EarthKeepers II Student Team Event on TV-6 in Marquette: Local church gardens in the works

TV-6 Photo of EK II Student Team 4-28-13EarthKeepers II goal is to have 30 church gardens across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan within the next two years

via Local church gardens in the works

EarthKeepers II Student Team covered by TV-6 news – with their presentation on the 30 community church gardens with Focus on Native Species Plants and Local Veggies.
http://www.uppermichiganssource.com/news/story.aspx?id=890880#.UX2DFsrBV35
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TV-6 photo with story website freezeTV-6 photo with story website freezeLocal church gardens in the works story at UpperMichigansSource.com

The group is called EarthKeepers II and on Sunday they met with members of Messiah Lutheran Church in Marquette. Earth Keepers goal is to have 30 church gardens within the next two years.

Once the gardens are in place, churches can share their resources, provide workshops, and become more environmentally conscious.

“We’d like to present a culture within the worship community of not just being in the church buildings but getting out into creation and being good stewards of the earth,” said Kyra Zimokowski, project coordinator.

Earth Keepers II is sponsored by 10 faith traditions: Roman Catholic, Episcopal, Jewish, Lutheran, Presbyterian, United Methodist, Bahá’í, Unitarian Universalist, Zen Buddhist.

The group is also giving churches and temples free energy audits.

If your church is interested, all it has to do is sign up.

Fore more info contact Kyra Fillmore Ziomkowski, EarthKeepers II Project Coordinator:
906-250-7643
Kyra.Ziomkowski@gmail.com

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EarthKeepers II: Interfaith Energy Conservation and Community Garden Initiative Across the Upper Peninsula to Restore Native Plants and Protect the Great Lakes from Toxins and Airborne Mercury Under the EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

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The EarthKeepers II Initiative is sponsored by 10 U.P. Faith Communities With Assistance From Students at Northern Michigan University, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, native garden technical assistance from the U.S. Forest Service Midwest Botanist Jan Schultz and the Native American (Anishinaabe/Ojibwa) Communities of Northern Michigan including the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

(Marquette, MI) – An Interfaith Energy Conservation and Community Garden Initiative across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan will see the creation of 30 native plants gardens and free energy audits for 40 churches/temple plus grants to help make repair to reduce airborne mercury from entering Lakes Michigan and Superior in an effort named EarthKeepers II and made possible by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

A January 18 press conference announcing the plans Marquette, MI was hosted by the Northern Michigan University EarthKeepers II Student Team: Katelin Bingner, Tom Merkel and Adam Magnuson.

The NMU students are planning to write and record public service messages with energy conservation tips, information on protecting the Great Lakes and about the importance of native plants restoration – with assistance from U.P. radio stations, newspapers and television stations.

The EarthKeepers II Initiative is sponsored by the churches/temples of 10 faith traditions that were involved in the original Earth Keeper Initiative (2004-2009): Roman Catholic, Episcopal, Jewish, Lutheran, Presbyterian, United Methodist, Bahá’í, Unitarian Universalist, Zen Buddhist.

Speaking at the press conference will be the Bishops and other denominational leaders from these 10 faith communities plus U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Regional Botanist Jan Schultz, Delta Green Ex. Dir. Doug Russell and Cedar Tree Institute Ex. Dir. Rev. Jon Magnuson.

Over the next two years, the EarthKeepers II projects include energy conservation audits at 40 U.P. churches/temples plus grants ranging from $500 to $1,000 for each site to assist in changes/repairs.

These faith communities are demonstrating the importance of energy conservation to lower utility bills and reduce and prevent toxins/pollution including airborne mercury from entering Lake Superior as part of the EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Congregations will be given information on energy conservation kits and utility company rebates to lower household bills.

Among the energy conservation costs/analysis involved in the audits are insulation (walls/roof), lighting fixtures, ventilation, and heating systems like boilers/furnaces including whether they units can be updated with new controls, repaired or replaced.

The project includes 30 community gardens (approx. two per county/more possible). These gardens will grow native (indigenous) plants and vegetables for community distribution and food pantries.

The nonprofit Cedar Tree Institute in Marquette has been extensively involved in U.P. native plant restoration to fight invasive species that are vital to the health of all wildlife. For example, the U.P. is on a flight path for migrating Monarch butterflies who depend on milkweed for food and reproduction.

Project participants include the nonprofit Cedar Tree Institute, EPA, USFS Eastern Region 9 technical assistance, nonprofit Delta Green and U.P. Ojibwa (Anishinaabe) communities.

Religious community leaders signed the northern Michigan Earth Keeper Covenant in 2004 pledging to actively participate in environment projects, build bridges with other faiths and reach out to Native American communities.

