A Memorial to Commemorate the Life of Topacio Reynoso and to Hold Goldcorp Responsible
When: Thursday, May 1st, 4pm.
Where: Outside of Goldcorp’s Toronto offices: 130 Adelaide Street West (corner of Adelaide and York)
On April 13th, Merilyn Topacio Reynoso Pacheco, a 16-year old anti-mining activist was assassinated in Mataquescuintla, Jalapa, Guatemala. Her father, Edwin Alexander Reynoso who accompanied her at the time, was also shot and remains in critical condition. Both Topacio and her father were active in the resistance against Canadian company Tahoe Resources’ Escobal mine, in San Rafael las Flores, Santa Rosa. Topacio, along with her work as the Youth Coordinator of the Resistance in Mataquescuintla, Jalapa, was also a poet and musician.
We must denounce this violent and cowardly act which took the life of a vibrant young woman, and community leader. At her funeral, Topacio’s mother promised: “The resistance doesn’t end here, my love.”
Canadian company Goldcorp owns a 40% share in the Escobal mining project which Topacio and her father have been resisting in defense of their community’s right to prior consultation, self-determination and human rights. To honour Topacio’s life, her mother’s promise, and to begin to hold Goldcorp accountable, we will be holding a memorial on the steps of Goldcorp’s Toronto office. On the same day as this memorial, Goldcorp will be holding its Annual General Meeting.
Following this memorial, we will join the larger May Day March nearby, which will include further actions to hold Goldcorp and the Canadian mining industry responsible for these and other acts of violence.
All are welcome to come and show solidarity with Topacio’s family and these communities’ struggle. Please bring flowers or candles if possible, but your presence is the most important.
This is just one in a whole series of events that comprise Spring into Action!
It’s that time of year again when Canadian mining companies and their shareholders come together for Annual General Meetings. Every year, while they celebrate the supposed “success,” “sustainability,” and “social responsibility” of their mining operations around the world, the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network (MISN) launches a full season of events – Spring into Action! – which takes advantage of this strategic time to confront these companies with the reality on the ground and with testimonies from directly-impacted communities. We’ve got tons of protests, art builds, film screenings, street theatre, creative direct actions, and lots more coming up! Please join us!
Info on all events here: MiningInjusticeSN.wordpress.