Vancouver Mining Justice Alliance organizes solidarity march and “Peoples’ Gala” in response to B.C. Mining Week
Tracing Violence to Its Source: Exposing Vancouver Mining Companies
April 29, 2013, Vancouver – A “Toxic Tour of Vancouver” will wind through the city’s streets today, stopping at mining corporation headquarters in Vancouver as it makes its way to the opening reception of B.C. Mining Week.
The “Tour” will feature presentations, highly-visual performances and testimonies from communities directly impacted by B.C. mining corporations, as well as live music and theatre. Hundreds are expected to attend the “Tour”, which will end outside the opening reception for B.C. Mining Week with a public banquet and “Peoples’ Gala.”
“We don’t see B.C. Mining as something to ‘celebrate’”, said Toxic Tour spokesperson Beth Dolloga. “In B.C. and across the globe, B.C. mining companies have been responsible for environmental devastation and the violation of peoples’ rights. The ‘Toxic Tour’ exposes the truth behind B.C.’s mining industry.”
Speakers from Mayan, Tibetan, Filipino, Latino, Tsilqot’in, Ahoushat, Secwepemc, Unistot’en communities directly impacted by B.C. mining corporations will be available for interviews at the Toxic Tour departure point.
EVENT SCHEDULE – MONDAY, APRIL 29 2013
5:00 pm: Press Point with Mining Justice Alliance Spokespeople and representatives of mining-affected and diaspora communities, Goldcorp SFU Center for the Arts (in the Woodwards ‘public’ Atrium), 111 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, B.C.
5:30 pm: March departure, Goldcorp SFU Center for the Arts, 111 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, B.C.
8:00 pm: Arrival at “Peoples’ Gala”, Five Sails Restaurant, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, B.C.
Final Tour Destination: PEOPLE’S GALA and FREE Banquet (7:30pm onward)Canada Place outside BC Mining Week’s Gala Event, we will hold our own celebration to honour community resistance to unjust mining and together expose the violence and toxicity that are the effect of Vancouver companies. Anyone you’re thinking of inviting? …Bring your friends, family, co-workers!See you there! – Mining Justice Alliance and Friends
THIS EVENT IS ENDORSED BY: Alliance for People’s Health, Ancestral Pride Ahousaht Sovereign Territory, BC CASA, Café Justicia, Café Rebelde, Canada Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights, Canada Tibet Committee, Council of K’iche’ Peoples, Council of Canadians, CODESES Committee to Support Social Development in El Salvador, Critical Criminology Working Group, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, FMLN, Gallery Gachet, Greenpeace (Canada), Greenpeace Vancouver, Idle No More Vancouver, Indigenous Action Movement, International League of People’s Struggle (ILPS)-Vancouver, KATHARA Canada, Llh Lin Liyin Grassroots Wetsuwet’en, Más Movement, Kairos Metro Vancouver, Migrante BC, Mining Justice Action Committee Victoria, No One Is Illegal, Occupy Vancouver Environmental Justice Committee, Purple Thistle Centre, Rising Tide, Sanctuary Health, SFPIRG, Spartacus Books, UBC Social Justice Center, Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group, Victoria-Philippines Solidarity Group, Wirikuta Vancouver Alliance, National Rountable of El Salvador on Metallic Mining