EarthKeepers II is the next phase of the Earth Keeper Initiative that held three Earth Day Clean Sweeps involving 150 churches/temples plus planted 12,000 trees during a summer that saw several severe forest fires across the U.P.

The U.P. Earth Keepers Clean Sweep events (2005-2007) involved free Earth Day collection sites across a 400-mile area of northern Michigan.

Over 15,000 residents turned in 320 tons of e-waste (old computers/cell phones), 45 tons of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) including car batteries, oil-based paint, pesticides, liquid mercury, and other common poisons; and over one ton of pharmaceuticals including $500,000 in narcotics.

The hazardous waste was either recycled or properly disposed.

Official EarthKeepers II website
http://EarthKeepersUP.org

Nonprofit Cedar Tree Institute in Marquette, MI
http://www.CedarTreeInstitute.or

EarthKeepers II social sites:

www.facebook.com/EarthKeepersII
https://vimeo.com/EarthKeepersII
www.youtube.com/EarthKeepersII
http://EarthKeepersII.blogspot.com
www.twitter.com/EarthKeeperTeam
http://pinterest.com/EarthKeepersII/
http://pinterest.com/EarthKeepersII/EarthKeepers-II-and-the-EPA-Great-Lakes-Restoratio/
http://pinterest.com/EarthKeepersII/Great-Lakes-Restoration-Initiative

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
http://www.greatlakesrestoration.us
http://www.epa.gov
http://www.epa.gov/greatlakes/qmp/presentations/Quality_Program_Tracking_Dec2010.pdf

Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy (GLBTS)

Deborah Lamberty
Program Analyst
US Environmental Protection Agency
Great Lakes National Program Office
77 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL
60604-3590

Lamberty.Deborah@epa.gov
312-886-6681 (wk)
312-692-2974 (fax)

“If someone shows you who they are, believe them” – Maya Angelou

http://www.facebook.com/dlamberty

Those appearing at the EarthKeepers II kick-off press conference in January 2013:

We thank Bishop Alexander K. Sample for all his support over the years.
Sample is now the Archbishop of Portland, Oregon
Roman Catholic Diocese of Marquette
Appointed in 2005 as 12th Bishop of Marquette by Pope Benedict XVI.
http://www.dioceseofmarquette.org/index.php?pageid=508
http://www.dioceseofmarquette.org
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_King_Sample

Bishop Thomas A. Skrenes
Northern Great Lakes Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Elected in 1999 as the third NGLS Bishop
http://www.nglsynod.org
http://www.nglsynod.org/bishop_reflections.html
ELCA Lutherans support apologies for past injustices and reach out to Native peoples/Native Americans:
http://www.elca.org/Who-We-Are/Our-Three-Expressions/Churchwide-Organization/Communication-Services/News/Releases.aspx?a=5263
http://www.noodls.com/view/6739F728FE66FC0D872635F12857915EBA2DA724

Dr. Michael Grossman, representing Jewish Temple Beth Sholom in Ishpeming, MI
Helen Grossman, representing Jewish Temple Beth Sholom in Ishpeming, MI
http://www.templebethsholom-ishpeming.org
http://www.templebethsholom-ishpeming.org/tikkun
http://www.templebethsholom-ishpeming.org/aboutus

Episcopal EarthKeeper team member and Michigan Tech University Biology Professor Nancy Auer, representing the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan
http://www.mtu.edu/biological/department/faculty/auer
Bishop Rayford Ray is the leader of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan
The Rt. Rev. Rayford Jeffrey Ray was consecrated the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan during a May 21, 2011 celebration of baptismal ministry held on the campus of Northern Michigan University in Marquette.
Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan has supported Earth Keeper projects from the start in 2004.
A founding member of the first Earth Keeper Initiative is late Episcopal Bishop James Kelsey, the Earth Bishop
Kelsey served as bishop from 1999-2007 – until his death in June 2007

Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan
131 East Ridge Street
Marquette,  Michigan
49855

906-228-7160
http://www.upepiscopal.org
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Episcopal-Diocese-of-Northern-Michigan/224886262563
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Episcopal_Diocese_of_Northern_Michigan
http://www.episcopalchurch.org
http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens/2012/10/09/northern-michigan-diocese-finds-its-voice

Rev. Tesshin Paul Lehmberg
Lake Superior Zendo Zen Buddhist temple
Longtime Earth Keeper Team Member
Marquette, Michigan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Superior_Zendo
https://sites.google.com/site/lakesuperiorzendo
http://auroradharmagate.blogspot.com
http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474977364041

Doug Russell
Delta Green Ex. Dir.
drussell@deltagreenusa.org

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
http://www.kbic-nsn.gov/content/natural-resources
http://www.ojibwacampground.com

