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Saturday, April 01, 2006

CO AIM and the Stop Newmont Mining Coalition

Please visit the Stop Newmont Website for more information.

Also, we will be posting updates on this blog.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 31, 2006
CONTACTS: Glenn Spagnuolo 720-771-4669
Mark Cohen 303-733-7037

STOP NEWMONT MINING COALITION
www.stopnewmont.org
stopnewmontmining@att.net

GLOBAL RESISTANCE AGAINST NEWMONT MINING COMES HOME TO DENVER!

Local and International Activists Shine Light on Local Company

DENVER, March 31, 2006: A broad coalition of human rights groups will hold a PRESS CONFERENCE on Monday, April 3, 10:30 a.m., at 1700 Lincoln Avenue (on Sherman Avenue between 18th and Lincoln), Denver, Colorado, the headquarters of Newmont Mining, one of the world's largest gold mining companies - a company whose mines are contaminating water sources, destroying sacred indigenous lands, threatening entire ecosystems, forcing indigenous people off their traditional lands, resulting in the loss of ancient ways of life and livelihood.

Indigenous peoples around the world - in Indonesia, Peru, Ghana, Mexico, and on Western Shoshone territories in the western U.S., are forcefully resisting Newmont's destructive and unsustainable practices in their ancestral homelands. Newmont has failed to respond to their concerns, failed to consult with them, and threatened and intimidated critics.

When Newmont holds its annual shareholders meeting at their headquarters on 1700 Lincoln Avenue in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday, April 25, 2006, hundreds of activists and community members from around the U.S. and the world will bring this struggle home to Newmont's corporate offices and expose the environmental and social devastation created by Newmont.

The Stop Newmont Coalition will serve notice of this coming confrontation, as well as announce plans for a conference, What Price Gold? to be held at the Tivoli Student Center on the Auraria campus on Monday, April 24, that will explore the destructive impact of gold mining on indigenous peoples.

"Greed for gold by invaders has consistently destroyed great indigenous civilizations in the Americas," said Glenn T. Morris of the American Indian Movement of Colorado. "Today, Newmont Mining is the newest invader of indigenous peoples's territories. On April 25, we will stand shoulder to shoulder with native peoples from around the world to bring Newmont to account."

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