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>> core respond events on what's migrants. finally, the kickoff of brazil's world cup and why the home team is bring for more jeers. ♪ good evening. thanks for joining us. i am joie chen. when forces pulled out of iraq, there was plenty of sell braces. americans happy to go home and iraqis saw a fresh start, a chance to regain control of their country. now the iraqi government is calling for the americans to come back and help tamp down a growing insurgency, a fierce rebel group has already taken key cities in the north of the country and is bringing its fight closer to baghdad. while iraqi government forces look to be unravelling. some
30,000 iraqi troops abandoned the city of mosul to the rebels and hundreds of iraqi police have been taken prisoner in tikrit. the white house is not talking boots on the ground now but has been flying drones to collect intelligence on a rebel group that once pledged its allegiance to al-qaeda. >> it took years to win them over, even more time to train them and $25,000,000,000 to turn them in to an army. but now, iraq's military is beginning to unralph in the face of a shadowy enemy which calls itself the islamic state of iraq and the lavante. hundreds of isil fighters moved in to mosul last friday, seizing the airport, two t.v. stations and a local provincial council, two prime ministers freeing thousands of inmates. by tuesday, iraq's second largest city had fallen. by wednesday, saddam hussein's home crown, tikrit taken over, too.
now, they are setting their baghdad. >> the battle started in our neighborhood. armed men didn't attack civilians. they were fighting the army. we don't know who they are. we left because there is no area. >> the situation there is hopeless. they destroyed and burned a police station. i will do my best to save my family and protect them. >> isil emerged after al-qaeda leaders rejected the group, disavowing its killing for killing's sake approach and clashes with rivals. since then, the group has fought against both other rebel groups and the syrian government. no one knows the isil's exact size, but it is believed to number in the thousands. a relatively small but powerful force. fighters are both foreigners and iraqis. some who served under saddam hussein. >> translator: this is just the latest round of fighting against isil. and it won't be the last. we will continue to fight against them with the help of
the people of mosul. al-qaeda and isil don't have the numbers to control the city. they don't have the power to confront the iraqi forces. >> asked if the u.s. would consider drone strikes against isil, president obama didn't rule out military support. >> in our consultations with the iraqis, there will be some short-term immediate things that need to be done militarily and, you know, our national security team is looking at all of the options but this should be also a wake-up call for the iraqi government. there has to be a political component to this. >> a political component did quickly brew on capitol hill where leading republicans say the isil successes underscore the administration's failed commitment to iraq. >> it's not like we haven't seen this problem coming for over a year. it hasn't -- it's not like we haven't seen over the last five
or six months these terrorists moving in, taking control of western iraq. now they have taken control of mosul, 100 miles from baghdad. what's the president doing? taking a nap. >> on the ground in iraq, observers note more than half a million are fleeing the clashes. many moving to refuge in the sem e autonomous kurdish reaming ofte region? >> at the moment, priorities given to families or to those who happen so sort of connection to the kurdish region. everyone has to register. >> for ordinary iraqis, yanger and fear in the growing violence. they have lost their homes and their hope for the future. >> well, the armed men are controlling the city. the ones who are there now are from mosul. those who defeated the army are from elsewhere. they left. what can maliki do? he didn't manage to do anything in fall jopling a. how can he make a difference now? .
>> reporter: what prime minister nouri al mailingaci is to appeal for u.s. support. how much washington will do is an open question. >> we have expedited, as you know, a shipment of military equipment since the beginning of the year. we have ramped up training of iraqi security forces and worked intensively to help iraq implement a wholistic approach. as you needed, the situation is certainly very grave on the ground. we are working with iraqi leaders from across the country to support a coordinated response. you can expect that we will provide additional assistance to the iraqi government to combat threats from isil but i am not in a position to out that further at this time. ira iraq, we are joined by mark kimmet. we have talked a little bit about isil. and their impact of the this is a small but fierce force. >> they really are.
