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December 29th

Prayers for Peacemakers. 29 December 2016


Prayers for Peacemakers. 29 December 2016

2016 has been a difficult year. Stories about the plight of refugees in the Mediterranean sea, the peace process in Colombia, killings of social leaders and farmers, protests to defend water resources, political surprises that seek to eliminate rights of millions of people, intensifying abuses in Hebron, new disappearances in the borderlands between Mexico and the USA, ongoing wars around the world, increasing islamophobia, escalating abuse of migrants, violence against women and natural disasters that have left thousands of people homeless… The list seems endless.

However, even in all this darkness, we can always find a ray of light. It reminds us that we must not lose faith. The light, which the oppression tries hard to extinguish, lives and grows with the commitment and dedication of us all.

In this last week of 2016, let us pray for an amplification of the light in the coming year. The light that lives and shines both inside each one of us and in the world around us. Let's pray for this light to grow stronger and multiply.

Let us pray for CPT members in Colombia, Palestine, Iraqi Kurdistan, Turtle Island, Greece, our partners and all the people struggling for peace around the world. Let's pray together for those who work to transform all forms of violence and oppression.

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

Baby watching TV

Photo credit: Caldwell Manners (El Garzal, Sur de Bolivar)

December 23rd

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY: “...To proclaim freedom for the prisoners” -- Settler colonialism and deaths in custody

CPTnet
23 December 2016
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY: “...To proclaim freedom for the prisoners” -- Settler colonialism and deaths in custody

by Chuck Wright

Recently my team mate Kathy and I attended an information picket outside the Manitoba Government and Employees Union - representing correctional officers in Manitoba - to demand accountability for deaths in custody at the Winnipeg Remand Centre (WRC). MGEU has an opportunity to utilize their union’s power to exert real pressure on Manitoba Justice to make public the results of the WRC’s internal investigations and hold their members accountable. However, by shirking this responsibility, urging the public to “reserve judgment” until “all the facts are in” - facts that may never see the light of day - and passing the buck to government policies (many of which are a definite source of the problem), they have been complicit in these deaths.

Protesting in the snow

December 21st

Prayers for Peacemakers. December 21, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers. December 21, 2016

Please pray today for kak Awat, Gulala khan and kak Hassan, who CPT Iraqi Kurdistan team accompanies in their nonviolent struggle against corrupt rulers and powerful natural gas companies. They continue to be the voice and hands of change despite kidnappings, death threats and lawsuit against them. 

In our prayers let us remember also members of the Asaish (security forces / intelligence agency) and ask the Spirit to move their hearts and minds so that also thy can take part in bringing about the nonviolent transformation of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Kak Awat Hassan, Gulala Khan, Kak Hassan

Photos published in cptikurdistan.blogspot.com Photos by: Kasia Protz and Rezhiar Fakhir.

Psalm 17: 1-3, 7-9

O LORD, hear my plea for justice.

Listen to my cry for help.

Pay attention to my prayer,

for it comes from honest lips.

3You have tested my thoughts and examined my heart in the night.

 

7Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways.

By your mighty power you rescue

those who seek refuge from their enemies.

8Guard me as you would guard a pupil of your own eyes.

Hide me in the shadow of your wings.

9Protect me from wicked people who attack me,

from murderous enemies who surround me.

December 20th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos December 13 - 19

CPTnet

13 December 2016

 AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos December 13-19

 

No respect for the living or dead

Pictured here: Israeli soldiers often walk through the Muslim graveyard that borders Shuhada Street and is across from their military base. Here they are seen during a Muslim funeral, walking around carelessly, smashing discarded glass bottles on the ground, and being generally disrespectful of the mourners and the service. Just last month Israeli authorities demolished several graveyards in East Jerusalem. Read more...

(December 16, 2016)


December 19th

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY: Call for solidarity from Standing Rock across different communities

CPTnet

19 December 2016

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY: Call for solidarity from Standing Rock across different communities

by John Bergen

I first learned about CPT as a young child, when a member of my church joined a delegation to Palestine. This was the late 90s, and CPT was standing alongside Palestinians facing home demolitions (the Campaign for Secure Dwellings). I didn't fully understand why Israeli military forces were demolishing people's homes and taking their land but instinctively I knew that it was wrong.

Fast forward almost twenty years, and CPT continues to stand alongside people’s movements to protect community, water, and land. After I graduated from high school, I went on my own CPT delegation (to Grassy Narrows) and eventually trained with CPT and served with the teams in Kurdistan and Palestine.

