FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Steve Piper – 303 596 8972 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Denver, Colorado, June 4th 2019.
Throughout the world, open-pit and other high tech mining technologies are producing chemical waste that contaminates water supplies, degrades the natural environment, and destroys the possibility of farming and fishing for a living. Deforestation and the use of dynamite obliterate old growth forests and the ecosystems they support and ultimately undermine the means of subsistence and community life for indigenous and other rural communities.
Newmont Mining, a Colorado based corporation, has operated the Yanacocha Mine in Cajamarca, Peru, for the past two decades. Yanacocha is the second largest open-pit gold mine in the world and the largest mine in South America. Through its operations, the company has contaminated the region’s waters and annihilated lakes creating an environment in which local residents have endured high rates of cancer and other health problems, crop damage, and animal deaths.
Today, June 4th Newmont is hosting its most important meeting ever – its first annual meeting after a major merge that made the corporation the largest gold mining corporation in the world. The Denver Justice and Peace Committee (DJPC) community will protest outside the hotel where Newmont Mining Corporation is having it’s shareholders meeting. We will take action at 9:00 am in front of the Four Seasons Hotel 1111 14th Street Denver, Colorado 80202.
DJPC, in alliance with SumofUs and Earthworks, continue to stand in solidarity with Máxima Acuña de Chaupe, winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2016, and the people of her community in Celendín in Cajamarca, Peru. Máxima and her family have been subjected to beatings and harassment at the hands of security guards of the Yanacocha mine owned by Newmont.
No to mines! Yes to life! No a las minas! Sí a la vida!