How to protest Trump’s Utah national monument reduction

On Monday, December 4th, President Trump travels to Utah to announce massive reductions to Bears Ears and Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monuments. Do you support public lands? Do you think the monument’s boundaries should be left alone? Then you can protest Trump’s Utah national monument reduction at the “Rally Against Trump’s Monumental Mistake.”

protest Trump's Utah national monument reduction

A crowd chans slogans in support of public lands at the Outdoor Retailer This Land is Our Land march and rally at the Utah State Capitol. (Photo: Jared Hargrave –

How to protest Trump’s Utah National Monument reduction

The rally takes place on Saturday, December 2nd on the south steps of the Utah State Capitol. This peaceful protest is hosted by a variety of organizations, including Utah Diné Bikéyah, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, the Utah Chapter of the Sierra Club, and more.

The mission is to send “a clear and visible message that we intend to “Honor Tribes” and defend the priceless scientific, cultural, and ecological legacies these monuments represent.” Protesters are encouraged to bring their #SaveGrandStaircase and #StandWithBearsEars signs. You may also wear your “Protect Bears Ears” and “I Stand with Grand Staircase-Escalante” t-shirts. If you don’t have signs, pick them up at Wasatch Touring (700 E 100 S). Signs will also be available at the event. T-shirts are sold at Wasatch Touring and at the event.

A street protest will also take place when Trump is in town on Monday, December 4th. You must sign up for text alerts about when and where to meet to participate. Text key word UTAH to 52886 or click here:

Bears Ears National Monument

Still Frame from the film “Defined by the Line: The Fight to Protect Bears Ears.” (Image: Patagonia)

How much will the monuments be reduced?

The Washington Post published maps that were leaked to the newspaper on Thursday. They show just how small the monuments will become. Both Bears Ears and Grand Staircase/Escalante will be split into several smaller monuments, according to the report.

Bears Ears will be reduced by 85% from 1.35 million acres to 201,397 acres. What’s left will be split into the Indian Creek and Shash Jaa national monuments.

Grand Staircase/Escalante will be reduced by about half from 1.9 million acres to 997,490 acres. That monument will become three – Grand Staircase, Kaiparowits and Escalante Canyons.

Trump will make the announcement at the Utah State Capitol building in front of a crowd of supporters. A long list of organizations promised lawsuits over the matter, saying Trump does not have the authority to reduce national monuments after they have been established.

Visit the Rally Against Trump’s Monumental Mistake Facebook page for updated information about the protest.

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