Saturday, April 29, 2006

Gold Mining - The Toxic Gift That Keeps On Giving

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Newmont Mining Denver Picket April 25, 2006






Monday, April 24, 2006

Newmont Mining Lighting Up Our Traffic Reports

Hello Newmont.

Are you Little Eichmanns over there at goldigger headquarters worried or something?


Is that why you greedy freaks are lighting up our site meter traffic reports like Dirty Murdy's one-eyed Newmonster at a leaking, toxic mine shaft?

Settle down, children. You will know all by this time tomorrow.

Giggle. Giggle. Smirk.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Newmont Mining Protest Schedule of Events



STOP NEWMONT MINING! DEMAND JUSTICE FOR NATIVE PEOPLES!

Two Days of Education
In the Classroom and in the Streets of Denver
To Create a Better Future for Ourselves and for Future Generations

Newmont Mining Company is the largest gold mining corporation in the world. It's international headquarters is here in Denver. Wherever its operations reach, Newmont poisons the land, the water and the people. Native peoples have been especially hard hit – in Peru, Ghana, Indonesia, and among the Western Shoshone Nation in Nevada. On Tuesday, April 25, 2006, the directors and officers of Newmont (the people who run and operate the corporation) will be in Denver at the annual shareholder's meeting.

We plan to let them know how we feel about the crimes they are committing.

Monday, April 24, 2006 – all day conference

"The Real Price of Gold: Impacts of Mining on Indigenous Peoples and the Global Environment"

Tivoli Student Union, Room 320, Auraria Campus, Downtown Denver
(Conference schedule at post below)

Tuesday, April 25, 2006 – join us for one or all events

Resistance to Newmont Mining – Action at the Newmont Mining 2006 Annual Shareholder's Meeting

9:00 am - Gather at Newmont Headquarters 1700 Sherman Street, Denver

10:30 am - Caravan to Newmont Shareholder's Meeting Inverness Hotel, Inverness Business Park, I-25 and Dry Creek Road (see www.stopnewmont.org for map)

12:30pm – 2:00pm – Picket Shareholders' meeting in support of international delegation confronting the Newmont executives and shareholder's meeting.

3:00 pm – Return to Newmont Headquarters, 1700 Sherman Street for vigorous protest of Newmont's policies.

Note: Conference and protest were organized, and are sponsored, independent of one another

Stop Newmont Mining Conference: The Real Price of Gold - Monday April 24, 2006

The Real Price of Gold:
The Impacts of Mining on Indigenous Peoples and the Global Environment

Monday, April 24, 2006
Tivoli Student Center - Room 320
Auraria Campus
Denver, CO

9:30 am Registration/Coffee and Juice

10:00 am Welcome
Film: “The Curse of Inca Gold”

10:30 am – 12 Noon Panel Discussion – “Stripping Off the Mask”

Scientists and academics who work with indigenous communities, mining companies, non-governmental organizations and governments around the world, discuss the impacts of mining on water, public health, indigenous peoples’ societies, community decision making, and the creation and dissemination of reliable information.

Panelists:

Gail Bundy, Blue Wolf Futures, Moderator

•Loring Abeyta, Ph. D., Faculty member, University of Colorado at Denver/Colorado School of Mines
•Robert Moran, Ph.D., Geological Sciences, Michael-Moran Associates, LLC.
•Ann Maest, Ph.D., Geological Sciences, Buka Environmental
•David Silver, MD, MPH, Associate Clinical Professor of Preventative Medicine, University of Colorado Denver/Health Sciences Center – Global Response
Newmont Mining Corporation was invited to participate, but did not respond by the time of printing

Noon – 1:00 pm Film: Choropama: The Price of Gold
Free lunch for students and panelists

Noon Press Conference – Panelists from communities affected by Newmont Mining

1:00 – 2:30 pm Mining and Indigenous Peoples: Digging for the Truth

Professor Glenn Morris, 4th World Center for Indigenous Law and Politics, University of Colorado at Denver, Moderator

•Carrie Dann, Newe Sogobia (Western Shoshone Territory – Nevada)
•Padre Marco Arana, Cajamarca, Peru, President, GRUFIDES (Education and Action Group for Sustainable Development)
•Daniel Owusu-Kornateng, Accra, Ghana, Executive Director, WACAM (Wassam Association of Communities Affected by Mining)

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm Escaping Midas’ Touch

A panel of activists will share success stories and strategies for building international solidarity around issues of the rights of indigenous peoples, and creating an environmentally sustainable future, creating collective and individual strategies for action, and resisting the growth of mining

Pavlos Stavropoulos, Dandelion Center, Moderator

•Awon Atuire, Regis University Service Learning Project to Ghana
•Paula Palmer, Executive Director, Global Response/No Dirty Gold
•Jennifer Samimi, Indigenous Support Network, CU-Denver
•Glenn Spagnuolo, Stop Newmont Alliance
•Youth of the Peaks (AZ indigenous alliance) representative

Sponsored by The Indigenous Support Network (CU-Denver), and supported by CU-Denver Student Activities and the Fourth World Center for the Study of Indigenous Law and Politics (CU-Denver)

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Press Release: Stop Newmont Mining Coalition

Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Stop Newmont Press Release

STOP NEWMONT MINING COALITION
www.stopnewmont.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEWMONT MINING CAN RUN, BUT IT CAN'T HIDE
Change of Venue Won't Prevent Local and International Activists from Exposing Company's Shameful Practices

DENVER, April 17, 2006 - Less than two weeks before its scheduled annual stockholders meeting on Tuesday, April 25, Newmont Mining, the world's largest gold mining company, has announced that it is moving that meeting from its corporate headquarters at 1700 Lincoln Avenue in downtown Denver to the Inverness Hotel and Conference Center, 200 Inverness Drive West, Englewood, Arapahoe County. When asked the reason for the move, a Newmont representative said the company understands there will be protests of the meeting and that some building tenants at 1700 Lincoln had expressed some concern.

This will be the second time in less than a month that Newmont has changed this meeting to avoid public scrutiny, the first being the move from the Brown Palace Hotel to their headquarters and now this most recent move. The Stop Newmont Alliance understands why the tenants are concerned¡ªnot because of peaceful protests, but because of being associated with Newmont, whose mining operations around the world:

* contaminate water sources
* destroy sacred indigenous lands
* threaten entire ecosystems
* force indigenous people off their traditional lands, resulting in the loss of ancient ways of life and livelihood
* poison our air with arsenic admissions.

The Alliance believes Newmont has moved its meeting in the vain hope that this remote location will prevent the alliance from exposing Newmont's destructive practices. But the alliance still intends to shine a light on the environmental destruction and social devastation Newmont has caused. According to Glenn Morris of the American Indian Movement of Colorado and the Stop Newmont Alliance; Newmont can run, but it can't hide. We intend to be there to expose the truth about Newmont no matter where they go.

Indigenous spokespeople from Ghana, Peru and Western Shoshone territories (Newe Segobia) in the western U.S. are coming to speak at Newmont's annual meeting. These people have traveled from all corners of the World; this small move from Denver to Englewood will not stop them from having their message for Newmont shared with us all! These community spokespersons have suffered at the hands of Newmont in their homelands, where Newmont has attempted to intimidate critics. To ensure their safety at the AGM, and allow their voices to be heard, members of the alliance will provide a security detail for them from Newmont's headquarters at 1700 Lincoln to Inverness, and support them while they present their concerns to Newmont shareholders.

These indigenous delegates and members of the alliance will gather at 1700 Lincoln at 10 am on Tuesday, April 25 and proceed to Inverness. There, the indigenous delegates will hold a press conference at 12 noon, and then they will address the AGM. Members of the alliance will then escort them back to 1700 Lincoln, where protests will continue.

On Monday, April 24, the alliance will hold a conference, What Price Gold? in the Tivoli Student Union on the Auraria campus, to explore in depth the negatives impacts of gold mining on indigenous lands, people and our environment. Details of the conference are available at www.stopnewmont.org.

Monday, April 17, 2006

They Can Run But They Can't Hide: Newmont Mining Confrontation Update



Because of the relentless exposure the Stop Newmont Alliance has given to Newmont Mining for its corporate crimes against indigenous people on five continents, the company has changed its location twice already for its annual shareholders meeting (AGM). Originally scheduled for the Brown Palace Hotel, Newmont moved the meeting back to its 1700 Lincoln Street headquarters in downtown Denver. Now, according to their own press release, Newmont has relocated the meeting yet again to the Inverness Hotel near the Denver Tech Center in Englewood, Colorado (www.invernesshotel.com).


As of Monday, April 17 2006, the meeting is still scheduled for the Inverness Hotel.


Here is an outline of the Stop Newmont Alliance's plans to incorporate the additional target Nemwont has so generously provided:

Monday the 24th

  • 9:30 am – 4 pm "What Price Gold?" Conference at Auraria Campus in Denver
  • 7 pm – Spokescouncil meeting to share logistical info at Four Winds on the corner of 5th and Bannock.

Tuesday the 25th -

  • 10:00 am – Gather at Newmont’s headquarters for a green zone style protest
  • 11:00 am – Join the Gold Busters caravan and the security detail as we escort the guests from the affected communities to the Inverness Hotel for the Shareholders meeting. Join us for their press conference and a green zone style protest outside the meeting.
  • 2:00 pm – Join us as we return from the meeting at Newmont’s headquarters again for a more vigorous style of protest. Use your creativity and have fun with it. We intend to stay for rush hour.

