Digital Democracy empowers marginalized communities to use technology to defend their rights
The Dd team is excited to announce the launch of a site we’ve been working on for months: An interactive map-based platform that tells the inspiring story of the ClearWater Project, an indigenous-led effort in Ecuador’s northern Amazon region to bring clean water to thousands of people suffering from water contaminated by oil drilling. Check it out at http://www.giveclearwater.org/map/
This month, Dd is returning to Chiapas, Mexico to continue an initiative we began in 2012 called Equal Footing. Working with Mayan villages in the Lacondon Jungle, we are supporting their efforts to communicate with the Mexican authorities who have threatened them with eviction from the rainforest where they live.
In remote Amazon headwaters in Peru and Ecuador, the Achuar people have lived for generations in tropical rainforest of astounding natural beauty and biodiversity. For the Achuar, the rainforest provides them with water, food, medicine, stories, their identity, and their future.
As the year comes to a close, the Digital Democracy team feels great joy for all we’ve accomplished in the past 12 months. As you reflect on your own year and look forward to the next, we wanted to share some of our favorite moments & memories from 2013.