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CPT INTERNATIONAL: September 11, 2011 from CPT History

The Al Qaeda hijackings and subsequent carnage at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 happened at a particularly busy period in CPT history.  Support team members in the Chicago office had received another request for an emergency delegation to Vieques and were planning the 2001 Peacemaker Congress in Indiana.  The Chiapas team was in its final days, preparing to accompany the Abejas back to their home communities.  In Hebron, the team was living through increasingly bloody months of the Al-Aqsa Intifada.  Paramilitary killings were escalating in Barrancabermeja and its environs, and the Colombia team would soon experience its first episode of discovering bodies and body parts in the river.  The EsgenoĂ´petitj team was attending trials of EFN fishers that arose from conflicts in the 2000 fishing season and dealing with mounting harassment of the EFN by non-Native fishers.

 Claire Evans, working in the Chicago office at the time, voiced the feelings of many CPTers when she wrote about her reaction, “My first thought was how everything we do is so, so small compared to that big event.  How can what we do in CPT have any significance in the wake of that large catastrophe?” 

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Liturgy at the Twin Towers, 16 December 2001

16 December 2001

I Listening to God
 We open with a time of silence and listening to God (5 minutes or more).

II Lament for lives lost
 We call to mind the lives lost here.

[Gene Stoltzfus]
O Lord, we stand and gaze at these ruins still smoking,
the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre.
That day as any other, they came to this place
young men and women brimming with life
children of parents and parents of children
throwing their energy into their work.

The halls and boardrooms, the elevators,
were filled with their voices
their laughing, dreaming, debating, deciding.
They did not expect what came upon them
out of a clear blue September sky.

[Doug Pritchard]
(Jer. 4:19-20)
Oh, my anguish, my anguish!
I writhe in pain.
Oh, the agony of my heart!
My heart pounds within me,
I cannot keep silent.
For I have heard the sound of the trumpet;
I have heard the battle cry.
Disaster follows disaster;
the whole land lies in ruins.
In an instant my tents are destroyed,
my shelter in a moment.

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Send applications to join the Christian Peacemaker Corps before 15 October 2011

Did you participate in a recent Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) delegation that whetted your appetite for embodied peace work, partnering with others working nonviolently for justice, and confronting the injustice that leads to war? Does CPT's style of peacemaking, confronting injustice, undoing oppressions work fit with yours? Is now the time to take the next step and join the Peacemaker Corps?

If so, please send your application to join the CPT Corps before 15 October 2011 for participation in CPT's Winter Peacemaker Training in Chicago, 4 January- 4 February 2012. Participants are encouraged to apply now so the interview process can begin immediately. Doing so will make it possible to notify those accepted for training in plenty of time to make travel arrangements, and buy that parka! You will find the application at http://www.cpt.org/participate/peacemaker/apply

We are committed to anti-oppression work both in and out of CPT, and we seek others also interested in this work. We are seeking applicants available for stipend-eligible service, as well as reservists. For answers to more specific questions, call 773-280-9798, or email the personnel coordinator, Adriana Cabrera-Velásquez, at personnel@cpt.org.

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Doug Pritchard’s final words as Co-Director

Effective 1 September 2011 Doug Pritchard stepped down as CPT Co-Director.  Pritchard became involved with CPT when he attended a 1990 CPT consultation with the Innu people regarding low level NATO flights over their traditional lands and joined the CPT Southern Ontario support group for the Innu.  In 1995, he joined the CPT Steering Committee as a representative of the Mennonite Church and became CPT Canada Coordinator in 1997.  After CPT’s first director, Gene Stoltzfus, retired, Pritchard, along with Carol Rose, became a Co-director of CPT as well as assuming the position of CPT Iraq Project Support coordinator.  

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Register now for Peacemaker Congress XI--Re-imagining Partnerships for Peacemaking 13-16 October 2011

Peacemaker Congress XI: Re-imagining Partnerships for Peacemaking

A 25th Anniversary Celebration

October 13-16, 2011
Chicago, Illinois,  USA

Hosted by Reba Place Church
535 Custer Ave, Evanston, IL 60202



Please join CPT for this special 25th anniversary gathering

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Autumn 2011 through 2012 delegations announced.

DATES: 21-30 October, 2011

ABORIGINAL JUSTICE DELEGATION to Treaty #3 Territory (Northwestern Ontario)
DATES: 24 September-5 October, 2011.

DATES: International delegations:  22 September - 5 October, 2011; November 2011 (special for Latin American church leaders—tentative); 24 May - 6 June,  12-25 July,  20 September - 3 October, 2012; National delegation (for Colombians)*: 31 March - 7 April, 2012

IRAQ (Kurdish North)
DATES: 13-26 October, 2011; 12-25 April and 4-17 October, 2012

DATES:  6-19 September (German language delegation), and 15-28 November, 2011; 10-23 January, 13-26 March, 22 May- 4 June, 4-16 July, 2-15 October, and 6-19 November, 2012.

CPT INTERNATIONAL: CPTer and CPT colleagues waiting on Canadian and U.S. boats to Gaza; Greece refuses to let Gaza flotilla sail

Faced with increasing pressure from the U.S. and Israeli governments, the government of Greece has officially prohibited any ships in its harbors fromleaving for Gaza.  This action was directed at the organizers of the Freedom Flotilla, the organizers of which intended to break the blockade that Israel has imposed on the Gaza Strip since June 2007. 

CPT reservist David Milne is among the passengers on the Canadian boat in the flotilla, the Tahrir, as well as Harmeet Singh Sooden, a member of the CPT delegation to Iraq kidnapped in 2005, and Israeli journalist Amira Hass, who has had extensive contact with CPT’s Hebron team.  On the U.S. ship along with luminaries such as Pulitzer Prize winning author Alice Walker and Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein, are CPT trainer and colleague, Kathy Kelly and former CPT reservist, Robert Naiman.

U.S./CANADA: The CPT Boutique awaits your tax-deductible valuables!

An antique sapphire and diamond pin brought in $150.  Brass pineapple candleholders brought in $18.  A child’s Ethiopian dress brought in $40.  A 1927 edition of Winnie the Pooh brought in $35.  A Paragon bone china cup and saucer from the 1940s brought in $20.  Some 1854 stamps from India brought in $60.

All of these items were donated by CPT supporters over the last year to the CPT Boutique—one less material thing in their lives meant a little more money to support CPT’s work in the Middle East and the Americas.

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Projects face cutting as donations lag

Wars continue to boil.  Occupations char the land.  Nonviolent uprisings sizzle with hope. CPTers stand side by side with peacemakers in those hot places.

During the first six months of this fiscal year, donations to CPT from individuals were down 20% from last year.  We have managed to keep our already trim expenses lower.  But, overall, CPT is now US $67,000 behind our budget projection for this point in the year.  If donations do not increase in the coming months, important project work will need to be cut.  CPT's operations are already very lean.  The on-site and travel budget for the Iraq or Colombia projects is roughly 67,000 for the year.  That amount also roughly covers the expenses of four full-time CPTers for a year.  Can you help heat up the donations during these warm months?

Doug Pritchard and Carol Rose, Co-Directors
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CPT INTERNATIONAL: Create Space for Peace earns top honors in 2nd Annual International Book Awards

“Create Space for Peace,” a collection of CPT founding director Gene Stoltzfus’ experiences and insights gained from forty years of creative, nonviolent peacemaking made the list of finalists in the 2011 International Book Awards.
The JPX Media Group announced the winners and finalists of the 2nd annual awards on 11 May 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  Awards were presented to over 300 winners and finalists from eleven countries in 140 categories covering print and audio books.