It is appalling and unsurprising that capitalist venturing is harming the same communities it has forced to struggle during 500 years of colonialism. We must use our first world privilege to amplify their voices on the ground where capitalists feel most comfortable. Many people must resist in many different ways throughout the world to fight for their livelihood. We are called upon to react in ways that are appropriate, virulent and responsible to the worldwide struggle for liberation.
Newmont Mining controls operations in 20 locations on every continent except for Antarctica. Many of these mining operations are located on indigenous people's lands without consideration for indigenous or human rights. Newmont also destroys ecosystems that have long been undisturbed. The mining practices pollute the environment so that regeneration is impossible. Because Newmont's harm extends to global proportions, direct resistance requires a mass summit global mobilization.
Newmont Corporation is the world's largest gold producer. As it extracts gold from the earth for profit, it ignores the costs that its operations exact on indigenous communities, the environment, and on worker and human rights.
Newmont Mining is based in Denver, CO and they will be holding their annual stockholders meeting on April 25th in Denver.
Newmont and their cohorts are responsible for:
96% of US arsenic emissions
50% of all newly mined gold is taken, often illegally, from native lands
Groundwater thousands of times more acidic than battery acid
Implications in human rights abuses
79 tons of mine waste for every ounce of gold
Employs only 0.09% of the global workforce
Up to 10% of world energy consumption
Craters blasted and environmental destruction in officially protected natural areas
Marine ecosystem destruction through the use of "Subterranean Tailings Disposal" (STDs)
The use of cyanide leach mining
Please take the time to explore our educational links and we are sure you will be so disturbed that you will be joining us in the streets of Denver, Colorado on April 25th.
This corporation needs to go down; plan something, don't tell us about it, come to Denver and make it happen. Two things to keep in mind: One, the representatives of communities being mined request that the shareholder meeting itself not be interfered with. In short, the streets are ours, inside the meeting is not ours. Two, the FBI is listening. Mind your manners, eh?
Please do tell us if you are coming to town so that we can hook you up with housing and plug you into activities. On April 24th there is an all day conference about Newmont. April 25th is the day of action. Please come on over! STOPNEWMONT@hotmail.com
For more information go to www.stopnewmont.org and Western Shoshone Defense Project www.wsdp.org or email us at STOPNEWMONT@hotmail.com.