February 4, 2016 – Community members joined the AFL-CIO and Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans for their press conference opposing the TPP.
TPP will increase the price of medicine, undermine regulations that protect the environment and our food supply, and make it easier to ship our jobs overseas. We can’t let that happen. We must stand up to corporate greed!
They were joined by Wendsler Nosie Sr. from Apache Stronghold. Last year, A “sneak law” attachment to a “must-pass” bill (National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015) gives sacred Native American land to a foreign mining company. On page 1,103 of the 1,648-page bill is a provision giving more than 2400 acres of land in Arizona’s Tonto National Forest to Resolution Copper, which is part of London-based Rio Tinto and Melbourn-based BHP Billiton, giant mining companies. This was done by Arizona Republican Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake and Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar. Wendsler has been tirelessly fighting to protect Oak Flat, land that is sacred to the San Carlos Apache Tribe and Yavapai-Apache Nation. They compare it to the sacredness of Mt. Sinai in other religions.
Glen Hamer, President and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry said, “After spending time with Rio Tinto’s leaders, it’s clear to me that they’re committed not just to the process, but to creating a mine that can generate value for all of Arizona.” This is wrong!
Lets help our brothers and sisters in their fight against this corporate power grab.
WE WILL NOT WIN IF WE KEEP LEAVING PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY BEHIND