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Help Save Yasuni Park … Protect the rainforest ~~ News

Amazon Watch Supports the Call to Save Yasuní, the Last Wonder of the Amazon!

Save Yasuní, the Last Wonder of the Amazon!

Sign the petition to #SaveYasuniNow – the most biodiverse part of the Amazon. Join the fight. Protect the rainforest.

Supporting Indigenous Peoples. Protecting the Amazon.


Amazon Watch 2/17/2014

Gas Company To Drill in Manu National Park Buffer Zone, Imperiling Indigenous People

February 4, 2014 | David Hill | Source: Mongabay.com

Map of gas operations in the KNN Territorial Reserve and Manu Buffer Area. Map credit: David Hill


Map of gas operations in the KNN Territorial Reserve and Manu Buffer Area. Map credit: David Hill

The Peruvian government has approved plans for gas company Pluspetrol to move deeper into a supposedly protected reserve for indigenous peoples and the buffer zone of the Manu National Park in the Amazon rainforest.

The approval follows the government rescinding a highly critical report on the potential impacts of the operations by the Culture Ministry (MINCU), the resignation of the Culture Minister and other Ministry personnel, and repeated criticism from Peruvian and international civil society.

A subsequent report by MINCU requested that Pluspetrol abandon plans to conduct seismic tests in one small part of the reserve because of the “possible presence of [indigenous] people in isolation,” but didn’t object to tests across a much wider area. In addition to the seismic tests, the planned operations include building a 10.5km flow-line and drilling 18 exploratory wells at six locations—all of them in the reserve which lies immediately to the west of the Manu National Park and acts as part of its buffer zone.

The government approved the plans on January 27th when the Energy Ministry issued a resolution on the operation’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), written by Pluspetrol together with consultancy Environmental Resources Management.

The decision was swiftly condemned by AIDESEP. The national indigenous organization accused the government and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), which has played a key role in gas operations in that region to date, of violating their commitments.

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Canada Orders Enforcement Action to Proceed Against Chevron in Ecuador Pollution Case

Toronto, Canada – Indigenous and farmer communities in Ecuador scored a major victory over Chevron today when an Ontario appeals court ruled they have the right to pursue enforcement of a $9.5 billion Ecuadorian court judgment against Chevron’s assets in Canada.

The court also ordered Chevron’s two Canadian subsidiaries to pay $100,000 in costs to the Ecuadorians.

“After all these years, the Ecuadorian plaintiffs deserve to have the recognition and enforcement of the Ecuadorian judgment heard in an appropriate jurisdiction,” said the decision issued by a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeal of Ontario.  “At this juncture, Ontario is that jurisdiction.”

The decision, a copy of which is here, was lauded by the leaders of the Ecuadorian communities and their lawyers.

“This order will allow us the opportunity to hold Chevron accountable for fleeing the scene of its environmental crimes in Ecuador after a valid judgment was entered against it,” said Pablo Fajardo, the lead Ecuadorian lawyer for the villagers.

Humberto Piaguaje, a Secoya indigenous leader who is the director of the Assembly of Affected Communities, said: “This decision is momentous.  It proves Chevron cannot hide behind legal technicalities to avoid justice.”

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The 594 Campaign


It’s been nearly a year and a half since the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary — and unfortunately, there has been nearly one school shooting per week since then.

Join Carlee Soto at the 594 Campaign

Despite the enormity of that event and the daily incidents of gun violence, the politicians in Olympia and Washington, D.C. have failed to take real action to reduce gun violence. But we stepped up and this November, Washington voters will vote on a simple, commonsense reform that will make us all safer.

To defeat the gun lobby’s massive political money machine, we’re going to need to organize neighbor to neighbor, street by street, and workplace by workplace.

Now is the time to kick off our campaign to Vote Yes on 594 — won’t you join us on M‌on‌d‌ay, Ju‌ne 2n‌d?

Click here to RSVP for our campaign kickoff event!

