance to the freeway and updates on new ways you can help resist this freeway.