LOS ANGELES – More than 100 children, parents and community organizers in fluorescent yellowish-green shirts and orange shoe covers marched through a South Los Angeles neighborhood earlier this week chanting, “Hey, hey, ho, ho, this drilling site has got to go!”
The canaries-in-a-coal-mine color-scheme of the protesters was intentional. There was even a giant cage in front of an oil drilling site on West Jefferson Boulevard that neighborhood children, most of them African American or Latino, crammed into, holding up signs asking to “Set these canaries free.”
In Peru, Miners are joining with indigenous, environmentalists and community activists for a national strike on July 9th against Southern Copper Corporation’s plans to develop the Tia Maria copper mine, a mega-project pit mine planned for the Arequipa region of Southern Peru. Attacks by Peruvian armed forces, in league with Southern, have already resulted in the deaths of 3 protesters, with hundreds wounded and detained.
In the state of Sonora, Mexico, Southern Copper is using scab labor to bust a labor strike at the Cananea copper mine. Meanwhile, ignoring warnings by the workers that the seals on company wells were defective, Southern allowed the bad seals to leak 10.5 million gallons of sulfuric acid into the headwaters of the Rio Sonora—the worst environmental disaster in Mexico’s history.
If you are a friends of the Earth and working families, please call Southern’s US office in Phoenix with phone calls in support of the popular movement demands in Peru and Mexico. We hope to flood the office with calls!
Southern Copper Corporation: (602) 264-1375 ext. 2 (commercial interests division)