CPT International

CPT INTERNATIONAL: CPT Americas Convergence to participate in School of the Americas witness at Fort Benning, 20-24 November

 

Join us this November for the first ever CPT Americas Convergence in Georgia, USA.   CPTers and supporters from Turtle Island (North America) to the Southern Cone will gather for five days of formative events including worship, public protest, fellowship, accompaniment, and the opportunity for nonviolent direct action Wednesday, 20 November through Sunday, 24 November 2013.  

CPT will partner with the Alterna Community and former Steering Committee member Anton Flores-Maisonet, based in LaGrange, GA to participate in an annual public witness and civil disobedience action at the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin.   Stewart, a privately run prison, is the largest immigrant detention center in the United States. Alterna and Georgia Detention Watch have long monitored this facility, documenting violations of human rights and detention standards and organizing vigils to remember the detainees trapped there as well as Roberto Martínez Medina who died while in detention at Stewart.

Following the witness in Lumpkin, CPT will join thousands gathered at the gates of Ft. Benning in Columbus, GA to call for the closure of the infamous U.S. Army School of the Americas (SOA).  Since 1946, this “School of Assassins” has trained over 64,000 Latin American soldiers in counterinsurgency techniques, psychological warfare, military intelligence, and interrogation tactics.  SOA graduates have consistently used their skills to wage a war against their own people, targeting educators, union organizers, religious workers, student leaders, and others who work for the rights of the poor.   They have tortured, raped, “disappeared,” assassinated, and massacred hundreds and thousands of Latin Americans.   Although the official name changed in 2001 from SOA to WHINSEC (Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation), the school under any name is synonymous with torture and impunity.

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Call for Expressions of Interest and Nominations for Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) Full-Time Executive Director

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CPT seeks applications for an Executive Director. Position begins in January 2014. Job description is stated below. Executive Director will play a major role in donor development. Additional responsibilities include direct supervision of select staff members and strategic organizational development.

Applications from members of racially-marginalized groups and from outside North America are warmly welcomed. As with all staff members, compensation is a need-based stipend up to US$2,000/month, other benefits include full health coverage, opportunities for ongoing learning/growth, and incredibly meaningful work within teams of kind, gutsy and committed peacemakers. The initial appointment is for a period of three years starting with a 3-month mutual trial period.

Contact the Search Committee (director.hiring@cpt.org) with expressions of interest, nominations, or questions. A detailed job description, qualifications, and application materials are available at www.cpt.org/ed-job-description. Application materials are due by Sep 14, 2013.

Please share this message widely and pray for God's work through this appointment process.

CHICAGO: Public witness calls for protecting Las Pavas, Colombia farmers from corporate aggression

 

 Passersby watch dramatization of palm oil company pushing Colombian farmers off their land - Colombian Consulate, Chicago
 Passersby watch dramatization of palm oil
company pushing Colombian farmers off their
land - Colombian Consulate, Chicago

On Friday, 26 July, CPTers and supporters took to the streets of Chicago calling for an end to violence against the community of Las Pavas, Colombia. Donning cardboard palm trees and straw hats, participants dramatized palm oil producer Aportes San Isidro’s acts of aggression towards the subsistence farmers of Las Pavas.  

In recent months, the company’s armed security guards have destroyed crops, damaged farm equipment, fire bombed homes and buildings, killed animals, threatened people at gunpoint, and brutally attacked one community member with a machete.  Despite government orders granting the land to the Las Pavas community, Colombian police have done nothing to stop the company’s attacks and encroachment upon Las Pavas territory.

“We are calling on the Colombian government to protect the families of Las Pavas,” said Cass Bangay of Ontario, Canada in front of the Colombian Consulate in downtown Chicago.  She went on to read from a series of testimonies by Las Pavas community members: “Roberto Puerta Peña, father of six says, ‘I’m trying to make a good life for my family here on the farm, but I haven’t achieved that yet.  The violent harassment from the palm company is really hard.  One time they held a gun fifteen centimeters from my head.  Then they threatened to hurt my family.’”  A small delegation delivered a letter to the Consul General along with a small palm tree and images and testimonies from the Las Pavas community symbolizing the group’s concerns. 

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Christian Peacemaker Teams launches new logo

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Flowing from a three-and-a-half year Mission and Presentation Re-visioning (MAPR) process that included representation from all parts of Christian Peacemaker Teams, graphic artist Nekeisha Alexis-Baker created a new logo for CPT.

The CPT visual identity, as Alexis-Baker articulates it, “focuses on the organization’s new mission statement, ‘Building partnerships to transform violence and oppression.”  Each element of the logo (including the graphic element), works together to suggest movement from division and strife toward renewal and restoration.”
 

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Interview with Noam Chomsky available on CPT website

 
  

A podcast interview with linguist, cognitive scientist, philosopher, and radical truth-teller Noam Chomsky is now available from a link on CPT’s website.  CPT interim assistant director Tim Nafziger and Herald Press’s Widening the Circle editor, Joanna Shenk conduct the interview, which is followed by a discussion that includes Nafziger, Shenk and editor of Jesusradicals.com Mark Van Steenwyck.

At the beginning of the interview, Chomsky and Nafziger discuss the 2005-2006 CPT hostage crisis.  Chomsky was among the first internationally known personalities to sign a petition calling for the release of the Tom Fox, James Loney, Harmeet Singh Sooden and Norman Kember when Iraqi militants kidnapped them in 2005.  He has said in the past that CPT’s work gives him hope.

Prayers for Peacemakers, May 2, 2013

Holy Spirit, spur willing churches and people of faith to undertake bold, compassionate acts of justice-building, to disrupt corrupt, oppressive systems and to proclaim and enact the healing of the nations. Anoint Christian Peacemaker Teams and Outreach Coordinator Sarah Thompson with evangelical fervor.

CPT OUTREACH REFLECTION: Forgiving children

After fifteen months of full-time service with CPT's Aboriginal Justice Team, my view of peacemaking is broadening from answering Ron Sider's 1984 challenge, embracing the cross and the Spirit of The Way and standing in front of weapons, to also challenging the church to transform violence and oppression through outreach, education, advocacy and liberating love. 

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Aboriginal Justice Project Support Coordinator position opening

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) invites expressions of interest in and nominations for the half-time position of Aboriginal Justice Team Project Support Coordinator. The Coordinator will provide leadership and support for CPT's Aboriginal Justice Team and, as a member of the Support Team, will serve as primary link between the project and the rest of CPT.

Prayers for Peacemakers, March 20, 2013

Lord, renew among your war-weary people the gifts of lamentation
in the face of wrong, sharing in suffering, partnering with all who
stand in and for peace and good, and offering oneself to protect
from harm anyone branded as "enemy".

IRAQ: Ten years of lamentation, partnering and action

Ten years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, CPT,
together with uncounted Iraqi families, laments
the ongoing carnage that continues to echo from
that moment.