WWEP Circle Tour

The Wolf Watershed Educational Project (WWEP) is launching a second speak ing tour for the Summer and early Fall 1997. The 1996 Upriver Speaking Tour went to 22 communities along the Wolf and Wisconsin rivers, drawing 1100 people, and culminated with a rally at the Crandon Mining Co. headquarters in Rhinelander, which drew 1000 Wisconsinities against the proposed Exxon/Rio Algom mine and pipeline.

The 1997 Circle Tour for a Sulfide Mining Moratorium will go around the heavily populated edge of the state, away from the two rivers, where sulfide mining is not yet a central concern and many people are undecided on the issue. The purpose is to educate local people, and enable them to form groups, educate their own communities, and approach their representatives with their concerns. Speakers represent environmental, Native American, sportfishing, and unionist groups.

On Tuesday, July 15, the launching of the speaking tour in Kenosha drew 60 people to hear four speakers: Milwaukee Steelworkers Local 1527 member Gerry Gunderson of the new Committee of Labor Against Sulfide Pollution (CLASP), Bob Schmitz of the Wolf River Watershed Alliance in White Lake, Laura Manthe of the Oneida Environmental Resources Board, and Kira Henschel of the Mining Impact Coalition in Madison.

The focus in the tour is not just the Exxon mine, but the proposal for a mining district across Northern Wisconsin. The speaking tour represents the WWEP alliance of grassroots environmental groups, Native American nations, sportfishing groups, unionists, and others who support a moratorium on sulfide mining.

WWEP spokesperson Al Gedicks said "We are building a grassroots statewide movement that will make sulfide mining in Wisconsin a risky venture for multinational corporations, no matter what the state or federal governments do." He added that the speaking tour will not be in a straight line, but will cover 20-30 communities around Wisconsin. Gedicks added, "We will be popping up around the state where Exxon and Kennecott least expect us."

For background on the Wolf Watershed Educational Project, see the page on the Midwest Treaty Network web site at http://treaty.indigenousnative.org/wwep.html For links to mining-related web sites, log on to http://www.earthwins.com


  • Wednesday, July 16 / 6 p.m. WAUKESHA (co-hosted by Waukesha Environmental Action League (WEAL) Waukesha County Public Library, 321 Wisconsin Ave., Waukesha
  • Thursday July 17 / 6 p.m. RACINE, Public Library, 75 7th Ave.
  • Tuesday, July 22 / 6:30 p.m. OCONOMOWOC, Public Library, 200 South St.
  • Wednesday, July 23 / 6 p.m. HALES CORNERS, Public Library, 5885 S. 116th St.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 19 / 6:30 p.m. PORT WASHINGTION, Port Washington Police Dept. Community Room
  • Tuesday, August 19th 7 p.m./ FOND DU LAC, American Legion Hall, 500 Fond du Lac Avenue. Host: Walleyes for Tomorrow
  • Wednesday, August 20 7 p.m./ ONALASKA, Omni Center
  • Thursday, Aug. 21 / 7 p.m. NEILLSVILLE, M&I Bank
  • Monday, August, 25 / 7 p.m. JEFFERSON, Public Library
  • Tuesday, August 26 / 7 p.m. RIVER FALLS, Presidents Room, UW-River Falls Student Center
  • Wednesday, Aug. 27 / 7 p.m. EAU CLAIRE, Chippewa Room of the Public Library
  • Wednesday, August 27 / 7 p.m. JANESVILLE, Public Library
  • Thursday, August 28 / DODGE, Sportsmens Club
  • Monday, September 8 / 7 p.m. HUMBIRD, Old Community Hall on King St.
  • Wednesday, September 10 / 7 p.m. VIROQUA, Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School 431 E Court St.
  • Thursday, September 11 / 6:30 p.m. MENASHA, Public Library at 1st and Racine
  • Saturday, September 13 /Monthly WWEP meeting in ONEIDA, from 10 am to 3 pm at the Norbert Hill Center (Hwy. 54 & Seminary Rd.--the large building across from the One-Stop gas station). For more info, call Laura Manthe at the Oneida Environmental Resources Board at (800) 261-2163
  • Monday, September 15 / 7 p.m. BROTHERTOWN, Fishing Club. Host: Walleyes for Tomorrow
  • Wednesday, September 17 / 7:30 p.m. MENOMONIE, Dunn Co. Fish and Game Club, located on Lake Menomin on the north side of town. Ken Fish, Kermit Benson (a Muskies, Inc. member) and Will Fantle will be the presentors. Queries to Will Fantle, email: wfantle@execpc.com
  • September 17 / 9 am -3:30 pm. There will be a pro-mining Wise Use conference at the Concourse Hotel in Madison. Mining opponents are organizing a picket of the event.
  • Wednesday, September 17 / 7 p.m. MADISON, Pres House (church tower on UW Library Mall), Host: Madison Treaty Rights Support Group
  • Thursday, September 25 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. FOND DU LAC, Public Library. Host: Audubon Society
  • Tuesday, October14 / 12 noon rally before 1 p.m. time of Moratorium hearing in Milwaukee. Please come to register support.
  • Tuesday, October14 / starts at 1 p.m. and goes all day - Assembly Environment Committee Hearing on Mining Moratorium Bill in MILWAUKEE at State Fair Park, Trade Mart Building (changed from Family/Youth) building, 84th and Greenfield--plenty of parking, 10 minutes the County Stadium. Come with anti-mine t-shirts, or purchase one there. If you are a union member, visibly identify yourself.
  • Saturday, October18 / WWEP monthly meeting at Wolf Wolf Inn, on Highway 55 just north of Menominee border, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov 15 / WWEP monthly meeting at Wild Wolf Inn,White Lake, Hwy 55 on the Langlade-Menominee county line. 10 am-3 pm.

    For updates, call Al Gedicks at 608-784-4399.

    More information or details on the forums can be obtained by calling 715-839-7731 or 608-784-4399, or e-mailing: wfantle@execpc.com