final call for projects, sessions
- Hi, all,
I'm working on the agg flyer for the upcoming AAGs in SF. We'll be co-
hosting a party with the Socialist and Critical Geography Specialty
Group on the Friday of the conference, and also organzing an informal
dinner/bar outing for that Saturday. For those of you who have not
sent information on sessions or outside-conference events you'd like
included, please do so by April 11.
Thanks much, -jenna
- Hi Jenna,
I do not know if Dan ever sent you the Honduran Mining information. No
matter what I will get an outside event together. If it makes any sense
for the English speaker, Sandra Cuffee who has written extensively on
Mining in Honduras to be on the panel with three, just let me know. I am
pasting general info of the tour and the following URL leads to one of
>> GREED OF NORTH AMERICAN MINING COMPANIES AND INVESTORSAmerica
>>** versus **
>>THE DEVELOPMENT, HUMAN RIGHTS AND ENVIRONMENTAL NEEDS OF CENTRAL AMERICAN
>>Carlos is an organizer and educator and leader of the Siria Valley
>>Environmental Committee in Francisco Morazón, Honduras. His work includes
>>working to expose the multiple violations and harms being caused by
>>cyanide-leaching, open pit gold mining practiced in the region by the
>>Vancouver-based Goldcorp (formerly Glamis Gold) mining company, and to
>>promote and work for community controlled alternative development projects.
>>Sandra works with Rights Action and has lived and worked in Honduras for
>>over three years, working on a wide range of development, environment and
>>human rights issues with community organizations in Honduras, Guatemala and
>>El Salvador; Sandra has investigated and written extensively about the
>>violations and harms caused by North American mining companies including
>>Goldcorp (formerly Glamis Gold) articles available on request.
>>GUATEMALA & HONDURAS: A GLOBAL INVESTORS OASIS
>>It has been said that the problems of the South are the demands of the
>>North, and Central America is rife with poverty and exploitation and
>>environmental destruction due in (large) part to development economic
>>policies imposed by and beneficial to the global north.
>>On-going militarism in Central America - including the physical presence of
>>American soldiers - facilitates mainly North American efforts to secure
>>access to resources for North American investors and business interests, in
>>particular minerals, petroleum, land, water, coffee and cheap labor.
>>Free trade agreements, including DR-CAFTA (Dominican Republic - Central
>>American Free Trade Agreement), with the US and the CAFTA (Central
>>Four Free Trade Agreement) with Canada, are further liberalizing thetheir
>>region in the same way that NAFTA liberalized Mexico.
>>MINING - DEVELOPMENT FOR WHOM?
>>Mining mega-projects offer clear examples of the top-down, environmentally
>>and socially destructive model of development promoted by U.S. and
>>Canadian governments, global companies and International Financial
>>Institutions like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
>>The scale of damage and destruction experienced by people who live in
>>communities affected by multinational mining interests have caused some to
>>label these activities as Terrorismo Minero (Mining Terrorism).
>>The World Bank, which invests directly in mining companies and insures
>>investments, along with help from Northern governments, have pressured
>>mineral rich states around the world to do away with their existing mining
>>legislation, and funded them to come up with new legislation that creates a
>>suitable environment for multinational mining companies, regardless of the
>>needs of local people.
>>Guatemala and Honduras are both examples of countries where mining
>>legislation was changed to favour (primarily Canadian) multinational mining
>>companies. Today, in both countries, the royalty tax rate for mining is
>>calculated as 1% of the value of total production.
>>GOLDCORP/GLAMIS in HONDURAS & GUATEMALA
>>Specific examples of devastating and highly contested mining projects are
>>the Marlin project in Guatemala and the disastrous San Martin mine in
>>Honduras, both owned by the Vancouver based Canadian company Goldcorp inc,
>>formerly Glamis Gold.
>>In addition to destroying large tracts of land, major issues have arisen at
>>the Marlin project and the San Martin mine around the contamination and
>>drying up of rivers and sources of drinking water, illness without
>>compensation among workers, the displacement of communities and the
>>fracturing of their leadership, and threats, violence, and even murder of
>>local people who take a stance against the company.
>>Many of these concessions - hidden from the public eye and granted without
>>consultation - fall within indigenous territories, in direct violation of
>>the national legislations and ILO Convention 169 that indigenous groups in
>>Honduras and Guatemala fought successfully to have ratified.
> Hi, all,
> I'm working on the agg flyer for the upcoming AAGs in SF. We'll be co-
> hosting a party with the Socialist and Critical Geography Specialty
> Group on the Friday of the conference, and also organzing an informal
> dinner/bar outing for that Saturday. For those of you who have not
> sent information on sessions or outside-conference events you'd like
> included, please do so by April 11.
> Thanks much, -jenna