Connecting Common Struggles: Destructive Mining in El Salvador and Wisconsin
For immediate release
Contact: Marc Rosenthal, (608) 215-3358
The public is invited to attend an informative discussion of mining issues both here and in El Salvador. Longtime Wisconsin and Midwest mining activist and organizer UW-La Crosse Professor Al Gedicks will be joined by El Salvador organizers Brother Domingo Solis, Father Lorenzo Cruz, and Jan Morrill who are working to protect their communities from destructive metallic mining interests.
This event is sponsored by OXFAM, the Midwest Coalition Against Lethal Mining (MCALM), the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice, the Sierra Club, the US-El Salvador Sister City Network, the Madison-Arcatao Sister City Project, and the newly formed Madison Action For Mining Alternatives organization.
Brother Domingo will speak to the environmental destruction that mining would bring to El Salvador, the multi-million dollar lawsuits filed against the Salvadoran government by foreign corporations, the need for legislation that bans mining in El Salvador, as well as to the threats and intimidation environmentalists in the region of Cabañas.
Father Lorenzo provides first hand testimony of the contamination of his local river, the increased health problems in the community, and the lies the company has told the community over the years. He is a strong voice of opposition to these dangerous mining projects in his parish and throughout the region.
Al Gedicks will speak about the current Wisconsin mining rush and attempts to gut environmental law for mining. Gedicks is an environmental and Indigenous rights activist and scholar. In 1977 he founded the Center for Alternative Mining Development Policy and assisted the Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa Tribe in successfully resisting Exxon's proposed zinc sulfide mine upstream from the tribe's sacred wild rice beds.
Jan Morrill has been directly working with communities resisting mining in El Salvador for four and a half years and is currently the representative of the International Allies against Metallic Mining in El Salvador, a coalition of organizations in the U.S. and Canada working to support the struggles of Salvadoran communities for sovereignty over their natural resources.
Other dates for the speaking tour: All four experts will also be addressing two events at the UW-Madison on Monday, November 12. At Noon, they will be speaking at a Brown Bag Seminar sponsored by the the Latin American Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program (location TBD) and at 4:00 PM, in room 140 Science Hall for the Nelson Institute Land Tenure Center speakers series on Large-Scale Economic Land Concessions and Land Acquisitions. More info can be found at: http://www.nelson.wisc.edu/ltc