Archive - Apr 2012

April 30th

COLOMBIA: Where is your sting?

 "You have to show them that you won't harm them," said Don Misael. He moved his hand toward the wasp nest and gently cradled it in his palm.  A half-dozen curious creatures explored his hand for several seconds as he slowly pulled it back before they flew back to the nest.

Saplings to commemorate the anniversary of the Las Pavas return

April 25th

Prayers for Peacemakers, April 25, 2012


Give thanks with CPT for the recent victory of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, a First Nations community, in protecting their traditional lands—including sacred grave sites—from mining. Pray that Ontario officials would respect the KI government as they resume talks about the lands.

April 24th

IRAQI KURDISTAN REFLECTION: Warmongering and the KRG/Iranian border

The whole world knows that war is a terrible thing.  Every nation on the earth has witnessed first hand the truths of war.  Yet even with these first hand experiences, governments claiming to represent the best interests of their people are still willing to inflict war on others.
Currently the war drum is beating against Iran.  Pundits and politicians, backed by various lobbies as well as Israeli and European allies are calling for it.

April 23rd

COLOMBIA: Where two or three... or fifteen are gathered

 Just weeks after the celebration of International Women's Day, on 22 March, the Popular Women's Organization (OFP) asked us to visit the house of a friend and OFP colleague, named Iluminada.  Her neighbor, a man who identifies himself as a paramilitary, attacked and threatened her in her home.   In a demonstration of solidarity, eleven women from the OFP showed up to her house that morning, plus four CPTers.

April 20th


 On 5 April 2012, I accompanied our neighbor, Afifah *, as she tried to talk to the settlers who were protesting outside a house in a Palestinian neighbourhood from which the Israeli authorities had evicted them so she could understand their view of the situation.

A settler refused to speak to her when she requested a conversation.  Upon enquiring why, he told her that he did not speak to anti-Semites. Afifah told him that they were both from the same origins.  The settler abruptly pronounced that he was referring to me and that CPT was an anti-Semitic organization.  Afifah told him that she had known CPT for many years and did not think that its members were anti-Semitic.  He replied that he had read the CPT website, that everything they posted was anti-Semitic and that they were Jew-hating Christians. 

April 17th

CPT CHICAGO: Peace, Pies and Prophets tour prepares for second leg; are you next?

After a successful first run in Pennsylvania, the Peace, Pies and Prophets tour is headed to South Bend, Indiana, Chicago, Illinois and Madison, Wisconsin in the mid-western United States on May 3-6 (See show details below).

“The event was a participatory wonder," said Ted Swartz, describing the first night of the tour last month, "Our show, I’d Like to Buy an Enemy was interspersed with a 'stealth auction,' where an air horn would go off and Tim Reubke and I would don our special hats and auction off handcrafted pies.  It truly felt to us like the beginning of a movement.  A movement around peacemaking, subversive theater and pies."  The first three shows in Lancaster, Philadelphia and Souderton raised over $15,000 for CPT through sales of $140 pies and free will offering.  You can watch a short film of  Pies Promoting Peace on Vimeo.

April 16th

Prayers for Peacemakers, April 18, 2012


Pray with CPT for the people of Hebron (Al-Khalil) as Palestinians and their international allies face disproportionate force from the Israeli military as compared to Israeli settlers. Pray for just treatment among all peoples in the area.

April 12th

ABORIGINAL JUSTICE: KI celebrates bittersweet victory

On 29 March 2012, the Ontario government paid $3.5 million to mining company God’s Lake Resources (GLR) to walk away from its leases, located on Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) lands.  Multiple sacred KI graves lie within the claim area.  KI had issued an eviction notice to GLR last September.

For KI, one of the largest First Nations communities in the region, it was perhaps a déjà vu moment.  Following the 2008 sentencing of six months in prison of six community leaders for protecting their land from mining exploration by Platinex Corp., the province bought out Platinex for $5 million.  The “KI 6” served sixty-eight days before a judge released them unconditionally on sentencing appeal

April 11th

Prayers for Peacemakers, April 11, 2012


Pray with CPT and its partners during a prayer vigil for peace in Colombia from 6 p.m., Saturday, April 14, to 6 pm Sunday, April 15.  Light a candle, sing, meditate, read a story, or just sit quietly in God’s presence.

April 10th

COLOMBIA: It is not too late to sign up for the 14-15 April 24-hour prayer-a-thon for peace in Colombia

 Join us for a virtual 24-hour prayer-a-thon for peace in Colombia.  In coordination with the Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia (DOPA), we want to gather prayers from all over the world over the course of a full day.  Click here to sign up for an hour, alone or with a group, between 6:00 p.m., Saturday, 14 and 6:00 pm Sunday 15 April 2012.  Light a candle, sing, meditate, read a story, or just sit quietly in the presence of God.