The Amazon is not for Sale.
Respect Indigenous Rights
Indigenous people and allies across the Americas are strongly opposed to Brasilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s actions to eliminate the rights and commit genocide of indigenous people while opening up the Amazon to corporate interests. Brasil Solidarity Network (BSN) has been organizing rallies at the Brasilian Consulate in San Francisco to stand up to Bolsonaro’s policies and to lift up the harms to Indigenous people, marginalized communities and the Amazon. Idle No More SF Bay and local signatories on the Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth Treaty are collaborating on this action which is the Solstice obligation of the Treaty. We invite you to join us.
This action will include speakers, music and the creation of a mural in front of the Brasilian Consulate. You are invited to bring musical instruments, handmade banners and your open heart. Organizers do not expect arrests, but we encourage everyone to attend a training on nonviolent civil disobedience. These trainings also share the many supporting roles that one can take other than risking arrest.
We stand together for our relatives in Brasil, including our non-human relatives in the Amazon. We stand for the Amazon, Indigenous rights, human rights, the rights of nature, and against violence toward the sacred system of life which includes humanity.
We invite you to stand with us for clean air, water, soil, a survivable climate and a safe, healthy future for life in perpetuity. There is no ending time for this event.
Why action & solidarity is needed:
Bolsonaro has stated plans to identify rights activists as terrorists. This includes allies as well as indigenous peoples standing up for their sovereign rights in territory that has been theirs for as long as the Amazon has had guardians. Brasil is currently considered the deadliest country for environmental activists.
Bolsonaro is openly racist against black people, and indigenous people. Saying both “It's a shame that the Brasilian cavalry wasn't as efficient as the Americans, who exterminated their Indians" and that "They don't do anything. I don't think they're even good for procreation anymore" referring to the descendants of the African slaves.
Bolsonaro supports militarizing the government towards a fascist dictatorship. He is a firm supporter of violent torture and claims that the people of Brasil support his stance.
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 Alves’ 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”. (naaju.com 1) 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 agriculture. Bolsonaro gave MAPA the power to remove Indigenous people from their ancestral territory in order to support corporations moving in to clear land for cattle and agriculture, as well as mining.
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.
Some of the demands from the TERRA LIVRE CAMP: (At the Consulate rally in April we stood in solidarity with the Terra Livre camp in Brasil where thousands of indigenous people gathered to assert their rights and mobilize.)
1. Demarcation of all indigenous territory
2. Remove the power of demarcation from Ministry of Ag and return it to FUNAI
3. That uncontacted tribes remain uncontacted.
4. Reinstate Indigenous Health Subsystem
5. Improvements in the indigenous education system
6. Implementation of social programs to guarantee indigenous food sovereignty, multiple modes of production, and their well-being.
7. End violence, criminalization and discrimination against indigenous people and leadership.
8. Ensure the punishment of those responsible (see 7) redressing the damages caused and the commitment of government bodies to protect indigenous lives.
On May 9th Brazilian lawmakers voted to reverse Bolsonaro’s executive order (MP870) give the Ministry of Agriculture the power to demarcate indigenous and Quilombola territory lines and returns this power to FUNAI (National Indian Foundation) while simultaneously voting for the reinstatement of FUNAI which had been dissolved under the same order.
*1 https://naaju.com/brazil/damares-alves-establishes-ngo-accused-of-child-trafficking *
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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.