Rochester, NY: The Courage to Refuse War: Colombian conscientious objector speaks

“When I die, it will be here for someone else”

By John Lindsay-Poland

 Interview with Peace Community Farmers
“When I die, it will be here for someone else”

By Dominque Aulisio

The end of April marks my first month here in the Peace Community of San José of Apartadó, where I will be living for the next year as a peace accompanier with FOR. My first weeks here have been full of new experiences, like learning to make arepas from freshly harvested corn, getting to know the beautiful people who are my new neighbors, and absorbing a load of information about the context of the Colombian conflict and our work here. I am also still adjusting to being far away from friends and family and am learning to navigate “the world’s slowest internet connection” with patience.

This week, I made my first accompaniment trip to spend three days with an isolated family of the Peace Community. They are the only community members in their area, and they are often surrounded by the armed actors who move throughout the region. Our journey entailed walking for three hours over a giant hill (or what we Floridians call a mountain) and through a good amount of mud to arrive at a simple farmhouse in a gorgeous valley. As usual, the picturesque Colombian landscape contrasted sharply with the family’s grave analysis of the movements of nearby paramilitaries and their recent gains in territory.
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Nashville, TN: The Courage to Refuse War: Colombian conscientious objector speaks

869The Fellowship of Reconciliation presents an informal evening of conversation with a Colombia conscientious objector at the home of Bill Northrup, member of FOR’s National Council:

The Courage to RefuseWar: A path to promote nonviolence and social justice

Colombian youth Sebastián Patiño speaks on refusing to participate in war as a member of Conscientious Objectors’ Collective Action (ACOOC).

War and militarism impact youths’ lives, especially when they are convinced, forced, or obligated to be soldiers and fight at the front lines, in futile wars that that profit few.


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Susana Pimiento and Sebastian Patino interviewed on WBAI with Robert Knight

By Jim Murphy
Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 7:32pm

Susana Pimiento and Sebastian Patino interviewed on WBAI with Robert Knight

Robert Knight interviewed Fellowship of Reconciliation staff member Susana Pimiento and a young Colombian conscientious objector today on his WBAI (Pacifica Radio network) “5 O’Clock Shadow” show. His program is a highly regarded progressive-issues show broadcast during the “drive time” interval.

 

Susana, who works with FOR’s Task Force on Latin America and the Caribbean, clearly defined the U.S. government’s role in financing the Colombian military and their “auxiliary” forces. We are told that this is humanitarian aid. The expanding use of surveillance drones is a continued threat to the Colombian people’s freedom from the military. Sebastian Patino is a member of the brave group of young people that have refused mandatory conscription in the Colombian military.


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Conscientious objection to paying taxes for killing people

By David Hartsough
Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 11:59am

Dear Friends,

We are Conscientious Objectors and cannot in conscience kill other human beings. We deeply believe that we are all God’s children and we are all brothers and sisters. Just as we cannot kill our brother who lives in California, we cannot kill our brothers or sisters who live in Afghanistan, Pakistan or Iraq.


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Rochester, NY: The Courage to Refuse War: Colombian conscientious objector speaks

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The Courage to Refuse War: A path to promote nonviolence and social justice

Colombian youth Sebastián Patiño speaks on refusing to participate in war as a member of Conscientious Objectors’ Collective Action (ACOOC).

War and militarism impact youths’ lives, especially when they are convinced, forced, or obligated to be soldiers and fight at the front lines, in futile wars that that profit few.


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