People Gathering in Oceti Sakowin Camp

Photo published by Oceti Sakowin camp website. (©Toni Cervantes)

December 18th

COLOMBIA REFLECTION: I love God


CPTnet
18 December 2016
COLOMBIA REFLECTION: I love God.

by Jhon Henry

There is nothing more liberating than saying I love God, because by God’s love I am able to understand the struggles of my sisters and brothers, through God’s love it is possible to understand that my commitment as a Christian is to transform the world into a more just place where all can have a place in which to live, a just world for me, for you, for us, for all.

Man from Las Pavas collects firewood

A man from Las Pavas collects firewood for community members who take nightly shifts to guard their crops from attacks by palm oil company, Aportes San Isidro’s private security. (Caldwell Manners/CPT)


December 17th

IRAQI KURDISTAN NEWSLETTER: November 2016 -- Teachers' strike continues despite arrests, nonviolent resistance against Dana Gas, Duhok university students experience AVP and more...

CPTnet
17 December 2016
IRAQI KURDISTAN NEWSLETTER: November 2016 -- Teachers' strike continues despite arrests, nonviolent resistance against Dana Gas, Duhok university students experience AVP and more...

 
November 2016
 
 

Iraqi Kurdistan

 
Demonstrations in Iraqi Kurdistan
Awat Hassan talking to CPTers at his home. Photo by: Rezhiar Fakhir

Awat Hassan continues to be the voice of change among ongoing death threats 

Awat Hassan Abdulla is a civil society activist and one of the main organizers of the teachers’ protests that are currently happening in the city of Sulaimani. Since the beginning of the school year in September 2016, the teachers are on a strike and demand that their full wages be paid and that the government sector will stop and deal with its internal corruption. The schools and universities remain closed until now. Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), an international human rights organization, have been in contact with Mr. Awat Hassan Abdulla and his family, who requested that we accompany them. Mr. Awat and his family have been receiving threats and following a series of violent detentions and beatings by the Security forces (Asaish), the last one took place on the 1 December 2016, he and his family fear for their safety and lives. CPT agreed to accompany him and his family.

Read the full report here.

December 15th

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY: Short Hills Deer Harvest Becomes the Site of Reconciliation.

CPTnet

15 December 2016

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY: Short Hills Deer Harvest Becomes the Site of Reconciliation.

By Rachelle Friesen, Peter Haresnape, Murray Lumley, and Allan Slater

For the last three years, the Haudenosaunee deer harvest in Short Hills Provincial Park has become a place of tension as animal rights advocates have protested the Haudenosaunee right to hunt. The protestors operate under the banner of animal rights and need for safety; however in actuality most of the protestors are local property owners.  This year, although the protests still happened and moments of tension occurred, the overwhelming feeling was one of reconciliation, learning, and decolonization.

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) has been involved in supporting the Haudenosaunee deer harvest in previous years, providing an avenue of witness, non-violent direct action, documentation and advocacy surrounding the harvest. CPT believes in the importance for the Haudenosaunee to have access to harvest the deer, as enshrined in the treaties. Although we admit that treaties were often signed under duress and deceit, we believe the implementation of the treaties is the basic minimum that Canadian society can do. 

Banners in the protest

Photo by Murray Lumley

December 14th

Prayers for Peacemakers. December 14, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers. December 14, 2016

Every day, the images and stories of the destruction and desolation of Aleppo get more and more brutal. When we think that the war could not possibly get any worse, new stories come up proving the opposite.

Today, while many prepare to celebrate Christmas with their families, we need to stop for a moment and pray for our sisters and brothers who remain in the midst of a devastating war.

Pray for the people who find themselves trapped within Aleppo. Pray for their endurance and their will to survive. Pray for those who having escaped have come back to help others. Pray that this fratricidal war reaches its end and no more innocent lives are lost.

My God, “you are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word." 

(Psalm 119:114)

Family walking in Aleppo. The city is destroyed

There were no restrictions or limitations to the extent of destruction wrought on Aleppo [SANA / Handout via REUTERS] Published by Aljazeera.

December 13th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos December 6 – 12

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13 December 2016

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos December 6 – 12

 

"Not Funny"

Pictured here:  Soldiers invaded the homes of Christian Peacemaker Team's neighbors this week.  When some soldiers were laughing at one CPTer's attempt to speak Hebrew, another soldier barked. "It's not funny!" "No, invading people's homes is not funny," the other CPTer said.  See Israeli soldiers punish CPT neighbors for having no weapons in their home.

(December 6, 2016)