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UNITED STATES ACTION ALERT: Encourage the Government of the United States of America to Sign the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The Aboriginal Justice Team of Christian Peacemaker Teams has participated in the initiative to encourage the governments of Canada and the United States to endorse the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

On 12 November 2010, Canada finally endorsed the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  Canada was one of four countries that initially voted against the Declaration when it was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 13 September 2007.  Since then, Australia, New Zealand, and now Canada, have all reversed their positions and officially support the Declaration.  The only country that has not acknowledged the Declaration is the United States.  The Declaration is the result of more than twenty years of discussions and negotiations, making it one of the most carefully designed instruments to support human rights on an international level.

Click on Support the Rights of Indigenous People – An Appeal to the President of the United States.

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Colombia project CPTers complete North American speaking tour


Members of Christian Peacemaker Teams Colombia recently completed a tour from Toronto, Canada through the Eastern United States, the theme of which was Dispatches from Colombia: Stories about Communities in Resistance, United States Foreign Policy, and Militarization."

In September and October, CPTers Alix Lozano, Chris Knestrick, and Eloy Garcia spoke at various public venues, and participated in public actions against The Body Shop, U.S. militarism, and the hiring of the former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe Velez as a Distinguished Scholar at the Jesuit University, Georgetown, in Washington, D.C.


AT-TUWANI/ABORIGINAL JUSTICE REFLECTION: Seeking the peace of Palestine by engaging our own settler reality

A life-changing thought came to mind this past week while I was serving in the village of at-Tuwani.  I was out with Palestinian shepherds, watching the Jewish settlers of Ma'on construct another large chicken barn on stolen Palestinian land.  As I watched, all of a sudden, the armed Jewish settlers and their bulldozers vanished from sight, only to be replaced by other white settlers—persons of European origin, carrying Bibles, guns, and Christian civilization.  Then the Palestinian shepherds next to me, a couple of young Muslim teenagers, also disappeared, and in their place stood two men of First Nations origin.  And before I knew it, the desert land beneath my feet began to tremble, and thousands of huge Douglas Firs erupted from the hillsides, while a raging river full of salmon and steelhead burst forth from the rocky valley below.

COLOMBIA/U.S.: Action opportunity for U.S. citizens or residents

CPT Colombia asks U.S.-based supporters to get their Representatives' support for a House resolution to support Colombia's Constitutional Court in defending rights of the country's internally displaced persons.

U.S.-Canada: CPT Boutique accepting valuables from donors; all profits support work of CPT

CPT is now accepting donated items for sale in an online boutique store.  Donors can simplify their lives while supporting CPT's peace and human rights work in Colombia, Iraq, Palestine and North America.

TUCSON, AZ: CPT reservist arrested for holding "WAR IS NOT A SHOW" banner at Davis Monthan Air Force Base

Sunday afternoon, 21 March 2010, at the Aerospace and Arizona Days military exhibition and air show on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, two Tucson residents were arrested for trespassing.  CPT reservist John Heid, 55, and Gretchen Nielsen, 77, unfurled a banner near the Predator UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) declaring, “War is Not a Show.”

Heid wrote, in a press release that went out after the witness,

FORT FRANCES, ONTARIO: Fort Hood shootings-what happens when you cannot follow your conscience

Major Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter, was caught in an impossible matrix of shame.  As a Muslim he was asked to support the killing of his fellow Muslims, which Islam forbids.  The military taught him that good soldiers do not identify with the enemy.  Every day as a counselor and psychiatrist he had to face this impossible dilemma as he listened to the dreadful stories of broken soldiers caught in the vise of post-traumatic stress syndrome disorder (PTSD). 

CHICAGO: Coffins bear truth to Boeing

On 19 January 2009 fifty CPTers and supporters carried cardboard coffins covered with Palestinian flags through downtown Chicago, dramatizing Boeing's deadly connection to Israel's recent offensive in Gaza. Chicago police arrested four of the mourners when they knelt to pray beside the coffins placed at the front door of Boeing Headquarters.

Boeing makes the GBU-39 small diameter bombs and the Apache helicopters used by the Israeli military during its recent war on Gaza.  More than 1300 Palestinians, mostly women and children, lost their lives, and thousands more were injured when bombs fell on neighborhoods, schools, hospitals and UN food warehouses.

Participants in the 19 January Martin Luther King Day witness sought to honor Dr. King's call to end racism, militarism and poverty.

"Taking this step to expose one of the biggest perpetrators of militarism is a fitting memorial to Dr. King," said CPT training participant Janie Stein. "The people of Palestine and Israel will have a greater chance for peace and security when corporations like Boeing stop sending weapons to the region."