Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Phoenix Action in Defense of Wirikuta Thursday October 27, 2011

Heeding the call from the relatives of the Sierra Wixarita who are now in Mexico City, DF to deliver petitions of denunciation and demands for protection of the scared sites of Wirikuta in central Mexico, TONATIERRA will present a demand for accountability before offices of the Canadian consulate 2575 E. Camelback in Phoenix on Thursday October 27, 2011 at 10:00 AM.  
Save Wirikuta - Sacred Heart of Mexico

The action in Phoenix will be from 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon, and will coincide with actions before the Canadian Embassy in Mexico City being organized under the leadership of the traditional Wixarita Authorities, the national indigenous movement of Mexico, and a broad spectrum of national and international social justice organizations and leaders.

The protest action in Phoenix is in denunciation of the violation of the right of Free, Prior and Informed Consent of Indigenous Peoples being perpetrated regionally across all of North America by the economic policies of the the North American Free Trade Agreement  (NAFTA) governments of Canada-US-Mexico. In particular, the concentration of extractive industry meta-national corporations based in Canada bring to light the illegal collusion among the corporate interests, and complicity in criminal exploitation of labor and resources of  the Indigenous Peoples.  The fight to Defend Wirikuta is bringing this case to the forefront of the national agenda in Mexico, and linking up with other regional fights in North America over the Rights of Mother Earth such as the battle over the Tar Sands in Alberta, Canada.

In solidarity with the fight to defend Wirikuta in Mexico, the Western Shoshone Defense Project is now lending their expertise in taking cases before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the UN Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, tin order to link up the intercontinental and global struggles by Indigenous Peoples engaged in battle with the extractive and mining industries and their agents.

Earlier this year, a delegation of Wixarita from Mexico traveled to North Dakota to the annual Indigenous Environmental Network conference to share the spiritual relationships and the strength of cultural commitments as Indigenous Peoples of Abya Yala [the Americas] as defenders of Mother Earth.

"We are told that President Obama has deported 1,000,000 people during his term of office so far, yet we know that the 1% corporate economics of the NAFTA regime is what's driving the exploitation of the territories and labor of Indigenous Peoples whether they are from Canada, the US, or Mexico. Whether in terms of immigration policies or mining, it seems that if you're not NAFTA you're illegal," said Tupac Enrique Acosta of TONATIERRA today.

"After more than five centuries of colonization of Abya Yala [the Americas], the continental pogrom of genocide has degraded further into the global terror of terracide.  The fight to defend Wirikuta in Mexico, the fight to Shut Down the Tar Sands in Alberta , the fight to protect Mt. Tenabo in Nevada and the San Francisco Peaks in Artizona -  these are the front lines of the fight to defend Abya Yala Mother Earth and the future generations," he continued.

In May of this year, the Wixarita delegation also delivered an intervention before the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York, presenting testimony and evidence of the violations of the right of Free, Prior and Informed Consent as well as violations of the the provisions of ILO Convention 169, and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  Of greatest concern, is the already impacted water ways and aquifers, the natural ecosystems of the Wixarita desert which are under spiritual and economic assault as a result of the Mexican government's collusion in issuing the mining concessions to the Canadian companies.

The call to mobilize public support in Mexico has been extended by the Traditional Wixarika authorities the following message available on the Internet:

Finally the time has arrived which we have been anticipating since we learned of the mining threat to Wirikuta, sacred site for the Wixarika People and many other peoples of the planet.
October 26-27 DF our delegation of the Sierra Wixaritari communities will reach Mexico City, DF accompanying Wixaritari authorities to question the heads of government agencies responsible for issuing the permits for the toxic mining practices affecting our sacred site. We are organizing a mass mobilization and call for participation. We will present ourselves to the same office of the President to demand the protection of this sacred site.

With this post we share the convocation of the Regional Council for the Defence of Wirikuta to civil society requesting that they lend their support for this mass mobilization. To read the full announcement:

We need your help on the following:
* We ask your assistance in the mobilization. The appointment will be October 26 at 4 pm at the CU (venue to be confirmed). On the 27th of  October the appointment is at 4 at the Angel. From there we shall walk along Reforma to Los Pinos.  There, a committee will deliver our statement, and we shall move on to the Canadian Embassy.
* From the Canadian Embassy, ​​we will walk to the area of the Espejo next to the Museum of Anthropology, where there will be an artistic display and a concert beginning at 8.
* We ask that you bring God's Eyes, made the traditional way of Pueblo Wixarika to deliver in each of the agencies.

* Please help spread the word among all your acquaintances, using social media, internet, Twitter and even text messages.

As always, the most important information can be found on our Facebook page and our websites:

Help us spread the word please!
Now is the time to Save Wirikuta!


Background info:

Canadian mining companies in Mexico being resisted:

First Majestic Corp- Vancouver

mines in San Luis potosi, Durango, Chihuahua.

GoldCorp- from Vancouver- (Barrick Gold)

Continuum Resources- Vancouver

Hochschild Mining operates three mines in Peru: Arequipa Ares, Arcata andPallancata in Ayacucho, the San Jose mine in Argentina and the Moris mine in Chihuahua, Mexico.  It also has a stake in the operations of Lake Shore Goldcompanies in Canada (38%) and Gold Resources Corporation (29%) in Mexico.  Together, these companies operate several mines in the state of Oaxaca: The Eagle, The King, Solaga, Las Margaritas and Altagracia.

The 2010
Camimex report on gold mining in Mexico:
Eight of the top 11 metal mines that are operated by Canadian companies and control 70 percent of gold production in Mexico.  If you add the value of the gold reserves of each mine, estimated by the International Mining Almanac, the result is revealing:

1. Peñasquito, Zacatecas, operated by Goldcorp.
Value of reserves: $44,279,000,000

2. Los Filos, Guerrero, operated by Goldcorp.
Value of reserves: $15,046,000,000

3. Mulatos, Sonora, operated by Alamos Gold, Toronto.
Value of reserves: $7,749,000,000

4. Dolores, Chihuahua, operated by Minefinders.
Value of reserves: $5,219,000,000

5. San Pedro, San Luis Potosí, operated by New Gold.
Value of reserves: $4,767,000,000

6. Ocampo, Chihuahua, operated by Gammon Gold.
Value of reserves: $2,826,000,000

7. San Dimas, Durango, operated by Primero Mining.
Value of reserves: $2,308,000,000 

8. El Sauzal, Chihuahua, operated by Goldcorp.
Value of reserves: $730,000,000

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