21 Jul 2009

First hand report on the massacre at Bagua in DC today!

Apologies to readers from Wokingham, etc....for those on the east side get along to this important meeting and raise the demand for freedom and good health for Santiago Manuin.

A first hand report on the Peru massacre of Bagua and the ongoing Indigenous movements in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador
North American Indigenous leaders will give a first hand report on the Peru massacre of Bagua and the Indigenous movements in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador in their struggle against U.S. trade policies.
Please join us for this informative public event with Indigenous leaders and activists reporting on the current Indigenous movements in Peru, and with comments on the ongoing Indigenous movements in Ecuador and Bolivia, and their struggle against the United States trade policies. A first hand report from leaders who visited Peru recently will be shared.

Tuesday July 21, 2009
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Amazon Watch
1350 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: 202-785-3962
Dupont Circle Metro station - red line


Tupac Enrique Acosta Yaotachcauh Tlahtokan Nahuacalli, General Coordinator and Director of the Nahuacalli, Embassy of Indigenous Peoples in Phoenix, Arizona. Tupac has represented the Izkalotlan Pueblo of Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and he was a spokesman within the Continental Confederation of the Eagle and the Condor of Abya Yala, last May 2009 in Puno, Peru. Acosta has traveled over the past year to Colombia, Peru, and recently to Ecuador, in solidarity and response to the situation facing the Nations and Pueblos of Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon in those countries. The Nahuacalli is a project of the indigenous peoples community development organization TONATIERRA in Phoenix, Arizona.

Ben Powless is a Mohawk activist and independent photojournalist from Six Nations in Ontario. Powless’ work focuses on national and international issues involving indigenous rights, human rights and their environmental protection. He is currently studying at Carleton University in Ottawa, after spending a year in an international exchange program, between Alberta and Mexico. He was recently in Peru when the Bagua attacks occurred, and he traveled to the affected area interviewing witnesses, taking photographs and writing articles that have been published worldwide. Bowless is heavily involved with the Indigenous Environmental Network, having represented them at various international events, most recently at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's High-Level Conference on World Food Security, Climate Change and Bioenergy. He also sits on the board of the National Council for the Canadian Environmental Network, is on the Youth Advisory Group to the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.

Carlos A. Quiroz is an activist, video blogger, writer and artist from Peru, of Indigenous Muchik and Quechua heritage, he is being blogging about Peru’s Indigenous movements and trade policies since 2007 and he was part of an international movement of solidarity with the Native peoples of Peru before, during and after the Bagua massacre. His blog Peruanista focuses on identity, racism, discrimination and human rights in Peru and the Abya Yala (Americas) continent. Quiroz has participated at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and his articles and collaborations have been published by The Huffington Post, Ground Report, The Washington Post, The Gazette, La Republica, among others. His work also involves immigrants’ rights and educational programs, as well as equality rights in the U.S.

Fritz Gutwein, The Quixote Center, fritzg@quixote.org
Carlos A. Quiroz, qc.carlos@gmail.com

This is from Carlos's blog at

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