Center for Biological Diversity

Media Advisory, December 5, 2017

Contacts: Corina Yeh, (520) 867-6638,

Friday Art Display in Tucson Opposes Trump's Attacks on National Monuments

Demonstration Part of Save Our National Monuments Week of Action

TUCSON, Ariz.— Artists and activists on Friday will work with members of the public on a chalk-based art project in downtown Tucson highlighting President Trump’s announcement this week to make deep cuts to two national monuments in Utah.

The demonstration, organized by the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity’s Ignite Change network, is part of a national week of action in support of public lands that will include thousands of people participating in more than 100 events.

Friday’s event will give the public a chance to draw and write their messages of support for public lands and national monuments.

What: Protect public lands sidewalk chalk-art display

Where: Outside the Joel D. Valdez Public Library, Jacomé Plaza, 101 N Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701

When: Friday, Dec., 8, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Media Availability: Volunteers and organizers will be available for media interviews.

Trump on Monday announced plans to slash protections on some 2 million acres of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah. The move is part of a larger attack on public lands by Trump and some members of Congress trying to loosen protections and allow more oil and gas drilling, mining, logging and other industrial uses.

The Center and other groups sued the Trump administration this week over the attack on monuments.

“We’re hoping this event will bring out public land supporters of all ages,” said Corina Yeh, an organizer with the Center. “A display of images and words depicting our love for these special places will hopefully impact many who see them.”

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.5 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

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