Brasil Art Build
10:00am to 1:00pm
Solidarity Rally: Terra Livre & Indigenous Healthcare Protection
Brasil Solidarity Network hosts monthly rallies in front of the Brasilian Consulate in San Francisco to highlight the harms being committed under the leadership of the new Brasilian president, Jair Bolsonaro and his administration.
The April rally will uplift the 15th annual gathering of Indigenous Peoples from all over Brasil, in Brasilia, called the Terra Livre (Free Land) camp happening April 24-26.
If you feel moved and able to, please click this link to support the travel and expenses to gather thousands of Indigenous leaders from all regions of Brasil, in Brasilia, to reaffirm their resistance and to articulate strategies for struggling for their rights, lives, lands, and protecting the environment, and the Amazon for everyone.
We stand in solidarity with the issues the camp is focusing on this year:
The Minister of Health, Luiz Henrique Mandetta, announced changes in Indigenous healthcare with a clear intention to dismantle the National Policy on Healthcare For Indigenous Peoples (PNASPI), leading to the extinction of the Indigenous Health Subsystem.
President Jair Bolsonaro issued MP870 which dismantles FUNAI, the agency responsible for the Brasilian state’s Indigenous policy, transferring it from the Ministry of Justice to the newly created Ministry of Women, Family, and Human Rights, commanded by Minister Damares Alves, a conservative, Evangelical preacher.
Damares Aves’ Atini foundation was the primary suspect of an Indigenous sex trafficking and pedophilia scandal in Brasil. “In 2016, the federal police asked the National Indian Foundation (FUNAI) for information on alleged cases of “sexual exploitation and trafficking in Indians”.  FUNAI is the organization dismantled by President Jair Bolsonaro on his first day in office.
This same measure (MP870) removes Indigenous land demarcation from FUNAI and handed it to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA) under the command Uniao Democratica Ruralista, the last remnant of the fascist dictatorship. This is a Brasilian right wing association supported by corporate Big Agriculture. Bolsonaro gave MAPA the power to remove ancestral territory from Brasil’s Indigenous Peoples to make a profit via cattle, soy, extractivism and sugarcane production (to name a few).
In addition to handing over Indigenous land to private interests, Bolsonaro named Luiz Antonio Nabhan Garcia, the former leader of Uniao Democratica Ruralista (who formerly swore to stop indigenous and peasant land demarcation), as the 2nd in command of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, the organization in charge of land demarcation.
We will be gathering in front of the consulate from 9am-12pm.
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Film Screening Benefiting "Necessity" and Climate Defense Project
Please join us to support completion of "Necessity: Oil, Water and Climate
Resistance" and the work of Climate Defense Project.
Watch the trailer.
The documentary features the legal defense work of Climate Defense Project attorneys at a trial in Minnesota with Indigenous activists and non-Indigenous allies fighting the oil pipelines in the region. The event includes a wine reception and a panel with Alice Cherry, an attorney with CDP; Isabella Zizi, a climate activist and signatory on the Indigenous Women of the America’s Defending Mother Earth treaty; and Jan Haaken, psychologist, documentary filmmaker and "Necessity" co-director.
Reception starts at 6:30 PM. Panel begins at 6:45.
Screening of the rough cut of "Necessity" (58 minutes running time) at 7:15 PM.
WATER & Winnemem Wintu Tribe vs Siskiyou County & Crystal Geyser
The Crystal Geyser bottling facility project Environmental Impact Report
was approved by Siskiyou County on December 12, 2017 without any upper
limit on the amount of water Crystal Geyser may pump out of the ground and
with a faulty and inadequate environmental review of water supply, water
quality, traffic, noise, hazards and hazardous materials, air quality, climate
change, aesthetics, light and glare, and land use.
They also inappropriately stopped the AB52 consultation with the Winnemem Wintu Tribe. In doing so the County violated fundamental mandates of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and its own land use plans and ordinances forcing W.A.T.E.R. and the Tribe to sue to protect the water, the community and neighboring homeowners located in the Gateway Neighborhood Association.
This is the first of two courts cases. The second case against the City of Mt. Shasta is scheduled for June 7th, same time and place.
2019 New Moon Ceremonies
Monthly at 7:30 at Cesar Chavez Park in Berkeley California
January New Moon -5th
February New Moon -4th
March New Moon -6th
April New Moon -4th**
May New Moon -4th
June New Moon -3rd
--First July New Moon -2nd--
--Second July New Moon -31st--
August New Moon -30th
September New Moon -28th
October New Moon -27th
November New Moon -26th
December New Moon -25th
**changed from earlier schedule
We call upon our sisters and their allies around the world to gather together on each new moon to pray for the sacred system of life, guidance and wisdom." These words come from the historic Indigenous Women of the Americas - Defending Mother Earth Treaty Compact of 2015, which was signed on the day of the fourth Blood Moon, the Harvest Moon and the total eclipse
on Sunday, September 27, 2015 on Lenape Territory in New York City.
You are invited to join us in this prayer from wherever you are on Mother Earth's belly. In the San Francisco Bay Area, we will be meeting on the shoreline of Berkeley, California at Cesar Chavez Park, right at the end of the road where the parking circle is, at the waterfront. Feel free to bring some water from your watershed or a favorite place to share with the waters of the bay. We will have prayers for the water and prayers for guidance as we work together as defenders and protectors of Mother Earth.