Locations and Dates

US/MEXICO BORDERLANDS DELEGATION

2016: 10-20 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, cooperatives… 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. 

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COLOMBIA

19-26 Marzo: SEMANA SANTA NACIONAL DELEGACION

National delegations are primarily for Colombians, and will be conducted in Spanish. Others with substantial on-ground experience in Colombia and Spanish language fluency may be considered. Contact CPT Colombia at ecapcolombia@edatel.net.co.  

 

28 May-11 June: FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS DELEGATION

 The Las Pavas community has been repeatedly displaced from their land over the last 20 years by various different armed actors, the most recent being Aportes San Isidro, a palm oil company.  The palm oil industry is particularly prevalent and powerful in the region, and use tactics like 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.

Las Pavas was recognized by the Colombian State in 2013 with the National Peace Prize for their commitment to nonviolence. Juliana Vargas of the National Peace Prize selection committee in a visit with the community told them, “You were selected by a committee from 89 nominated national processes who are also doing amazing work for peace. But we chose you because you showed us a nonviolent way forward. You are our example.”

Participants will spend some time in the community of Las Pavas, hearing their testimony of over 20 years of peaceful resistance through story and song. The first few days will be spent in Bogotá, Colombia’s capital, learning the national context. From Bogotá we travel to Barrancabermeja, CPT’s base city, a city alive with social movements and a history steeped in the defence of human rights and dignity – here we will listen to the voices of friends and partners developing an analysis before heading off to Las Pavas.

16-30 July: THE PHENOMENON OF LAND-GRABBING

The community of El Guayabo is comprised of around 250 families who have been working the land to provide sustenance for themselves for over 30 years.  They have lived peaceably up until two years ago when they found themselves in the middle of a land dispute.  By standing up for their right to remain on the land, members of the Guayabo community have received death threats, been subjected to police brutality, and face a daily fear of being displaced from their homes.

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 economical interest to the parties of the conflict.  Often this land is taken over by large landowners or multinational corporations who use the land for cash crops for export, contributing to a global trend toward food insecurity.

Participants will have the opportunity to visit El Guayabo and witness the geopolitics of land-grabbing first hand and be in solidarity with the community and their struggle to remain on their land. The first few days will be spent in Bogotá, Colombia’s capital, learning the national context. From Bogotá we travel to Barrancabermeja, CPT’s base city, a city alive with social movements and a history steeped in the defence of human rights and dignity – here we will listen to the voices of friends and partners developing an analysis before heading off to El Guayabo.

10-24 September: CONFLICT, FORGIVNESS AND RECONCILIATION 

Garzal and Nueva Esperanza are two farming communities situated side by side along the banks of the Magdalena River.  These farmers make their living cultivating rice, plantain, yuca, many varieties of tropical fruits, and lastly, their famous cacao. This cocoa bean is one of the best in Colombia and Garzal exports to Swiss chocolate companies, who sell their product around the world.

Unfortunately, these very fertile and prosperous lands have been at the epicentre of a civil war in Colombia for over 50 years. Constant threats from demobilized paramilitaries make life difficult on the land and the farming community lives in a perpetual state of fear. The state has declared that these lands be allocated to small farmers, but the titles are caught up in corrupt bureaucracy.

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. The first few days will be spent in Bogotá, Colombia’s capital, learning the national context. From Bogotá we travel to Barrancabermeja, CPT’s base city, a city alive with social movements and a history steeped in the defence of human rights and dignity – here we will listen to the voices of friends and partners developing an analysis before heading off to Garzal and Nueva Esperanza.

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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: $2800 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 delegations@cpt.org for more information.

 

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY DELEGATION

2016:  13-23 May; 12-22 August; 23 September- 3 October

*** Special University Student Delegation 13-21 February ***

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. 

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IRAQI KURDISTAN (Kurdish North)

2016:  10-23 September

*** Special Delegation: Presbyterian Peace Fellowship  17- 31 May ***


 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. 

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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

2016: 10-24 March;  3-17 May;   Interfaith Delegation 16-31 July; 

 17-30 September;  13-23 November

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. 

Road closures, home invasions, checkpoints, and the presence of militant Israeli settlers near Palestinian villages continue to threaten Palestinian human rights, and Israel's separation barrier (much of it built on confiscated Palestinian land) continues to separate Palestinian communities from each other and ordinary Israelis and Palestinians seeking to come together for peace. CPT delegation members will gain a perspective on how these 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.

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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.