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“The President Stole Your Land,” outdoor apparel firm Patagonia declared in a message on its website Monday.
Patagonia is joining environmental and Native American groups challenging Trump’s shrinking of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, which he called the result of “overreach” by the Obama and Clinton administrations.
The two massive monuments will be downsized into five smaller ones, with the protected Bears Ears land shrunk by 85%.
“Americans have overwhelmingly spoken out against the Trump administration’s unprecedented attempt to shut down our national monuments,” Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario said in a statement to Ad Age. “We’ve fought to protect these places since we were founded and now we’ll continue that fight in the courts.”
Legal challenges to the move will focus on whether the president has the right to reverse his predecessors’ creations under the Antiquities Act. Hours after Trump signed the proclamations in Salt Lake City, the Navajo, Ute, Ute Mountain, Hopi, Zuni, and Pueblo tribes filed what they said was a historic federal lawsuit against Trump’s “slap in the face.” KUTV reports.
It’s true you know. Donald Trump, using the power of his office, stole your land, in one of the biggest giveaways to the oil, gas, and coal industries in the history of the nation. What did Utah state lawmakers say about it? One described opponents as “bunny lovers” and “rock lickers.”
We need to keep writing, and writing hard, but we also need to actually do something beyond keyboard exercises. We need to march. We need to gather and protest loudly. Donald Trump has to go, before he completely destroys our nation.
Edited liberally from Newser.