Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Public Meeting on Mining Issues to be Dec. 5-6 in Ashland, Odanah, Wis.

ASHLAND, Wis. -- A Public Meeting about Mining Issues will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 5-6 in Ashland and Odanah, Wis. It is sponsored by the Penokee Hills Education Project; Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, Northland College; and the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe.

The Penokee Hills Education Project is proud to present Bob Kincaid, 9th-Generation Appalachian, son of a coal miner, and human rights activist, who will be talking about his community's experience with modern mining on Dec. 5 and 6. Living in the heart of Appalachia, Kincaid has first-hand experience with the health crisis due to modern mining in the mountains above his home. Instead of bringing prosperity, mountaintop removal mining has brought cancer deaths and birth defects to the people he loves.

Bob Kincaid will be speaking at the Bad River Convention Center in Odanah, Wis., at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5. On Thursday, Dec. 6, Northland College will be hosting a panel discussion on Modern Mining at 7 p.m. in the Alvord Theater, featuring Bob Kincaid; Jessica Koski, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Mining Specialist; and Bad River Chairman Mike Wiggins, Jr. These events are free of charge and open to the public and the media.

Click here to listen to a WOJB interview of Bob Kincaid on mountaintop removal effects on Penokee Hills in NW Wisconsin.

Click here to watch Bob Kincaid in Washington, DC, where he joined with Appalachian human rights activists who converged at EPA headquarters on June 8, 2011, to thank them for standing up to the coal industry and urge them to do more.

The Mining Impact Coalition of Wisconsin, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization whose mission is public education, networking, and grassroots organizing on the environmental, health, social, and economic issues of mining that disproportionately affect Native and rural populations.

The Penokee Hills Education Project is an education and outreach project of the Mining Impact Coalition and is focused on issues related to the proposed development of iron mining in northern Wisconsin.

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