Locations and Dates
US/MEXICO BORDERLANDS DELEGATION
2017: 7-17th Febuary
Witness the impact of immigration enforcement in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands where foreign policy masquerades as domestic, where life and death decisions are foist upon our neighbors, relatives and friends, placing them in vulnerable and volatile situations. 182 bodies were recovered in the Tucson Sector of the border alone this last fiscal year.
Journey with us through this zone of conflict, the gauntlet of the Sonoran desert, part of the lethal continuum that our neighbors from Latin America travel to reach the fields, factories and detention centers of the U.S. Come to observe, query, discern, contribute, learn and then take home the story of human struggle and hope.
With the lens of the borderlands we will examine how immigration reform does and does not impact our neighbors, and ourselves wherever we live in the U.S. We will meet some of those directly affected by public policy. Migrants, local residents, activists, law enforcement personnel. We will walk desert trails, visit sites which include detention centers, human resource centers, cooperativesâ€¦ back and forth across the border. We will see first hand the impact of militarism on our neighbors and the border communities.
February is reasonably mild here. Cool nights, warm, dry days. Prepare for moderate level trail walking. A passport or border card is essential for this delegation. Spanish is helpful but not required.
FUNDRAISING EXPECTATION: $800 USD which does NOT include the cost of travel to Tucson, Arizona.
Earlham Delegation (open to everyone): 2-14 January
Spanish Language Delegation: 8-15 April
English Language Delegation: 23 July- 1 Aug
Some physical rigors are involved in most CPT delegations, such as hiking in mud and heat or mountains, hours-long trips by boat or truck, and generally long days.
FUNDRAISING EXPECTATION: $2000 US, which includes round-trip airfare from a designated U.S. or Canadian city. Those planning to travel from other countries, contact the CPT office or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY DELEGATION
Special Delegation: Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights
2017: 23 April- 14 May (Solidarity Walk)
Kitchener, ON to Ottawa, ON
Kitchener to Peterborough, ON
Peterborough to Ottawa, ON
*dates are approximate and susceptible to change*
CPT-Indigenous Peoples Solidarity team is partnering with Mennonite Church Canada for a 600 km walk this spring from Kitchener to Ottawa, ON to engage churches in a series of conversations about the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), exploring why it matters, the hope it offers, and how we can collectively live into it.
Oriented towards action, the Pilgrimage will be an opportunity to publicly demonstrate support for UNDRIP, to learn about UNDRIP and the struggles of our Indigenous partners, and to connect with local churches and Indigenous communities.
Applicants to the Pilgrimage need to indicate the dates they would like to attend ($20 per day) on CPTâ€™s delegation application form - join us for the entire walk or one of the walk segments listed above. Participants should have the physical ability to walk 25-35 km per day for multiple days in a row, and will be solely responsible for traveling to and from the particular start/end locations.
2017: 11-21 August (Pow Wow)
Find out what it means to be an ally to indigenous communities engaged in healing, resisting colonialism and struggling for sovereignty.
Corporate clear cut logging of Asubpeeschoseewagong traditional territory has destroyed hunting, trapping, food and medicine gathering activities. Residential schools have profoundly affected both families and communities . Mercury contamination found over forty years ago still continues poisoning the residents in the area .
Explore what it means to live in right relationship with the earth and each other. From a base in the city of Kenora, delegations will meet with leaders of Asubpeeschoseewagong people , indigenous and non- residents. Delegates undertake an analysis of colonialism, participate in undoing racism trainings , and learn about being allies to address the problems of structured violence though nonviolent actions.
FUNDRAISING EXPECTATION: $725 Canadian Dollars which does NOT include the cost of travel to Kenora, Ontario, Canada.
PLAN AHEAD for 2018: 25 May- 4 June; 21 September- 10 October (Women's Gathering)
2017: 5-20 May; 10-23 September
The Kurds of northern Iraq faced discrimination, terror and death under the regime of Saddam Hussein. After the 1991 Gulf War, they gained a measure of autonomy and safety under U.S. protection. Therefore, as the security situation deteriorated in rest of Iraq following the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, thousands of displaced persons fled to the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) area in the north, where it seemed safer. However, northern border villages have recently been the site of military attacks by Turkey and Iran.
CPT's delegations will be based in Sulaimani, in the KRG. Delegates will meet with representatives of non-governmental organizations, human rights groups, displaced persons, and government officials. They will gain a perspective on the challenges facing people in northern Iraq and the impact there of violence in other areas of Iraq and along the borders of the KRG. The delegation will participate in the work of CPT's longer-term project of reporting on human rights abuses and supporting local reconciliation. Some physical rigors may be involved.
CPT has had a presence in Iraq since October 2002, first in Baghdad and since November 2006 in Iraqi Kurdistan.
FUNDRAISING EXPECTATION: $3200 US, which includes round-trip airfare from a designated U.S. or Canadian city. Those planning to travel from other countries, contact the CPT office for more information.
PALESTINE / ISRAEL
2017: 10-24 May, 15-29 August, 10-24 October, 20 November - 3 December
Road closures, home invasions, checkpoints, separation barriers, and the presence of militant Israeli settlers near Palestinian villages threaten Palestinian human rights. Although the situation for many Palestinians living in the West Bank, Gaza, and Israel is grave, the Palestinian and Israeli nonviolence activists remain steadfast, building a nonviolence movement of hope and resilience. CPT delegation members will gain a perspective on how ongoing issues affect daily life, and will experience the power of Palestinian and Israeli citizens overcoming what seem to many to be permanent obstacles.
Delegates will meet with Palestinian and Israeli human rights representatives and peace workers in Jerusalem and Bethlehem. They will visit Palestinian families whose home and livelihoods are threatened by expanding Israeli settlements. They will travel to the city of Al Khalil (Hebron) and the village of At-Tuwani in the South Hebron Hills and experience firsthand CPT's work alongside Israeli and Palestinian partners. They will challenge the structural violence of the Occupation through nonviolent public witness.
Delegates should be prepared for some physical rigors, such as hiking in rough, extremely hilly terrain, heat in the summer and damp cold in the winter, and generally long days.
CPT has had a continuous presence in the West Bank since 1995.
FUNDRAISING EXPECTATION: $3250 USD, which includes round-trip airfare from a designated U.S. or Canadian city. Those planning to travel from other countries, contact the CPT office for more information.