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From: Jonathan Taylor Aylward <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 7:37 PM
Subject: Pledge of solidarity from the indigenous of Térraba, Costa Rica
It is my pleasure to pass on this message of support and friendship to you from the indigenous rights movement of El Frente de Defensa de los Derechos Indígenas Térraba (The Defense Front of the Indigenous Rights of Térraba) in Térraba, Costa Rica.
My name is Jonathan Aylward, a U.S. student living in Costa Rica for the moment. For two months, I've been helping out with a movement that is fighting against a massive hydroelectric dam project that would likely destroy a culture as well as an ecosystem in the indigenous community of Térraba here in the south of Costa Rica.
I have been following Occupy closely, and have been telling the citizens of Térraba about the ideas behind the movement. They are pleasantly surprised to hear that the West is beginning to wake up to realities they imposed on the world. The Térraba have been the victims of colonialism and continue to battle neocolonialism, as the government seeks to further marginalize their territory with the largest dam of its kind in Central America. The culture, hanging on its last thread (there are only 600 remaining Térraba), would likely be destroyed by the influx of over 3,000 workers to the territory. The Rio Térraba would also be irreparably altered, dramatically disrupting the ecosystem of the region, and putting into question the ability of the Térraba to practice their traditional sustainable agricultural practices. Furthermore, a mangrove forest upstream would likely be damaged by the dam.
Besides pledging the support and friendship of El Frente, I have a small favor to ask that would be immeasurably important to those with whom I work. Could you guys possibly snap a photograph with a banner/poster/piece of paper that says: LOS INDIGNADOS DICEN NO A PH DIQUIS (you are known as "los indignados" here, and PH Diquis is the name of the dam). Knowing that they have the support of Occupy would be huge for them (they don't know I'm asking you by the way). They are trying to rally and unite the town against the dam, and a simple photo could be huge for El Frente.
If you have any questions about the movement or the situation here, please ask me. I am returning to the States in a month, and already have plans for Occupy activities in Michigan.
Once again, love and support from the people of Térraba!!!