Amplify! A Celebration of Voices from the Amazon

On September 27th, 2017 Amazon Watch will hold its annual gala Amplify! A celebration of voices from the Amazon in San Francisco at the Bently Reserve.

Approximately 300 supporters and change-makers will enjoy a delicious organic dinner and variety of local and exotic beverages, inspiring stories from the Amazon, a rousing auction, and live entertainment. A representative from the U’wa of Colombia – leaders in the movement to stop oil extraction and defend indigenous rights – will give a keynote speech, and Do Good Events will transform the Bently into a tropical wonderland for the evening.

When & Where

September 27th, 2017
Bently Reserve
301 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA

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6 pm: Cocktail reception
and silent auction
7 pm: Dinner and program
with special guests
9 pm: Live entertainment
with Candelaria


Contact Roberta
+1.510.281.9020 x306

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The U'wa are a peaceful culture of more than 6,200 people who live in the remote Andes of northeastern Colombia, along the border with Venezuela. Long before the international climate movement adopted the battle cry to "Keep It In The Ground," the U'wa people of Colombia were denouncing the extraction of the Blood of Mother Earth.

In the 1990's, they successfully fought to stop oil drilling by LA based Occidental Petroleum. An international solidarity movement emerged, ultimately helping the U'wa expel Oxy in 2002. The government authorization to search for oil and gas was passed to Colombian state-run company EcoPetrol, which to this day continues to threaten the U'wa with new extractive activities in their territory. A new gas exploration project sparked protests in 2014, and the U'wa were successful in getting a drilling platform decommissioned.

Keynote Speaker

Aura Tegría, the first female U'wa lawyer, has been the U'wa Association's international liaison since 2013. She has been a central player in the advances made by the U'wa community defending their ancestral territory. Aura has facilitated communications with Colombian and international allies, and served as a spokesperson before the government and international media outlets.

Featured Musical Guest

Since 2009, Oakland-based Candelaria has been moving dance floors all over the West Coast and Midwest with their unique sound. Candelaria's recordings and live performances are unforgettable, as they combine infectious, soulful Colombian cumbia rhythms with vibrant horns, incendiary guitar, powerful female-fronted vocals, and a dose of Jamaican dub technique in real-time. With all of these elements, Candelaria has developed their own high-energy sound that explodes with contagious dance grooves.

Guest DJ

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. 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!

Live Auction

At this year's Amplify! celebration, we're hosting a live auction with prizes you won't find anywhere else.

Here is a sneak peek:

  • One-Week Paris Getaway
  • Amazon Watch Delegation to Ecuador
  • National Indigenous Mobilization and Escape on the Tapajós River in Brazil
  • Healing Retreat in the Ecuadorian Amazon

Click here for more details on the main auction items.

We will also have more trips, incredible art, and handcrafts from the Amazon available in a silent auction.

If you can't be with us the night of the event, but want to bid on an item or experience, you can place a proxy bid. Email for more information.

All money raised at the event will be devoted to advance our vision to promote indigenous led solutions to climate change, stop amazon destruction, and support climate justice.

Host Committee

Lindsey Allen
Branden Barber
Andrew Beath
Ginger Cassady
Adeline Cassin
Michelle Chan
Ken Greenstein
Jenna & Dan Lebowitz
Jeff Leifer
Jacques & Leslie Leslie
Ana Maria & Kobie Mahiri
Neda Nobari
Heather Rosmarin
Jacqueline Sabec
Ana Roth & David Shearer
Monica Salazar & Dmitry Kras
Atossa Soltani
Richard Wegman



  • EarthWays Foundation

HARPY EAGLE – $5,000

  • Friends of the Earth
  • Neda Nobari Foundation
  • Greenstein & McDonald


  • Nia Community Fund
  • New Resource Bank
  • Ana Roth

  • Small Planet Fund
  • Vitanova


  • Numi Organic Teas


  • Beats Drop Cancer
  • Center for Environmental Health
  • Future 500


  • Dr. Bronner's
  • Inna Tribe
  • Eight Arms Cellar
  • Equal Exchange
  • Hakhu
  • Humboldt Distillery
  • Lagunitas
  • Naku
  • North Coast Brewing Company
  • Pachamama Alliance
  • Ann Poirier

  • John Shurtz

  • Spikeball
  • Spirit Works Distillery
  • Sylver Group
  • Tartine


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