We’re extremely honored that Carlee Soto, whose sister Victoria was killed protecting her students at Sandy Hook, has agreed to join us and help us begin this very important campaign, and share her inspiring story.

We can defeat the gun lobby.

We will make Washington safer for all our families.

I hope you can join us — here’s the info:

Mon‌da‌y, Ju‌ne 2nd at 1‌2:0‌0 p.m.
The Wes‌tin Hotel
19‌00 5‌th Ave., Sea‌ttle

Click here to RSVP Today.

A donation will be requested during the program.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Tessa McClellan at 20‌6.3‌28.29‌69 or tessa@newmanpartners.com.

Thank you for everything so far — I look forward to working with you as we enter this new phase of the campaign.

Talk to you soon,

Tracy Newman
Finance Director
WA Alliance for Gun Responsibility


I was arrested and I would do it again

immigrationTwo weeks ago I told you why I am fighting for immigration reform that keeps families together. I told you how I was tired of seeing my family struggle to survive and live under the shadows of our broken system. I knew that I had to do everything I could – and two weeks ago, I did just that by protesting right outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Along with eleven other youth activists, we marched and sat down in the middle of the street, blocking traffic until we were arrested. It was pouring rain but it didn’t matter. It was a necessary step for me and our movement. Now it’s your turn — will you take action to stand up for reform?

Now that I am back home, this experience has given me greater insight and motivation to keep working. I am not afraid anymore and I know now that I can play a real role in this fight. My actions reaffirmed to me that I cannot stop caring for this movement, even for a second. My future is on the line and so is my family’s future, along with thousands of other families who are suffering now and will continue to suffer as long as deportations continue and mothers, fathers, and children do not have citizenship.

Send a message to House leaders: we want reform now!

We all have a role to play, whether you are an undocumented immigrant or a US citizen, a revolutionary or just an “average Joe.” This struggle is personal. It touches every one of us, but unless we are moved to act together, we will fail. Will you take action for reform?

It has been 322 days since a bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform bill passed in the Senate. In that same amount of time, the US House of Representatives has done nothing to move that bill, or any other type of reform forward. Now is the time when our movement has to give it all we’ve got, or we risk losing everything we have worked so hard to build.

Congress is on recess this week, but we can’t let them take a break until they do real work on immigration reform. Let’s make sure key members of Congress hear our demands for immigration reform now. Take action and call key members of Congress now!

In solidarity,

We build big things ~~ Vice President Joe Biden

The White House, Washington

Here’s what I saw in Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood today:

I saw a community coming together to replace an obsolete old train station with a new, energy-efficient one that connects two high-employment areas.

Yesterday, in St. Louis, I saw the construction of a land bridge that’s designed to let residents and tourists better access the city’s famous Archway.

Our infrastructure projects — the roads we pave, the tracks we lay down, the bridges we build — they bring out the best of us as a country. We build big things. It’s our history.

That happened because our Administration took steps to expedite the permitting process for these kinds of projects. And today, we announced that we’re doing the same thing for 11 more accelerated projects — from Boston’s South Station to the Pensacola Bay Bridge.

But there’s more that’s got to be done to make sure this country’s infrastructure projects get the funding they need. That’s something only Congress can do, and they’re running out of time to do it.

Take a look at exactly what that means for millions of Americans — and if you don’t think enough folks realize what’s happening here, then pass this on.

If our Congress doesn’t act soon, the funding that pays for our transportation projects will run out. The Department of Transportation won’t have a dime to go toward more than 112,000 projects happening around the country. Nearly 700,000 good jobs would be at risk. And some states are already slowing down projects because they’re anticipating this inaction.

Think about that for a second.

These states are putting American jobs on the line because they’re actually expecting their legislators to refuse to do their jobs.

It shouldn’t be that way, and you can play a role in changing it by making sure everyone knows what’s going on and what it means.

Learn more about the infrastructure problem we’ve got in this country right now — and how the President’s proposing to fix it.


Vice President Joe Biden