It’s time to speak up against Scott Walker’s open pit mine: public hearing, protests, and a benefit

It’s time to speak up against the open pit mine Scott Walker and his corporate partners propose for Wisconsin.

Public Hearing: Come between 9AM and 9PM to RM 411 South in the Wisconsin Capitol building. If you do not have time to testify, you can fill out a slip to register against the bill (AB 1/SB 1).

Give that slip to the hearing clerk.

If you prepare a statement but do not want to read it aloud or do not have time, you can also submit 5 copies of written testimony to the committee when you register.
Conservation groups will be in room 400 NE directing interested citizens to do further lobbying if they have time and energy to do so.

If you can’t make it to the public hearing Wednesday January 23rd between 9AM and 9PM, you could email your feedback on the matter during that time directly to ALL of these state legislators.

Note in your email that you are REGISTERING your testimony in OPPOSITION to AB1 and SB1,Include your name and address, and ask for a confirmation message.

I’m seeing some individuals note that you must send your email during the time of the hearing on Wednesday, January 23rd between 9 am and 9pm.

Sen. Tom Lehmen (D-Racine)

Representative Mary Williams

Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst)

In addition, the WI League of Conservation Voters has a simple form to fill out to get a message to Scott Walker, Your Senator, and Your Assembly member.

The following information comes from Shahla M. Werner PhD of Sierra Club, John Muir Chapter:

“Talking Points: This session’s mining deregulation bill,AB / SB 1,contains many of the extreme changes we saw last session,including:
*Eliminating contested case hearings,
*Enacting an aggressive 420 day permit deadline that is out of sync with federal requirements
*Leaving taxpayers on the hook for mining permit review and damage costs.

It also weakens protections for water and land in several serious ways,including
*Allowing mining waste to be deposited in sensitive areas
*Allowing contamination of groundwater
*Allowing groundwater drawdowns of rivers,lakes,and streams.
For more background,here’s the link to the full bill.

IMPORTANT TIPS: When you call in or testify,speak from the heart about your own experiences in the Lake Superior Watershed,from Bayfield to the Bad River to the Penokee Hills. Don’t worry too much about the technical points of the bill, but focus instead on the reasons why you think protecting Wisconsin’s clean water for future generations is vital to you and your family. Feel free to also talk about better ways to create jobs that won’t destroy our environment,from clean energy to tourism to transit. Finally,don’t give them a reason to exclude your voice from this public hearing. DO NOT BRING SIGNS,PICTURES,CAMERA’S etc. to the hearing,and be polite at all times.”

Wisconsin Eye will stream the public hearing live from their web site.

There is also a 5:30PM protest Wednesday,

a Saturday Noon mine protest, and

a Saturday evening benefit for the Bad River Tribe. See full details below.

If you’d like more information on the proposed mine, try the editorial New Wisconsin iron mining bill will be devastating to the environment written by Al Gedicks and Dave Blouin,

Or the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters page
Or this video primer:

Public Hearing on the Open Pit Mining Bill
Wednesday, January 23, 9:00am – 9pm CST, 411 South, State Capitol
Protect Wisconsin’s Waters Protest – a facebook event
Wednesdsay January 23, 5:30PM CST at the Lady Forward Statue, corner of Carroll St. and State Street.

Image above is from the Overpass Light Brigade – here’s their facebook page. Here’s their web site.


Protest: Protect Wisconsin’s Waters – – No Unsafe Mining! facebook event link

Saturday, January 26, 2013

12:00pm until 1:30pm in CST

Join a peaceful, legal protest to demand the state legislature and governor not throw away Wisconsin’s local control and environmental protections for out-of-state mining companies. Noon rally at the State Capitol, State Street Steps, followed by a march. The demands of the protest are:

-Respect Treaty Rights
-Protect Wisconsin’s “Prove It First” law
-Promote healthy, sustainable jobs for Wisconsinites
-Let citizens be heard before permits are granted
-Don’t weaken our environmental protections

List of endorsers so far:
Madison Action for Mining Alternatives
Midwest Coalition Against Lethal Mining
Madison Arcatao Sister City Project
Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice
Wisconsin Resources Protection Council (Tomahawk, WI)
Center for Alternative Mining Development Policy (LaCrosse, WI)
Wunk Sheek
UW Campus
Save the Waters Edge
Mining Impact Coalition of Wisconsin
Penokee Hills Education Project
Family Farm Defenders
Solidarity Singalong
Great Northern Solar
Madison IWW GMB
Peregrine Forum
National Lawyer’s Guild
Socialist Alternative
International Socialist Organization (Madison District)
Four Lakes Greens
Wisconsin Wave
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

Speakers and Performers (tentative):
Frank Koehn – Save the Water’s Edge
John Peck – Family Farm Defenders
PK Hammel – National Lawyers Guild
Glenn Reynolds – Environmental Attorney
Cherie Pero – Bad River Band of Ojibwe
Solidarity Singers
Forward Marching Band


Madison Action for Mining Alternatives [MAMA] Benefit Variety Show
Saturday January 26
6:00pm until 1:00am CST
Wil-Mar Center
953 Jenifer St.
Madison, WI

– more up to the minute info to be found at their facebook event

$10-$15 suggested donation for an entire evening of food, prizes and entertainment! All proceeds to benefit the Bad River Indigenous Tribe in our fight for clean water in Wisconsin.

6 PM Wild rice dinner prepared by Madison Food Not Bombs.
7 PM Words of Welcome to the Listen to Your MAMA! benefit variety show by Carl Sack and Thistle Pettersen, organizers with MAMA.
7:15 Opening fusion belly dance by Miranda Moon
7:30 The Learning Curve, a band made up of members of Madison’s Solidarity Sing Along.
8:30-9PM: Open-mic. Express yourself for Wisconsin’s water! At this time, we will break out the North Woods Wolf Stout, a home brew by Madison activists.
9-10: Thistle and Thorns.
10-11 PM: Beat Road Blues Band.
11:00-11:15: Silent auction winners announced.
11:15-1 am: Tani Diakite and the Afrofunkstars.

Win great door prizes donated by rad Madison businesses! Bid on a $100 gift certificate to Cap City Tattoo on Willy Street or on a $30 certificate for Rainbow Books!

This benefit was organized by MAMA, Madison Action for Mining Alternatives, a grassroots coalition of activists wishing to defend northern Wisconsin from unsafe mining operations.

Sponsored by: Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice, Midwest Coalition Against Lethal Mining, Madison’s General Membership Branch of the IWW, Alchemy Cafe, Lakeside Press, Ha Long Bay, Community Pharmacy, The Weary Traveler, Capitol City Tattoo, Mimosa Books, Rainbow Books, The Madison Infoshop, Family Farm Defenders, WORT, 89.9 FM, the Willy Street Coop, Tex Tubb’s Taco Palace, Nessalla Kombucha, Madison Food Not Bombs, Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf, Peregrine Forum of Wisconsin, Creme de la Coulee Artisan Cheese and awesome folks in Madison who really care about our state!

Go to the rally and show ahead of the benefit and make it a whole day of solidarity with environmental activists!


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