they are well-trained from their battlefield experience inside of syria and they are presenting quite a bit of difficulty to the iraqi military. >> and the iraqi military is, as we have been talking about, cutting and running. what's going on here? this is a force. an army stud up with a lot of help from the united states and yet in the face of the small force, running away? >> yeah. i think that really goes to the essence of leadership. it's not that they are not sufficiently trained nor sufficiently equipped but if they don't have it in their heart, if the leaders don't have it in their heart to keep it in headache heart, they will cut and run from the battlefield. here? >> yeah. >> what is the next move? we understand that the united states has been asked for additional assistance. the iraqi government has asked for help with trying to fight off isil. how much can we give them and how much difference can it make? >> i think what we are willing to give them and what connection give them are two different things. this president will not agree to put american troops on the ground. but aside from that, i think we can help them with intelligence,
surveillance recon sans, perhaps armed drones. perhaps evenas something as high evened as bombing runs but at the end of the day, this is really going to be the iraqi forces that have got to find the leadership and got to find the willingness to get their people back in the fight and push the isil out of the cities that they have taken. >> i think that was the education that the president had made, that there had to be some will? >> sure. >> on the part of the iraqi government as well. but there is already quite a bit of criticism come from capitol hill about the add miles per hourstration's move and whether they should have been quicker to in. >> i think that's fair. i think it also goes back to even alearlier than that we are teaching 9800 groups in afghanistan for the same reason, to make sure that the afghani forces can fight on their own but have training and mentoring and the advising of american forces during the interim. it's judgment that, had we left the sufficient force inside of iraq rather than leaving completely after 2011, that that might have provided the backbone
fight. >> but time has passed on that front as well. >> that's correct. >> isil, how much of a concern should they be? after all, this is the group that we have said that al-qaeda rejected. >> they are a tough force but the best analogy is lichter myself, not very powerful individually, not very strong but if not addressed action they will cause the house to fall down. the wrappings have to do something, get in there like the externalnator and uproot these country. general mark kimmet, we appreciate you being with you. >> sure. >> and your insight. coming up next, the good shepherd. >> in some of the kids, i saw worry and concern, perhaps wondering what's next. >> offering shelter and support to mom's and children on the long journey north. helping us to understand why anyone would expose their kids to the risk.
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only on al jazeera america. facing my grants children in the southwest gains new attention and raises new reason for worry. we have been reporting on the tens of thousands of undocumented kids, likely a record number this year, crossing the border and now, civil rights act visits accuse border agents of abusing more than 100 migrant chirp. america top of the correspond event michael oku presents from the arizona border town of nogales with a man on a mission to help protect kids. >> reverend sean carol has been waiting tore this moment. >> it's hard having to wait. >> an opportunity to minister to the neediest i am grant here in
the border town of nogales, arizona. up to 1100 lone migrant children are being temporarily housed by the department of homeland warehouse. >> i want to be able to get in and see how they are doing, see how they are doing physically, emotionally, spiritually. >> the children are reportedly between 5 and 16 years old. most were flown in from texas where a surge of thousands of unaccompanied minors is crossing the border. many were initially said to be shell-shocked, sick or starving. father carroll, a long-time add vo can't is one of the few >>. >> michael. >> i think they are improving. so they are trying to create a recreation area outside for the children so they can get outside, play, have their time and i know that the shower facilities after to be up and running. it appears to be improving >> what would you say the
collective state of the children inside this facility is? >> well, the content. in some of the kids, i saw worry and concern, perhaps wondering what's next. >> father carol runs the border initiative, a joiment effort between volunteers from the u.s. and mexico. kbi provides assistance to an increasing number of undocumented immigrants who have been deported back to a i've south of the border. >> a lot of us experience it through the lens of politics. you live this every day. is it personal? >> absolutely personal. >> there is a real steppedency to not see the humanity, to not see them as our brother and sisters and i think what we do here hopes people say that. >> the number of children illegally crossing the border on their own has spiked in recent years.
