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The Amazon: Crowd-funding Campaign for Justice for the Munduruku

Published on: Wed Dec 10, 2014
Author: Nayana Fernandez
The Amazon: Crowd-funding Campaign for Justice for the Munduruku

The documentary film made by LAB editors Nayana Fernandez and Sue Branford has led directly to a crowd-funding initiative, to support the Munduruku Indians in defending their sacred territory in the Amazon Rainforest, and hence  their way of life. Here are the details. You can access the campaign to support or donate here. Help the Munduruku Indians on their struggle for respect of the Indigenous rights. You can read the proposal in Portuguese here.   The Brazilian government is embarking on…

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FIRST OPEN LETTER ON THE SELF-PROCLAMATION OF DAJE KAPAP EYPI INDIGENOUS TERRITORY

Published on: Wed Nov 19, 2014
Author: Munduruku People from Sawré Muybu village, Brazilian Amazon Forest
FIRST OPEN LETTER ON THE SELF-PROCLAMATION OF DAJE KAPAP EYPI INDIGENOUS TERRITORY

[English translation follows] Photo by Larissa Saud Sawré Muybu Village, Brazil November 17, 2014 Our elders told us that the anteater is calm and quiet, keeping to itself and troubling no one – but that when it is threatened, its embrace and claws are deadly. This is our way: quiet, calm, like the anteater. But the government is disturbing our peace; the government is meddling with Mother Earth, our wife. Today, the 17th of November, marks three months since our meeting with the national…

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Amazon Film Festival: Weaving Resistance with the Munduruku

Published on: Tue Jul 8, 2014
Author: Nayana Fernandez
Amazon Film Festival: Weaving Resistance with the Munduruku

The film is being previewed in London on Friday July 11, as part of the First Amazon Film Festival. In September 2013 LAB editors Sue Branford and Nayana Fernandez visited Jacareacanga on the Tapajós river where in June Munduruku Indians had briefly taken three scientists hostage, accusing the government of failing to consult the local population before carrying out 'biological' studies in preparation for building hydro-electric dams on the river. If built, the dams will have a huge impact on water…

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Brazilian Favelas: 'I Died In The Mare'

Published on: Tue Mar 25, 2014
Author: Huffington Post (Recommended by Nayana Fernandez)
Brazilian Favelas: 'I Died In The Mare'

This article appeared on Huffington Post. Children growing up in Mare favela, one of the most dangerous slums in Brazil's Rio, have seen appalling violence. The cluster of 16 neighborhoods that is home to some 130,000 people is notoriously dangerous, a center of gang gang rivalries and repeated invasions by military and civil police. "I died in the Mare," a new documentary by Marie Naudascher and Patrick Vanier, follows the children of the Mare favela as they struggle to cope with events that are…

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The Zapatistas: learning their philosophy and practice

Published on: Tue Mar 25, 2014
Author: John Ahni Schertow / Global Voices (Recommended by Nayana Fernandez)
The Zapatistas: learning their philosophy and practice

This article, by John Ahni Schertow, was first Published on Global Voices on March 17, 2014. Put on your thinking caps because the first of four Zapatista textbooks from last year’s widely popular escuelita (little school) have been translated to English.For those who are not yet familiar, the Zapatista Escuelita (Zapatista little school), brought 1630 students from around the world to learn what it really means to be Zapatista. Contrary to what some might believe, there’s a lot more to the Zapatista…

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