"But now it is
to know us
through our own voice".
“AS MANY OF YOU MAY KNOW, recent days have been very dangerous for our people. These days have not yet ended and are, indeed, probably only the beginning…
Our jungle has been stained with tears, anguish and blood. The paths and trails that we used to travel in peace have now become unsafe and dangerous.
Almost 30 years have passed since Ecuadorians spoke of us as the Warriors of Cenepa, the defenders of Ecuador, the country to which we belong. But now it is necessary for people to know us through our own voice”.
Letter from the Shuar Arutam People
portraits: women defenders of the amazon
in association with amazon watch
Foreword by Patricia Gualinga
portraits by Santiago Cornejo
Portraits: Women Defenders of the Amazon—a collection of striking photographs and compelling stories about indigenous women of Ecuador who have put aside personal safety to become land defenders of the Amazon.
The stories told from the heart are by the women themselves—relating their lives as daughters, wives, mothers, cultural transmitters and defenders of the Amazon rainforest.
On a global scale, women produce more than half of all the food that is grown. Women in the Amazon—in common with most developing countries—are highly dependent on local natural resources for their livelihood and well being.
Portraits brings into sharp focus the threat of extinction and the responsibility we all should share in protecting all life support systems, preventing global, climate catastrophe and the accompanying culture of abuse of basic human rights and civil liberties.
Portraits is about solidarity, struggle, faith, love, and commitment. It is also a call to action. A call to deepen international solidarity with all land defenders.
In 2017 there were 312 reported murders of land defenders in 27 countries, 2/3rd’s of these were from Latin America.
Patricia Gualinga is a prominent and respected figure in the movement of Amazonian Indigenous resistance, spokeswoman for the Sarayaku and the global movement to keep fossil fuels in the ground.
Amazon Watch is a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 to protect the rainforest and advance the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin. They partner with indigenous and environmental organizations in campaigns for human rights, corporate accountability and the preservation of the Amazon’s ecological systems.
small book big story
Thirty-one-year-old Lou Christou grew up in Finsbury Park, where his paternal and maternal grandparents settled in the early ‘50s, having emigrated from Cyprus and Ireland respectively.
He now lives in Whitechapel and works as a tattoo artist and model. His distinctive vintage-inspired style has attracted the attention of notable London photographers and fashion editors, and, as a result, Lou has been featured in various magazines.
Lou has an eight-year-old daughter named Paisley.
Penetrating the Void
Author: lou christou
publication date: 30 April 2021
Penetrating the Void is a sombre, meditative but sharp-witted confessional. A semi-autobiographical novella about Charlie a conflicted recovering drug addict trying to regain his balance.
The story unfolds in real-time over the duration of an hour’s 12-step fellowship meeting for recovering drug addicts.
Charlie, haunted by memories of childhood trauma that has shaped the template of his life, leads you into the dark labyrinthine world of his psyche traversing vast areas of space and time in his search for answers and freedom from inner turmoil, sorrow and addiction.
some kinda soho
Madam Jojos established in
1986 stages peace party and vigil
Soho george - Self-described as a ‘heterosexual Cockney artist‘
DJ, nightclub host, writer style commentator, entrepreneur and fashion designer,
author: david saunders
photographer: darren russell
Some Kinda Soho told in words and full-colour photographs, is a love song in celebration of the best of Soho and a lamentation of its slow decline into gentrification.
Some Kinda Soho is a collection of stories about life as lived by some of Soho’s most colourful and diverse inhabitants—radical working-class artisans, die-hard non-conformists, mythmakers, spellbinders and alchemists capable of inventing and remodelling worlds with the power of imagination.
Some Kinda Soho is about resistance against modern day land clearance. Some say that the forced closure of the Madam Jojo’s prestigious cabaret venue was Soho’s death toll and the rise of boutique hotels and exclusive residences for the wealthy incommers.
Ad man, actor and self-styled Anglo-Italian Soho resident David is proud of his 40-year love affair with Soho. On any given day he can be found holding court at local landmark café, Bar Italia.
Professional advertising and editorial photographer Darren has been a Soho devotee for over 30 years. Soho, says Darren, is a special place, a haven where people go to reinvent themselves, to be themselves in a safe, non-judgmental village community.
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