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May 20th, 2016

COLOMBIA: Sign the Petition--Flood the US Congress with letters of Peace in Support of Colombia!

Days of Prayer and Action | Building Peace from the Ground Up

Send your members of the House and Senate an email laying out eight ways the U.S. Congress can support peace and respect human rights in Colombia. Just enter your zip code below to use our quick and easy email form!



Members of the community El Guayabo and El Garzal demonstrate in front of the Palace of Justice on May 4, 2016. They had gathered to support Alvaro García, a El Guayabo community member who was recently arrested.

Members of the community El Guayabo and El Garzal demonstrate in front of the Palace of Justice, Barrancabermeja on May 4, 2016. They had gathered to support Alvaro García, a El Guayabo community member who was recently arrested. Photo: Caldwell Manners

Each year, grassroots advocates across the United States and Colombia raise up their voices and call for peace during the Days of Prayer and Action for Peace in Colombia. Join us this year on May 23rd as we flood Congress with messages encouraging U.S. support for peace in Colombia!

Colombia can finally see peace on the horizon. But peace isn’t guaranteed with the signing of a peace agreement; true peace with truth, justice, and reparations will take years of work.

For more than 15 years, the U.S. government provided Colombia with military-focused assistance through Plan Colombia.

As the U.S. government begins to plan for a new “Peace Colombia” assistance package aimed at implementing peace, let’s encourage rights-respecting aid that recognizes that “post-accord” does not mean “post-conflict.”

Every email sent and phone call made shows Congress that we stand in solidarity with Colombian civil society, faith, and victims’ groups committed to building a lasting peace in Colombia.

Click on the link to sign the petition. At the bottom of the page after you enter your zip code below, your representative and senators’ contact information will appear, as well as a sample email.

SIGN HERE

May 19th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Remembering the Nakba--an act of nonviolent revolution

Every 15 May, Palestinians remember the Nakba (Great Catastrophe).  The Nakba refers to the expulsion and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians during the late 1940s as Jewish Zionists were establishing the Israeli state.  The facts of the Nakba are as shocking as they are unknown to the West.  And those of us in the West are responsible for this ignorance. 

Following WW II and the Holocaust, the United Nations, influenced heavily by Zionist lobbying and the need to secure a home for the thousands of Jews displaced by the Holocaust, split the British Mandate of Palestine.  The partition is a historic example of European colonial privilege trumping the interests and rights of local communities.  At the time of the partition, European Jews owned only 7% of the land and were only 33% of the population.  Yet the United Nations allocated 55% of the land for the establishment of a Jewish state and 42% for the re-establishment of an Arab Palestinian state.  Jerusalem, comprising the remaining 3%, was to be an international city.  Palestinians had no voice and no representation in the partition.

Palestinian refugees carry their belongs after Zionist forces push them off their lands.

COLOMBIA: Download #DOPA2016 Worship and Action Resource Packet

 

Have you seen our site? cptcolombia.org

DOWNLOAD: Days of Prayer and Action Worship and Action Packet | May 22-23

May 22-23, 2016 will mark the annual Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia (DOPA). This event is celebrated in communities and congregations across Colombia and the U.S. This year, there is real hope that a Peace Accord will be signed, ending  fifty-years of fighting between the government and the FARC guerillas. As “Plan Colombia” moves to “Peace Colombia” advocates in the U.S. must call for the U.S. to end militarized aid, and instead investment fully in Colombia’s peace.

This year’s DOPA theme, “Building Peace from the Ground Up” acknowledges the role grassroots peacebuilding has had in tilling the soil for the peace agreement, and the critical role it will play in nurturing a peace that will be sustained in Colombia. Across our two nations we will plant ‘seeds of peace’ together, committing ourselves to renewed work and policies needed for a just peace in Colombia to grow.

Download the Worship and Action Packet for stories, multimedia links, prayers, resources and ideas on how to participate with us.

