Over Five Hundred Indigenous Women of the Amazon and Allies March for Climate Justice, Indigenous Rights on International Women’s Day

Photo Credits: Mike Reich / Pachamama Alliance 

Puyo, Ecuador – In recognition of International Women’s Day, Indigenous Amazonian women leaders of seven nationalities including: Andoa, Achuar, Kichwa, Shuar, Shiwiar, Sapara and Waorani nations and their international allies took action in Puyo, Ecuador, in a forum and march in defense of the Amazon, Mother Earth and for climate justice. Specifically, they came together to denounce a newly signed oil contract between the Ecuadorian government and Chinese oil corporation Andes Petroleum.

By plane, foot, canoe, and bus, some five hundred women mobilized from deep in their rainforest territories and nearby provinces marching through the streets of the Amazon jungle town of Puyo.

Chanting, “Defend the forest, don’t sell it!” and carrying signs reading “No more persecution against women defenders of Mother Earth,” the march culminated in a rally in which each nationality denounced the new oil threat and shared traditional songs and ceremonies. The women spoke of other methods for protecting and defending the Amazon and its vital living systems, making it known that the women of the Amazon are not just victims of environmental and cultural genocide, but rather are vital solution bearers.

In addition to highlighting the grave social and ecologic implications of this new contract and the Ecuadorian government’s plans to tender several more oil blocks in the pristine, roadless southern Amazon, the women and allies brought light to their struggles and the ongoing criminalization faced as they stand to protect and defend their territories and lifeways based upon living in harmony with the natural world. A tribute was held in honor of Berta Caceres, the Honduran Indigenous environmental leader who was killed last week for her years of work defending rights and territories from privatization, plantations, and most recently, a dam project.

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The Painted Heel Project 

This is a project that I started earlier this year that I am so happy to be able to share with you all this week.

The Painted Heel Project is a collaborative art and service project aimed at raising awareness of the history of violence that trans women have faced. To do so, students in the Wilson High School GSA have painted heels inspired by murdered trans women.

Each student in the club received a picture and description of a trans woman who lost her life to violence; some students chose to conduct further research on the women. On Wednesday, November 11th, students used various art supplies, such as flowers, spray paint, ribbon and glitter to decorate and paint a high-heel shoe inspired by the trans woman’s picture and description. These shoes are on display until Friday, which is Transgender Day of Remembrance. On that day students will carry the heels to a memorial service being held inside the school for deceased trans women.

After the memorial service on the 20th, the heels will be put in display cases and auctioned off on Ebay, and 100% of the proceeds received by the club will go to the Transgender Law Center to help improve the lives of trans people everywhere. 

I am the president of the GSA, and it would really mean a lot to me and the club if you guys could check out our website, click through the links to research the women who the project is focused on and support the project! Check the website after the 20th for purchasing information and follow us on Twitter @GSAbulldogs to stay up to date on the project and see more pictures (and find out more about purchasing a heel)!

Thank you :)


[Chicago IL USA]: Come celebrate Bi Pride with with Bisexual Queer Alliance Chicago!! This year we will be having two separate events:

  1. The Celebrate Bisexuality Party, being held on Sunday, September 21st from 5pm-9pm at the Center on Halsted on the third floor. The night will consist of live performances in the theater and in between acts feel free to party out in the reception area that will have a bar and a DJ! A $10 ticket may be purchased at the door which include a free drink ticket.
  2. Celebrate Bisexuality Day, a panel discussion being held on Tuesday, Sept. 23rd from 7pm-9pm at Center on Halsted in the Sage Center.

You won’t want to miss out!