this year, authorities predict they will detain as many as 90,000, more than three times the number appearprehended in 2013. many cross to reunite with their parents. most are fleeing poverty and unrelenting violence. three-quarters come from central america's so-called northern triangle, hon dueras, el salvador and guatemala where murder rates rank among the world's top 5. >> children are being murdered. children are being extorted. children are being forced to join gains >> and and if they don't want to are being threatened with being killed. these are conditions no child should live with. >> you could argue that a lot of these kids are refugees. >> i think they are. >> we joined father carol as he walked across the border to the mexican side of nogales. he makes this trip three days a
week, along dusty streets where they meet the unassuming cleric like a rock star. >> they know him for this place. they call it el comador, or the soup kitchen. but his migrant outreach center is about more than soup. it's a ref jopling where they can access government sores. ted bodoin has been a volunteer for three years. >> many of these people are at the lowest point in their life. this is it. they need this place to gather. their we did about them, to pray. it always catches me that the people are so aat the present timetive to the prayer even though they are very hungry. they are hurt. >> this man cut his hand scaling the border fence. this boy's name is lester. though most of the men here are from mexico, seven-year-old lester and his mom have made the ghouling 2300 mile journey here from el salvador, resolved to
trek the june desert, farther still to relatives in houston. >> i don't know whether that means husband, father, brothers or what. but they are determined. they are determined. >> what does that mean? what are they prepared to do? >> they are prepared to lose their life. the mother is, because they feel their life is in such threat in their home country, they have a better chance in our desert to salvador. >> in this respect, those 1100 detained children might be lucky. while it's unclear what will happen in 2013, almost 9 in 10 such children were ultimately reunited with a family member or sponsor in the united states. after an avenue stay of 45 days in detention. for father carol, it would not be a day too soon? >> these are children who want to be with their moms an dads, like any children. >> michael oku, al jazeera, on
nogales. >> now, let's talk about what the future holds for these my grant children joined now by geoff thale, program director for the washington office on lattip america. appreciate you being here. one of the things we heard in michael oku's report is that the vast majority of these kids if they areability make it to the states get protection in this country. as we established, more shelters on military basis for the sudden influx of all of these young people. mo come? >> i don't know that's exactly the way i would put it. there is no question a significant number of these kids will probably stay in the united states. there is no question about that. >> said, i think the question is, given how difficult it is to make it to the united states, given the dangers they face going through mention co, given the likelihood that they are going to pay kidnappers and extortionists three or four times crossing mexico to the u.s. border, given walking through the border and the risks involved in that, the question is: what's driving them to leave?
and i think the answer to that is growing problems of crime and serious lack of opportunity. i guess what i would say is that to the extent we are concerned about this problem about kids coming across our border, we do need to address the humanitarian need right there immediately for this group of kids on the border. if we are trying to manage that problem really, we ought to think about what it takes to help reduce the issues that drive them to flee. >> one of the other risks that has just come up has been posed by the aclu. >> right >> suggesting that more than 100 children have been abused, both physically and sexually by border patrol. this is an accusation, a claim made so far. >> right. right. i mean i think it is -- i was talking yesterday to somebody who had been dealing with issues on the border and with one of the central american consulit's a that deals with issues on the border. they ex previoused real concern about the conditions because there is this -- been this big flood of kids and all of this temporary housing at lackland and other places. what are those conditions like? and do they contribute to the
possibility of abuse of one kind or another? i think there is a real -- i am not here to make accusations against the border patrol at all but there are really concerns and they need to be looked at. they are going to continue to be concerns while we have that big a flow of kids. >> can we talk about what would be an effective solution. >> sure. >> to try to stem this flow in some way? >> yeah. >> after all, we are talking numbers. >> right. >> as well >> you know, the numbers. the numbers have quad resumed in the last four years and right now, one out of about every 250 kids under the age of 18 in el salvador, for example, has fled to the united states and been caught by the border patrol the last year. >> that's kind of a stunning figure, and it's probably not going to stop until conditions in those kuntz tries improve. that doesn't happen overnight. it's not magic, but if you identified the 12 highest migrant-sending communities and the 12 most violent communities in el salvador or guatemala or hor dueras and thought about
what helps reduce crime, make kids safer and provides targeted opportunities for work, you might make a difference? >> a reason for them to stay where they are? >> that's right. >> appreciate you being here, program director for the office on latin america. >> appreciate it. >> so now, we look to the house majority leader's surprise primary defeat which many claim was due to his stance on immigration. it sent shock wafs through washington, raising serious conditions about the g.o.p.'s future. "america tonight's" adam may paid a rift. >> what they just seen happen. a surprise to everybody? you are next. >> mike shotz are many things, carpetenters, trappers and proud virgians. one thing they aren't, eric cantor fans, at least not anymore.
