Bear Witness

Sen. Tom Tiffany, the bill's sponsor told a Cap Times reporter that the bill is intended to allow the mining company to pollute and not have to be held accountable. It also covers his butt.

Sen. Tom Tiffany, the bill’s sponsor, told a Cap Times reporter that the bill is intended to allow the mining company to pollute and not have to be held accountable. It also covers him and the legislators who moved this forward in the fact of overwhelming public opposition. Photo: Rebecca Kemble

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?

Water is Life


Eagle on the ice of Lake Superior

Water. Life. We can’t have one without the other.

Tomorrow, the Wisconsin legislature will pass SB1/AB1, a devastating mining bill that was written by GTAC, a mining company that seeks to build a 22-mile mountaintop removal open-pit iron ore mine in the middle of the Bad River watershed on the shores of Lake Superior.

We have fought against this bill, in a different incarnation, since GTAC arrived in our area to begin the sales pitch of how this mine will be the answer to all our woes. Nothing could be further from the truth.

United in Defense of the Water stands against the legislation, as well as a mine in the Penokee Hills. Further, we stand against anything that will harm the water, which in turn is our life.

Please join United in Defense of the Water by signing up to be a part of this historic coalition. Explore the site and educate yourself on the issues. Find an action you can take to help defend our water. Educate your friends and family who love Lake Superior as much as we do. Then oppose SB1/AB1 by contacting legislators and tell them no.

Tell them, there will be no mine. End of story.
Kind Regards,
Lake Superior

ACTION ALERT: The Assembly will vote on AB1 Thursday March 7, 2013. Do not allow them to move forward this legislation without knowing the overwhelming opposition to it.

#1 Occupy the gallery if you are in the area. Bear witness to action, and see for yourself how many State Representatives have sold Wisconsin resources out.

#2 Email, call tweet and text your legislators this link:
with the following message:
SUBJECT: press conference with elected officials from Northern Wisconsin re: mining
Dear ______:
Ashland, Washburn, Bayfield, La Pointe, Red Cliff, Bad River and the entire Lake Superior basin say NO MINE. VOTE NO to AB1 or open the door to the destruction of northern Wisconsin.

#3: Email and call the press and ask why they have not covered this story.

See all the evidence here