Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

November 13, 2019

Bioneers: Watch Videos of Keynote Speakers 2019

By Brenda Norrell
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SAN RAFAEL, Calif. -- The Bioneers think tank keynote speaker videos are now available. Ponca Casey Camp-Horinek was among the powerful women speakers, speaking on topics as diverse and as interconnected as remembering our mothers; revolutionary love, and clean air in Mississippi.
The powerful women speakers include the CEO of Mother Jones, the founder of Revolutionary Love and the author of Vagina Monologues.

The topics range from democracy to climate change and the defense of the Amazon.
Casey spoke on the Rights of Nature and destruction by the fossil fuel industry during her keynote address. During the three days of keynote addresses, Indigenous organizers thanked the hundreds of Native Americans attending, and the 59 Native presenters.

Watch videos now at

In a memorable talk, Bioneers co-founder Nina Simons remembered
her own mother with words of tenderness, love and beauty.

Valarie Kaur's keynote address is 'Breathe, Push, The Labor of Revolutionary Love'.
Valarie's life was changed when her Sikh uncle was murdered in Mesa, Arizona because he was wearing a turban. She speaks on love and understanding the perpetrator.

Utah nature author Terry Tempest Williams spoke on
'Erosion,' and shared words from Navajos, along with
facts that the canyon rocks have a heartbeat.
Moving Past Stereotypes: Climate Action IS the Social
 Justice Issue of Our Time | Heather McTeer Toney
Heather gave a passionate talk on what is happening
in Mississippi.

Monika Bauerlein is the groundbreaking CEO
and former Co-Editor of 
Mother Jones, which since 1976
has stood among the world’s premier progressive
investigative journalism news organizations.

Eve Anser, 'The Alchemy of the Apology.'
Eve, the author of Vagina Monologues, shared how she was a victim of sexual abuse. 
Eve described the power of writing an apology to one's self when  
the perpetrator is unwilling, or unable to.

Amazon Watch's Leila Salazar Lopez at Bioneers, speaking on the fires and destruction of the Amazon: "A lot of people ask us, Well, who’s responsible? Who’s doing this? And it is the government. It is the Bolsonaro government. Let’s not make light of it. The Brazilian government has a policy, has not only the rhetoric but the policies to destroy the Amazon to make way for economic development, to make way for agribusiness, to make way for soy and cattle, to make way for mining. It is their policy to destroy the Amazon for economic development. So it’s not a mistake. It’s not a wildfire. It’s intentional and malicious, and destructive. And not only are they intentionally setting fire to the forest, but they’re also intentionally rolling back rights of Indigenous Peoples. The moment Bolsonaro got in office, he rolled back the rights of Indigenous Peoples, merged environmental and agribusiness ministries to intentionally destroy the lands and the rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Casey Camp Horinek's video and transcript by Bioneers.
"Rights of nature forces those who dare to harm ecosystems not just to pay for damages done but to ensure that the ecosystem, all life forms – water, air – must be allowed to thrive and evolve. And tribal rights of nature law is extremely exciting because the US federally recognized tribes are not like states, whose authority is underneath that of the federal government. They have a nation-to-nation relationship with the federal government which means that our nations have sovereign immunity. And what that means in regular terms is that if a tribe adopts rights of nature law and that law is challenged by, say, a transnational corporation wanting to frack, that the corporation can’t sue the tribe. [APPLAUSE] We’re ready to test it out."

1 comment:

Gregornot said...

Thanks for your dedication Brenda