Supporting Communities Affected by Mining

Nearly 200 organizations, from racially and economically diverse communities, participate in WMAN- the Western Mining Action Network.  WMAN provides opportunities for locally-based citizen groups in the US and Canada to educate themselves, influence decision making, and cooperate to create positive social change that goes beyond the boundaries of any one location or issue.

2016 WMAN Conference
The 2016 WMAN Biennial Conference titled “Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Protecting Water, Traditional Cultures, and Landscapes in a Changing Climate” will be held November 17-19 in San Carlos, AZ.

The conference will address issues of concern to leaders and concerned citizens working to protect their communities from the impacts of mining.  Lectures and discussions led by technical and legal experts will provide the latest information on mining technologies, impacts, regulations, and policies, while special sessions will be held to train community-based organizers, share tactics, and develop strategies to reform mining practices.  Experts will include those in mining and engineering; hydrology, geochemistry, and water quality; federal and state regulations and laws; indigenous laws and treaty rights; US and Canadian politics; grassroots organizing and more.

Conference themes include: mining and climate change; water’s importance to communities; US mining reform and the prevention of mining disasters; International trade agreements issues; Indigenous Peoples’ rights, environmental justice, and health issues associated with mining; safeguarding environmental and legal protections; and Southwest regional issues.  There will be a tour of Oak Flat and the site of the proposed Resolution Copper mine (Rio Tinto).

If you are interested in attending, please download and fill out an application.

2016 WMAN Application Form

Free Citizen Lecture Series

WMAN hosts a series of free informational webinars and conference calls. These webinars and calls give WMAN participants access to expertise and updates on current issues facing mining-impacted communities. See our  Programs  for more information, updates, and announcements.