Dear friends and allies,
Chevron Corporation has committed unspeakable human rights crimes and environmental devastation against Ecuadorean Indigenous peoples and the Amazon rainforest. So far they have gotten away with it.
Recent developments in the over 20 years legal battle make this a critical time. On December 11th, the Supreme Court of Canada held a hearing related to the case against Chevron Corporation and the Indigenous plaintiffs and a final ruling is expecting this fall 2015.
*On Thursday, April 15th, we will host a workshop in order to provide an update about the current legal case in Canada, the recent victory at the Hague Court and also to share information about the CARAVAN to Washington DC, leaving from Toronto on April 20th, 2015 at 10 AM, meeting place to TBA soon.
Our April 15th event will feature contributions from
- Santiago Escobar, an Ecuadorian human rights and environmental activist based out Oakville.
- Kanenhariyo, a Kanyenkehaka (Mohawk) man of the Tehanakarineh family of the bear clan who currently lives in Six Nations.
- Derik Chica, an educator and activist based in Toronto.
- Melissa Elliott, a Tuscarora women from the Six Nations community who has been active in organizing against Line 9 and the expansion of the Alberta Tar Sands.
If you would like to join the Solidarity Caravan to Washington DC, we will leave from Toronto on April 20, 2015 at 10 am. We will return on April 21 at 9:00 pm. In Washington we will gather with thousands of activists, indigenous people, migrants, union leaders, scholars and community members at Edgar R Murrow Park.
On the evening of April 20 we will attend a panel discussion on the recent victory at the Hague in Ecuador’s lawsuit against Chevron, with Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Indigenous Guatemalan woman, activist & politician, 1992 Nobel Peace Prize winner, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and the 1998 recipient of the Prince of Asturias Award. To book a space with the Caravan, contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us in Solidarity Support
Many groups have already endorsed and participated in our successful workshop model including: UFCW Canada, CUPE Ontario, OSSTF, the People's Social Forum, Canadian Federation of Students, Law Union of Ontario and the Two Row Society among other organizations and grassroots collectives. Book your workshop today.
The arbitration tribunal from The Hague, Nederland will meet in Washington DC to gather more information on the arbitration between Ecuador VS Chevron. Through the tribunal Chevron is seeking to have the Ecuadorian government pay the Indigenous communities rather than make reparations themselves.
Therefore, we are asking for your endorsement and support. Below is some background and outline of this precedent setting legal situation.
You can support this campaign by:
- Endorsing personally or through your organization.
- Joining us and travel to Washington, DC for April 20th.
- Donating to support the campaign and cover expenses to travel to Washington, DC.
Signing up for our newsletter and promoting the campaign through your own networks (Facebook, Twitter, Email, etc.)
Justice for these communities is long overdue and reparation of the damage in the Amazon is urgent. Please support the “Chevron’s Dirty Hand” campaign and stay in touch.
Committee in Solidarity with the Affected Communities by Chevron in Ecuador
Short Documentary made by Chevron’s Dirty Hand campaign about Chevron's legacy of pollution and death in Ecuador:
Background information can be found here.
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