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. Representatives 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
301 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA
6 pm: Cocktail reception, silent auction, and musical entertainment
7 pm: Dinner, program, and live auction
9 pm: Dance party with Cumbia band
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.
Berito Kuwaru'wa, spiritual elder of U'wa people. He is one of the recipients of the 1998 Goldman Environmental Prize and was a key strategist and spokesperson in the successful fight against Occidental Petroleum in the late nineties. He continues to be an active member of his community, carrying a legacy of persistence and spirit as the fight for protecting U'Wa sovereignty and land continues.
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.
Bladimir Moreno has served as President of the U'wa Association since being elected in 2013. He was active in the fight against Ecopetrol by participating in the 2016 occupation of the Gibraltar Gas Plant and the discussions with the Colombian government demanding that the plant be closed. Bladimir's courage is representative of the U'wa people and their history of struggles against extractive industries.
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