Today, the Wisconsin State Assembly takes up AB1, the mirror imagine of SB1, the destructive mining bill that opens the door to corporations taking over our water, land and natural resources.
It is a sad day in Wisconsin, as the Tea Party Republicans have more than enough votes to collude their majority into passing into law a bill that was opposed by a majority of the public, violates Federal Treaty Law and the Public Trust Doctrine, and puts our citizens and resources at risk by allowing mining companies to legally pollute and not be held accountable, as well as turning over local control to the mining company.
Those of us standing up to protect Lake Superior need to remember, this is not over. Just because they pass unjust and immoral laws, does not mean they have won. Court challenges will arise, and we will continue to work tirelessly to protect our homes, land, water, air, wild rice and our neighbors.
Watch all the “debate” here.
Keep writing your legislators. Write to the press and demand they cover the truth. Continue to educate your friends and neighbors on the horrors of this bill. Reach out to those who support a mine, show them the hard evidence that this will destroy our area, as well as all the waters of the state.
No matter what, know that standing up for our water is our duty. Nature has rights, but only humans can protect them or destroy them.
Which side are YOU on?