On the Eve of the Rio+20 UN Conference, Community Resistance Calls Attention to Brazilian Government's Unsustainable Energy PolicyJune 15, 2012
Altamira, Brazil – While the Brazilian Government prepares to host the Rio+20 United Nations Earth Summit, 3,000 kilometers north in the country's Amazon region indigenous peoples, farmers, fisherfolk, activists and local residents affected by the construction of the massive Belo Monte Dam project began a symbolic peaceful occupation of the dam site to "free the Xingu River."
Media opportunities at the Rio+20 Earth SummitJune 12, 2012
The Brazilian government's costs-be-damned attitude about the Belo Monte dam and ominous recent changes to the country's Forest Code expose a glaring hypocrisy between a truly "green economy" and the human cost of measures that are destroying the Amazon and its indigenous peoples in Brazil's own backyard.
Affected peoples of Belo Monte and other mega-dams to hold protest summit around Rio+20June 5, 2012
While Rio de Janeiro hosts some of the most powerful figures in global politics and economics at Rio+20, the Xingu River in the heart of Brazil's Amazon rainforest will be the stage for ongoing popular protests against the Belo Monte dam complex.
Rep from Brazil’s Largest Union Denied Access to Meeting; No Mention of Brazil and Nigeria Liabilities; Record Votes for Separation of CEO and ChairmanMay 30, 2012
San Ramon, CA – Today, more than 150 protested at Chevron's annual shareholder meeting, joining together a unique group of union members, shareholders and community leaders. Every year, Chevron faces opposition at its shareholder meeting, but today's protest drew a larger and more diverse crowd galvanized by the oil giant's year of legal problems, oil spills and fines for reckless business practices.
Chevron's Leading Critics From Brazil to Ecuador to Richmond Expose Abuses to Workers, Shareholders & Communities on Eve of Shareholder MeetingMay 29, 2012
San Francisco – Labor and community leaders from Brazil, Ecuador, Nigeria, Angola, California and Texas revealed the true cost of Chevron's operations in the places where they live.
Geneva – On May 25, the United Nations will examine the Brazilian government's track record for human rights during its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva, Switzerland. Central to this debate will be the multiple claims of human rights violations surrounding the construction of the Belo Monte Hydroelectric dam, slated for the Xingu River in Brazil.
Innovative direct relief project to provide drinking water to thousands in EcuadorMay 23, 2012
San Francisco – After decades of health issues and legal battles, indigenous communities in the Ecuadorean Amazon have joined with humanitarian and environmental groups to launch ClearWater, a locally led effort to provide clean water to impacted communities.
Ecuadorian tribal leader delivers opposition statement to company headquartersMay 9, 2012
Calgary, Canada – A surprise guest met representatives of Canadian-based Ivanhoe Energy this morning at its Calgary headquarters to denounce the company's oil operations in Ecuador.
Peruvian citizens mobilize against exploration wells in sensitive areas of the AmazonMay 9, 2012
San Francisco, CA – Grassroots opposition is mounting as ConocoPhillips' plans to drill for oil within the fresh-water source for Peru's largest rainforest city.
Canadians support Achuar outside AGM, call on Talisman to respect indigenous rightsMay 1, 2012
Interviews, hi-res photos & b-roll available upon request Calgary, Canada – Canadians rallied in support around Peruvian indigenous leaders who spoke out against Talisman in the company's Annual General Meeting of shareholders today. [...]