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January 27th, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers, January 27, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers, January 27, 2016

Pray for the Hebron family who were caught in the middle when Israeli settlers invaded the houses on right and left of their home with the collusion of the Israeli authorities this week.  Although security forces eventually evacuated them, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has said he will authorize the settlers’ return.  When settlers move next to Palestinian homes, they often use violent harassment to make life unbearable to their Palestinian neighbors to force them to leave. 

January 31, 2016  Fourth Sunday in Epiphany
Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and cruel.
 For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O LORD, from my youth. Psalm 71:4-5
 
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing  with a text  from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.

January 26th

COLOMBIA: 2016--a pivotal year for Colombia; an awesome year to join a delegation.

A civil war that has spanned over half a century in Colombia may soon end. When the FARC guerrilla members demobilize, civil society has the task of re-integrating these armed actors and building community. The government must follow through on its promises of reparations for the victims if its atrocities, violence and injustices, and guarantees it will not repeat them.

When Colombians speak of peace, the words 'social justice' go right alongside. The community leaders and human rights activists we partner with are very cautious to celebrate this peace deal until the government can prove that the demobilization is only the first of many steps to ensure the multi-faceted wellbeing and human rights of the Colombian population.  

We here at CPT welcome you to partner with us in 2016.  Consider joining one of our delegations to learn more about the work that we do and become a part of the Colombian solidarity movement.  If you cannot come to Colombia this year, encourage a friend who you think would benefit from an experience with CPT.  Or donate today to provide scholarships for individuals who want to participate. 

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January 20th

Prayers for Peacemakers, January 20, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers, January 20, 2016

Give thanks for the people in Iraqi Kurdistan who want to reach across ethnic groups and class divisions and participate in CPT Iraqi Kurdistan’s Alternatives to Violence workshop.  Pray for their peacemaking efforts as they return to their communities.

January 19th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 12-18 January 2016

One at a time

The camera catches the eyes of a young Palestinian woman, one among many waiting to get through the mosque checkpoint for Friday prayers.
(January 15, 2016)

January 15th

COLOMBIA: Three different places, themes, CPT Colombia delegations for 2016. Sign up now!

Las Pavas community members have been repeatedly displaced from their land over the last twenty years by various different armed actors, the most recent being Aportes San Isidro, a palm oil company.  The palm oil industry is particularly powerful in the region, and uses a private security company to terrorize the community members, slashing their crops, burning down their houses, and poisoning their animals.  Through this example, we will help participants make links between Colombia and the North, as the presence of multinational corporations in Colombia has vastly increased since signing the Free Trade Agreement with Canada, the United States, and various European countries.

Land is a large part of the Colombian civil war, one of the longest in world’s history.  The conflict has resulted in over six million internally displaced people, who are often constantly on the move looking for land to provide for their families.  The majority of these people are peasant farmers, Afro-Colombians, and Indigenous Peoples, whose land is of political and economic interest to the parties of the conflict.  Often large landowners or multinational corporations take over the land and use it for cash crops for export, contributing to a global trend toward food insecurity.

Participants will have the opportunity to visit Garzal and Nueva Esperanza, where they will meet community members and engage in their experience.  These communities attribute their perseverance to their strong Christian faith, and as the country moves through a process of peace negotiations, we will hear from them about how that faith interacts with the conflict and what forgiveness and reconciliation means for them. 

January 14th

UNITED STATES: Former CPT Iraq, Palestine, Vieques team member goes to jail for drone resistance

 On 12 January, the National Day of Action to Stop Killer Drones, grandmother and drone resister Mary Anne Grady Flores learned that she will go back to jail for six months starting Tuesday, 19 January. Grady Flores served as an intern on the Palestine and Iraq teams and was part of Christian Peacemaker Team’s delegation campaign to stop the U.S. Navy bombing of the Puerto Rican island of Vieques.

Grady Flores had been out on appeal of a lower court convicting her of violating an order of protection. Col. Evans of the Hancock Air National Guard Base 174th Attack Wing (in Syracuse, NY), sought the order to “protect” him from nonviolent anti-drone activists.  The court charged her with violating the order because she took pictures of eight Catholics protesting the US drone assassination program at Hancock on Ash Wednesday, 13 February 2013.  Onondaga County Court Judge Miller upheld the lower court conviction. Of note is that a court acquitted all eight Catholic drone resisters because they went to uphold law, not break it.

The court and the Base have used orders of protection, typically given in domestic violence situations, in an attempt to deter protest and suppress free speech. Judge Miller also upheld a lower court ruling on the Hancock 17, seventeen nonviolent drone resisters who received orders of protection, jail time, and fines.

January 13th

Prayers for Peacemakers, January 13, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers, January 13, 2016

Give thanks for the gift of water. Give thanks for the Indigenous peoples defending clean water around the world today. Pray that governments and corporations will abandon resource extraction projects that threaten watersheds.

January 17, 2016  Second Sunday in Epiphany
Anishinaabe Water Walkers
How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. Psalm 36:7-9
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing  with a text  from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.

January 12th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 5-11 January 2016

 

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Murad Palestina, a worker with Youth Against Settlements, whose main office has been closed since the Tel Rumeida neighborhood was declared a closed military zone, wears the number that the Israeli military has assigned to him as a resident within the zone. "To the occupiers we're numbers, not human beings," he said.
 
(January 7, 2016

January 7th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 29 December 2015-4 January 2016

In solidarity

Palestinians across Hebron breathed a sigh of relief when Israel returned the bodies of seventeen young people it had killed extrajudicially, and they joined in spirit if not in person as these beloved children of Hebron were honored with a proper funeral and burial. 
(January 2, 2016

January 6th

Prayers for Peacemakers, January 6, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers, January 6, 2016

Pray that 2016 will bring a renewed commitment to peace talks between the Colombian government and the FARC and ELN guerilla groups, a commitment to reparations for the victims of the armed conflict in Colombia, and an end to impunity for the authors of human rights abuses.

*Epixel for Epiphany, January 6, 2016
For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper.
He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy.
From oppression and violence he redeems their life; and precious is their blood in his sight. Psalms 72: 12-14
 
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing  with a text  from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.