Please help support the efforts of O’odham youth traveling to Tucson to protest the Arizona Department of Transportation’s 5-year plan. We are calling for a state-wide Cal-in to help tell ADOT just how much we oppose the current 5-year plan and demanding all plans for the loop 202 to be stopped immediately! Help us out by calling and also through sharing this message via your own social media.
(Read below for call-in talking points. Voice-in the comments you feel are the most relevant. Don’t hesitate to vary script or insert your own commentary.
Hello, my name is _____________ and I am a resident of ____________. I am calling (Insert Office Name) to state my opposition and demand that South Mountain Freeway planning be brought to an end, once and for all. While Scenario A is the closest to a desirable plan, extreme shifts in the state’s focus on public transit and bike lanes must be stepped up beyond this proposal’s current state.
ADOT’s development of the Tentative Five-Year Transportation Plan due to budget restraints makes it apparent that not only is South Mountain Freeway an economic detriment, but a cultural and environmental disaster waiting to happen.
The participation of (insert office name) in the destruction of South Mountain is a clear indication that it does not uphold the best interests of the O’odham tribes and local communities of Awhatukee and Laveen.
• This mountain is held sacred by all O’odham tribes. This type of damage is irreversible and no amount of monetary compensation would ever replace this sacred natural treasure.
• After 30 years of this freeway’s planning, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has still not been presented.
• The freeway would impose on a critical wildlife corridor for various threatened desert animals and fragile ecosystems unique to both the Estrella and South Mountain ranges.
• It is well-known that Phoenix city’s and surrounding areas’ air quality is becoming increasingly harmful to residents. Building this freeway would further spread poor air quality in part of the Phoenix valley.
• Allocating funds to forms of transportation that lead to further environmental degradation will only take Arizona residents down a road to increased health risks that will eventually drive more individuals to leave the state.
Statewide communities oppose your further involvement in the environmental, cultural, and sacred destruction of South Mountain.
State offices’ contact info:
ADOT Five Year Program
1655 West Jackson, MD 126F
Phoenix, AZ 85007
U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
4000 N. Central Avenue, Suite 1500
Phoenix, Arizona 85012-3500
HDR Engineering Inc.
101 N. 1st Ave., Suite 1950
Phoenix, AZ 85003