“We are either going to have a future where women lead the way to make peace with the Earth or we are not going to have a human future at all.” ~ Vandana Shiva (one of the keynote speakers at the Earth At Risk 2014 Conference this November 22-23, San Francisco).
Tuira Kayapo’ is an indigenous Elder Warrior mother who showed the world what happens when women take charge of their Power. She walked into the 1989 Altamira Gathering in Brazil against the construction of Dams in the Xingu, in her war paint, naked and carrying a large machete.
She then walked up to the President of Brazil’s electric company, Petrobras, and running the blade of her machete three times over his cheeks, proclaimed his act on her people and on the entire Amazon as an act of war. She then stated in Kayapo’… “You are a liar – We do not need electricity. Electricity is not going to give us our food. We need our rivers to flow freely: our future depends on it. We need our jungles for hunting and gathering. We do not need your dam.”
Everyone stood in absolute awe at her audacity, especially the President of Petrobras who looked quite afraid.
Deep Green Resistance is organizing in Brazil!
DGR stands in solidarity with women, particularly elder women of color who are multiply oppressed by ecocide, misogyny, and poverty and whose voices of fierce self-defense and biocentric sensibility need to be listened to, honored, and celebrated. We are a social justice environmental organization that aims to amplify the voices of the oppressed, marginalized, and disenfranchised. We do this through supporting safe spaces for the oppressed to gather and organize exclusively in such groups as the DGR POC Caucus, Women’s Caucus, LGB Caucus, and Elders Caucus.
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