Photos from Our 2010 Annual Luncheon

This year, we were honored to have long-time friends and indigenous partners from the U'wa indigenous people of Colombia as our guest speakers. Roberto "Berito" Cobaria, an elder and spiritual leader, and Gilberto Cobaria, president of the U'wa tribal council shared a blessing and told our supporters that after successfully defending their territory from Occidental Petroleum, the U'wa are facing new threats to their cultural survival including drilling plans by EcoPetrol, the Colombian state oil company, the construction of a highway and expansion of a national park into U'wa territory, as well as the growing militarization of their region.

During the lunch, we debuted A Message from Pandora, a special feature produced by James Cameron about the battle to stop the Belo Monte Dam and defend the Xingu River in the Brazilian Amazon. James Cameron also joined our luncheon by video requesting more support for Amazon Watch.

  • The Amazon Watch team poses with our honored guests from the U'wa indigenous people of Colombia.  
Photo by Amazon Watch.
  • Amazon Watch Board Chair Richard Wegman chats with a guest.
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  • Tracy Tiernan of New Resource Bank chats with Jeff and Alexia Marcous of Dharma Merchant Services.
Photo by Eric Slomanson/slomophotos.com - Copyright 2010.
  • David McLean treats guests to flamenco guitar music.
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  • Joe Anzalone of New Resource Bank talks with Jeff Marcous of Dharma Merchant Services.
Photo by Eric Slomanson/slomophotos.com - Copyright 2010.
  • Guests Gloria Wright and Dr. Lillie Mae.
Photo by Eric Slomanson/slomophotos.com - Copyright 2010.
  • Pixie joined us to serve Runa guayusa tea.
Photo by Eric Slomanson/slomophotos.com - Copyright 2010.
  • Atossa Soltani of Amazon Watch chats with long-time supporter Steve Jacobson.
Photo by Eric Slomanson/slomophotos.com - Copyright 2010.
  • Guests mingling before the event program.
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  • Leila Salazar-Lopez, Amazon Watch Program Director.
 Photo by Eric Slomanson/slomophotos.com - Copyright 2010.
  • Tom Van Dyck from As You Sow and Janet Wallace.
 Photo by Eric Slomanson/slomophotos.com - Copyright 2010.
  • Mitch Anderson of Amazon Watch opens the event program as Master of Ceremonies.
Photo by Eric Slomanson/slomophotos.com - Copyright 2010.
  • Andrew Miller of Amazon Watch introduces a blessing by U'wa elder and spiritual leader Roberto 'Berito' Cobaria.
Photo by Eric Slomanson/slomophotos.com - Copyright 2010.
  • U'wa elder and spiritual leader Roberto 'Berito' Cobaria provides a blessing for the event.
Photo by Eric Slomanson/slomophotos.com - Copyright 2010.
  • U'wa elder and spiritual leader Roberto 'Berito' Cobaria provides a blessing for the event.
Photo by Eric Slomanson/slomophotos.com - Copyright 2010.
  • Mitch Anderson welcomes Amazon Watch Founder and Executive Director Atossa Soltani to the stage.
Photo by Eric Slomanson/slomophotos.com - Copyright 2010.
  • Mitch Anderson, Amazon Watch Corporate Campaigns Director.
Photo by Eric Slomanson/slomophotos.com - Copyright 2010.
  • Daniela Meltzer, Amazon Watch Board President.
Photo by Eric Slomanson/slomophotos.com - Copyright 2010.
  • Atossa Soltani, Amazon Watch Founder and Executive Director. 
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  • Atossa Soltani, Amazon Watch Founder and Executive Director.
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  • Amazon Watch Fifth Annual Fundraising Luncheon at the War Memorial and Performing Arts Center.
Photo by Eric Slomanson/slomophotos.com - Copyright 2010.
  • Roberto 'Berito' Cobaria, elder and spiritual leader, and Gilberto Cobaria, president of the U'wa tribal council 
Photo by Eric Slomanson/slomophotos.com - Copyright 2010.
  • Roberto 'Berito' Cobaria, elder and spiritual leader of the U'wa indigenous people.
Photo by Eric Slomanson/slomophotos.com - Copyright 2010.
  • Andrew Miller, Amazon Watch D.C. Advocacy Coordinator serving as translator.
Photo by Eric Slomanson/slomophotos.com - Copyright 2010.
  • Honored speaker Roberto 'Berito' Cobaria greets a guest.
Photo by Eric Slomanson/slomophotos.com - Copyright 2010.
  • Amazon Watch Board Member Michelle Chan and Managing Director Paul Paz y Miño invite the audience to contribute.
Photo by Eric Slomanson/slomophotos.com - Copyright 2010.
  • Guests ponder their pledge cards, including Paul Haible and Kazu Haga from Peace Development Fund.
Photo by Eric Slomanson/slomophotos.com - Copyright 2010.
  • Amazon Watch supporter Felicity Meu makes a pitch for the Rainforest Stewardship Monthly Donor Program.
Photo by Eric Slomanson/slomophotos.com - Copyright 2010.
  • Amazon Watch's Mitch Anderson says a few parting words of thanks.  
Photo by Eric Slomanson/slomophotos.com - Copyright 2010.
  • Guests conversing, including Tish Momirov and Allan Badiner.
Photo by Eric Slomanson/slomophotos.com - Copyright 2010.
  • Roberto 'Berito' Cobaria and Gilberto Cobaria of the U'wa indigenous people pose with Amazon Watch's Andrew Miller.  Photo by Eric Slomanson/slomophotos.com - Copyright 2010.
  • Guests mingle outside at the dessert reception.
Photo by Eric Slomanson/slomophotos.com - Copyright 2010.

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