John Dougherty of Investigative Media on Rosemont Mine film at DGT

    November 23, 2015 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
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    400 N Bonita Ave
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    John Dougherty
    John Dougherty

    Investigative Media journalist John Dougherty recently produced a film called “Flin Flon Flim Flam” around the proposed Rosemont Mine.  The film premiered at the Loft Cinema in Tucson, on October 18, followed by a 2nd showing on Nov. 1st.


    InvestigativeMEDIA turns its unflinching focus on Canadian miner Hudbay Minerals Inc. and its controversial plans to construct the massive Rosemont open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains on the Coronado National Forest southeast of Tucson. InvestigativeMEDIA’s John Dougherty documents Hudbay’s legacy of lead poisoning in a remote Manitoba community where the company operated a notorious copper smelter for 80 years. He then turns to Hudbay’s former operations in Guatemala where the company stands accused of murder, rape and shootings in a precedent setting civil trial. Dougherty travels to the Peruvian Andes documenting indigenous villagers occupying a mine site after Peruvian police beat and teargased protesters angry over Hudbay’s failure to abide by an agreement. Dougherty uncovers Hudbay’s misleading statements over its proposed Rosemont copper project and the ecological treasure that would be destroyed if the mine were constructed. (Dir. by John Dougherty, 2015, in English/Spanish/English subtitles, 48 mins.)

    John ran for U.S. Senate in the Democratic primary of August. 2010, along with Cathy Eden, Rodney Glassman, & Randy Parraz. Glassman prevailed and then lost to Senator John McCain in the General Election.



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    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Dougherty spoke today about his well researched investigations into Hudbay Minerals of Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada which has operated a copper smelter there for 85 years, then a Guatemalan mine (facing lawsuit in Canada for their “overseas subsidiary”), and more recently a Peruvian open pit copper mine. He spoke of the danger of Hudbay attempting to create a “very large industrial expansion in Southern Arizona”, with more mines than Rosemont. Dougherty also emphasized the endangered native species & wildlife that will be affected by this proposed mine, the impact on water & air quality, where there would be any mitigation lands by Hudbay. Price of copper has fallen to $2/pound so copper is not that attractive right now.
      Questions from audience were: what does Southern Arizona get out of this mine, how to find episodes, impact on Tucson water supply, impact on Sonoita/Sierra Vista residents, what do the 5 federal agencies get out of the mine, what politicians pushing for it, whether Hudbay has to post a bond for the mine, health issues of their copper smelter in Canada, what can be done to fight & spread the word, who sold the land to Augusta Resources (prior owner before Hudbay), whether there are any royalties from mining, and what about promises to hire union labor. Dougherty also showed a 15 minute clip from his interview on Zona Politics (Oct. 11), available here: Next showing of “Flin Flan Flim Flom” will be Dec. 12, 4 p.m. on KGUN Channel 9.


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