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Colombian Union Activist Visits Fredericton

In Colombia, some of the most powerless people-indigenous people with no resources, no electricity, no water-and some of the most vulnerable- unions in a country with the highest rates of assassination and repression against union activists in the world-are taking on some of the most powerful multinationals.

Jesus Brochero, a top leader of Sintracarbon, the National Union of Coal Industry Workers which represents coal miners at the Cerrejon Mine in Colombia, and Garry Leech, a long time Colombian solidarity activist, Cape Breton University professor and author of many books on Colombia, will be speaking in Fredericton on Monday, December 1st at 7:00 PM at Conserver House, 180 St. John St.

About 50% of the coal burned in New Brunswick comes from multinational mines in Colombia. Colombian coal is burned in Belledune, New Brunswick.

In March 2008, Adolfo Gonzales Montes was assassinated at his home for what many believe was his union activity with Sintracarbon. NB Power buys coal from the Cerrejon mine and that coal is used to provide electricity to New Brunswickers. Jesus Brochero will speak about coal mining in Colombia as a case study of the intersection of human rights abuses and corporate profits.

On Monday afternoon, Brochero and Leech and members of the Fredericton Peace Coalition and Development and Peace will meet with NB Power executive.

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To arrange a media interview on Monday or for more info, call Tracy at 458-8747 or email tracy@jatam.org
Before Monday, call: 1-902-657-2231.
For more info, visit: http://frederictonpeace.org/?cat=88

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