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Activist Communiqué: Barrick Gold protest and Mining Injustice Conference 2012

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Barrick Gold Protest and Mining Injustice Conference 2012

FWD: Once a year, the board of Directors of the world's most powerful gold mining corporation converge in downtown Toronto. Join us and representatives from mining-impacted communities to... CONFRONT BARRICK GOLD!

WHAT: Barrick Gold AGM Protest
WHEN: 10:30am May 2
WHERE: 255 Front St. Metro Convention Center
RSVP via facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/342174049163106/

WHY PROTEST BARRICK?

In countries like Australia, Chile, Papua New Guinea and Tanzania, Barrick takes advantage of inadequate and poorly enforced regulatory controls to rob indigenous people of their lands, destroy sensitive ecosystems and agricultural land, support brutal police and security operations, and sue anyone who tries to report on it.

In the context of this libel chill, Barrick has branded itself as the socially responsible mining giant and boasts its listing on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

Behind the scenes, Barrick has been singled out as the company most involved in the lobbying effort to stop private member's bill C-300. This bill would have withdrawn government funding and diplomatic support for companies found - after an investigation - to be abusing human rights or violating international environmental norms.

In October 2010, bill C-300 lost by a mere 6 votes. Now, Barrick uses its influence with government to direct millions of international aid dollars to fund projects next to a their mines.
Closer to home, Barrick's Peter Munk pledged to contribute $35 million to the University of Toronto for the establishment of the Munk School of Global Affairs.

The donation contract - which was negotiated and approved in secret - provides Munk with influence over the school's curriculum and spells out the conditions under which the School will house the Canadian International Council (CIC), a right-wing think tank.

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Mining Injustice Conference: RESISTANCE 2012

A FREE event hosted by Mining Injustice Solidarity Network
May 5-6, 10am-5pm
At University of Toronto, Earth Sciences Building - 5 Bancroft Ave.
See schedule at www.solidarityresponse.net

Join us this year as we host our 4th annual Mining Injustice Conference!
Learn about the work of communities in Canada and around the world.

Share ideas and collaborate on strategies in solidarity with community members who suffer at the hands of Canadian mining corporations, which confuse "development" with exploitation and environmental degradation.

This year's theme will simply be "Resistance" and will highlight the struggles and victories of peoples living in mining-affected communities.

Speakers from Barriere Lake, Attawapiskat, Ontario, Quebec, Guatemala, Colombia, Papua New Guinea, Tanzania, Chile, Argentina, El Salvador, the Philippines, Tibet, and more.

Keynote speakers include academic and activist Avi Chomsky.

Two days of panels and workshops on subjects pertaining to global and Canadian mining and other extractive industry struggles, labour issues, policy and law development in mining, water and wellbeing, the corporatization of education and NGOs, and many more.

There will be FREE food and snacks. Childcare will be available.
E-mail [email protected] to volunteer or for further information.

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