In opposition to PL191, a government bill in Congress that would allow mining and extractive industries on their reservations, 8,000 people representing more than 200 Indigenous nations from many regions of the country are gathered in Brasília for the Free Land Camp mobilization and 10 days of action in support of the Indigenous rights guaranteed in the Constitution.
The Free Land Camp (ATL) will take place from April 4-14, 2022, in Brasília.
Lawmakers in the lower house of Congress allied to the government are pushing through Bill 191 by using the argument that it is urgently needed to extract potash for fertilizer for Brazil’s grain crops that previously depended on imports from Ukraine, now disrupted by the war. However, Brazil’s potash reserves are located outside of Indigenous territories and the Bolsonaro government’s real intention is to allow gold mining and other extractive industries in Indigenous lands.
Sônia Guajajara is head of the country’s main indigenous organization, the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples (APIB) that represents most of Brazil’s 900,000 indigenous people.
Guajajara asserts that « We need to increase our voices in Congress! » Currently, there is only one indigenous representative, Congresswoman Joenia Wapichana. APIB is campaigning to have more indigenous people elected to Congress in the general election later this year.
One of the best ways to help preserve the Amazon Rainforest is to directly help the Indigenous peoples who are protecting it!
Please join me in supporting the Apib, the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil.
They do far more than just petition governments who are benefitting financially from the ongoing destruction. Apib is assisting Indigenous communities address ongoing health issues and, with Indigenous lawyers, they are taking the Brazilian government to court!
Here’s information about the Apib in English, Portuguese and Spanish:
Please donate here if you’d like to:https://apiboficial.org/apoie/?lang=en
Additional information on Indigenous mobilization is here: