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.

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