Charlotte Loonsfoot
KBIC Natural Resources Committee chair

Evelyn Ravindran, KBIC NRC
eravindran@kbic-nsn.gov

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EarthKeepers II: “Hymns for the Earth” candlelight benefit concert is Saturday, April 27, 2013

EarthKeepers II: Hymns for the Earth candlelight benefit concert is this Saturday, April 27, 2013

April 27 EarthKeepers II ‘Hymns for the Earth’ event 4-27-13 Mqt

EarthKeepers II: Free Hymns for the Earth candlelight benefit concert is Saturday in Marquette to benefit an interfaith community gardens across northern Michigan

The public is invited to the free EarthKeepers II “Hymns for the Earth” candlelight benefit concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 in the Messiah Lutheran Church at 305 W Magnetic Street in Marquette to support an interfaith garden project across the Upper Peninsula.

The concert will feature Father Ryan Ford, a priest and pianist from the St. Peters Cathedral in Marquette who will play compositions from Beethoven and Brahms and other selected works.

Donations will help the interfaith EarthKeepers II 2013 goals that include planting 30 community gardens across the Upper Peninsula.

EarthKeepers II partners include leaders from the Roman Catholic, Buddhist, Lutheran (ELCA), United Methodist, Episcopal, Jewish, Presbyterian, Unitarian Universalist, Baha’i and American Friends (Quaker) faith communities.

For more information call the nonprofit Cedar Tree Institute Ex. Dir. Rev. Jon Magnuson at 906-228-5494 or email magnusonx2@charter.net

Father Ryan Ford
Associate Pastor, St. Peters Cathedral, Marquette, MI
fr.ryanford@gmail.com
906-226-6548 ext. 219

Related info:

Official EarthKeepers II website
http://EarthKeepersUP.org

Nonprofit Cedar Tree Institute in Marquette, MI
http://www.CedarTreeInstitute.org

St. Peters Cathedral, Marquette, MI
http://www.stpetercathedral.org/directory.html

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Detroit News Spreads Misinformation for Rio Tinto/Kennecott Minerals as the evil company destroys the once peaceful Yellow Dog Plains, desecrates an Ojibwa religious site and threatens to pollute Lake Superior with sulfuric acid and other toxic waste

Detroit News supports doing business in the Upper Peninsula with a mining company accused of war crimes, crimes against humanity and bribery

Groups pray Rio Tinto/Kennecott Minerals will stop raping the Yellow Dog Plains and desecrating sacred Eagle Rock

Detroit News duped by – or in bed with – an evil mining company that spins false information into pseudo facts

I was shocked to see that the Detroit News would favor a mining project that will have few benefits and allow one of the world’s worst polluters to leave a mess behind in seven years (life of mine) while destroying sacred Eagle Rock.

Rio Tinto has also been charged with war crimes, human rights violations, bribery and other crimes across the globe.

The Detroit News editorial wrongly claimed the company is respecting a very old Anishinaabe/Ojibwa sacred site for Native American tribe rituals, religious ceremonies.

Below on the left is the infamous editorial that proves the Detroit News does not know their facts about the sulfide “acid” nickel mine being built in northern Michigan – and sounds like it was written by a mining company PR person.

In fact, Rio Tinto/Kennecott Minerals will be dynamiting through sacred Eagle Rock to make the entrance of the mine (They already bulldozed the area directly around Eagle Rock).

To the Ojibwa, it is the same as dynamiting through a large church/cathedral in any city across Michigan.

Many people are expressing outrage about the editorial – on the left below are a few examples.

It’s an undisputed fact that the Rio Tinto/Kennecott has one of the most dismal environmental records in the world.

Rio Tinto/Kennecott have a track record of deciding it is less costly to leave a mess and possibly face litigation – than simply clean up their toxic waste.

Ex-Governor Granholm and Governor Snyder have refused to answer questions about their (or close family) financial ties to the project including campaign donations, favorable land deals, luxury trips, wining and dining, stocks and bonds, any and all gratuities from the companies or their representatives like lobbyists, others, etc.

As a correspondent for Indian Country Today, I submitted those questions to all the candidates for governor – and ex-Gov. Granholm – all refused to comment (It would be easy to say they had no financial connections but instead refused to comment – talk about red flags).

The mining company also uses dirty tricks – like redesigning a water system to be above ground (in the severe U.P. winters) to avoid the federal clean water act regulations.

Plus two Ojibwa campers charged with trespassing were not allowed to present a defense – literally told they could not present the defense they planned. Ironically, the judge’s name is extremely close to “Kangaroo” as in Kangaroo Court.

The Detroit News editorial sounds like it was written by a Kennecott PR person.

