Christian Peacemaker Teams
NOTE: The CPTnet Editor apologizes for the series of Spanish language links at the bottom of this article (one is in English). Readers are invited to search the internet for materials in their preferred language.
CPT Colombia is calling people to support the Women’s and People’s International Summit of the Americas Against Militarization (Encuentro Internacional de Mujeres y Pueblos de las Américas contra la Militarización) set for 16 to 23 August in Colombia. CPT Colombia has been active in accompanying the Women’s Social Movement Against War and for Peace, which is organizing the event. The event will include delegations to different parts of Colombia to learn about the effects of militarization first hand; two days of presentations and discussion in Barrancabermeja to build a common strategic agenda with an emphasis on the military bases; and a vigil against militarization and the presence of foreign military forces in the territory.
The ongoing military aid from the United States to Colombia, which is the central focus of the Encuentro, has served to invade indigenous, Afro-Colombian and campesino lands for their strategic geopolitical location and the natural resources. Fellowship of Reconciliation recently published the report Military Assistance and Human Rights in Colombia. The report shows the relationship between the foreign military presence and violations of human rights in Colombia.
Below is the Encuentro’s Call to Action – with specific actions to support the vigil outside a military base on the 23 August.
CALL TO ACTION ON AUGUST 23, 2010
DAY OF SOLIDARITY OF WOMEN AND PEOPLE OF COLOMBIA AND
THE AMERICAS IN THE STRUGGLE AGAINST MILITARIZATION
We are approaching the Women and People’s International Summit of the Americas against Militarization (Encuentro Internacional de Mujeres y Pueblos de las Américas contra la Militarización), that will be held in Colombia, between the 16th and 23rd of August, 2010. The Summit takes place against a backdrop of U.S. imperialism and repositioning on the continent, which is visible in the installation of U.S. military bases in Colombia and US military forces in Panama, the coup in Honduras, threats of coup in Paraguay, and the military occupation in Haiti exploiting the natural disaster, among so many other examples.
In addition, the Summit will take place in a country whose government maintains a 40-year history of military cooperation with the United States under the fallacy of the war against drugs, drug trafficking and terrorism. This has been an excuse for the persecution and stigmatization of social protest and hides the true economic interests behind the conflict in Colombia: the maintenance of control over Colombian natural resources, territory, and people.
Between the 16th and 23rd of August, over 1,000 women and men, members of social, political, and popular movements in Latin America and around the world will be in Colombia to verify the effects of the militarization through humanitarian delegations to various regions of the country; to build a common strategic agenda with an emphasis on the military bases; and on the 23rd of August they will hold a vigil against militarization and the presence of foreign military forces in the territory.
We call on all social, political, and popular movements in Latin America and around the world to be alert and organized for the duration of the meeting, but in particular on the 23rd of August, an international day of solidarity with the women and people of Colombia and the Americas in the struggle against militarization.
Activities may take many forms, including:
– Vigils or actions in front of consulates and other representatives of Colombia and/or the United States on August 23rd
– Actions in the streets distributing flyers about the militarization, in public areas such as bus and train stations, subways etc.
– Pronouncements and videos in support of the people of Colombia and the Americas
– Calls to your elected representatives to insist that the government cut military spending and re-allocate those resources to social services and generate employment.
– Seminars, conferences, book launches, film and video releases and other cultural events, with the aim of discussing the Summit and raising awareness of the impact of militarization in the lives of women and other people groups, and challenging the multinational arms industry and governments around the world who support wars and conflicts
– Press conferences during the week of the 16th to the 23rd of August to discuss the Summit in Colombia and the situation of women and people living in conflict zones.
We ask you to send us an email at email@example.com with details of the actions and events (type of event and title, location, date, time, info for contact person). We will organize the information and make it widely available on the website of the Summit: (http://www.movimientos.org/encuentromujerespueblos/) and through our movements as well.
In solidarity and struggle!
World March of Women
International Peasant Movement
World Peace Council
Convergencia de los Movimientos y pueblos de las Américas, COMPA
Coordinador Nacional Agrario, CNA
Proceso de Comunidades Negras en Colombia, PCN
Unión Sindical Obrera, USO
Corporación Colombiana de Teatro
Minga de Resistencia Social y Comunitaria
Women’s Social Movement against War and for Peace:
Consejo Regional Indígena del Cauca, CRIC; Organización Femenina Popular, OFP; Mujeres de Negro – OFP Colombia; Colectivo Policarpa Salavarrieta, La Pola, Cundinamarca; Proceso Nacional de Mujeres Campesinas – CIC-ANUCUR: (Federación de Mujeres Campesinas de Nariño, Asociación de Mujeres Campesinas de Pradera, Comité de Mujeres Campesinas de Caldas, Coordinación de Mujeres Campesinas de Atlántico, Coordinación de Mujeres Campesinas de Sucre); Equipos Cristianos de Acción por la Paz, ECAP; Resguardo Indígena Cariamomo, Caldas, Risaralda; Programa Mujer Indígena, CRIC; Pueblo Yanacona; Pueblo Totoroes; Pueblo Coconuco; Pueblo Nasa; Red de Mujeres de Tiquisio; Pueblo Siapirara; Pueblo Eperara; Resguardo Indígena Triunfo Cristal Páez; Asociación de Proyectos Alternativos Comunitarios, APAC; Asociación de Madres Comunitarias del Área Metropolitana de Bucaramanga; Asociación de Mujeres Productoras de Cárnicos, ASOMUPCAR; Comisión Interfranciscana de Justicia, Paz y Reverencia con la Creación; Hermanas Nuevas Esperanzas, Alianza Fraternal de Mujeres; Asociación de Mujeres Fe y Vida, AMUFEVI; Ciudadanos por la Paz; Hermanas de San Juan Evangelista, Pastoral Obrera: Bogotá, Bucaramanga, Barrancabermeja; Movimiento Juvenil Quinto Mandamiento; Fundación de Apoyo y Consolidación Social para Desplazados por la Violencia en Colombia, FUNDESVIC; Colectivo Gioconda Belli y Colectivo El Aquelarre de Estudiantes de la Universidad Surcolombiana; Constituyente de Betulia, Santander; Red de Mujeres del Nororiente Colombiano de la Provincia García Rovira; Asociación de Madres Comunitarias de la Provincia García Rovira; Asociación de Madres Comunitarias de la Provincia Puerto Wilches; Asociación de Mujeres Rurales por la Paz y el Progreso, San Gil; Emisoras Comunitarias Magdalena Medio; Pax Christi-Alemania; Asociación Municipal de Mujeres Campesinas de Lebrija, AMMUCALE; Asociación Santandereana de Servidores Públicos, ASTDEMP; Movimiento por la Defensa de los Derechos del Pueblo, MODEP; Siervas de San José, Bogotá; Liga Estudiantil Autónoma, LEA; Unidad Social Popular, Girón; Colombia Support Network Madison,WI
· Graphic material (Spanish language announcement/poster)
· Multimedia (Spanish language audios, videos)
· Invitation to participate (English call and event explanation)
· Voz de los Movimientos radio program 45/2010 (Spanish language radio program, includes interview with Claudia Castellanos, lawyer and activist of the Women’s Social Movement Against War and For Peace of Colombia, on the conditions of women who live in areas affected by the country’s armed conflict, and objectives of the People’s International Summit of the Americas against Militarization.
· Summit web site (Spanish): http://www.movimientos.org/encuentromujerespueblos/
Source: Christian Peacemaker Teams