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Fighting Blood Coal and Blood Mines: In solidarity with communities impacted by Anglo American mining

April 30 @ 12:00 pm - 2:40 pm

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On 30th April, we’ll stand in solidarity with communities whose health and lives have been devastated by Anglo American’s mining operations across the Global South. Join us for lunch, discussions and some practical actions to hold this company to account.

Anglo American – some background

Anglo American operates in many parts of the Global South, leaving a trail of health destruction in its wake.

The Cerrejón open-pit coal mine in La Guajira, Colombia

This mining giant owns a large stake in the infamous Cerrejón mine, a vast open pit coal mine in Colombia. Cerrejón has been long associated with human rights abuses including displacement, a lack of consultation with indigenous communities and serious harm to the health of local communities.

Communities living near the mine are forced to breath air that is heavy with coal dust and filled with the stench of burning. Many children suffer from respiratory problems; some become so ill that they cannot run or shout. Local hospitals are inundated with patients suffering from acute respiratory problems. Other patients present with skin problems and cancer linked to the mining operations.

Anglo American has also been associated with armed groups responsible for human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the Philippines and South Africa, local communities have faced severe repression for protesting against this company’ operations. And in Ghana and Mali, local people have lived in fear as Anglo American activities have destroyed health, lands and livelihoods.

Companies like Anglo American are exacerbating global health inequities; their extractavism damages health in the Global South while much of their profits are concentrated in the Global North.

What will the event involve?

Part 1 – Lunch and discussion at Medact

We’ll start with lunch at the Medact offices and discuss some practical action opportunities we can take as a healthcare community to hold Anglo American to account. Including;

  • How to use twitter and other media to get messages across to investors attending the Anglo American AGM.
  • Actions we can take to push for legally binding instruments to regulate the activities of multinational corporations like Anglo American.
  • Using fossil fuel divestment as a solidarity tactic.

Part 2 – Vigil at the Anglo American AGM

We’ll leave the Medact offices at 13.20 and travel as a group to the Anglo American AGM at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P 3EE.

We’ll hold a vigil outside the AGM as the company’s shareholders arrive.

If you have any accessibility requirements please contact deirdreduff@medact.org and we can organise travel arrangements to meet your needs.

Details

Date:
April 30
Time:
12:00 pm - 2:40 pm
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Venue

The Grayston Centre
28 Charles Square
London , N1 6HT
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