>> i supported him in the beginning. it was like a new broom. sweeps good and then it kind of gets old and the proof is in the puddin', what happened to him. just people getting fed up. >> it wasn't always this way in louisa county. firestorm. >> eric cantor is cutting spending, repealing obama care. >> he got tumblinged by the movement that once embraced him and will probably go down as one of the biggest upsets in political history. >> this is a miracle from god that this happened. >> it's disappointing, sure. but obviously, we came up short. >> mary political insiders didn't see the shocking defeat coming. but perhaps the writing was on the wall or perhaps his inner circle should have spent more time reading the tea leaves. tea party members and disgruntled republicans booed
and shouted down cantor when he tried to disparage david brat at the copvention? >> with no accountability and no sequence, when you throw stones -- >> boo. >> so did cantor simply under estimate his challenger, the also known economics professor at randolph makein college, or did he overestimate his supposed lead placing too much confidence in his own internal polling data? two weeks before the election, according to the polls cantor had a huge 34-point lead. just one week before the election, another internal poll indicated brat was closing the gap. cantor's huge lead slipping away, reduced to single digits. many political observers credit brat's tough stance on immigration and his decisive 11-point win. >> on eric cantor's watch, american values have taken a wre reckless government spending
giving citizenship papers to illegal immigrants. these are not conservative principles. >> immigration was by know means the dominant issue in tuesday's primary. the more likely scenario, two-thirds of district voters disapproved of republican congressional leadership and cantor was their local face for their dislike of washington. >> we are going to be in big trouble. congress and this senate better stop it. they better get over hating each other's guts. other. >> like school kids? >> worse. they get caught up in this stuff and it seems like they lose contact with the people that got them there, they forget us. >> the unproven newcomer, david mistakes? >> we will filed somebody else. >> wait until next election comes up, i recon. >> "america tonight's" adam may, the voices you have heard down
there in eric cantor's now former district, i guess, this isn't just about something simple just an immigration issue, for example. >> a lot of times they were sailing earlier this was about wanting to send a new face to washington. but throughout the course of the interview, you did hear a lot of the same rhetoric you hear from tea party supporters. they were against gun control measures. a lot of discussion about obamacare. they used the phrase obamacare was shoved down our throats and what they said over and over in the courts of that interview was that they feel that eric cantor did not fight obamacare enough, which is quite interesting to those inside the beltway who saw what happened there with the number of votes to try to repeal it that failed up there on the hill. >> that's not what is perceived out there. now, al jazeera contributor and senior research fellow for third way, bill schneider is with us this evening. let's talk a little bit about this. there are some folks who had been out there saying, look, the tea party is on the way down. but in this case, are they the real force behind dave brat? >> the big tea party
organizations in washington did not support dave brat. they really didn't give him any money. his campaign was woefully miracle. he won. that was clearly an anticantor vote, not a pro-whatever his name is vote. they didn't know who they were voting for, most of these people. they were generally tea party inclined. their views were very much consistent with those of the teacher. they are angry about what's going on washington. they don't like big government. they don't like obamacare. they don't like the idea of immigration reform. they don't like anything. displeasure. >> among younger voters in that poll we saw, in that younger age group, 80% had an unfavorable view of eric cantor but a lot of people we talked to down there didn't actually know what this winner was actually standing for when he was running. bill, i am very curious to know what you think about these bloggers, some of the conservative bloggers who came out in favor of brat in the final weeks of the campaign while the establishment tea
party didn't support him, did the bloggers have an impact? >> i think they did. this election shows the impact of social media because there was a lot of facebook communication, a lot of twitter feeds. there was one prominent conservative talk show host, laura ingraham in the district. shedrew large audiences. this is beneath the radar, not traditional cam papering. i think congress and politicians all over the country are getting matters. >> let's talk about the republican party overall and what message is there? is this really something that happened? because we are talking about a district, or would this apply to a statewide race? does that tell us something about the strength of the tea party at that level? >> it tells us that the tea party is not dead even though its obituary was being written because they hadn't done well in earlier primaries. the voters are angry and for the republicans, i think i fear really that what this will create is gridlock for the foreseeable future. those members of congress and
