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RESOURCES, AND RESISTANCE�
Indigenous Movements in South America and the
Fight Against Big Oil
Macas, President of CONAIE (Confederation of Indigenous
of Ecuador), former
presidential candidate of Ecuador,
and Goldman Environmental Prize Winner (1994)
Fajardo, Trial Attorney, Aguinda v. ChevronTexaco
Donziger, Trial Attorney, Aguinda v. ChevronTexaco
Rainforest Action Network, Global
Amnesty International, Center for Justice and Accountability,
us for an evening event to meet Dr. Macas and Mr. Donziger to hear first-hand
about the rising popular indigenous movement in South
America and the culmination of the landmark trial against Chevron
and light hors d�vours will be served.
more information, contact: Zachary Hurwitz, 415.487.9600 zach@...
Amazon Watch Speaking Event*
- 8:00 PM Tuesday 24 April, 2007
World Affairs Center
312 Sutter Street #200
San Francisco, CA 94108
LUIS MACAS (Saraguro) is a renowned leader in Ecuador and is President of the
influential national indigenous organization, CONAIE. Dr. Macas has been
instrumental in leading Indigenous peoples in Ecuador in their struggle for human
rights, the environment, and the fight to recoup their lands and rescue their
languages and cultures. CONAIE is well known for its popular uprisings that ousted
several governments, won critical land rights and titles, and shaped government
policy against neoliberal reforms and U.S.
military intervention in Ecuador
and South America.
FAJARDO is the lead attorney representing the affected peoples' communities
in the historic trial against Chevron in Ecuador. A long-time rainforest
resident, Fajardo worked as a manual laborer in the forest and oil fields,
putting himself through night school and ultimately law school against all
odds. His first-hand knowledge of the affected region and the health and
environmental problems resulting from Chevron's years of toxic dumping have
made him a powerful voice in the courtroom.
was recently featured in Vanity Fair's May 2007 "Green Issue" for his
leading role in the "David and Goliath" struggle for justice against
the California-based oil giant.
DONZIGER, a graduate of Harvard
is an attorney based in New York
who practices in the areas of criminal defense, class action litigation, and
international human rights law. Mr. Donziger is currently part of a team of
trial lawyers representing several indigenous groups in the
Amazon who are suing Chevron for clean-up of what is widely considered to be
the worst oil-related environmental catastrophe in the world; the trial, Aguinda
is entering its fourth year.
is currently a defendant in an historic trial in
for having deliberately dumped 18.5 billion gallons of toxic waste directly
into the rainforest, threatening the survival of indigenous peoples and leaving
behind what is likely the worst oil-related disaster on the planet. Filed on behalf of 30,000 indigenous and campesino
people from the Ecuadorian Amazon, the lawsuit has the
potential to set a precedent that could benefit millions of persons worldwide victimized
by human rights abuses committed by private companies. The case implicates
important issues of globalization, indigenous rights, and corporate
responsibility. Entering its final phase, a decision in the landmark case is
expected in 2008. CONAIE recently called for a criminal investigation of
Chevron for allegedly defrauding Ecuador�s government during a botched
environmental remediation of contaminated sites in the country�s northern
Amazon. The toxic contamination resulting from Texaco�s operations is 30 times
larger than the ExxonValdez oil spill.
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