Street Action against Goldcorp!
Protest corporate impunity!
Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007
12:00 – 18:00
Hyatt Regency Hotel (Burrard at Georgia, beside Burrard Station).
On May 2nd, Join the EXECUTIVES OF DEATH as we take orders from Goldcorp CEO Ian Telfer’s double on the sidewalk in front of their Annual General Meeting!
A limited amount of skull masks and miner’s helmets will be available (bring one if you have one). Wear dark clothes & “office wear” if you can, and come ready to act out against corporate greed!
The AGM starts at 2pm, so come early if you can.
Videos and photographs will be displayed, and an information table will be set up to inform passersby about the dirty gold coming out of Goldcorp’s mines.
Press conference: 12:30, in front of 666 Burrard Street (Goldcorp’s HQ, across from the Hyatt).
For more information, email May2Gold@gmail.com.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Goldcorp inc. operates open-pit, cyanide leaching gold mines throughout the Americas. In 2006, Goldcorp acquired Glamis Gold, becoming the fifth largest gold mining company in the world.
Goldcorp’s operations in Central America are cause for great concern among local residents.
The San Martin Mine in Honduras has resulted in skin diseases and high levels of arsenic and lead in the blood of local citizens. Water supplies have been contaminated and diminished since the mine went into production, leading some local residents to charge the company of “mining terrorism” in their community.
In Guatemala, two opponents of Goldcorp’s Marlin mine have been murdered by state “security” and private “security” forces, and the Marlin mine has been rejected by local referenda, yet the company continues to push forward with gold exploration and exploitation.
In 2006, Goldcorp CEO and Vancouverite Ian Telfer came away with a $23,000,000 compensation package, profiting from the contamination and misery experienced by the people affected by his companies’ mines.
Join local citizens and activists, as well as members of communities affected by Goldcorp’s mines in Honduras and Guatemala to protest Goldcorp’s practices and to highlight citizen opposition to the impunity with which the hundreds of global mining companies with their headquarters in Vancouver operate.
The May 2nd action in Vancouver is held in solidarity with an international day of action against Barrick Gold, which includes planned actions in Toronto and Fredricton as well as in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Papua New Guinea, Phillipines, Tanzania and the US.
April 30, 2007 (Toronto) – The Canadian Peace Alliance is calling on the government of Canada to end the abuse and torture of prisoners in Afghanistan and to bring our troops home now. Despite frequent and contradictory assurances from the Conservatives that detainees are being treated fairly in Afghanistan, we know that torture and abuse of detainees is ongoing and widespread. Canada cannot remain involved in supporting this illegal and immoral behaviour.
“We are asking for the troops to be brought home now – not in two years as the Liberals and Conservatives say, but now,” said Sid Lacombe, national coordinator of the Canadian Peace Alliance. “Canadians don’t agree with Dion and Harper who want our troops to continue to kill and be killed in an unwinnable war for two more years. We support the call for the immediate withdrawal of troops.”
The NDP motion before the House of Commons today is calling for the safe and immediate withdrawal of troops from the counter-insurgency mission in the South of Afghanistan. The CPA welcomes this motion as a good step and continues to call for all troops to be brought home from Afghanistan now.
The Conservatives’ torture scandal is one more reason to end this war. The warlord government that Canada supports in Afghanistan is corrupt and responsible for the violence and torture we see today. Any support for that government is an attack on the democratic aspirations of the people of Afghanistan.
For more information please contact:
Sid Lacombe, national coordinator of the Canadian Peace Alliance: 416-588-5555 or 416-333-7567
Joe Cressy, Youth Director of the CPA: 613-853-1933
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