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Standing with Standing Rock to Standing with the Sapara
December 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
“The existence of our people is in grave danger. We have resolved in multiple assemblies, congresses, and indigenous declarations that we don’t want extractive industry like oil exploitation in our territory.” -Gloria Ushigua Santi
Maria Dorsey will be sharing her stories of Standing Rock and the work of the Sapara people in the Amazon, in the most biodiverse area in the world, tying together the relativity we share with people the world over fighting to protect the sacred. She will be sharing songs and poetry as well as her own personal journey back to the continent she was born on.
Gloria Ushigua Santi, the focus of the evening’s fundraising and discussion, is a woman’s leader and coordinator of Ashinwaka, Sapara Women’s Association. The Sapara territory is located in the Pastaza Province of Ecuador. She has testified in front of the United Nations and most recently hand delivered a letter to the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco, outlining the demand by the Sapara people to cease and desist all plans for exploration and exploitation of their territory by Andes Petroleum and the Chinese oil interests that have been sold her peoples territory. She has been tirelessly fighting with and for her tribe’s right to their territory, their right to clean water, air and land. I will share some stories about Gloria and the work she is doing every day. ALL donations received will be given to Gloria in December when Maria goes to visit her.
There will be prints for sale of multiple paintings by Maria. She is splitting 80% of the proceeds of each print ordered that night with Gloria Ushigua. (View at Maria Dorsey Art)
Fellowship and discussion to follow.
María Dorsey is an Oakland based artist and activist in the California Bay Area working with Idle No More SF Bay and a volunteer with Amazon Watch, standing firmly to speak strongly about the crisis we find ourselves in as a planet and species on our Mother Earth. She believes fiercely that we all deserve human rights and equality is multiple capacities, and this is reflected often in her pieces. She spent three weeks at Oceti Sakowin working with the Healers and Medic tent for an assortment of needs, including massage, bodywork, basic triage and dishes!
A very big loving thank you to Gloria Ushigua Santi for trusting others with her people’s voice as well and to Nafsi Ya Jamii for hosting this presentation.
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