Justice In Nigeria Now!

For Human Rights, Environmental Protection and Community Livelihoods

Events

Events in November:

November 7

Opening reception for Ed Kashi Photography Exhibit

Curse of the Black Gold in conjunction with the work of Lou Dematteis’ photographs of oil’s impact in Ecuador. At the RayKo Photo Gallery San Francisco

Details:

Crude Reflections/Cruda Realidad: Oil Ruin and Resistance in the Amazon Rainforest

by Lou Dematteis and Kayana Szymczak

&

Curse of the Black Gold: 50 years of Oil in the Niger Delta

by Ed Kashi

Friday, November 7th, 6-8 pm (Public Invited)

[Exhibition dates: November 5-December 6]

Rayko Photo Center

428 Third St. between Bryant and Harrison

San Francisco, CA 94107

Call (415) 495-3773 for more info

November 10:

OIL, VIOLENCE AND THE FUTURE OF NIGERIA

Panel Discussion: Roundtable | November 10 | 4-6 p.m. | University of Californi, Berkeley 110 Barrows Hall
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Speakers: MICHAEL WATTS, Professor & Chair of Development Studies, UC Berkeley, Geography; ED KASHI, Photojournalist, Filmmaker & Educator; ELIAS COURSON, Ph.D. student, UC, Berkeley

Sponsored by The Center for African Studies

Fall 2008 Lecture Series

– Roundtable gathering with Professor Michael Watts, Photojournalist Ed Kashi and UCB Graduate Student Elias Courson as they discuss their recent publication Curse of the Black Gold: 50 years of Oil in the Niger Delta. New York, Powerhouse, 2008.

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Michael Watts is Professor of Geography & Chair of Development Studies and has studied Nigeria for 35 years.

For nearly 30 years, Ed Kashi – Photojournalist, Filmmaker & Educator – has been dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. A sensitive eye and an intimate relationship to his subjects are the signatures of his work. Kashi’s complex imagery has been recognized for its compelling rendering of the human condition. He has been published in National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, Fortune, MSNBC.com, New York Times Magazine, GEO, U.S. News & World Report, London Observer Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Smithsonian, Stern, Aperture (among many other domestic and international publications).

Elias Courson earned his Bachelor of Arts (1997) and Master of Arts (2005) degrees in Philosophy from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, and University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria, respectively. Courson, as a teacher and researcher, is thoroughly committed to the research, documentation and mediation of the oil induced crisis of Nigeria’s Niger Delta. Courson is also an executive committee member of OUR NIGER DELTA (OND), a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Nigeria. The organization is involved in research, conflict management, resolution, mediation, peace building and facilitation of development. Courson has also been trained in conflict mediation/mitigation by the United Nations University for Peace on “Non-Violent Transformation of Conflict” and also by the United States Institute for Peace (USIP) on conflict resolution skills. Courson is currently pursing a Ph.D. in Geography from UC Berkeley.

November 15: Ed Kashi and Lou Dematteis speaking at SF Public Library

“From Ecuador to Nigeria: Oil’s Stained Legacy”

November 15, 2-5 pm

Koret Auditorium

Lower Level, San Francisco Main Library

100 Larkin Street at Grove Street

Civic Center, San Francisco

For more information call: Alvaro Sanabria (415) 557-4430

Sponsored by the San Francisco Library International Center

Come and meet the authors of two newly published photo books:

Crude Reflections: Oil, Ruin and Resistance in the Amazon Rainforest

Cruda Realidad: Petróleo, Devastación y Resistencia en la Amazonía

Photographs by Lou Dematteis and Kayana Szymczak


Past Events:

October 24

United Nations Film Festival panel discussion: The Impact of Oil – China, USA, Sudan, Nigeria” panel (with clips from Sweet Crude by Sandy Cioffi about the oil conflict in Nigeria. Free Admission

Where: Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University – 616 Serra St. Map

When: 4:00pm – 5:30pm

October 27

First day of Bowoto v. Chevron

San Francisco Federal Court 450 Golden Gate San Francisco, CA 19th Fl Courtroom 10 at 8:30am Map

“The True Cost of Oil”

Film Shorts and Panel Discussion – October 16

Candace Schermerhorn

credit: Candace Schermerhorn

Join: Justice in Nigeria Now, Amazon Watch and the CounterCorp Film Festival for a night of film shorts related to the true cost of oil in Nigeria and the Amazon.