I understand why the small U.P. newspapers (who get mine advertising) have not done investigative stories – but am disillusioned about Michigan truly having a “free press” now that the Detroit News would write this puff editorial.

It means Michigan’s largest newspaper have sold-out their environmental morals to an international mining company.

Shame on the Detroit News for selling out – which begs the question how much advertising has it received or been promised from Rio Tinto or any of its companies/lobbyists (minions).

Even with tough times at the major newspapers, I never thought the Detroit News would not investigate before printing Rio Tinto/Kennecott claims.

The above is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to scandalous info about this project – a few headlines:

  • State allows DEQ/DNR financially going into bed with the mining company by allowing its employees to set up a non-profit using state addresses, state labor and state materials.
  • DEQ/DNR hides a state-paid expert safety report critical of the project – stating major concerns over whether a vital trout stream would collapse into the mine. That type of disaster would send a huge amount of sulfuric acid downstream into Lake Superior.
  • During a reshuffle of the DNR/DEQ agencies – an interim boss approves mine permit despite serious objections from a state administrative law judge and others.
  • Only half of the 150 employees will be locally hired.
  • Company admits they will make billions in profits because of the size of the world record nickel deposit – but the state itself and local government tills will only get a small fraction of that cash.
  • That’s why many have accused the company of making side deals with U.P. elected officials and others with decision powers – exactly like when Rio Tinto got caught and convicted of bribing China officials and other similar allegations in other countries. In fact, the country of Norway has banned any business with Rio Tinto due to environmental concerns.

Native Americans continued their fight against the acid mine (click on photos to read):

Stop sulfide “acid” mining in northern Michigan:

God help protect the Upper Peninsula and rescue us from the many evil mining companies that will be shorted lived but leave behind centuries worth of toxic waste

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Happy 40th Wedding Anniversary to Jon and Diana Magnuson of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Happy 40th wedding anniversary to Jon and Diana Magnuson !!!

Thank you Jon and Diana for everything you have done to love and protect Mother Earth, the Great Lakes, Lake Superior, the states of Washington and Michigan, the beautiful Upper Peninsula and your friends.

You both have touched many lives from Seattle, WA to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and all points between.

We are all better people because of Jon and Diana!

Jon & Diana Magnuson 40th Wedding Anniversary

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Timeless Media Productions Documentary: Dire times in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Due to Sulfide Mining Plans

Timeless Media Productions and Michigan State University Environmental Journalism Class: Please watch this important video if you treasure the unspoiled beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwKV681Khgo

Save Sacred Eagle Rock and Stop Sulfide Mining Documentary

Thank you to Michigan State University Environmental Journalism class students Samantha Harris and Michelle Verdura for editing, producing and writing this documentary

This video by Timeless Media Productions is so important – because soon the Upper Peninsula will have sulfide mines springing up faster than morel mushrooms.

Each location will be left with a toxic mess after 7 years – and each location will only briefly employ about 100 to 150 people.

That’s the best case scenario:

The current project could cause the Salmon Trout River to collapse into the mine sending millions of gallons of sulfuric acid into Lake Superior (Try cleaning that up).

Kennecott doesn’t care what they leave behind – the company has proved this at their literally hundreds of other mining sites across the globe and as close as Wisconsin.

Kennecott Minerals is an evil corporation – and so are many of the other companies who are looking at the sacred Eagle Rock site as a test – and will follow suit if the mine is built and successfully earns the owners billions of dollars while destroying hundreds and hundreds of acres of pristine wilderness plus sacred Eagle Rock, the site of Ojibwa spiritual ceremonies for hundreds of years.

Kennecott Eagle Minerals and the state of Michigan should be ashamed – but they are not – that a scared site will be basted with dynamite.

The two simply have no respect for the Ojibwa traditions of the environment of the Upper Peninsula.

Anyone who takes a job with this company should be aware the company has a long history not caring about worker’s rights and health.

If this underground mine collapsed on workers – the company would do little for the families and with those values it makes me wonder how much they would be willing to spend on a rescue versus the amount of minerals left in the ground.

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Rio Tinto Crime Wave: DVD by Joan Sekler exposes worldwide crime spree on Indigeous people, middle-class and the environment – plus war crimes and crimes against humanity

Locked Out 2010 : Crimewave by Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto Crime Spree

New DVD by Director Joan Sekler exposes Rio Tinto

Please buy the DVD to offset the cost that Joan Sekler occurred while making this important story: Sekler made the documentary made with her own money – because she knows how important it is to reveal the evil acts of corporations like Rio Tinto

The evil nature of Rio Tinto is outlined in the video – including a section about the environmental terrorism against the Ojibwa and Yellow Dog Plains in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula – in a brilliant video just released by Documentarian Joan Sekler.

