Turning faith into action for peace

CPT builds partnerships to transform violence and oppression.

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Inclusive, multi-faith, spiritually guided peacemaking. We approach injustice from a spirit of faith and compassion.

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CPT accompanies and supports our partners in their local peacemaking work in situations of violent oppression.

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Committed to undoing the structures of oppression that feed violence, both in society and within our organization.

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COLOMBIA: The slow struggle for land and justice

20 May 2019
“Since 2005… no, since 2002 we are fighting on this land,” Eugenio tells me when I ask him about the history of the process and struggle that has led to this day. We are sitting in the shadow of the church building in El Garzal, watching the people come and go to register their land with the ANT (National Land Agency). Eugenio has fifteen hectares of land in Nueva Esperanza, the neighboring community to Garzal whom CPT also accompanies — “poquita,” (“little”) he says

IRAQI KURDISTAN: “All we want is to know the fate of our beloved people”

15 May 2019
It was just twenty-three days after the New Year when the Turkish jet fighters bombed Matin Mountain in Deraluk and the villages around it in Iraqi Kurdistan. This airstrike marked the first incident of killing and targeting civilians in 2019.

Voices of Holy Week 2019:  Solidarity in campesinx communities

14 May 2019
The solidarity in the campesinx* communities working for the right to their territory is the fundamental base around which the unity of the community consolidates. Unity is a force that is born from the heart and at the same time lies in the ground until life puts down roots into the territory; outside of that community it does not exist. The campesinx communities in Colombia are one with the earth, they run with the river, vibrate with the wind, grow with the rain, their surroundings are their home and their neighbors are their family.

Freedom of the press in Iraqi Kurdistan

10 May 2019
When I was a child I dreamed of being a journalist. Of sharing stories with the world and uncovering the truth. It seemed so glamorous and important, changing the world with the mighty pen. I didn’t understand then what the glamour of bringing information to the public could really look like. I didn’t understand that many journalists are murdered, tortured, imprisoned, threatened and bullied because of their work.
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Colombia

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Accompanying small farming and mining communities caught in the crossfire of decades of war and, more recently, hyper-development. Partnering with local human rights organizations. Highlighting the effects of a conflict that has permeated urban social structures through organized crime, trafficking, and displacement from rural areas.

Iraqi Kurdistan

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Partnering with mountain village and shepherd communities that peacefully resist displacement and destruction caused by cross-border military operations. Accompanying human rights defenders and civil initiatives standing against oppression. Documenting impacts of violence on civilians and advocating locally and internationally for change.

Palestine

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Supporting Palestinian-led, nonviolent, grassroots resistance to the Israeli occupation and the unjust structures that uphold it. Documenting human rights violations in occupied Palestine. Partnering with local Palestinian and Israeli peacemakers and educating the international community to help create a space for justice and peace.

Indigenous Peoples Solidarity

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Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Working in Turtle Island (North America), primarily Southern Manitoba and Northern Ontario, Canada as an ally to Indigenous rights groups. Accompanying and supporting land defenders. Standing in solidarity with and advocating for Indigenous communities as they work toward healing, resisting colonialism, and struggling for sovereignty. Engaging faith communities and settlers in solidarity work.

CPT Europe: Lesvos

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A CPT Europe Regional Program. Partnering with local and international organizations committed to solidarity with refugees who are nonviolently defending their human rights. Reporting on the inhumane living situations in the military-run refugee camp Moria. Accompany refugees in nonviolent protests against unfair treatment. Monitoring vessels on the Aegean Sea, and welcoming refugees as they newly arrive on Lesvos after the perilous crossing.