Mar. 28, 2009

Solidarity Gathering Against Toxic Dump Proposal
Near Sacred Site of Quitovac; Resolution Against
the Dump is Adopted

Activists from across the country attendned an International Gatherinig on
Mar. 28, 2009 to Organize to Permanently Protect the O'odham Sacred Site
of Quitovac
Urgent Attention Needed: Quitovac Toxic Dump
Proposal Still Active

Although the US EPA sent a letter to Greenaction in July of
2008 notifying them that SEMARNAT (a Mexican government
agency) had halted its plans to permit the toxic dump at
Quitovac, in Dec. of 2008 the company seeking to dump toxic
waste at Quitovac (CEGIR) resubmitted plans for another toxic
dump near Quitovac.

A gathering took place March 28, 2009 at Quitovac in order to
strengthen our efforts to have the O’odham sacred site of
Quitovac permanently protected so that no company will ever
be able to desecrate the land in any way.  During the gathering
activists from across the US and Northern Mexico gathered to
discuss plans, strategize, and network.  During the gathering a
prayer walk took place from the highway into the town of
Quitovac followed by a strategy meeting.  During the meeting, a
resolution against the proposed toxic dump was adopted by all
who attended including both international solidarity activists,
traditional O'odham from the US side of the border, and
O'odham elders from the town of Quitovac.

In addition to the adoption of the resoultion, participants who
attended the gathering also  agreed upon an international day
of protest to bring attention to this issue and help stop the toxic
dump at Quitovac.  The international day of protest will be this
May 6, 2009.

For more information please see the following links:

Resoultions in English and Spanish:

April 2009 Quitovac Resolution To Stop the Toxic Dump
(English version)
April 2009 Quitovac Resolution To Stop the Toxic Dump
(Spanish version)

Background Information Handout:

Help Stop the Toxic Dump in Quitovac