For there shall be a sowing of peace; the vine shall yield its fruit, the ground shall give its produce, and the skies shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things. (Zechariah 8:11)

DOWNLOAD HERE
Alvaro Garcia
Days of Prayer and Action event at the Four Square Church in El Garzal, May 2015
[photo: Caldwell Manners] 
 

May 18th

Prayers for Peacemakers, May 18, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers, May 18, 2016

Give thanks for the decision that Christian Peacemaker Teams – Europe made to hold its convergence and public witness at the Eurovision song contest in Malmö, Sweden three years ago last week.  Out of that meeting arose its decision to accompany and partner with refugees, immigrants, asylum seekers and their allies on the Greek island of Lesvos.

*Epixel for Peacemakers May 22, 2016 Trinity Sunday
Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.
And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,
and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,
and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts 
through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. Romans 5:1-5
 
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing  with a text  from the upcoming  Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.

May 17th

IRAQI KURDISTAN REFLECTION: Racism based on my name

 

At the Hawler Checkpoint October 2014

Two of my Kurdish friends were deported from a Russian airport because of their names and assumed religion.

But I have experienced racism also in my region. 

Last Thursday, together with my team mate and my youngest son, I drove the CPT car on our way to Hawler (also known as Erbil, in Arabic), the capital of Kurdistan Region of Iraq, to renew our NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) registration for CPT. After waiting for about fifteen minutes in lines of cars to pass the security checkpoint at the entrance of the city, an Asaish (security officer) asked for our IDs.  When he looked at mine, he asked me if I was Kurdish.  In a moment, I was thinking, “Do I have to swear that I am a Kurd?”  So, I said, “Yes, but why?”  He answered that my name looks like an Arab name. 

May 13th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Week in photos 6-12 May 2016

A School of Their Own

Pictured here:  These girls are celebrating the opening of the only all girls school in their area of the South Hebron Hills.  Education for girls remains a huge need in Palestine.
(10/05/2016)

May 12th

IRAQI KURDISTAN: April 2016 Newsletter--Trainings, Visits to villages affected by Turkish bombings and IDP camps

Graduates of 2016 CPT Training in Iraqi Kurdistan

A special 250 Hours Changing Lives

 

Congratulations to the graduates!

From the end of January to the beginning of April, nine trainees from Colombia, Poland, Syria and Iraqi-Kurdistan, completed and  graduated from an intensive training in peace and active nonviolence. This was the second training led by the CPT-IK team in Sulaimani,  giving a chance to those people who want to work as a peacemakers—serving people in crisis and conflict settings around the world.

May 11th

Prayers for Peacemakers May 11, 2016 Biking for Peace

Prayers for Peacemakers May 11, 2016   Biking for Peace

Pray for David Jones and Michael Himlie, who will be riding one hundred miles in each of the fifty states of the United States over fifty consecutive days to raise $100,000.  They plan to donate that money to Christian Peacemaker Teams and other organizations working for nonviolence.  Give thanks for the Christian Peacemaker Teams Palestine/Israel delegation that brought them together last year.

*Epixel for Peacemakers May 15, 2016  Pentecost Sunday
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them
be afraid.  John 14:27
 
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing  with a text  from the upcoming  Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.

May 9th

IRAQI KURDISTAN: "Go now and drive as fast as you can"--CPTers visit Kurdish village caught in Turkish bombing

The Qandil Mountains hide a valley in the Pishdar District famous for its fertile land, green pastures, breath-taking beauty, and terrible problem— Turkish bombing. A long-term friend and partner of CPT Mukhtar Khidr* invited Christian Peacemaker Teams for lunch on 15 April and a meeting with other village leaders at his house. The team has not come here since the peace process between the Turkish state and the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party) began in 2013. Much has changed since the war broke out again in July of 2015. 

May 5th

IRAQI KURDISTAN: Origami at Arbat IDP Camp


Children far from home in a desolate environment.  Caring volunteers who want to make their lives a little brighter and more colorful.

On 26 April, CPTers Marcus Armstrong, Chihchun Yuan and some of the youth of Arbat camp spent one and half hours doing Origami in an activity organized by the workers of STEP.

Some young people, mostly boys, had hands that had done hard labour, and initially the delicacy needed for Origami was a challenge. They learned quickly and soon everyone had made a beautiful crane and had written his name on it. Each was a unique work!