Victory for the U'wa People!

From 1998-2002, The Activism Center at Wetlands Preserve campaigned
to stop oil giant Occidental Petroleum from drilling for oil on the
lands of the U'wa people, indigenous dwellers of the Colombian
cloudforest. The campaign included weekly protests at the offices of
major Occidental stockholder Occidental Petroleum, three disruptions
of speeches by then VIce-President Al Gore, whose family has sizable
holdings in the company, demonstration's at Gore's presidential
campaign office, educational panels and presentations featuring U''wa
representatives. In May of 2002, Occidental pulled out of U'wa land!

To learn more, read the U'wa Defense Working Group 's press release.

Additional Information:

U'wa Statement on Occidental Petroleum's Withdrawal from U'wa Sacred
Land http://www.ran.org/news/newsitem.php?id=537

Alternet: Colombian Tribe Topples Mighty Oil Giant
http://www.ran.org/news/newsitem.php?id=538

Background on the U'wa Struggle from the Rainforest Action Network
http://www.ran.org/ran_campaigns/beyond_oil/oxy/

Project Underground U'wa Campaign Page
http://www.moles.org/uwa/index.html

U'wa Homepage http://www.uwacolombia.org/

Life to the U'wa! http://www.onweb.org/features/new/uwa/uwa.html



More info on the U'wa:




Project Underground's U'wa page

 

Project Underground
U'wa Defense Project
Life to the U'wa! Colombian Indian Tribe Warns of Mass Suicide
Occidental: Supporting Suicide