The new video on Rio Tinto environment crimes including the Upper Peninsula is now available:

It’s only $20.

Please support this video that exposes the crimes of Rio Tinto.

In addition to ungodly environmental crimes, Rio Tinto was “complicit of war crimes and crimes against humanity” against islanders in New Guinea

Director Joan Sekler poured in tens of thousands of dollars of her own money to tell this worldwide story:
It’s Great !!!!
http://www.lockedout2010.org

Locked Out 2010 : Crimewave by Rio Tinto

Defenders of Eagle Rock

Charlotte Loonsfoot of Baraga, MI and Levi Tadgerson, 22, of Marquette, MI share a quiet moment atop Eagle Rock at the American Indian encampment in the shadow of Sacred Eagle Rock. Loonsfoot is a citizen of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and was among the first three people to begin the effort to block the mine. Tadgerson is a citizen of the Bay Mills Indian Community (Photo By Greg Peterson)

Defenders of Eagle Rock

The view from atop sacred Eagle Rock in Michigan, of an American Indian battle against an international mining giant. Natives from several tribes set up an encampment at the base of the rock to stop Kennecott Minerals from digging a sulfide "acid" mine underneath the longtime landmark. This photo was taken one week into the standoff that ended May 27 when heavily armed cops raided the camp by order of Kennecott Minerals. (Photo By Greg Peterson)

Defenders of Eagle Rock

Elder Bobby "Bullet" St. Germaine of Iron River, Michigan beats drum during thank you song at the base of Sacred Eagle Rock (April 29, 2010) in a remote part Michigan's Upper Peninsula - northern Marquette County, MI. Nesbit is a member of the Lac Du Flambeau Tribe in Wisconsin. (Photo By Greg Peterson)

Defenders of Eagle Rock

This image of warrior Chief Sitting Bull on a flag flew gloriously in the wind on top of sacred Eagle Rock

The Fight to Save Sacred Eagle Rock from the Dynamite continues in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula!

These photos were taken at the end of the first week during the Standoff at Eagle Rock in Marquette County, Michigan.

Notice the lush greenery below Eagle Rock – including some tiny new trees in some photos.

All those trees were bulldozed May 27 when Kennecott Eagle Minerals order Michigan State Police and other heavily-armed law enforcement to swoop down on Eagle Rock

During the spring of 2010 – or sooner – Kennecott plans to dynamite through sacred Eagle Rock to make the entrance to its nickel and copper mine.

Kennecott’s parent company Rio Tinto – and outgoing Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm – both claim leaving trees atop Eagle Rock on the industrial site – is a good-faith effort to respect the centuries of religious and spiritual ceremonies held at that locations by Ojibwa (Anishinaabe).

How can they say that with a straight face?

Because they truly don’t care – and neither does actor Jeff Daniels.

Having falsely claimed they love the Upper Peninsula, Daniels and Granholm (plus many other evil politicians) will leave a legacy of destroying the U.P.

All are greedy, corrupt, arrogant and despicable people who have been led around by the nose by Rio Tinto and Kennecott Minerals – a mining giant with a long record of raping the land and taking advantage of the peaceful Indigenous peoples of many countries around the globe.

Apparently being led around by the proboscis isn’t so painful when the nosebleed is sopped up with hundred dollar bills.

http://www.lockedout2010.org/htmldocs/buy_01.html

Rio Tinto stands accused of extreme crimes against humanity, wars crimes, environment rape, Indigenous murders: From the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to Austrailia to China and elsewhere across the globe

Knowing this – how can northern Michigan business leaders, elected officials, law enforcement, judicial officials and others take Rio Tinto’s blood money and destroy vast pristine areas of northern Michigan.

If you grandfather, father or any relative supports the sulfide acid mines – ask them how they can betray you and the Upper Peninsula

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Shame on northern Michigan Democrats who have sold out to evil sulfide acid mining

Shame, Shame, Shame: A Message to northern Michigan Democrats who have lost their core values

One disillusioned Democratic supporter calls a spade a spade

If Northern Michigan Democrats get beaten by Republicans in this election they can only blame themselves for lowering their morals over Sulfide Mining and other core value beliefs.

I am voting for the Green Party candidates instead of Upper Peninsula (U.P.) Democrats to show my disgust. I know the Green Party candidates will not win but I am not going to vote for Democrats I do not respect.

Most Northern Michigan Democrats have sold out to the interests of Rio Tinto – and its mining subsidiaries like Kennecott Eagle Minerals.
And these same Democrats did not stand up for the Defenders of sacred Eagle Rock – where the Ojibwa religious site has been desecrated by an evil corporation – that also plans to soon dynamite through Eagle Rock.

