CPT INTERNATIONAL: Colombia delegation to focus on land struggles and corporate mega-projects 3-16 March 2011. APPLY BY 1 FEBRUARY
Join CPT Colombia members in accompanying FEDEAGROMISBOL, a federation of subsistence miners and small farmers in the Southern Bolivar province. Learn how those in power regard the presence of small-scale miners and campesinos in a resource-rich part of Colombia to be a barrier to economic development by large corporate interests.
Understand how international mining corporations and large-scale palm oil projects are a root cause of the Colombian conflict and forced displacement. Meet communities that continue to struggle for their territory, culture, and protection of the environment. Delegates will also visit organizations in Barrancabermeja, the industrial city in the Magdalena Medio region where CPT's full-time team has been based since 2001.
Some physical rigors may be involved, such as hiking in mud and heat or mountains, hours-long trips by boat or truck, and generally long days.
CPT seeks participants who are interested in human rights work, committed to nonviolence and to undoing racism, and willing to participate in team worship and reflection. Delegates should have plans to share about the trip upon return to their home communities and congregations. Apply today!
(Other Colombia delegations are set for May 19-June 2, July 14-27, and September 22-October 5, 2011. The focus will be announced later. A national delegation for Colombians is set for April 16-23. *)
For more information, contact Claire Evans, CPT Delegations Coordinator, PO Box 6508, Chicago, IL 60680; phone 773-376-0550; fax 773-376-0549; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or see CPT's website at: http://cpt.org/participate/delegation
Delegates raise $2100 US/ $2400 Cdn, which covers roundtrip airfare from a designated U.S. or Canadian city, all in-country travel, meals, accommodations and program support. If traveling from another country, please contact the Delegations Coordinator for details, email@example.com.
CPT has limited funds available to assist applicants who otherwise could not participate. CPT is committed to undoing racism and will give preference for funding support to applicants from communities that have been disadvantaged by racism.
English language fluency is required for full participation, except for the Colombia national delegation (Spanish).
*For more information on the Colombia national delegation, contact CPT Colombia, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.