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Nov
2004

No Dirty Gold needs your help

Please read the following request from Earthworks calling for your help on the No Dirty Gold Campaign. The Western Shoshone Defense Project is a partner in the No Dirty Gold Campaign with Oxfam America and Earthworks. We are networked with partner communities from Peru to Ghana. The campaign highlights the impacts of gold mining on local communities, in particular the Western Shoshone. Western Shoshone lands are the 3rd largest gold producing area in the world, behind only South Africa and Australia –

One mountain alone, Mt. Tenabo in Crescent Valley, which Congressman Gibbons has slated for a privatization scheme (HR 2869) to Placer Dome (5th largest gold company in the world) has estimated revenues of $7-8 billion. Other multinationals mining in our area include Barrick, Kennecott, Newmont and Marigold. The Bush Administration is heavily tied to the mining industry and we are now threatened by renewed notices of intent to impound Western Shoshone livestock and IRS action against Western Shoshone traditionals. We are also attaching an emergency defender form if you are able to volunteer in any other way. Thank you. //www.nodirtygold.org.



Dear Student,

You probably already know that each fall and spring, class rings companies start setting up shop on campus to take orders for class rings. What you might not know is where the gold in those rings comes from, and how it was mined and produced.

Gold comes at a heavy price, costing the planet and its people much more than the metal is worth. One of the world's dirtiest industries, gold mining can leave a long-lasting scar on communities, workers, and the environment in places as diverse as Nevada, Ghana, Peru, and Indonesia.

80 percent of all gold is used to make jewelry -- including university class rings. As socially active students, we hope you'll join the No Dirty Gold campaign in driving much-needed reform of the mining industry. Leading retailers of class rings companies, such as Jostens, Balfour, and ArtCarved, must be held accountable for the gold they use in their products. After all, which student wants the symbol of his or her alma mater to be tarnished with dirty gold?

Whether you are purchasing a ring or not, seize this opportunity to deliver a message to the ring representative on your campus urging them to source gold that is more responsibly-produced. There are several ways you can help. One is to organize a tabling event or action outside your college bookstore (or ring sales location). We have all the materials that you will need to organize an action or table:

* a toolkit for student organizers

* informational brochures

* fact sheets

* post cards

* t-shirts

* banners

Check out our website at //www.nodirtygold.org for more information!

We hope you'll join us in helping students leverage their consumer power over the international mining industry! Send us an email at classrings@nodirtygold.org or give us a call at 202-887-1872 x 202.


Best,

Radhika Sarin
No Dirty Gold
//www.nodirtygold.org



Western Shoshone Defense Project
P.O. Box 211308
Crescent Valley, NV 89821
(775) 468-0230
Fax: (775) 468-0237
//www.wsdp.org
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