Looking inside the evil Kennecott Eagle Minerals Sulfide Acid Mine in northern Michigan Oct. 15, 2010

The Devil's equipment at Kennecott Eagle Minerals. Photo by Greg Peterson

Sulfide mining is not in the best interest of the U.P. because it doesn’t offer long-term financial security and – at best – will leave millions of acres of nature unusable.

Millions of once-pristine acres filled with wildlife.

Acid Mining: 2002 pix Kongens Gruve silver mine in Kongsberg, Norway by Kjetil Bjørnsrud via Wikipedia

The Devil's Fiery Pits of Hell: Michigan Democrats who support the evils of Sulfide Acid Mining deserve what they get. Photo by Kjetil Bjørnsrud via Wikipedia.

Northern Michigan Democrats who are trading short-term self-enriching cash from Mining lobbyists – and possibly huge amounts of under the table cash – deserve to lose.

Even tho I detest Republican greed – its par for the Bush country club cronies – where trickle-down economics means watering on the poor.
Times are changing in the U.P. – when Michigan Democrats sit in the same sulfide acid bath as their Republican cohorts.

You are not fooling tradition core-value democrats.

As a correspondent for Indian Country Today – I sent a series of questions about sulfide mining to our sitting Governor and the seven candidates in the race for the state’s highest office before the primaries.

All confirmed getting the questions.

The questions included revealing all their financial connections to sulfide mining companies and their lobbyists – and their immediate family’s connections to sulfide mining interests.

All refused to comment. A clear “no” would have been easy but they refused to comment.

The Democrats could have sent an email stating there was no connection to Rio Tinto – but instead refused to answer.

The gates of evil Kennecott Eagle Minerals sulfide acid mine in northern Michigan Oct. 15, 2010

The Gates of Evil: Kennecott Eagle Minerals is raping the U.P. with the help of Democrats (and of course Republicans). Photo by Greg Peterson

A check of state records shows in past elections nearly all Upper Peninsula Democratic candidates received money – and some were wined and dined – by the Sulfide mining machine.

Upper Peninsulas judicial, business, media and political groups have been so poisoned by the sulfide mining cash – and promises of future cash – that they have sold out the environment.

A Kangaroo Court – presided over by Judge Kangas – refused to allow Eagle Rock defenders to present a proper defense during their misdemeanor trials. Why was that? Hmmmm.

It’s un-American for a Judge to prevent defendants from offering a real defense for their actions.

I encourage all Upper Peninsula residents who normally vote Democrat – to send a message to the Democrats who are trading the environment for short term cash.

Love Canal fighter Lois Gibbs leads a protest at the gate of Kennecott Eagle Minerals in northern Michigan Oct. 15, 2010

Love Canal fighter Lois Gibbs at the gate of Kennecott Eagle Minerals in northern Michigan

As environmental legend Lois Gibbs stated in her recent visit to Marquette – sulfide mining is “much, much more dangerous” than traditional iron ore mining.
Gibbs should know – she fought the chemical companies involved in the Love Canal environmental crimes.

In addition to their lack of moral action – I warn Democrats and others who support the rape of our Earth – to beware of their crimes in the spiritual realm.

On the same day that Kennecott ordered a heavily armed police raid on four peaceful campers at Eagle Rock – one of the company’s chief geologists was killed.

And in the epitome of heartlessness – Kennecott Eagle Minerals did not send its top people to that poor man’s funeral – instead they held a pro-acid mining forum in Marquette.

Collage: Michigan's Democrats sell-out to sulfide mining

Michigan's Democrats sell-out to sulfide mining

This was a man who had helped the company get ready for its billions in profits they will make while raping the U.P. wilderness. But the company threw him to the wayside like they do to our forests.

Those billions in nickel and copper profits will not stay in the U.P. – only few residents (politicians, business leaders and judges) will get rich – and certainly not the future employees who will work in dangerous, toxic underground mines that may take their lives.

Northern Michigan is on the precibus of an environmental disaster as dozens of sulfide mines will soon open across the Yellow Dog Plains and in the southern and western U.P.

May the Creator forgive us even tho we know what we do. But maybe we do not deserve to be forgiven.

Much like a mouth full of cavities – this moral decay by Upper Peninsula Democrats means they should be yanked out of office.

In the south in the 1970s – I knew some blacks who preferred to work for a racist boss than one who pretended to be liberal – and those friends said it’s because at least they know how to handle a racist instead of a faker.
I know how to handle corrupt Republicans – but I cannot trust Democrats who pretend to be honorable.