the republican majority have gotten the message. if they dare to compromise or accommodate with president obama, the same thing that happened there could happen to them. >> and to look at some of the senate races, you look at mitch mcconnell here, he did fight off a tea party challenge. does that tell us anything story? >> the cantor turnout first of all was low. it was a congressional district. there were only 65,000 votes cast in that district. in the last election, in 2012, eric cantor got 233,000 votes just for him in thatly. there is a very tiny turnout. clearly, a small minority of the entire district was ready to come out and vote against them to throw him out. a lot of them had been mobilized by radio talk shows and by social media. they can do that in a low turnout republican primary and they have shown that many times. >> last quick thought here, adam, it is in large measure then about passion that you saw
with these young -- with these men who talked to you? >> it's about passion and it's also, as bill mentioned in the past, it's about this redistricting that has happened. as a result of that, the primaries become very, very competitive and, as we are seeing, sometimes, it's the more extreme candidate that gets the there? >> our al jazeera con trb but or bill schneider with us and adam may, thank you both. >> sure. ♪ after the break, goal, brads ill kings off the world cup. will the duties turn out to go nothing more than pre-game jitters? >> guns... >> there are two to three million guns in a population of only 8 million people. >> ...and gun laws... >> after those laws came in, there have been no more mass shootings... >> how different countries decide... >> their father had a gun...
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with croatia. >> it was drama hours earlier. police using stun grenades to disperse demonstrators who tried to block a road leading to the stadium. more protest action in rio d de janiero. airport workers plucked a street outside the airport. further sdrupsz by striking teacher. on the ground covering the events, finding the passion for the game is still running high. >> it's been a long world to the world cup. unlike last time what should have been the pride and joy of the ball loving country has been marred by scandal and unrest. the staydiums and airport in th 12 world cup cities have suffered delays and gone grossly over budget in what has to be the most expensive world cup in history while tens of thousands
of enthusiast began praccing the new stadium for the inaugural game hundreds of procetesters clashed with riot police. not everyone is letting the anger over the billions of dollars spent and, in some cases, allegedly stolen to put on this show ruin the party. >> all of the problems and all of the frosts, when it comes down to it, brazilians adore football. in this neighborhood, at least, they are preparing to enjoy every minute of the world cup. >> i feel a lot of emotion. a lot of joy. it's a pleasure to see all of the world here. >> i think that despite all that is happening, i am very confident in the world cup. we live in an area, and our area has improved considerably. i think more good things will happen, not just in sao paolo but overall in brazil . >> reporter: elsewhere, including on copa cabana beach,
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from the nearest maple city. it's hope to the chipawa people, native american tribes who have lived here for generations along miners and farmers. today, tourism is among the primary industries. we are right now on the coast of lake superior which is frozen over solid, thousands of people have come to see some ice caves around the corner here see a line of people just as far as you can see. >> it's a pristine landscape but underneath the natural beauty lies a cougheted resource, two billion tons of iron ore. a mining company called t-tech is planning to dig what could be one of north america's largest open pit mines. it would start with a 4 and a half mile
open pit and could eventually stretch 22 miles. it would be um stream of a massive wet land that feeds lake superior. part of america's great lakes which make up 20% of the world's surface fresh water. >> will awe of these tourists want to come up here if there is an iron mil just up the hill? fault lines has come to wisconsin where corporate interests have set off a battle for the very soul of the state pitting those who wish to extract natural resources against those who wish to preserve them. we are on our way to meet democratic state senator bob chalk who represents this area. >> he wants us to meet one of his constituents to sit around the kitchen table and talk to some of the families would live here right here by the mine and see what they think about it. >> amazing out here.
