A message from The Rainforest Foundation US 12/10/19
The drive-by shooting this weekend of two Guajajara Indigenous leaders on a lonesome road in Brazil by unknown assailants has gone largely unreported.
But the murder of the environmental defenders, Firmino and Raimundo Guajajara, (and a third one, Paulo Paulino Guajajara, who was killed a little over a month ago) is of profound importance to the long-term survival of the Amazon and, by extension, the world’s ability to manage the worst impacts of the climate crisis.
Linking the murder with the climate crisis may sound like an exaggeration until you consider the fact that scientists agree that saving the Amazon is critical to humanity’s ability to survive the worst impacts of global warming.
The statement is even less of an exaggeration when you realize that forests that are owned and managed by Indigenous Peoples experience less deforestation and boast greater biodiversity than even national parks.
A global pattern of abuse against environmental defenders:
Unfortunately, the murders of Firminio, Raimundo, and Paulo Paulino Guajajara represent probably only a small fraction of the violence perpetrated against environmental defenders across the Amazon this year. According to Global Witness, 164 environmental defenders were murdered across the globe in 2018 and about a third of these occurred in the Amazon.
Currently, the persecution and intimidation of Indigenous Peoples is worse in Brazil where President Jair Bolsonaro has publicly supported the invasion of Indigenous lands for “more productive uses” and called for the “assimilation” of Indigenous Peoples into mainstream Brazilian culture.
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"If you want to see the world’s climate changing, fly over a tropical country. Thirty years ago, a wide belt of rainforest circled the earth, covering much of Latin America, south-east Asia and Africa. Today, it is being rapidly replaced by great swathes of palm oil trees and rubber plantations, land cleared for cattle grazing, soya farming, expanding cities, dams and logging." The Guardian Feb. 2018
"We are destroying rainforests so quickly they may be gone in 100 years." John Vidal the Guardian's environment editor
I was fortunate to have been in a school district that had outstanding bands led by music directors John R. Bain, Brewer Jr. High and Harold Collyer, Brewer High. Together they developed the White Settlement Tx schools' music programs into a national awards winning high school band in the 1960's and that tradition is still carried on today. The Texas Twisters group (above center) was the first combo formed by David Hughes along with several other members of the Brewer Jr. High School Band at White Settlement, Tx in 1964. They performed mostly 50's popular music at local school and community functions but were not part of any official school program. Uniforms were custom turquoise vests (made by member Dwain Barker's mother), western tie with Texas on it, white shirt and pants. L-R back: Larry Tidwell on Sousaphone (later with The Outlanders on Bass Guitar), David Hughes (later in the Outlanders on guitar) & Gary Reese on Trumpet, Gary Otwell on Baritone (later in the Outlanders on drums) and John Boshers on Drums. Middle: Dwain Barker, Gerald Richardson and Mike Williams on Trombone. Front: Tommy Flanagan and Gene Parish on Saxophone. drh
THE OUTLANDERS from WHITE SETTLEMENT, TEXAS was formed in 1966 during the members' high school years. The group, shown in the picture above consisted of (Left to Right) David Hughes, Gary Otwell, Howard Hughes and Gary Archa. In 1967 Howard left the group and Larry Tidwell was added on Bass Guitar. They performed at local dances , parties and Battle of the Bands, Their music consisted of songs by the Rolling Stones, Tommy James, The Beatles, Sam the Sham, The Troggs, Johnny Rivers, Chuck Berry,, The Beach Boys, The Turtles, Paul Revere and The Raiders, The Monkees, The Animals, The Ventures , The Safaris, etc., etc. drh