Protest the Sand Conference

This is a personal invitation! Please send this out to your friends. And join in as an individual.


On September 24 and 25 Minneapolis will be hosting the inaugural Frac Sands Conference.  The conference, planned by London-based Industrial Minerals, provides delegates with an opportunity “To unearth business opportunities, learn from suppliers, movers, and consumers of  frac sands and discover what is ahead for the industry at the heart of the boom” (

Attendees include representatives from Halliburton, US Silica Company, Hi-Crush Partners, Preferred Sands, Canadian Silica Industries, Superior Silica Sands, Victory Silica and many more corporations, companies, and investors interested in massive profits from the frac sand mining industry.   More information about the conference can be found here:

People passionate about preserving the beauty and health of the Driftless Region must come together and show the industry that we oppose all frac sand mining in this delicate and necessary ecosystem, we reject the myth that fracking is a necessary bridge to the future of American energy, and we hold that these sacred bluffs can not be dug up and shipped elsewhere.

In response, activists in Minnesota have planned a rally and demonstration to take place at the first day of the conference:

When: September 24th 5pm-7pm

Where: Outside the conference at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown             Minneapolis.  (we’ll meet on 7th St. Right in front of the hotel)

What: chanting, possibly a march, speeches from Donna Buckbee             (Houston County Protectors) Bill Greendeer (Deer Clan member of the Ho-Chunk Nation) Julie Delacerre (Southwest WI Against Frac Sand Mines) and             more!

We don’t want to create a space of hate toward conference attendees.  Instead, we hope to begin to inspire a conversion of heart for our greed-based, fossil fuel-addicted society. We hope to create an atmosphere of nonviolence at the rally, but maintain our conviction that frac sand mining is wrong and uphold the seriousness of the industry’s devastating actions.   Our message is direct and simple; we oppose ALL frac sand mining and believe there is no right way to do the wrong thing.

Please let us know if you plan on coming!  Email us at or call Joe at 612-872-2336.

Thank you for your time, energy, and support!  See you at the rally!


The Rye House

The Rye House is an intentional community and house of hospitality in South Minneapolis.  We are inspired by peace movements including the Civil Rights Movement, the Catholic Worker Movement, and the Food Justice Movement.  More info at


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