>> incredible country. you begin to understand the conflict between this intensely challenging project and people who live here. >> yeah. >> they are not some sort of tree huggers. they care about the place they live. >> can you show me where the mine would be from here? >> the mine will be in the back side here. ? there? >> that hill line. >> before g tech other companies abandoned plans. they determined it would be too costly to extract the rock action less than 20% iron. it would generate an enormous amount of waste. >> so this is back in 2010. >> when g-tech first bought the mineral rights, they approached the senator for advice on how to work with the local community. >> said you need to understand one thing in particular. >> that's that the people who live up there love the area. they are passionate about
protecting the resources. i gave them the advice and they ignored all of it. >> has the company come out to reach out to you? >> no. >> no. >> are you kidding? >> no. >> i am not antimine by any means. my great grandfather came from cornwell england and worked in a lead mine in southern wisconsin. this is different than the underground mines. this destroys the area. >> t tech would use a technique called open pit mining that plasts the mountain top and dig a half-mile wide trampling that could stretch 22 miles through the wilderness. >> in this area here, we have trumpeters nesting, wolves. loons, our deer population. it's a beautiful, beautiful area that you can't just, you know, take this area here and say, okay. we will make this place. we will put the water here i mean you can't
ecosystem. >> what's at state for you? >> for me? i guess it's just the morality of it. i find it immoral to destroy something like this. in nearby hurley, there is a history of mining and greater support for g tech. >> it's freezing out there? >> leslie colasar is the committee. >> both of my grandfathers, six of my uncles worked in mines. people forget that these range mines, we built america. we helped win world war i and world war ii >> why is it important for this mine to go forward? what are
the stakes and why are you supportive of it. >> we have the highest unemployment rate in the state. it's 13.3% unemployment. the people who are working, those tourism jobs are paying $7.25. can you support a family of four on that is it? of course not. >> what have you been promised in the way of what the mine will community? >> they have estimated 700 good, family-supporting jobs with benefits, retirement, health insurance, paid vacations, sick leave, things that appropriate tourism jobs don't offer. >> the estimate of 700 jobs comes from a study commissioned by g tech. those jobs would be created over the courts of 35 years, the first phase of g tech's mine. this land and the vast waters once belonged to the chipawa tribes.
through 19th century treaties, they gave it to the sfwluns but retained certain traditional rights to hunt and fish. their very do you recall and sustenance is threatened by the mine. >> a lot of dangers involved in putting a gigantic hole right here. >> bb can he havic is a lawyer for the chipewa. she is helping devise a plan to fight gtech. >> there could be toxins from the mine site here and traveling through the waterways. >> in the river. >> yeah. >> the toxins would be caused by acid mine drapage, a danger confirmed pie numerous geologist. m mixed with rain and water causing acid run-off. there is a serious risk that the
acid and dissolved heavy metals like mercury would contamfate the water, fish and the wild rice on which the tribes depend. >> what is the wild -- where does the wild rice grow? >> up in this area up here. the reason we are here in bad river is because of the wild rice through a series of prophecies, we were told to move inland to the place where food grows on water. the food that grows on water is wild rice. maybe somebody could say, why don't you stop eating the fish with the wild rice? and first of all, our community is very poor and depends upon these foods in order to survive and most importantly, these are foods that the spirit told us that we would have. >> the bad river and the cocagan slews represent about 40% of the wetlands for accompany.
