Thursday, May 28, 2015

Stand with El Salvador

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Taren S-K," <>
Date: May 28, 2015 3:01 PM
Subject: El Salvador
To: "Terry Travers" <>

The World Bank could soon decide whether the tiny nation of El Salvador will have to pay millions for rejecting a destructive gold mine.

OceanaGold's mine would ruin the little remaining clean water left in El Salvador -- tell the World Bank tribunal to side with Salvadorans!

 Click here to sign the petition


This is a matter of mining versus life.

In just a few weeks, a World Bank tribunal could decide whether the tiny Central American nation of El Salvador will have to dish out millions to a Canadian-Australian mining giant -- just for rejecting a destructive gold mine. 

OceanaGold is suing El Salvador for a whopping $301 million under investor laws that allow corporations to shamelessly sue countries. El Salvador has the right to reject the mine to protect its water and people -- 90% of the country's water is contaminated already, and OceanaGold's mine would ruin its last remaining sources of clean water.

With a decision coming any day, now is the time to pile on the pressure. Let's raise an outcry the World Bank can't ignore, and convince it to throw out this deeply unpopular case. 

Sign the petition telling the World Bank to throw out OceanaGold's case!

Allowing OceanaGold to go ahead with the mine could be disastrous. It would pollute El Salvador's last bit of clean water, something the country has been fighting tooth and nail to protect after decades of reckless industrial activity. Without clean drinking water, Salvadorians will be at risk of waterborne illness and food shortages.

Stopping OceanaGold is not just about helping El Salvador. If OceanaGold gets its way it could set a dangerous precedent, making it easier for companies to sue countries when their laws or policies hurt profits. That's why we're also working hard to kill two shady international trade deals (TTIP and TPP) that would allow more companies to do what OceanaGold is doing to El Salvador.

In this campaign, hundreds of thousands of SumOfUs members have stood with El Salvador from the very beginning -- last year we delivered almost 200,000 signatures to OceanaGold together with our amazing partners. We've also pressured AMP, a huge Australian investment fund and one of the largest investors in OceanGold, to tell the company to drop the lawsuit.

If we're to win this campaign, we've got to take it to the next level. The World Bank will be making a decision imminently. We need to give one big push to make sure the tribunal stands with the people of El Salvador and throws out this ludicrous lawsuit now.

Ask the World Bank to let El Salvador protect its water from corporate exploitation.

Thank you for all that you do, 
Taren, Kat, Ledys, and the team at SumOfUs



More information:

El Salvador groups accuse Pacific Rim of 'assault on democratic governance', The Guardian, April 10 2014. 
El Salvadorian Activists Protest TPP-Like Lawsuit: How The Pacific Rim Arbitration Case Is A Preview Of The Trans-Pacific Partnership, Latin Times, March 19 2015.

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