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Belo Sun No!

Stop further tragedy on the Xingu River

October 10, 2013 | Christian Poirier

Belo Sun No!

Sign the petition to tell the Governor of Pará to deny Belo Sun a license for its destructive gold mine!

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This week Amazon Watch joined a global coalition of organizations to launch a campaign in defense of indigenous and traditional communities threatened by the Canadian mining company Belo Sun. The Toronto-based company plans to build Brazil's largest gold mine on the banks of the Amazon's Xingu River in the very area that is most impacted by the disastrous Belo Monte dam. Together with our partners in Brazil, Canada, the United States, and Europe, we are standing against Belo Sun's outrageous scheme to reap massive profits from the social and environmental havoc being caused by Belo Monte.

Aiming to extract tons of gold from the Xingu's "Big Bend" region, Belo Sun is swooping in like a scavenger, promising to heap further tragedy on local communities and a declining ecosystem. You can read more about Belo Sun's looming criminal intentions here.

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Making History: Brazil's National Indigenous Mobilization

October 8, 2013 | Christian Poirier

Making History: Brazil's National Indigenous Mobilization

Justice Now!

Join the worldwide chorus calling for justice by urging Brazil's Supreme Court to rule on lawsuits against the Belo Monte Dam!

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Last week we had the privilege of participating in an inspiring display of unified and determined resistance staged by diverse representatives of Brazil's indigenous peoples and traditional communities. Together with our partners we joined a historic movement for justice, land, and life over days marked by colorful cultural ceremonies, spirited debates and resolute direct actions.

Brazil's National Indigenous Mobilization featured the contributions of 1,500 representatives made up of nearly 100 indigenous ethnicities, members of quilombola communities whose African ancestors fled slavery to establish independent homelands, and organizations helping to sustain and publicize this critical gathering. The mobilization also included dozens of solidarity actions in cities across the country. Together we combined our abilities to push back against the relentless political tide eroding the human rights of Brazil's traditional peoples, which have come under unprecedented attack 25 years after they were enshrined in the Brazilian Constitution.

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Whose First Amendment Rights Are These Anyway?

October 4, 2013 | Michelle Harrison

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It's Time to Fire Chevron's CEO!

Tell the Chevron board of directors to fire CEO John Watson. Since he took over, the company's bad behavior has only gotten worse.

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Cook's blog post last week draws much needed attention to the risks that brave human rights activists around the world take to ensure the rights of all human beings are respected in the face of corporate power. In the U.S., we are fortunate to have some of the strongest protections for free speech and expression in the world. Nonetheless, corporate efforts in the U.S. to silence human rights and environmental defenders are increasing.

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Notes from Brasilia: Pepper Spray, Turned Away and 513 Years of Fighting for Indigenous Rights

October 3, 2013 | Maira Irigaray Castro

Kayapó Chief Raoni

"One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws."Martin Luther King, Jr.

Take a Stand for Indigenous Rights and Territories in Brazil!

Send a letter to President Rousseff in support of the National Indigenous Mobilization.

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How inspiring it was to hear the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. spoken from the heart of an indigenous warrior as he berated a Brazilian congressman who tried to mislead a crowd still full of energy after a full day of courageous action.

The massive national indigenous mobilization began earlier this week with prayers, songs and dance, followed by an assembly with an overarching message declaring, "We did not come here to stand around talking, nor to simply march around the congress. We came here to take action, and to get inside the house that is supposed to be of the people and for the people!" The protesters continued to march peacefully into the congressional building, now heavily surrounded by armed police officers.

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Protests Sweep Brazil Demanding End to Attack on Indigenous Rights

Historic mobilization coincides with the 25th anniversary of Brazil's constitution, which affirmed its commitment to indigenous rights

October 2, 2013

Protests Sweep Brazil Demanding End to Attack on Indigenous Rights

Stand with Mayalú and All Indigenous Peoples!

Send a letter to President Rousseff in support of indigenous rights in Brazil!

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Last week you met courageous indigenous leader Mayalú Txucarramãe, who shared with us her concerns about threats to the Kayapó people and her home in the Xingu River basin due to construction of the Belo Monte dam and recent assaults on indigenous peoples' rights. Today Mayalú is back in Brazil, where she joins her family and thousands of indigenous people from across the nation in a sweeping movement to dispute attempts by the Brazilian government to drastically water down indigenous peoples' constitutional rights under the mask of "development" and rapid industrialization as the World Cup nears.

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