>> the chipewa tribe set up at the mine site about a year ago as part after strategy to stop the mine. they invited the public to come here and learn firsthand about the land. >> arsnic, mercury. >> over 5,000 people have visited the camp learning the dangers posed by the mine and cataloguing the environment before g tech starts digging. >> paul due main is one of the people who first set up harvest camp. tribal members and supporters lived there through a harsh winter to demonstrate the resistance to the mine. their effort garnerred press and support for their cause. >> how close are we to the mine site?
>> about a mile. you can see that ridge up there. >> uh-huh. history repeating itself, mining companies and white settlers back in the 19th century clashed with native americans over this same land. >> people say you are a bunch of dumb indians. you don't know how to exploit what's up there in a good way. you will probably live on it and collect maple sir-up and hut hunt for vinson and fish when the mining companies will know what to do and produce something out of it. >> i think the community appreciates we have given voice to it. it's an interesting coalition who understand this project is way too much risk in its sfwlfrmths present form. >> a lot of the people up here are survivors like we are. >> survivors. fault lines core respond event josh rushing joins us.
this has evoked a lot of passion and a lot of money has come into this contest. >> that was one of the most surprising things to me is how much money was put into this to change the lauds in wisconsin. in a state senate race in 2012, g tech, this mining company put 900 dollars into the race. >> a state race in wisconsin. >> one state race. that was by far the most money spent on any race was to beat jessica king and they did that and in doing that, it gave them the one more vote they needed so the very first bill passed by the state senates a new mining law that seems tom benefit only g tech. >> these passionate activists against the mine, do they have any hope of stopping it? >> there are a number of groups up there. retirees who live there and don't want their backyard destroyed the one who may have the most agency is the bad river
tribe of the chipewa. when they ceded that land to the united states it was with a treaty that said they could use it to hunt, fish and gather medicinal stuff and food and now there is a law saying they can't go on the part of the lapped that the mining company owns. they may have some kind of case in the federal courts. there are a lot of people out there also that support the mine this is an area that's economically dpredz and they h need and want the jobs. >> you don't come up with leaning left, right, proceed, con on this because at the end point? >> both sides do have a point. they need the jobs there you come away with families, they own a dairy farm, been there for five. they are being turned down by political and economic forces coming from hundreds and hundreds of miles away. so these people live in this very remote area and yet, they are not really safe from some of these forces. i think they probably thought they were safe from it a few years ago. >> moving away, that far away, you would think you would be away from it.
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captivated by the ordinary. >> a cool shot of the john hancock right now. i like to get the sun behind the flowers a lot. >> a spinal cord injury two decades ago left him partially paralyzed and unable to work. but six years ago, the 49-year-old discovered a talent for photography. >> i was if chicago. there are a lot of things i see. i am wheeling everywhere. when i had all of these thing in my mind that i would like to take pictures of. >> becker is one of 60 homeless chicagoans who is photographs were recently on sale at the after supper visions presented by catholic chair at this. >> i like the rain in the black and white is my favorite. >> catholic charity started the program giving disposable cameras to a handful of homeless guests. the aim, provide a creative outlet and possibly a little cash to fledgling shutter bugs? >> i feel reich all i do is blow dust off. >> volunteer coordinator ellen
gorney organizes the exhibits and is astounded by the caliber. >> if you know our guests, they have profound troubles, but they really have an eye. being poor or struggling doesn't mitigate against creativity. >> kelly fitzgibbons is a regular at the event performing several over the years including one from mike becker. >> it's a lot of work. you can tell they are proud and excited just to share, you know, how they see chicago and their life experience. >> each print cost $100. the artist gets 70% of the money. catholic charities gets the rest to defray costs and by more guests to give to diners. vidner says he makes about a thousand dollars at each show to help him buy his owncam and equipment but he feels it's not about the money. it's about just being here, fun. >> and finding a place in the city that becker says always
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