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Activist Communique: Mining Injustice Conference 2011 -- This weekend in Toronto

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Mining Injustice Conference 2011: "Confronting Corporate Impunity" Conference

WHAT: Mining Injustice: "Confronting Corporate Impunity" Conference
WHEN: May 7-8 (with May 6 soft launch dinner)
WHERE: Sidney Smith Hall, University of Toronto, 100 St. George Street

Mining Injustice Solidarity Network is pleased to invite you to the third conference on the impact of Canadian mining on local communities throughout the world, which will take place the 6th - 8th of May of 2011, in Toronto.

This conference reflects the collective effort of several organizations and grass roots groups in Toronto, in collaboration with peoples, communities and organizations facing and resisting the entrance of corporate mining mega-projects into their territories.

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Friday May 6, 7 p.m.: Conference 'soft-launch' -- meet and greet with affected community members and activists at Beit Zatoun (612 Markham Street)
RSVP here so we know how much food to bring!: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=180292898686837

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Saturday May 7, 10 a.m.: keynote speaker Winona LaDuke and concurrent sessions as well as workshops and caucuses! (Sidney Smith Hall)

Full conference schedule here: http://www.solidarityresponse.net/mining-injustice-conference/conference-agenda-2011/

Bios of speakers: http://www.solidarityresponse.net/mining-injustice-conference/confirmed-speakers-for-2011/

Official conference launch, 8 pm - 2 am: dance party, with Test Their Logik, Ruben Esguerra, DJ AntiCapitalista and more! (193 Dowling Street @ Queen Street West) http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=117574971659109

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Sunday May 8, 10 a.m.: concurrent sessions as well as workshops and caucuses (cont.!) (Sidney Smith Hall)

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Particular themes that will be discussed this year include:

  • Gendered violence, inequity and feminist perspectives
  • Militarization and forced displacement
  • Indigenous knowledge and spirituality as forms of resistance
  • Labour rights and the rhetoric of development
  • Criminalization of dissent and protest
  • Environmental contamination effects and health
  • Food security and water rights
  • The cycle of supply and demand of uranium in the North
  • Tar sands and the petroleum industry in the North and South

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Endorsed by: AccentsBookstore, Barrio Nuevo, Bayan Canada, Canadians Against Mining in El Salvador, Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean, Common Frontiers, CUPE 4400, CUPE 3903, Environmental Justice Toronto, First Continental Encounter of the Peoples of the Abya Yala-Ecuador, First Nations Solidarity Working Group, Guatemala Community Network - Toronto Kitchener-Waterloo Mayan Project - Tzijolaj-Ottawa, Health for All, Indigenous Environmental Network, Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network, Latin American Trade Union Coalition, Migrante, MiningWatch Canada, Munk OUT of UofT, NooneisIllegal, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, Opirg Toronto, Osgoode Environmental Law Society, Philippines Solidarity Network of Canada, ProtestBarrick, Rights Action, Science for Peace, Students for a Free Tibet, Toronto Bolivia Solidarity, Todos por Guatemala, Workers Assembly.

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