Armed Work Stoppage, La Unión

Colombia: Take action to protect peace community

By FOR Colombia

Colombia: Take action to protect peace community
“We have always said, and in that we are clear, that until this very day we are resisting. And our work is to continue resisting and defending our rights. We don’t know until when, because the truth we’ve lived in our story is this: today we are here talking; tomorrow we may be dead.”

—Luis Eduardo Guerra, 37 days before his death

Demand justice for San José de Apartadó!

Yesterday, members of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó traveled, on foot and by mule, through heavy rains and oppressive sun, to visit the grave of Luis Eduardo Guerra. Built in the typicalcampesino style, it is a small wooden house with an aluminum roof, weathered and hidden among tall grasses and guava trees. The journey commemorates the 2005 massacre of seven Peace Community members and a local man. Among the community members was Luis Eduardo, co-founder and celebrated leader.
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Today: A decade of protection in Colombia

By FOR Colombia

Today: A decade of protection in Colombia
On February 7, 2002, the first FOR human rights accompaniment team arrived to accompany the people of La Union in Colombia. Today as we celebrate FOR’s tenth anniversary of presence in the peace community, we are members of a community full of life: there is music playing, seeds being planted, corn and yucca and sugar cane being harvested, and babies being born.

Join us in celebrating an amazing decade of FOR’s accompaniment in Colombia.

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For 15 years, the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó has organized, spoken out, marched, and built a global network of allies; against dramatic odds, in spite of more than 180 community members having been killed, these brave farmers have managed to stay on their lands. This feat is hard for us in the global North to imagine — the courage it takes to face death and stay put.
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Armed Work Stoppage, La Unión

By FOR Colombia
Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 1:14am

Armed Work Stoppage, La Unión

Northwestern Colombia: The news arrives slowly — paro armado, an armed strike — a faint rumor that trickles, passing from person to person, word of mouth: que no baje al pueblo, don’t go into town today. The radio crackles; static that breaks the hazy, afternoon heat:

… all public transport companies in Urabá will suspend services for fear of what could result as consequence of an armed strike ordered by the former “Gaitanista” Self-Defense Forces, today known as drug-traffic gang, the “Urabeños,” in order to observe the burial of leader Juan de Dios Úsuga David, alias “Giovanni,” shot to death by police.


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