COLOMBIA POEM: With faith and living hope

With faith and living hope, communities hold on,
waiting for justice to come, after making their case
to the responsible institutions.
But not all give them a hearing, not all an appropriate response.


COLOMBIA: Peasants gather to defend rights amid ongoing persecution

Peasant leaders gathered in Meddelin to sharpen analysis and develop strategies to defend their rights to life and land find unexpected urban allies in the process.


COLOMBIA/CHICAGO: Cries of Las Pavas women reach U.S. senator’s ears

Hundreds of Chicagoans, including a U.S. senator, hear the calls of Colombian women for rule of law and respect for court-recognized land rights. At stake is whether officials will honor their commitments to return ill-gotten land to those displaced from it and protect both people and land from corporate predation.

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Making the difference

120725 partnersCPTers are there at the side of peacemaking partners laying their lives on the line. In what way will you be a part of the action? 

COLOMBIA: Las Pavas community resists illegal palm planting

An oil palm grower that has operated on the contested land of Las Pavas for years is attempting to extend its plantation to areas legally designated for use by displaced farmers.

COLOMBIA: Prayers invited following government visits to communities

A ten-day government visit to the communities of Garzal and Nueva Esperanza to sort out competing land claims also uncovered illegal activity.  CPT Colombia invites prayers for a peaceful and just resolution and safety from retaliatory actions against farmers.

Prayers for Peacemakers, July 4, 2012


Pray with CPT for Don Salvador and other leaders of Garzal, a small community of hard-working Colombian farmers. They have led Garzal in the midst of death threats and the dangerous residue of a paramilitary drug trade.


Colombian farmers have something to teach people socialized for mobility about the privilege of standing with sisters and brothers who are told to give up, shut down and disappear.


COLOMBIA: Four things you should know about Colombia's armed conflict

Contrary to what major world news sources say, the war in Colombia is about more than drugs.  So much of what the global north consumes comes from Colombia—flowers, bananas, coffee, chocolate, gold, oil, coal, palm oil—so why do we know so little about this country?  The war in Colombia has been raging for the last forty-eight years, which begs the question, "why?"  To get to the heart of that question, here are four things everyone should know about Colombia's armed conflict…

 3. It is the most dangerous place for a union organizer in the world.

Names of assassinated Coca Cola union members

More union members are killed in Colombia than in the rest of the world combined.  In October, the United States and Colombia signed a Free Trade Agreement that will ensure the ongoing extraction of natural resources and the continued threats to the security of union members.  Over 2,500 trade unionists have been killed in Colombia in the last 20 years and in 98% of the cases, no one was brought to justice.  Human rights organizations brought these concerns to the US and Colombian governments before the signing of the FTA and the Labor Action Plan, meant to secure the rights of union workers.  However, worker rights have deteriorated.  In 2011, thirty trade unionists were murdered and four unionists have been killed thus far in 2012.