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How Mining Opponents Took On A Big Corporation And Won

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It sounds like a story from the "Old West" in our country: miners promise jobs and prosperity, but take the wealth for themselves and wreck the environment.

The story is neither old nor local; the country is El Salvador, and the time is recent, in the book "The Water Defenders: How Ordinary People Saved a Country from Corporate Greed."

Co-authors and marriage partners Robin Broad and John Cavanagh tell the story of the people who noticed the despoiling of their environment, and put up a fight. It was not short and it was not easy.

The authors visit with an overview of the battle.

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