“Get organized, get active, and join forces in defense of the Amazon and in defense of our future.”
Because “getting angry on social media is not enough” to put a stop to the fires and profit-driven policies ravaging the Amazon rainforest, thousands of people across six continents mobilized on Thursday to protest the destruction of the “lungs of the world” at the hands of far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and large multinational corporations.
“From Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia to San Francisco and Hong Kong, people across generations, backgrounds, and borders are expressing their outrage over the destructive fires and their solidarity with the determined efforts of indigenous peoples to defend the forest and our collective wellbeing,” said Christian Poirier, program director at Amazon Watch, which coordinated the global actions alongside the Association of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) and Extinction Rebellion.
The demonstrations, which spanned more than 20 countries, came as thousands of fires continued to devastate the Amazon rainforest. Many of the blazes were deliberately and illegally set by farmers, loggers, and ranchers who, according to critics, have been emboldened by Bolsonaro’s aggressive support for deforestation, which was accelerated rapidly during his time in office.
“Thousands of people around the world are mobilizing alongside Brazil’s resistance to the Bolsonaro regime,” said Poirier.
Frente a la Corte Constitucional de #ecuador para exigir el respeto de los derechos de los #PueblosIndígenas y de la #naturaleza.#ActForAmazonia #AmazonasEnLlamas #Sept5Act4Amazonia @WaoResistencia @confeniae1 @AmazonWatch pic.twitter.com/pgUkadWQeN
— Chevron Tóxico (@Chevron_Toxico) September 5, 2019
— AucklandPeaceAction (@AKPeaceAction) September 4, 2019
The industrial extraction that many governments of the Amazon region pursue negatively affects indigenous communities across the Amazon Basin, and indigenous communities in Ecuador are marching to demand respect for their rights AND sending support to indigenous people of Brazil. pic.twitter.com/WCo7HmWLIq
— AMAZON WATCH (@AmazonWatch) September 5, 2019
Demonstrators held a “die-in” outside the London offices of Blackrock, which a recent report described as the “world’s largest investor in deforestation.”
— XR Southwark 🌍 (@XRSouthwark) September 5, 2019
Outside the White House, protesters held signs that condemned U.S. President Donald Trump, Bolsonaro, and big business as “Amazon fire-starters.”
— Alex Segura (@_alexsegura_) September 5, 2019
Sônia Guajajara, executive coordinator at APIB, said to “address the scale of Amazon destruction we are witnessing,” people “must get organized, get active, and join forces in defense of the Amazon and in defense of our future.”
“We need to stop this absurdity,” said Guajajara.
‘Desperate’ Martha McSally blasted for shilling T-shirts in a ‘tone deaf’ attempt to capitalize on her ‘liberal hack’ outburst
In the wake of a deluge of media attention for her calling CNN Congressional reporter Manu Raju a "liberal hack," Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) decided to capitalize on the publicity and sell T-shirts with the phrase "You're a liberal hack, buddy" to raise funds for her election campaign. According to Laurie Roberts in an op-ed for the AZ Central this Monday, the move is both a fashion statement and political statement -- but ultimately it's a statement "of just how desperate Arizona’s unelected senator is to boost her treasury as she campaigns to hang onto the seat."
‘Can you imagine a group of black men walking around with masks and guns?’ Virginia rally sparks questions of racism and privilege
It’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and for several hours now countless mostly white, mostly male pro-gun, anti-gun control activists have been marching throughout the streets of Richmond, Virginia, claiming to merely be exercising their Second Amendment rights. Many appear to be dressed in military garb, including camouflage, masks, and donning various types of firearms over their shoulders or at their side.
Some Virginians have been so concerned about the possibility of violence that Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency and banned guns from the capitol. His ban survived a state supreme court challenge. Some say the ban does not appear to have been enforced.
WATCH: Virginia gun rights activist trashes MSNBC reporter’s live shot by shouting F-bombs
A gun rights activist in Virginia went ballistic on Monday when he saw an MSNBC correspondent reporting from a Second Amendment rally.
NBC's Gabe Gutierrez was finishing up his live report at the Richmond demonstration when a man burst into the shot.
The man rattled off a string of profanities and capped it off with "f*ck you." Several security guards blocked the man from getting close to Gutierrez.
"Apologies for some of the background noise you just heard," MSNBC host Hallie Jackson said as the network cut the sound.
Watch the video below from MSNBC.