Were You There?
As you can see, Esther's Follies legend Shannon Sedwick was there, telling the truth and cracking us up.
Thirty years ago, on June 7th, 1990, over 1000 citizens showed up at Austin City Hall to protest the "Barton Creek PUD," a 4,000 acre development proposed for the banks of Barton Creek by Freeport McMoRan, a global mining company that was the single largest discharger of toxic pollutants into the waters of the United States. Austin citizens from all walks of life took their allotted 3 minutes to tell the city council to vote "no" on the massive development proposal. After taking testimony throughout the night, the City Council voted unanimously the next morning to deny the development approval. The event triggered Austin's "save our springs" movement followed by the passing of the SOS Ordinance in 1992.
We are excited to be celebrating 30 years of citizen advocacy and the birth of the Save Our Springs movement on June 7th! Were you at City Hall on that historic day? Did you listen in from home on KUT? We want to hear your story. What do you remember? What changed for you or someone you know after that night? Please send us your experience in an email or in a short video (no more than 90 seconds) to SOSInfo@SOSAlliance.org. Share a photo or two as well, if you have them. Be sure to include your name and phone number. If you know someone who was there, please pass this along to them.
We'll be reminiscing a bit between now and June 7th, and planning a virtual reunion that day. Mark your calendar and please jump in with your memories.
Pound the PUD!!
P.S. If you are able, please consider a contribution to Esther's Follies' Performers Fund. We gotta save Esther's pool -- Shanon, Michael Shelton, Ray Anderson and their cast mates are essential Austin. We can't afford to lose them.
Watch the condensed 30 minute video of the hearing HERE.