Celebrate 20 Years of Defending the Amazon!
Join us in celebrating 20 years of protecting the Amazon and advancing the rights of indigenous peoples. We invite you to join us for a special evening filled with delicious food and drinks, inspiring stories from the Amazon from both indigenous leaders and our staff, a rousing auction, and live entertainment, including Nahko, DJ Riddm and a local carnivalesque group.
Our Executive Director, Leila Salazar-López, will share recent updates and highlights from our new strategic plan including efforts to protect the Sacred Headwaters of the Amazon by keeping fossil fuels in the ground by 2020. Brazilian indigenous leader Sônia Bone Guajajara, Executive Coordinator of Brazil's Association of Indigenous Peoples (APIB) and leading voice for the country's indigenous movement, will deliver the keynote speech. Sônia hails from a Guajajara community in the state of Maranhão and was previously vice-coordinator of the Brazilian Amazon's indigenous network COIAB. Her articulate leadership and tireless dedication to human rights in Brazil and around the world has inspired a generation of young leaders to confront a rising tide of threats to indigenous lands and cultures.
When & Where
October 5th, 2016
301 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA
We are now
6 pm: Cocktail Reception
and musical entertainment
7 pm: Dinner and Program
9 - 11 pm: Dance Party
with special guest Nahko and local Brazilian musicians
cell: (310) 663-6323
office: (510) 281-9020 x306
Sônia Bone Guajajara hails from the Amazonian forests of the Araribóia indigenous territory in Brazil's Maranhao State. Mother of three children – Luis, Yapona and Ywara – Sônia's life reflects the struggle of Brazil's native peoples for recognition of their rights and ancestral lands. Her leadership began at a young age, when her aunt and village elder chose Sônia to fight on behalf of her people, using the word as her weapon.
Daughter of illiterate parents who toiled to provide an education to their children, Sônia balanced work as a housecleaner and babysitter with her studies, ultimately leaving home to attend a boarding school. Despite her difficulties leaving her family to complete her education, Sônia recognized the opportunity that lay before her, fulfilling her dream to reach new horizons by obtaining degrees in Literature and Special Education.
Prior to becoming the national coordinator of Brazil's Association of Indigenous Peoples (APIB), Sônia served as vice-coordinator of the Brazilian Amazon's indigenous network COIAB for four years, gleaning a broad understanding of movement building as well as the diverse threats confronting the country's native population. She is today one the most expressive leaders of Brazil's indigenous movement, devoting the same passion and care to her people in Maranhão as she does to national and international indigenous struggles. An indigenous woman warrior, Sônia transmits the cry of recognition of Brazil's first nations everywhere she goes.
Amazon Watch is excited to announce that Francesca Fiorentini will be the emcee for our 20th Anniversary Gala! Francesca is a journalist, comedian, and aspiring internet meme. She is host and producer with Newsbroke of AJ+, the online channel of Al Jazeera Media Network.
As a stand up comic Francesca has performed around the Bay Area including at the Punchline Showcase, Cobb's Comedy Showcase, and at the Comedy Comedy Festival in Los Angeles. She has worked in alternative media since 2004 as an editor with War Resisters League and with Left Turn Magazine.
Featured Musical Guests
Oregon native Nahko, born a mix of Apache, Puerto Rican, and Filipino cultures and adopted into an American family, suffered an identity crisis from an early age. But the unifying power of music entered his life as a healing remedy, when he took up the piano at age six. Armed with his newfound talent, he set out to bridge the cultural gaps dividing his own psyche and began producing a public, musical journal of his journey toward personal, spiritual, and communal healing.
His "spirited redemption music" lays bear the scars of cultural wounds, environmental wrongs, and social injustices. His lyrics bear the burden of heavy messages, but the load is lightened by agile melodies and driving rhythms that coerce all who bear witness into spirited, purifying, movement.
Fogo Na Roupa boasts some of the most exciting performances of Brazilian dance and music culture. With strong African, Latin, and Caribbean influences, Fogo is an exciting company of artists from varied cultural backgrounds and extensive professional experience performing under the legacy of its founder, Mestre Carlos Aceituno.
Floorshows by Fogo Na Roupa present a full spectrum of Brazilian dance, from the sizzle of samba to the gravity defying capoeira, Fogo Na Roupa drives the beat to a feverish pitch, and heats up audiences with the fiery mexe-mexe (hip-shaking motion) of Brazilian dance styles, with beautifully feathered and sequined costumes that dazzle the eyes.
DJ Riddm (aka Gabriel Lautaro) is a veteran of the Bay Area music scene. Since he first started buying records in 1990 he has collected thousands of crucial cuts for the ears delight. Riddm has played in numerous venues around the bay and beyond since age 17. At that time he was spinning mainly Hip-Hop and Dancehall but through the years dug deeper into Roots Reggae, Funk, Jazz, Salsa, Cumbia, Afrobeat and Global Grooves. Crate diggers remember him for his shop Funky Riddms Records located in Berkeley, CA from 2000-2005.
In 2003 he teamed up with Luv N' Haight/Ubiquity and compiled the first album documenting early funk 45s from the Bay Area entitled Bay Area Funk which sold over 20,000 copies worldwide. He has opened up shows for such Reggae artists as Pato Banton, Sister Nancy, Mikey Dread, Ranking Joe, Hip-Hop artists Aceyalone, Del the Funky Homosapien and funk legend Zigaboo Modeliste to name a few. Riddm is known to have the sounds to keep heads nodding, toes tapping and dance floors bubbling!
You can advance indigenous rights and protect the Amazon rainforest while winning a trip to Peru, Ecuador, or Paris!
At our 20th Anniversary Gala, Amazon Watch is also holding an incredible live auction with the kind of items that you won’t find anywhere else.
Jackie and Michael Klein
Jenna and Dan Lebowitz
Osprey Orielle Lake
PINK RIVER DOLPHIN – $10,000
HARPY EAGLE – $7,500
SCARLET MACAW – $2,500
TAMARIN MONKEY – $1,000
GLASS FROG – $500
Please use the form below to RSVP for our 10th Annual Luncheon, which will be held on September 22nd, 2015.×