Three Brave Native American women start camp at Sacred Eagle RockIf you want to know about truly honorable people:

I salute three brave Baraga, MI women who set up the encampment at Eagle Rock after the Kennecott-ordered trespassing arrest of Cynthia Pryor of the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve.

These honorable women who continue to fight sulfide mining are Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) members Charlotte Loonsfoot and Chalsea Smith, and Georgenia Earring of the Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux tribe in South Dakota.

Loonsfoot is running for the KBIC Tribal Council – and she deserves to win.

A Special Shame on Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and Actor Jeff Daniels – for claiming to love the Upper Peninsula – and standing by as the rape occurs.

And to heck with Michigan Democrats who are acting like Republicans.

By Greg Peterson, a proud opponent of the evils of sulfide acid mining and the morally corrupt corporations that bring their evil seed to the U.P.
906-401-0109

Love Canal fighter Lois Gibbs leads a protest at the gate of Kennecott Eagle Minerals in northern Michigan Oct. 15, 2010

Love Canal fighter Lois Gibbs leads a protest at the gate of Kennecott Eagle Minerals in northern Michigan during a visit to the Marquette area on Oct. 15, 2010. Photo by Greg Peterson

Love Canal fighter Lois Gibbs leads a protest at the gate of Kennecott Eagle Minerals in northern Michigan Oct. 15, 2010

Love Canal fighter Lois Gibbs leads a protest at the gate of Kennecott Eagle Minerals in northern Michigan near Big Bay, MI not far from Lake Superior tributaries on Oct. 15, 2010. Photo by Greg Peterson

Opponents of Sulfide Acid Mining former a prayer circle and sing with Love Canal fighter Lois Gibbs who lead a walk to the gate of Kennecott Eagle Minerals in northern Michigan Oct. 15, 2010

Opponents of Sulfide Acid Mining former a prayer circle and sing with Love Canal fighter Lois Gibbs who led a walk to the gate of Kennecott Eagle Minerals in northern Michigan near Big Bay, MI not far from Lake Superior on Oct. 15, 2010. Photo by Greg Peterson

Love Canal fighter Lois Gibbs leads a protest at the gate of Kennecott Eagle Minerals in northern Michigan Oct. 15, 2010

Love Canal fighter Lois Gibbs leads a protest at the gate of Kennecott Eagle Minerals in northern Michigan on Oct. 15, 2010. Photo by Greg Peterson

BEFORE THE RAPE:

Sacred Eagle Rock and the Yellow Dog Plains prior to rape by Kennecott Minerals.

Spring of 2010: Sacred Eagle Rock and the Yellow Dog Plains prior to rape by Kennecott Eagle Minerals. (Photos by Greg Peterson)

RAPE IN PROGRESS:

Collage: Kennecott Eagle Minerals Rapes the Yellow Dog Plains

Kennecott Eagle Minerals Rapes the Yellow Dog Plains with the Sulfide Acid Mine the evil corporation is building under a Lake Superior Tributary. Photos by Gabriel Caplett, Chauncey "Riverwalkerr" Moran and Greg Peterson.

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Mother of the Superfund: Love Canal fighter and environmental warrior Lois Gibbs speaks in Marquette, MI Friday, Oct. 15, 2010 at Northern Michigan University

Fighting Evil Corporations

Love Canal fighter Lois Gibbs speaks in Marquette on October 14, 15, 16, 2010

Environmental warrior and Love Canal fighter Lois Gibbs visits Marquette, as the Upper Peninsula faces its worst pollution crisis in history with the development of dozens of sulfide “Acid” mines – the first of which is under construction on the sacred Yellow Dog Plains.

Northern Michigan University
October 15
Jamrich Hall 102
7:00 p.m.

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Save the Wild UP info on Lois Gibbs in Marquette Michigan

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Lake Superior Day 2010: Day of prayer and fasting July 18 near Big Bay, MI for protection of Lake Superior, Yellow Dog Watershed, and Eagle Rock from grips of a sulfide mine

Lake Superior Day 2010

Under the Shadow of Eagle Rock:
A Day of Prayer and Fasting

July 18, 2010: Day of interfaith prayer and fasting for Lake Superior Day to Honor Eagle Rock, Lake Superior and praying for the protection of the Yellow Dog Watershed from pollution created by sulfide mining

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Lake Superior Day is held every year on the third Sunday in July

Lake Superior Bi-National Forum and Lake Superior Day:
http://www.superiorforum.org
http://www.lakesuperior.com/lsdmain.html

Lake Superior Day 2010 events:
http://www.lakesuperior.com/lsdcalendar.html

Northland College and Lake Superior Day
http://www.northland.edu/lake-superior-day.htm

