Anita Sherman is MoveOn #FrackingFighter

January 13, 2014

Colorado, fracking, Garfield County

sherman frack fighterDENVER, CO – Anita Sherman of Glenwood Springs, CO was selected as one of MoveOn’s 100 Fracking Fighters nationally, and one of six “Fractivists” named from Colorado. Other Coloradans recognized with a grant include “Alison G.” of Paonia, Emma Bray and Xiuhtezcatl Martinez of Englewood from the groups Earth Guardians and Kids Against Fracking, Joseph Edes of La Veta, and Laura Fronckiewicz of the group Our Broomfield.

Sherman explains that she was motivated to launch her local campaign because, “We, the people, have a right to clean air, clean water, and an environment free of industrial impact. These are our fundamental Constitutional human rights that should be enforced.”

Sherman is known in the national legislative circuit as a strong citizens advocate for the environment, social justice, consumer protections, and economic development policies. She expressed gratitude to be named among the nation’s most dedicated citizens working in their communities promoting human rights to health, safety, and environmental protections.

Sherman plans to use the grant award to expand her network throughout Garfield County and the Grand Mesa regions. She co-founded a group of  business and community leaders in the Roaring Fork Valley called Garfield Transparency Initiative (GTI). GTI will offer training in coordinating peaceful direct action initiatives to expand renewable energies in Garfield County, and provide non-partisan leadership training for individuals interested in becoming elected representatives.

“Garfield County has the resources to be a national leader by embracing economic development opportunities in renewable energies and technologies,” says Sherman. “It’s time to move on!”

Sherman is also a Co-lead Plaintiff with Lead Plaintiff, Mr. Carl McWilliams of Silt, CO, challenging Governor John Hickenlooper’s enforcement of the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission (COGCC). The proposed citizens federal class action is drafted as a constitutional challenge that defends Home Rule municipalities chartered under Colorado’s Constitution.

DRAFT: Federal Class Action Complaint Constitutional – Controversy

According to the claim, Governor Hickenlooper’s enforcement of COGCC against Longmont is unconstitutional, giving a legislatively created private interest advisory group governing authority over Home Rule municipalities. The enforcement of a legislatively created statute changes Colorado’s governing system. The class action defends Colorado’s Constitution under federal constitutional authority requiring a constitutional amendment to change the state’s governing system.

Sherman and McWilliams are currently vetting their lead legal team for the class action, and collecting signatures from MoveOn members and others interesting in becoming representative plaintiffs on the class action. A Notice of Intent to File a Federal Class Action has been served. McWilliams has created a petition for Coloradoan residents to sign on as Plaintiff Representatives on the proposed class action.

The Colorado Oil & Gas Commission is Unconstitutional


See  all 100 #FrackingFighter Winners is a community of more than 8 million Americans from all walks of life who are using innovative technology to lead, participate in, and win campaigns for progressive change.

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One Comment on “Anita Sherman is MoveOn #FrackingFighter”

  1. Dylan P Says:

    The Federal Class action seems like the best thing that can be done right now. I know a bunch of us at CU Boulder support it, good luck and godspeed!

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