No Borders: Communities Living and Working With ASARCO, a discussion with Lin Nelson and Anne Fischel
2:00 pm US Eastern Time
The Cumulative Impacts Working Group hosted a discussion featuring Anne Fischel and Lin Nelson, faculty members at The Evergreen State College in Washington State. They coordinate and lead the project "No Borders: Communities Living and Working with Asarco." In May 2010 they were part of a delegation visiting Cananea, Mexico, site of a major strike and public health and environmental crisis tied to the operation and impacts of Grupo Mexico (now the owner of Asarco). In collaboration with delegation colleagues from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Indiana University and University of Minnesota, along with Evergreen student Alex Becker, they did filming, photography, interviews and investigative research on the situation in Mexico and its links to Asarco in the US. They presented their report, "Crossing the Border to Cananea: High Stakes & Teachable Moments for North American Workers," on March 23 in New Orleans at the annual meeting of the United Association for Labor Education. The Cananea delegation report is part of the larger "No Borders" project which explores the impacts of one major corporation on public health in communities in Arizona, Texas and Washington. The project is now online at www.theirminesourstories.org. Anne and Lin will discuss the evolving project and their collaborations with concerned citizens in these different communities.
The call was moderated by Elise Miller, Director, CHE and Carolyn Raffensperger, Executive Director, SEHN. The call lasted one hour and was recorded.