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June 29th, 2016
Almost every year since August 2013 farmers in
Colombia have taken to the main highways to demand guarantees from the
government necessary to cultivate their land and thus maintain a livelihood to
support their families; the campesinos, Indigenous people, and Afro-Colombians
are not only demanding respect for their territories but also calling for a
revision of national policies that currently threaten the development of the
These mobilizations are supported by several sectors including students,
healthcare professionals, teachers, religious groups and unions, which in turn
represent an array of issues affecting the vast majority of the population.
June 28th, 2016
â€śSo pretty, what a waste,â€ť he said with a smile on his face.
An older gentleman approached me at a gathering recently and started a conversation with those words. I think he thought he was giving me a compliment.
I mean, SERIOUSLY?
While I have control over the way I care for myself, I do not have control over the face I was born with, or my hair, or the bones and cartilage that give shape to my skin. These parts of my being are nothing to take pride in because I did nothing to â€śearnâ€ť them.
The man who made the comment knows me.
He knows I've been a teacher of Spanish and theology.
He knows Iâ€™ve traveled the world and taught English in India and Palestine.
He knows Iâ€™ve been a human rights defender in Palestine.
June 27th, 2016
[Note: The following piece by CPT Colombia team partner and frequent delegation resource Francisco Jose Campo was written before the signing of the Havana Peace Accords last week. It has been adapted for CPTnet and to reflect that reality.]
The national yearning for peace, reconciliation and coexistence between compatriots seems continuously more real than utopian. Undeniably, itâ€™s darkest before the dawn. But the dawn of peace that is revealing itself to us is preceded by a dreadful darkness in this long night of a conflict that is not only military (as the military face of the conflict is becoming less vicious), but one that is ideological and political. Those on the far right are playing with the possibility of torpedoing the tangible advances of the negotiations, and the imminent signing of a political accord. Anti-restitution activity is the particular proof in this case.
June 23rd, 2016
CPT Colombia asks the Colombian authorities to put a stop to the growing trend of judicial persecution and detention of campesino human rights defenders who are fighting for their rights to land and territory.
Alvaro Garcia, campesino leader from the communities of El Guayabo and Bella Union and member of the Victims Association of Magdalena Medio (ASORVIMM), remains incarcerated for almost two months now under false criminal charges. He is one of two CPT partners who have suffered political persecution and imprisonment in the last nine months.
Three other leaders from El Guayabo and Bella Union currently have arrest warrants similar to that of Alvaroâ€™s, which severely encumbers the communityâ€™s legal struggle and distracts the authoritiesâ€™ attention from the larger land issue at play.
Join us in asking that the authorities drop charges for all four leaders, release Alvaro and respect the campesinosâ€™ right to remain on the land as the country moves forward towards a post-conflict reality.
June 22nd, 2016
Prayers for Peacemakers, June 22, 2016 Europe
Give thanks for members of the new CPT-Mediterranean Team, which has just finished its first week together on Lesvos, Greece. Pray for ongoing encouragement in their work, as Western governments try to avoid taking responsibility for refugees fleeing unbearable conditions in their homelands.
|*Epixel for Peacemakers June 25, 2016 |
|For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Galatians 5:14|
|*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a text from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.|