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(Big Bay, Michigan) – Residents of the Yellow Dog Watershed, whose tranquil life in nature has already been degraded by preliminary mining activities in the area, are inviting everyone to join Native Americans and leaders of various faiths for a day of prayer and fasting, this Sunday near Eagle Rock to honor Lake Superior.
The Lake Superior Day (Sun., July 18) event near Big Bay in north Marquette County is named “Under the Shadow of Eagle Rock: A Day of Prayer and Fasting.”
Residents of the Yellow Dog Watershed hope the public will join in prayers for the protection of the environment where Kennecott Eagle Minerals is building a nickel and copper mine.
The event will run from sunrise to sunset with rituals, prayers, meditations and ceremonies every two hours on the hour.
Jan Zender and Rochelle Dale spent 21 quiet years living on the pristine Yellow Dog Watershed, but the married couple’s peaceful existence has been shattered by roaring trucks and other mining construction activities.
“Kennecott has really stepped up the pace on the plains, and they are not in one place – they are all over the place,” said Rochelle Dale, a member of the St. Mary Catholic Church in Bay Bay. “They have test sites now on the Pinnacle Falls Road, two miles from Eagle Rock.”
“It’s devastating and degrading,” said Dale, who raised her two children to respect the Yellow Dog Plains, Ian, 25, and Kalil, 18. “Riding a bike,” she says, “you can hear the mine trucks and machines everywhere you go.”
“This is a part of the land that we love and the reason we live here, and the construction is turning it into something else – it will never be the same,” said Dale, who lives along the Yellow Dog River about 6 miles downstream from the mine.
“My husband and I and some of the other residents have invited members of the different faith communities to fast and pray with us” for the protection of Lake Superior and its tributaries, she said.
“There will be prayers for the earth and prayers for all people who are affected by these kinds of things across the world,” Dale said.
Representatives from the interfaith community will hold prayers including Lutheran, Buddhist, Roman Catholic, Unitarian, United Methodist, and Jewish traditions.
Members of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community will pray to stop the desecration of Eagle Rock, which has been the site of Ojibwa religious ceremonies for centuries, and for the protection of Lake Superior from possible mine-related pollution like sulfuric acid, a byproduct of sulfide mining.
The public can participate in a sweat lodge “in the Lakota tradition” and in Yoga and meditation.
“This event will acknowledge and celebrate values other than those represented by the bottom line on an accountant’s ledger,” said Rev. Tesshin Paul Lehmberg, head priest of Lake Superior Zendo, a Zen Buddhist temple in Marquette. “We will acknowledge and celebrate the long view, the one that sees past the next fiscal quarter down to the seventh generation of our heirs and beyond.”
Those present “will acknowledge and celebrate the inestimable spiritual worth of the Yellow Dog watershed and its people, and the pure, ancient waters of Lake Superior, which lie downstream and which bless us all,” Lehmberg said.
“There is much more than an economic equation going on in the public debate about the proposed sulfide mine,” said event co-organizer Rev. Jon Magnuson, a Lutheran pastor. “The quality of water, the forests, and the claims of one of the Upper Peninsula’s major Indian tribes that this is a sacred place, beg to be heeded by people of conscience.”
“Sunday’s day of prayer and fasting will be a time to lift up prayers for Kennecott employees and the region’s people whose lifestyle is threatened by this wealthy international mining company Rio Tinto, which continues to hold one of the worst records of environmental pollution and human rights violations in the world,” Magnuson said. “Spiritual dimensions to current controversies around the environment too often go unrecognized.
“There are bulldozers – but there are also prayers and songs and we intend that they will echo out over the forests of the Yellow Dog on Lake Superior Day 2010, under the shadow of Eagle Rock,” Magnuson said.
The event will be held adjacent to the Kennecott leased property line off the Triple A Road.
Markers will be posted from the corner of County Road 550 and County Road 510.
Eagle Rock is a 45-minute drive from Marquette. Directions are posted on the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve website.
For more information contact Rev. Magnuson at 906-228-5494 or Rev. Lehmberg at 906-226-6407.

Directions will be posted at:
Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve:
http://www.yellowdogwatershed.org
http://www.yellowdogwatershed.org/blog/category/events

Contacts:

Rev. Jon W. Magnuson, MDiv, MSW, ACSW

Nonprofit Cedar Tree Institute
403 East Michigan Street
Marquette, MI 49855

magnusonx2@charter.net
http://www.cedartreeinstitute.org
906-228-5494 phone/fax
906-360-5072 (cell)

Rev. Tesshin Paul Lehmberg
Head Priest
Lake Superior Zendo (Zen Buddhist)
2222 Longyear Ave.
Marquette, MI 49855

plehmber@nmu.edu
906-226-6407 (hm)

Rochelle Dale, Yellow Dog Watershed resident
906-362-8521

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