Any questions let us know. We will be updating the website with new maps, logistics and conference information soon. Thanks for spreading this and see you there.


P.S. Do not forget the last planning meeting this Wednesday at 6:30 pm at the four winds center in Denver on 5th and Bannock.

For those of you not familiar with the concept of zones, here is a quick and dirty rundown. Zones are designated by the degree of risk participants are willing to engage in to confront corporate power. Recognizing that not everyone is able to take the same risks due to factors like immigration status, physical limitations, religious tenets, prior convictions, etc., Green zones are established with the understanding that these areas are off-limits to high risk engagements with the police, property, or business people. Green zones are also designated for tactical/strategic reasons as well.

Red zones are designed for those able or desiring to confront oppression using riskier tactics, that in some form or another, more directly impede the functioning of power or business as usual.

Yellow zones are in between.

None of these zones are recognized by the police as off-limits for state repression or violence, so the reduced risk factor is relative.

You can expect that the 2:00pm Tuesday April 25 vigorous protest at Newmont's headquarters at 1700 Lincoln Street will include a yellow to red zone style protest.

Be prepared and stay flexible.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Newmont Ghana's Stagnant Water and Malaria

Mosquitoes invade Ahafo communities
Newmont blamed, but mining co says accusation unjustified


From Clement Boateng, reporting from Trome near Dokyikrom. | Posted: Thursday, April 13, 2006

Communities around Newmont Ghana Gold Limited’s Ahafo gold mining project are blaming the company for the increasing population of mosquitoes and sudden rise in the cases of malaria in the area.

According to the residents, mosquitoes were not rampant in the area before Newmont constructed the water dam on the Subri River because “Subri River flowed swiftly, and there was no huge stagnant pool of water.”

“Now Newmont has dammed the river Subri and the stagnant pool of water in the dam is serving as breeding grounds for mosquitoes and this has led to the high prevalence of malaria in the area,” a resident complained.

Some of the mosquito-infested villages and hamlets near the dam that Chronicle visited were Dokyikrom, Trome, and Agya Brobbey village.

At Trome, Yakubu Issa, a farmer, told The Chronicle that hardly do they sleep at night due to the heavy presence of mosquitoes in the area.

He said even though mosquitoes have been in the area for ages, the construction of the water dam by Newmont has compounded the problem. At the time of The Chronicle’s visit to the area, his three-year-old boy, Adams Yakubu, was in bed suffering severely from malaria.

According to Yakubu Issa, the people in the area formed a committee to meet with the company to find a lasting solution to the mosquito invasion and the rising malaria incidence in the area “but in a desperate attempt to break our front, Newmont has intentionally recruited all the members of the committee numbering about twenty four as guards over the very water dam that is breeding mosquitoes.”

“In fact, we are not happy about what Newmont is doing. It is using divide and rule tactics to break our front and drown our complaints and we are very much aware of this trick.”

Isaac Azere, a farmer at Agya Brobbey’s village also confirmed that mosquitoes have invaded the area and there had been a sudden increase in malaria cases in the villages.

Afia Achiaa, a mother of six from a hamlet near Agya Brobbey’s village, said her family members are also victims of the mosquitoes.

Mosquito bites were evident on the skin of Kwame Aboa, her one-year-old son.
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Friday, April 14, 2006

Brave Up Denver. Ghandi Shields will not Protect Us From Newmont Mining's Depredations






It takes courage and a willingness to call things by their right name to stop the depredations of the gold mining industry. White settlers cloaking their unearned, colonial privileges in "non-violence" won't fool anybody with even half a brain-cell. Time to brave-up and step-up.

As is clear in the photos above, everybody else is.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Murdered by one Empire, Imperial Brand Name For Another

Monday, April 10, 2006

Newmont Running Scared

Apparently Newmont Mining Inc is running scared just like a genocidal, ecocidal, co(whore)porate criminal should be. That's right. Get out of Denver you scumbags.
Newmont Announces First Quarter Earnings Call and New Location for Its Annual Meeting of Stockholders

The Company also announced that its Annual Meeting of Stockholders will be held at 1:00 p.m. Mountain Time on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 in Auditorium 2 at the Inverness Hotel and Conference Center, 200 Inverness Drive West, Englewood, Colorado, USA. This is a change in location from the Notice mailed to shareholders earlier this year. As before, all stockholders of record as of March 1, 2006 are cordially invited to attend the meeting in person.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Newmont Predations Incite Forceful Community Defense

Newmont on hot seat

Arsonists' damage at test site is latest trial for firm in Indonesia

By Gargi Chakrabarty, Rocky Mountain News
April 7, 2006

Newmont Mining's exploration camp in a remote, roadless patch in the heart of an Indonesian forest had been buzzing with rumors about a planned attack.

