Archive for January, 2009

South American Mine Resistance

Ecuador: On January 20, roughly 12,000 indigenous people, campesinos, environmental activists and others carried out protests in 11 provinces against a controversial new Mining Law. Three-quarters of these protesters engaged in a blockade of the Pan-American Highway in the country’s central highlands as an act of solidarity with communities in other regions of the country, […]

I-95: The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has signed an agreement with the transportation departments of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia, committing those states to reconstruct and expand a 1,054 mile stretch of I-95 as part of the Corridors of the Future traffic reduction program. Michigan: The DOT has issued final environmental […]

We’ve added a new section to the “Organizing Resources” portion of our web site (under “get involved”) that we will be slowly building up over time: articles relating to infrastructure issues in general, but not to any project in particular. This first (and only, so far) article is one we wrote for the most recent […]

From an anonymous communiqué: On January 20th, Tucson’s chapter of HAND (Hooligans Attack at Night, Duh!) paid a visit to Si Schorr’s house. We wanted to give him a special going away party. January 15th marked the last day of Si’s role as Chairman of the Arizona State Transportation Board, but not his last chance […]

The home of mining magnate and former oil executive Jim Carter was destroyed by fire on the night of Saturday, January 10. No one was home at the time and no injuries were caused by the blaze, which caused an estimated $850,000 worth of damage to the two-story, luxury home in Edmonton, Canada. Police reported […]

Stories of mines and resistance from around the hemisphere: Ecuador: Social movements are preparing for a showdown with President Rafael Correa over a proposed Mining Law, which is due to come up for a final vote in the National Assembly this week. The last few weeks of struggle have been marked by protest and police […]

Swamp Standoff Ends With 17 Arrests

Seventeen protesters from Everglades Earth First! were arrested on Saturday, January 10, six of them for crossing into the Barley Barber Swamp, which is owned by Florida Power and Light. This ended a 6-day standoff, in which protesters had camped at the entrance of the swamp demanding entry, accusing FPL of barring the public in […]

Due to massive public opposition to the highway expansion plan known as the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC), the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has pulled a classic maneuver to undercut the resistance: keep the project, but change the name. “The Trans-Texas Corridor, as a single project concept, is not the choice of Texans. So we’ve decided […]

The Peruvian government has approved a plan by Perenco Oil and Gas to drill for oil in areas of the Peruvian Amazon known to be the territory of uncontacted indigenous groups, which have chosen to maintain their culture by deliberately avoiding contact with the colonizing civilization. Recent photographic confirmation of one such group forced the […]

As part of their ongoing struggle against Florida Power and Light (FPL), activists from Everglades Earth First! have set up an encampment at the entrance to the Barley Barber Swamp, demanding entry to ensure that ancient cypress trees are not being killed by water pumping for the adjacent Martin County Power Plant. Following a combined […]

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