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Not only are these radical grandmas talented weavers, they are also activists and community organizers. Ten years ago, a gold mine was built near their community, polluting the water, making villagers sick, and contaminating their farmland. These women, as well as many other villagers, have been tirelessly protesting the mine and standing up for their community rights ever since.

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Don't mess with Grandma

These grandmas are up against a lot. When the mine leaked cyanide and other dangerous chemicals into local streams, villagers discovered that they had dangerous levels of cyanide in their blood. They can no longer drink their own water, as they had always done before. The mining company even tried to sue villagers for slander because they protested the mine. Despite all this, they continue to fight.

Na Nong Bong villagers have already proven that they have the determination and fearlessness to make any project a success, and the world is taking notice. Check out the achievements these activists have already accomplished:

  • Na Nong Bong villagers have created a community group called People Who Love their Hometown. PWLTH activists organize protests to prevent the mining company from gaining new mine concessions, and advocate to protect the community‚Äôs health and environment

  • Ranong Kongsaen, a leader of both the weaving group and PWLTH, just received a National Human Rights Commission award for promoting and defending human rights on International Women's day, March 8, 2016

  • PWLTH has received international press coverage for their organizing efforts in Aljazeera, Bangkok Post, and Reuters

  • Two villagers traveled to Oaxaca, Mexico, to take part in an international mining resistance symposium in November 2015 with representatives from First Nations Canada, the United States, Mexico, Colombia, and Argentina

Additional Resources:

Mining for Gold: Deeper than the Mountain

This video was created by CIEE: Thailand Development and Globalization students in May 2013. The problems portrayed in the video are still experienced by community members today.