When General Manager Patrick Hickey heard about it, he pressed two helicopters into service and airlifted about a dozen women and foreign nationals from the site on Sumbawa island to nearby towns.

The next day, the Denver native decided to evacuate the remaining 130 employees after locals told him that people from Ropang village were walking through the forest with plans to set the Elang camp on fire. They were eight hours away, he was told.

About 30 Indonesian policemen took up position at the camp, which housed 20 small wooden buildings and four drilling rigs.

The attack came in the early morning of March 19, and the police either weren't able to or chose not to stop it.

The group of about 50 men surrounded the camp, hurling gasoline bottles and fish bombs (used to kill fish by underwater explosions) at the buildings. Within hours, most of the buildings were in ashes.

"I think the villagers from Ropang were stirred up by anti-mining (nongovernmental organizations) hell-bent on the destruction of mines," Hickey said this week.

Newmont estimates it suffered $500,000 in losses at the Elang camp.

Hickey returned to Newmont's Denver headquarters to attend a seminar and visit with his family.

He declined to speculate whether the anti-mining groups were the same ones that Newmont has blamed for inciting villagers at Newmont's Minahasa mine near Buyat Bay on Sulawesi island.

Reports that the angry villagers wanted $1.1 million for community development are unfounded and maybe an excuse concocted by the arsonists, since Newmont did not receive such a demand, Hickey said.

"I'd never faced such a situation in my life. We just did what we had to do - get everybody out of the camp and make sure nobody was hurt," he said.
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Monday, April 03, 2006

Ecoterrorist Headquarters Found in Denver: Newmont Mining to Be Confronted and Exposed at Shareholders Meeting April 25, 2006








Denver, Colorado - Beneath the cold, Orwellian façade of Newmont Mining Corporation’s headquarters in downtown Denver’s “cash register” building, a dauntless group of veteran anti-globalization activists held a press conference to announce the Stop Newmont Mining Coalition’s plan to take to the streets on April 25, 2006 to forcefully confront greedy gold digger Newmont at its annual shareholders meeting. Issuing an open invitation to everyone in Denver and across the country to join them, the Coalition made clear its intent to effectively put an end to the ecoterrorist mining corporation’s genocidal anonymity and impunity once and for all. Part of an oceanic swell of resistance from every continent where this toxic monster operates, the multicultural alliance will be joined by community members from Ghana, Peru, Indonesia, Mexico, and Western Shoshone territory, all places where Newmont’s toxic dumping has destroyed the lives and livelihoods of Indigenous peoples, and all places where its destructive practices have led to forceful, unrelenting resistance.

The Coalition is composed of groups who consistently challenge corporate and government violations of human rights, indigenous rights, workers rights, environmental sustainability, and democratic accountability, demanding an end to one-sided free trade agreements like NAFTA and FTAA , as well as usurious loans from institutions like the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, buyers of Newmont gold. Many of these activists have attended globalization protests and indigenous protests around the world. The depth of experience these groups will bring to bear as they forcefully confront the greedy beast that is Newmont Mining should not be underestimated. The Stop Newmont Coalition is calling for a diversity of vigorous, confrontational tactics during the shareholders meeting, which has already moved its seedy confab at the swank Brown Palace Hotel back to Newmont's 1700 Lincoln Street headquarters because of the expected large numbers of outraged protestors.

Awon Atuire of Ghana, one of the countries where Newmont operates, told those in attendance at the press conference that when the first European colonizers came to the land of his ancestors to steal its mineral wealth, they called it “El Mina” - the Mine. Later colonizers called the same area the Gold Coast. Atuire stated that Ghana’s gold “has become our curse.” He will provide eyewitness details of Newmont's corporate irresponsibility in Ghana as a participant in the Coalition's conference “What Price Gold,” scheduled for Monday, April 24, 2006.

The conference will be held on the Auraria campus the day before the shareholders meeting. First hand accounts of Newmont’s dirty, destructive practices also will be heard from community members representing countries as diverse as Peru, Indonesia, Mexico, and Newe Segobia (Western Shoshone). What all these countries share in common is the victimization and exploitation of their poorest communities by the greedy, Neo-Conquistador ravages of Newmont Mining.

Glenn Morris of the American Indian Movement of Colorado said, “People are mobilizing to bring an end to the kind of corporate irresponsibility Newmont represents. This corporation lives in our midst and will no longer be able to operate with impunity and anonymity. We will be back on April 25, 2006 with all our relations.”

More information about the Stop Newmont Coalition can be found on its website at www.stopnewmont.org. Regular updates also can be found on www.coloradoaim.org/blog and www.redcapedenver.blogspot.com.