URGENT: PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION ADRESSED TO THE PRESIDENT OF BRAZIL IN ORDER TO SAVE THE
SAO FRANCISCO RIVER, AND THE LIVES OF
FRIAR LUIZ CAPPIO AND ARTIST BENÉ FONTELES!!!
A simple gesture may save two precious human lives as well as one of the most important rivers of Brazil and the World, stretching from Central Brazil to the Northeast of the country: the Rio Sao Francisco.
YOU CAN SIGN THE PETITION AT THE FOLLOWING ADRESS:
MORE INFO. ABOUT:
1. Friar Luiz Cappio
2. Artist Bené Fonteles
3. The Sao Francisco River
1. Franciscan Friar Luiz Cappio, who has lived in the region for more than 40 years, is on the 10th day of a Hunger Strike, in an attempt to revert the decision to transpose (change the course of) the waters of this extremely valuable and important river. More Information about Frei Luiz Cappio:
2. Brazilian artist Bené Fonteles, coordinator of the Movement of Artists for Nature, will soon be joining his friend Friar Cappio in the hunger strike, if Mr. Luis Ignacio (Lula) da Silva, the President of Brazil, wont revoke the current plan of the administration in relation to the river.
Bené Fonteles was born in 1953 in Bragança, State of Pará. He started working with art (visual art and music) in the beginning of the 1970s in Fortaleza, State of Ceará, where he worked as a reporter and art editor. He also worked as a reporter and art editor in Salvador, State of Bahia, and Cuiabá, State of Mato Grosso. From 1972 on, he has developed his work as a curator while doing his graphic projects in publications in São Paulo, Fortaleza, Salvador, Cuiabá, Rio de Janeiro and Brasília. He showed his work in several national and international shows and has his work in several important Brazilian collections. Since the 1970s, he has been a creativity workshop organizer. In the 1980s, he began to participate in the "Projeto de Consciência Ecológica e Educação Ambiental Através da Arte." Fonteles has been the coordinator of the Movement of Artists for Nature, the group that sponsors this project, since its official creation in 1987 at the International Biennial of São Paulo. Fonteles is one of the artists that has defended the rights of the Brazilian Indians. His songs have been supported by the stars of Brazilian music, such as Gilberto Gil, Egberto Gismonti, Teté Espíndola, Ney Matogrosso and Elba Ramalho.
More Information about artist Bené Fonteles:
3. More information about the "RIO SAO FRANCISCO:
Rio São Francisco
[From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.[
Rio São Francisco is a river in Brazil with a length of 3,160 kilometres. It originates in the state of Minas Gerais. It runs generally north behind the coastal range draining an area of over 630,000 square kilometers before turning east to form the border between the state of Bahia and the states of Pernambuco and Alagoas before entering the Atlantic between the states of Alagoas and Sergipe. The river is navigable from the coast to Paulo Afonso by small vessels and from Paulo Afonso's huge lake for approximately 1,800 kilometers. Until the hydroelectric dams at Paulo Afonso the entire river was a major route of commerce and entry into the hinterland of the northeast. Paulo Afonso's hydroelectric plant now provides electric power for the entire northeast.
The São Francisco has great importance in history and particularly in folklore. That history is celebrated in song, legend and souvenirs based on the Carrancas that once kept river demons from São Francisco boats. Tourist shops far from the river have modernized versions of these vanishing originals. The stories of river demons and monsters persist today.
From Paulo Afonso to the historic town of Penedo, Alagoas the river lies at the bottom of a gorge or steep sided valley. Piranhas, a town up river, was once to be the terminus of a railroad. The town has a number of buildings built during this period and later abandoned. They have been restored and are emerging as a tourist attraction.