12/5: Stop the Mining, Stop the Killings — Action at X-Strata San Jose

December 5th, San Jose, CA. As part of the 10 days of action to Stop the Mining, Stop the Killings in the Philippines, Anakbayan Silicon Valley and our allies will have an action  at X-strata recycling center, the sole US branch of Xstrata plc, the mining group responsible for the deaths of the pregnant Juvy Capion and her two sons.

Action at X-strata Recycling
December 5, 2012, 530-630
1695 Monterey Road, San Jose, CA 95112 (cross street: Phelan)

We will be meeting in front of X-strata at 520 PM. We will have a short program, speakers, and a candlelight vigil to commemorate the victims and to discuss the “Tampakan massacre” and what we can do to combat mining and the human rights violations in the Philippines. Please bring signs, flashlights, and wear red or white colors.

Please invite your friends and family. We hope to see you there! For any questions, please email us at absiliconvalley@gmail.com or contact us on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/220651234734657/228347987298315/?notif_t=plan_mall_activity .

Here is an excerpt from a statement by the New York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (NYCHRP):

X-Strata SMI is the largest mining investor in the Philippines with US$5.9 billion investment in Tampakan, South Cotabato. The Tampakan site contains the largest underdeveloped copper and gold deposits in Southeast Asia. Its copper reserves are estimated to be between 13.9 to 15 million metric tons. The gold in Tampakan is said to amount between 16.2 to 17.9 million ounces. However, approximately 7,095 of the 10,000 hectares of the proposed mine site lie within the Blaan’s ancestral lands.  The Tampakan project will displace an estimated 2,600 families, or 4,000 individuals, from the Blaan Tribe.  The AFP was sent to use its full and terrifying force to silence the Capion family’s activism against the aggressive mining in their community,as well as to serve as an example for other locals who oppose destructive mining practices.

For more information, please read the full statement here: http://nychrp.info/2012/11/13/stop-the-mining-stop-the-killings-justice-for-the-capion-family-of-the-tampakan-massacre/

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Lastly, here are other ways to learn about and take action about mining and human rights violations in the Philippines, with our 10 days of action culminating with International Human Rights Day on December 10th:

10 days of action: Stop the Mining, Stop the Killings

SIGN THE PETITION NOW: http://www.change.org/petitions/u-s-department-of-defense-cut-military-aid-to-the-philippines

– Donate to BAYAN-USA: Your donation will support delegates of MANILAKBAYAN, a caravan and march which aims to raise the national consciousness around the deteriorating human rights situation in relation to large-scale mining. Make sure that 100% of your contribution goes to promoting human rights in the Philippines by writing a check to BAYAN-USA, and skipping the online transaction fee, but feel free to donate online, via this Paypal link.

– Join our Facebook Action:
Donate your Facebook profile picture space to use the STOP THE MINING!
STOP THE KILLING! Have it up with a link to the petition in the
description on beginning December 1 to December 10, International Human
Rights Day

– Join us on Twitter:
Make the Tampakan Massacre a trending topic on Twitter and flood
@BarackObama ‘s and @NoynoyAquino ‘s official Twitter accounts
protesting aggressive mining development and human rights violations by
using: #StopTheMiningStopTheKilling

Sample messages:

“#StopTheMining @NoynoyAquino and cut U.S. Military aid to the Phils @BarackObama”

 

“@NoynoyAquino, hold the AFP and X-Strata SMI accountable for the #TampakanMassacre”


– Call the Philippine Embassy
in Washington, D.C. during our call-in week. From Monday, 12/3 to
Friday, 12/7 (anytime before 5 p.m. EST) we ask concerned individuals
and organizations to flood the Philippine embassy with calls to condemn
the Tampakan Massacre and hold the 27th IB of the Armed Forces of the
Philippines and X-strata SMI responsible for the deaths of the Capion
family.

Tel:            202.467.9366

Office of the Ambassador

H.E. Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr.

Embassy of the Philippines

1600 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20036

United States of America

 

Sample message:

“My name is ________________, and I want to know what is being done to investigate the

deaths of Juvy Capion, and her two sons, Jordan and John. We call on President Noynoy

Aquino to hold the AFP and X-strata SMI accountable for the Tampakan Massacre

murders. Thank you for your time.”


– Attend an action/mobilization
arranged by the Committee of Human Rights in the Philippines in New
York, Portland or San Francisco during our week of action between
December 1 through 10 and demand justice for the Capion Family, victims
of the Tampakan Massacre. For more information on local events in your
area, please visit http://www.facebook.com/events/220651234734657/

STOP THE MINING! STOP THE KILLINGS!
JUSTICE FOR THE CAPION FAMILY!
X-STRATA-SMI, OUT OF BLAAN ANCESTRAL DOMAINS AND OUT OF THE PHILIPPINES!
SCRAP THE PHILIPPINE MINING ACT OF 1995! SUPPORT THE PEOPLE’S MINING BILL!
CUT U.S. MILITARY AID TO THE PHILIPPINES!

 

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