Eye on the Amazon: The Official Blog of Amazon Watch
October 8, 2013 | Christian Poirier
Join the worldwide chorus calling for justice by urging Brazil's Supreme Court to rule on lawsuits against the Belo Monte Dam!
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.
October 4, 2013 | Michelle Harrison
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.
October 3, 2013 | Maira Irigaray Castro
"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.
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.
Historic mobilization coincides with the 25th anniversary of Brazil's constitution, which affirmed its commitment to indigenous rights
October 2, 2013
Stand with Mayalú and All Indigenous Peoples!
Send a letter to President Rousseff in support of indigenous rights in Brazil!
September 27, 2013
This Wednesday Amazon Watch held its 8th Annual Luncheon in San Francisco with a packed house. The event was a huge success thanks to the hundreds of friends who came to join us in person and even more who tuned in to lend their support online.
For the second year in a row we broadcasted the entire event on our Causes page and hundreds joined in to watch from around the globe. If you missed it, you can still watch the broadcast today. Thanks to a generous offer to match every donation up to $10,000 from the Kindle Project Fund of the Common Counsel Foundation we are close to raising another $20,000 to continue our work.
This year we were especially proud as our Founder and Executive Director, Atossa Soltani received the Hillary Laureateship for 2013 from the Institute's Executive Director, Mark Prain for her significant contributions to Climate Equity. Thanks to her vision and leadership, for over 16 years Amazon Watch has stood with indigenous and forest communities who are on the front lines of the battle for the heart of the Amazon rainforest and their very own future and homes.