Pétitions - 18 March 2012

en - “Bearing witness”

“BEARING WITNESS” is the multimedia exhibit organized at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York by the "NGO Working Group on Mining" of the NGO Committee on the UN International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, as part of the annual Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues at the United Nations (May 7-18th, 2012).

The exhibit will highlight the consequences of national and international policies which privilege corporate mining over the lives of people. It will witness to the fact that those who have lived for generations on the land often have water and soil devastated, their human rights violated by corporate mining. The exhibit will be in the Chapel of Church Center for the United Nations on May 8 and will culminate at the end of the day with a time of remembering and naming the human rights activists that have been kidnapped or killed in the years 2010-2012 because of their work. 

Though the exhibit, “Bearing Witness”, we hope: 

To witness through multimedia and story a portion of the destructive and death dealing impact of extractive abuses on peoples and on the environment
To stand in solidarity with and to pray for those who have been impacted by this destruction
To identify and make visible the legal, human rights and church statements and documents that reject mining abuses and which support a rights-based and just development framework.
The organizers of this exhibit request your help in gathering materials. We are looking for pictures, videos, and 3-4 sentence stories of:
Those who have been killed or disappeared defending human and environmental rights
Abuse to the environment because of mining
People rising up in protest against the corporations and governments that support these practices
Weapons of environmental destruction – the large machines that are used by mining companies which impact and change ecologies forever.
Please send us 3-4 sentences about the people or places that are impacted, along with high-resolution photos. People represented in photos need to give consent for their image to be used in a public forum. And the materials need to be received by March 23, 2012.

Email all materials or questions to the Office of the Chaplain at chaplain@unitedmethodistwomen.org and Janessa.chastain@gmail.com. If you have any issues uploading or transmitting photos, please contact us.