FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21, 2007
The People Behind Our Power: Activists to speak on the local and global impacts of our electricity
Fredericton – Three well known mining activists will be speaking in Fredericton on Tuesday, May 22 at 7pm at the UNB Art Centre, Memorial Hall. They are Joan Newman Kuyek, National Coordinator of Mining Watch Canada, Aviva Chomsky, Professor of History and Coordinator of Latin American Studies at Salem State College in Massachusetts, and Inka Milewski of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick.
Joan Newman Kuyek has been the National Co-ordinator of Mining Watch Canada – a pan-Canadian coalition of environmental, labour, social justice and Aboriginal groups – since its inception in April 1999. Her publications include Working for Bell Canada: The Phone Book, and Fighting for Hope: Organizing to Realize Our Dreams. In 1995, her community work was recognized with an honorary doctorate of Social Work from Laurentian University.
Aviva Chomsky is author of “West Indian Workers and the United Fruit Company in Costa Rica,” “They Take Our Jobs! And 20 Other Myths and “Linked Labor Histories: New England, Colombia and the Making of a Global Working Class”; co-editor of “Identity and Struggle at the Margins of the Nation-State”; “The Cuba Reader”; and “The People Behind the Coal”; and translator of “The Profits of Extermination.” She is active in Colombia solidarity and immigrants rights work.
Inka Milewski of Miramichi, New Brunswick, has worked for government and university institutions and not-for-profit research and conservation organizations over her thirty year career. She has authored and co-authored peer-reviewed and popular scientific publications on a wide range of environmental issues. She has testified at Canadian federal and U.S. state environmental hearings and has served as a delegate at several United Nation’s conferences on the environment. Milewski acts as science advisor to several community and environmental organizations, including the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, and does research on their behalf. Her most recent publication (2006) is Dying for Development: the legacy of lead in Belledune.
Kuyek, Chomsky and Milewski will speak about the local and global impacts of multinatonal mining companies, many of which are Canadian, operating in Canada and abroad. Approximately 16% of New Brunswick’s electricity is generated from Colombian coal that is associated with adverse impacts on local communities including forced displacements, violence, environmental degradation, poverty and sickness. The coal imported from Colombia is burned in what is known as the industrial sacrifice zone of Belledune in northern New Brunswick.
This special speaking event is organized to coincide with “Panzós: 25 years later…” – a breathtaking exhibit featuring original painting, descriptive banners, and portrait, journalistic and forensic photography by Guatemalan artist Marlón García Arriaga. The exhibit, on display until early June at the UNB Art Centre at Memorial Hall, centers around the lives, opinions and actions of the survivors of the Panzós massacre -especially the women survivors, who have been at
the forefront of the resistance to the presence of a Canadian-owned nickel development, Inco Ltd.’s Exmibal project on their land.
For more information:
Tracy Glynn, 454-9527, 458-8747, firstname.lastname@example.org
For background information on Colombian coal, visit: www.arsn.ca