When: Thursday, October 16 7:15pm-9:15pm

Where: Brava Theater 2781 24th Street(@ York Street) San Francisco

Cost: $10 ($5 with student id)

Films clips include:

The Naked Option: A Last Resort A work in progress by Candace Schermerhorn – A film about 600 Nigerian women who peacefully protested Chevron’s human rights and environmental abuses with only the threat of publicly stripping naked – a culturally unacceptable taboo.

Sweet Crude: A documentary now in post-production, tells the story of Nigeria’s oil rich Niger Delta. The region is seething and the global stakes are high. But in this moment, there’s an opportunity to find solutions. What if the world paid attention before it was too late?

Justicia Now! A documentary about Chevron’s toxic legacy in the Ecuadorian Amazon and a courageous group of people called Los Afectados (The Affected Ones) who are seeking justice for the ensuing cancer, sickness and death in the largest environmental class action lawsuit in history.

The films will be followed by a panel discussion.

Panelists include: Cindy Cohn, attorney in the upcoming litigation happening this fall in San Francisco against Chevron in Nigeria – Bowoto v. Chevron, Mitch Anderson, Corporate Accountability Campaigner at Amazon Watch, Nigerian activist Ayo Ajisebutu and others.

Contact: 415-575-5521or info@justiceinnigerianow.org

Kendra E. Thornbury for Sweet Crude

Photo Credit: Kendra E. Thornbury for Sweet Crude

“The Tyranny of Oil: The World’s Most Powerful Industry, and What We Must do to Stop It”a new book by Author Antonia Juhasz

October 13th, 7:30 pm

Modern Times Bookstore

888 Valencia, San Francisco Map

October 14th, 7:30 pm

Moes Books

2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley Map

For more event dates in your city go to: TyrannyOfOil.org

Monday October 13, 2008 8:30pm

“Tyranny of Oil” Book Launch Party and a fundraiser for Richmond Community Lawsuit

Communities for a Better Environment, Earthjustice, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Amazon Watch, Oil Change Int’l, Global Exchange, Rainforest Action Network, and more, invite you to support the Richmond Community fight Chevron’s Dirty Crude Refinery Expansion!

Dalva Bar

3121 16th Street

San Francisco, CA 94110 Map

October 15, 2008 through October 17, 2008 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

CounterCorp Anti-Corporate Film Festival

Brava Theater Center

2781 24th Street

San Francisco Map

The 3rd Annual CounterCorp Anti-Corporate Film Festival is an three-day series of film screenings, post-screening panel discussions, and related events all focusing on the role and effects of corporations in our lives, communities, and culture.

**Oct. 16 specifically features the JINN sponsored film shorts and panel about Chevron in Nigeria and the Amazon at 7:15pm**

The Naked Option: A Last Resort

A work in progress by Candace Schermerhorn

credit: Candace Schermerhorn

Join: Justice in Nigeria Now for a 20 minute screening of The Naked Option: A Last Resort a film about 600 Nigerian women who peacefully protested Chevron’s human rights and environmental abuses with only the threat of publicly stripping naked– a serious cultural taboo. The film will be followed by a panel discussion about the true cost of oil in Nigeria and what Chevron should do about it.

Panelists include: Filmmaker Candace Schermerhorn, Nigerian activist Ayo Ajisebutu and Cindy Cohn, attorney in the upcoming litigation happening this fall in San Francisco against Chevron – Bowoto v. Chevron

When: Thursday, August 7, 2008 7pm

Where: First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall

305 N California Ave

Palo Alto, CA 94301

Map

Contact: Sarah Dotlich, Coordinator at JINN for more information

sarah(at)justiceinnigerianow.org or 415-575-5521

http://www.justiceinnigerianow.org

Co-Sponsored by The Peninsula Peace and Justice Center and Global Exchange and Priority Africa Network

 
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