Allow Thousands of Miners to Reclaim Their Jobs


Target: President Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico

Goal: Reopen mines that were closed to fight a drug cartel so thousands of workers can have their jobs back

In an effort to counteract the criminal activities of a cartel on the iron industry, the Mexican government decided to shut down numerous iron mines and confiscated copious amounts of raw resources from mines in Michoacán, Mexico. This not only stagnated the iron industry, but also terminated thousands of miners’ and iron production workers’ incomes.

The Knights Templar cartel is a Mexican criminal organization based in Michoacán, Mexico. Since the time it was founded in 2011, the Knights Templar has been involved in various illegal activities, such as human trafficking and cooking crystal meth.

Recently, this cartel has increasingly been involved with the operations of mines in the iron industry in Mexico. The cartel initially enforced its authority over mine production by demanding the mine owners to pay quotas. However, as the profits from quotas deemed lucrative, the cartel members started to demand ownership of the mines and began to illegally excavate mines without permits.

The Mexican government resorted to shutting down 100 mines in Michoacán, Mexico to hamper the Knights Templar cartel’s corruptive influence in the iron industry. Approximately 700,000 tons of minerals were confiscated by the government and piled up in areas throughout Mexico. The president believes that this act of confiscating the iron and shutting down the mines is proof of the government’s successful initiative to counteract the illegal actions of the cartel. However, the government offensive on the cartel has directly contributed to 6,000 lost jobs.

Please sign the petition below to urge the Mexican government to reinstate the closed iron mines. Doing so will re-employ the thousands of miners who are currently unemployed, as well as the numerous individuals who are indirectly involved with the mining of iron.


Dear President Enrique Peña Nieto,

The iron industry is a prominent factor in the Mexican economy, and numerous workers’ livelihoods depend on the functioning of this industry. Although shutting down the mines and confiscating the raw resources were positive actions, the government offensive on the cartel has also caused many hardships for the miners. Thousands of miners are currently unemployed, and are barely scraping by with limited resources to sustain a living.

I urge you to please reopen the coal mines and invest time and energy into alternative solutions to combating the Knights Templar cartel. Shutting down the mines may inhibit some of the cartel’s activities, but mainly hurts the miners who depend on the coal industry to generate an income and to make a living.


[Your Name Here]

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