Yoli Oquely Veliz, from San JosÃ© del Golfo, pleads Metropolitan Archbishop Oscar Julio Vian Morales to support in their “dignified and peaceful struggle.” Since March 2nd, 2012, local neighbors from San JosÃ© del Golfo and San Pedro Ayampuc have blocked the entrance to Canadian Radius Gold’s local subsidiary EXMINGUA gold mine. Residents from the communities claim the industrial activity in their territories as illegal since they were not appropriately consulted before the mine began operating.
Scott Parkin is a Senior Campaigner with Rainforest Action Network and organizes with Rising Tide North America. He has worked on a variety of campaigns around climate change, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, mountaintop removal, labor issues and anti-corporate globalization. Originally from Texas, he now lives in San Francisco.