Warm but Beautiful Day for Fundraiser

Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson, policy director of OSFR and Campaign Organizer of Sierra Club Florida Explains the Mine Dangers

Songs and inspiration were provided by talented speakers and musicians at Chiappini’s in Melrose,  at a fundraiser attended by friendly, enthusiastic people from far and wide and all walks of life.

Kate Ellison, Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson, Mark Chiappini
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Organizer of mine resistance Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson

These are people who love Florida as it is and want to keep from the devastation of phosphate mining.  Residents, environmental groups, Alachua County commissioners and citizen groups are all working hard to stop this dangerous risk to the New River and the Santa Fe.



Mark Chiappini inside his store.

Thanks go to all the volunteers, the workers, those who donated raffle items and to Mark Chiappini for the use of his facilities.



  1. Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson Good seeing you today! I checked website for Phosphate Mine Proposal. After 20+ minutes of searching I need you to make it a little simpler for me to find please.

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