Two global corporations are maneuvering to restart uranium mining in New Mexico, and local activists are hitting the streets.
As we reported in April (Forest Service Releases Draft EIS for Roca Honda Mine near Mount Taylor), the Canadian giant Strathmore Minerals and Sumitomo Metals Mining of Japan have launched a joint venture on the flanks of Mount Taylor, sacred mountain for Dine and Pueblo peoples and a registered National Cultural Site. The Forest Service had just issued its Draft Environmental Impact Statement as a step toward approving the project.
Heeding the call of the Native-led Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment (MASE) to actively oppose the resumption of this deadly and destructive money making, (Un)Occupy Albuquerque is organizing a protest action targeting the Santa Fe offices of Strathmore and its lobbyists on Tuesday, June 25. For full information, we reproduce the flyer below, and we encourage our readers to spread the word and be there. Uranium is bad for New Mexico and all living things.
To help promote the event, Bolivian musician and Albuquerque resident Kilko Paz contributed music from his band Atajo for a video by Santa Fe Community College student Eric Shultz: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKlXG7SQQ1Y