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Penokee Mine Resistance: Night School events in Milwaukee



The Public House in Milwaukee is holding three events for their Night School series on the struggle to stop mining in northern Wisconsin. One of the events is a talk by artists and Justseeds friend Sue Simensky Bietila.
Why is there a mad rush to mine iron in the Penokees of Ashland and Iron Counties? Overturning all Wisconsin’s hard won and world-renowned environmental protections as well as Native Treaty Rights makes this number one on Walker’s and State Republicans’ agenda. The Bad River flows through the iconic Copper Falls State Park, the Penokees, and then through the Bad River Ojibwa Reservation’s unique Wild Rice Sloughs and into Lake Superior. Walker and Co. plan to dump mountains of mine waste into pristine waters, permanently turning wilderness to an “industrial sacrifice zone”. What has happened to fundamental democracy when the local population, both Native and non-Native, are overwhelmingly opposed to the mine but shut out from even a token hearing, while Wisconsin’s new mining law was written by the mining company?

February 17 – 6pm
Introduction to the 3 part series
Sue Simensky Bietila will introduce the series with a slide show of drawings and photos celebrating the diverse movement that stopped the Crandon zinc and copper mine on the Wolf River near the Mole Lake Reservation in Central Wisconsin in 2003.
Celeste Contreras, Dona Yahola and Kim Reyes will speak about the Idle No More movement.
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March 10 – 6pm
The Penokees and the Bad River region
Eric Hansen will discuss the waters and the forest endangered by the mine and the history of citizens’ movements that succeeded in winning protected wilderness areas.
The Science of Mining’s Environmental Destruction: how mining Iron and mining sulfide ore pollute the rivers, lakes and water table. The Legal Situation – Dennis Grzezinkski, lawyer for Wisconsin Environmental Advocates
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April 14 – 6pm
Food Sovereignty and Treaty Rights
This last event will be a Potluck Dinner (bring something to share)
Rick Whaley was active in the movement which heroically protected Native Spearfishers threatened by racist vigilantes in the Ceded Territories of Northern Wisconsin.
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Join us for this exciting and timely Night School series. Sunday nights at 6pm.

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