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May 26th, 2015

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY: Aboriginal Justice Team changes its name to Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Team

 

The Christian Peacemaker Aboriginal Justice Team has undergone a transition to a new team name, after much deliberation and discussion. Although the mandate and vision for the team remains the same, the name change represents an effort to maintain currency within Indigenous movements for self-determination, and the team feels Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Team better captures the desired scope of its work. The team has floated this change past some of its Indigenous friends and partners who have welcomed it. 

Still in popular use, the term “aboriginal” refers to First Nations, MĂ©tis, and Inuit peoples. However, as Mohawk scholar Taiaike Alfred and Cherokee professor Jeff Corntassel (2005) indicate, while some Indigenous people have embraced this label, “this identity is purely a state construction that is instrumental to the state’s attempt to gradually subsume Indigenous existences into its own constitutional system and body politic” (p. 598). In 2008, the Union of Ontario Indians and later Grand Council of Treaty #3 representing the Anishnaabek passed resolutions and launched a campaign to eliminate the inappropriate use of the term "aboriginal." To many, “aboriginalism is a legal, political and cultural discourse designed to serve an agenda of silent surrender to an inherently unjust relation at the root of the colonial state itself” (Alfred & Corntassel, p. 599). To the chagrin of many First Nations, in 2011 Canada's Conservative government changed the minister and department title responsible for “Indian Affairs” to “Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development,” embodying this discursive tactic. 

May 23rd

NIGERIA: The Courage to Heal and Forgive

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One by one, around the circle, participants held up their drawings, charting their life’s journeys.  Doris shared about running into the mountains to escape Boko Haram fighters, after Boko Haram killed her older brother, uncle, and several friends. Ibrahim told about the militants arresting him and shooting at him as he ran into the bush to escape. Elizabeth spoke about her grief that her husband and three children are still missing, and presumed dead. 

Set in a beautiful rural retreat center, outside Jos, Nigeria, twenty-eight men and women came together for six-day advanced training in trauma healing, sponsored by EYN (Nigerian Church of the Brethren) and MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) in Nigeria. Peter Serete, assistant program coordinator of the Friends Church Peace Team of the African Great Lakes Initiative in Kenya was the head trainer. Each participant had already experienced a basic workshop and was receiving training to become “healing companions” to others. Out of this group, fifteen will be chosen to become a trainer and spread what they have learned more widely to trauma victims. 

May 22nd

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 10-16 May 2015

 

SHOOTING BACK

 

Pictured here: A Palestinian journalist takes a photo of Israeli soldiers during the weekly settler tour of Hebron's Old City. Monitoring the tour through cameras is one of the ways Palestinians have found for deterring some of the violence and aggression from settlers and soldiers.  
(14/05/2015)

May 21st

IRAQI KURDISTAN UPDATE: April 2015



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Iraqi Kurdistan


Accompaniment in Kani Shaya

On April 27th, CPT accompanied farmers of Kani Shaya, a village in the Bazian area, to a meeting with a representative of the company which is constructing a new cement factory on agricultural land. Some farmers of the community signed contracts with the company and sold their land. However, the monstrous construction also affects the adjacent fields, whose owners have not received anything. In the presence of CPT the company representative promised that after the construction is finished and the company begins earning money from the cement, the farmers will be compensated. In the meantime, the company expressed that they might be willing to meet the request of the farmers to provide electricity to some of their houses that they use while working on their fields.

May 20th

Prayers for Peacemakers, May 20, 2015 Indigenous Peoples Solidarity

Prayers for Peacemakers, May 20, 2015 Indigenous Peoples Solidarity

Give thanks that a judge in Kenora, ON dissolved the injunction calling for the arrest of Grassy Narrows member Judy Da Silva, if she tried to block the CN rail line.  Nevertheless, CN railway is still threatening to sue her.

*Epixel for Sunday, May 17, 2015
photo 2013
For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen?But if we hope for what we
 do not see, we wait for it with patience. Romans 8:24-25
 *epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a text from the upcoming Sunday's  Revised Common Lectionary
  readings.

May 19th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 2-9 May 2015

WAKE UP CALL

 

Pictured here: This little girl, her mother and three older brothers received a 3:00 a.m. wake up call when a group of Israeli soldiers raided their home and turned it upside down to 'look for guns.' 
(05/06/2015)

May 16th

LONDON,UK: "One dead refugee is a tragedy; one thousand is a policy"

At noon on Friday, 15 May, at government buildings in London, participants in the annual Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) Europe Convergence joined other international religious peace activists to draw attention to the deaths of migrants and refugees in the Mediterranean Sea and the culpability of the UK government in these deaths.

Video of CPT and Catholic worker Public Witness

 

May 15th

NIGERIA: The struggle to find hope in the midst of despair

[Note: CPTer Peggy Gish has been working on a crisis team for the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria.  This piece has been adapted for CPTnet.  The original is available on her website.]

Burned Church of the Brethren in Mubi

In my five weeks in Nigeria, I had been hearing stories of people escaping or seeing family members killed by Boko Haram, but these stories became more real to me as we accompanied a team from the Swiss Embassy to visit the city of Mubi.  There, Boko Haram destroyed and ransacked the Nigerian Church of the Brethren (EYN) headquarters, schools, and burned several EYN churches. The Boko Haram soldiers totally destroyed a clinic at EYN headquarters.  Among the groups of people we met who had returned to the city to try to rebuild their lives, I sensed that they have held on to hope, rising from their faith and their strong sense of community.  Congregations continue to worship out under shady trees next to the church buildings that Boko Haram had burned.

May 14th

Prayers for Peacemakers, May 14, 2014

Prayers for Peacemakers, May 14, 2014

Pray for CPT’s Iraqi Kurdistan team’s partners who work with children, teaching peacebuilding skills and comforting those who had to flee from their homes.

                              *Epixel for Sunday, May 17, 2015
Children at Kobane School:
"Peace is what it was like before the war. On the right you can see children playing and going to school, trees, 
flowers, and birds. This is what it used to be like in Syria. Now, there are tanks and rockets, people wounded 
and dead." 
For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. Psalm 1:6
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a text from the upcoming Sunday's  Revised Common Lectionary  readings.

May 12th

COLOMBIA PETITION: SIGN NOW! Ask Obama to Support Policy for a Just and Peaceful end to the Colombian Conflict

Days of Prayer and Action 2015 Petition

 

For the 2015 Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia, advocates are encouraged to sign this petition which will be shared with President Obama and members of Congress:

 

 

 

 

Dear President Obama and Members of Congress:

 

For over fifty years, Colombia has been engaged in an internal armed conflict that has left millions of victims and a country yearning for peace. Colombians have suffered through unspeakable violence, forced displacements, kidnappings, widespread massacres, threats against unionists and human rights activists, and the social exclusion of indigenous, Afro-descendant, and rural communities. As part of the National Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia, we applaud our government’s support of the peace process in Colombia and we gather with one message in mind: Tomorrow’s Peace Starts Today. For the Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia on May 15-18, activists around the country are gathering to advocate for U.S. policies that will work with Colombians to end the armed conflict and support a durable peace. We advocate for U.S. policy that will: