Archive - 2018

May 23rd

Prayers for Peacemakers 23 May 2018 Lesvos

Prayers for Peacemakers 23 May 2018  Lesvos

Pray for the LGBTIQ+ refugee community on Lesvos who are both living with and who have fled persecution, discrimination, and violence because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

 On Lesvos there are approximately 8,500 officially registered refuges, 6,500 of them are residing in Moria camp, otherwise known as Moria concentration camp. The refugees who fill the barbed-wired walls are living in horrible conditions, have no privacy and no sanitary facilities to speak of. For the LGBTIQ+ community, Moria is a living hell. On a daily basis they have to deal with discrimination, harassment, verbal and sexual violence perpetrated by other refugees, the migration service and the police.

 - “Due to the way I dress, I am already subjected to mockery and homophobic abuse. People go as far calling me a mistake of nature, saying that I am shameful for my country. The same verbal abuse that I suffered in my country—it hasn’t changed here in Moria. […] For gay people like us, Moria is hell.” (Abigail, Cameroon)

 -"Three policemen surrounded me in the street in [Lesvos' principal town] Mytilene and touched my ass, only me, because I am effeminate. They asked if I had a condom with me.“ (Suad, Irak)

 No access to a fair asylum procedure. LGBTIQ+ people have to prove their identity during the asylum procedure during which time they also face homophobic and transphobic sentiments and remarks.

 "The interviewers told me I'm not really gay because I'm 'active'. The interrogators followed an "Islamic rule" that only the receptive partner in anal intercourse, "the one who is taken," is gay.” (Suad, Irak)

 For people who have to keep their sexual orientation secret their entire life out of fear, these things are horribly traumatic. Added to this is the fact that most of the translators also live in the same camps, and are therefore in a position that can endanger the asylum case of the LGBTIQ+ person.

 When the LGBTIQ+ person does not come across as “queer enough” in the initial interview,  the officials do not believe their story, and the person is at risk of getting deported back to Turkey or their home country. Especially the people who come from Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Cameroon are at risk of getting rejected. They are seen as “economic refugees” and their process gets quickly recorded and closed, while in their home-countries homosexuality is criminalised and LGBTIQ+ people have to deal with discrimination and violence on a daily basis.

 Find out more at Lesvos LGBTIQ+ Refugee Solidarity

May 19th

COLOMBIA: "We are fighting the biggest monster, that is, the government."

 

 
 The diocese of Barrancabermeja provided the families of the victims burial plots, at the Garden of Silence cemetery, where eight of the returned remains 
are buried. Photo: Caldwell Manners/ECAP

 

 

Luz Almanza, Jaime Peña and Rocio Campos have more in common than living around the same football field, the site of one of Colombia’s most horrific massacres. On 16 May 1998, all three lost a family member. Their organizing in search of the disappeared and defiance of state impunity is what binds them.

May 16th

Prayers for Peacemakers 16 May 2018 Colombia

Prayers for Peacemakers 16 May 2018  Colombia

Pray for human rights defender Lilia Peña and her family as they heal from the trauma of threats to their lives.

On 9 May 2018,  witnesses state that four masked and armed men entered the home of human rights defender Lilia Peña, threatening the lives of her elderly father, her housekeeper and two of her grandchildren. For approximately twenty minutes the armed men held the group at gunpoint repeating several times to Peña—who pleaded with them to take whatever they wanted but not harm anyone—“We´ve come here to kill you b***h.  Through the window she noticed another man who gave a signal to the men inside. The four men grabbed a laptop, a projector, three  cellphones and left.  As they left they shouted, “If you scream we will kill you.”

Peña, the co-founder of the Regional Association for Victims of State Crimes (Spanish acronym ASORVIMM) has received threats on numerous occasions.  In 2013 CPT accompanied Lilia for several days after someone threatened to throw a grenade into her house.  

Being a human rights activist like Lilia is an incredibly risky venture. According to the Colombian government's Human Rights Protection Office(Defensoria del Pueblo) from January 2016 to the 27th of February 2018, 282 community leaders and human rights activists have been murdered. 

May 10th

CPT INTERNATIONAL: CPT authors contribute to to new book, Unsettling the Word


For generations, the Bible has been employed by settler colonial societies as a weapon to dispossess Indigenous and racialized peoples of their lands, cultures, and spiritualities. Given this devastating legacy, many want nothing to do with it. But is it possible for the exploited and their allies to reclaim the Bible from the dominant powers? Can we make it an instrument for justice in the cause of the oppressed? Even a nonviolent weapon toward decolonization?

In Unsettling the Word, more than 60 Indigenous and Settler authors come together to wrestle with the Scriptures, re-reading and re-imagining the ancient text for the sake of reparative futures.  Among these contributors are  CPTers Steve Heinrichs, who edits the book, Peter Haresnape and Kathy Moorhead Thiessen. Lisa Martens, a CPT alum, also provides a reflection.

Created by Mennonite Church Canada’s Indigenous-Settler Relations program, Unsettling the Word is intended to nurture courageous conversations with the Bible, our current settler colonial contexts, and the Church’s call to costly peacemaking. 

May 9th

Prayers for Peacemakers 9 May 2018 Palestine

Prayers for Peacemakers 9 May 2018  Palestine

 

Pray for a time when Palestinian children in Hebron are free to spend more time learning, playing and enjoying activities with friends instead of contemplating ways to strike back at the oppression under which they live.

On Fridays when school is out and many people have a day off work, it is common in Al Khalil (Hebron) for clashes between Israeli occupying forces and local young men to occur.  The constant presence of such clashes normalizes the experience for the younger children who live amongst the conflict and observe it in action. The result is that boys, often preteen in age (as seen in the photo), also choose to participate in these clashes. 

May 7th

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Christian Peacemaker Teams announces opening for OUTREACH COORDINATOR

 

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) seeks a full-time Outreach Coordinator to manage CPT’s efforts to engage world-wide support for our partners, financially and through action and advocacy.  The Outreach Coordinator will serve as an ambassador of CPT, seeking out and participating in public speaking events, connecting new individuals and communities to CPT, and boosting existing support.  The position involves close collaboration with various circles within CPT to enhance donor and volunteer support for our mission.

APPLICATION REVIEW BEGINS May 21, 2018.  See full position description.

May 5th

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Christian Peacemaker Teams announces opening for postion of ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR

 Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) seeks a full-time Administrative Director to empower and guide the work of CPT in fulfilling our mission. It involves working closely with CPT’s Program Director in a collaborative, consensus-based, team model.

 Primary responsibilities include overall financial and administrative oversight, strategic planning and culture formation, and board and staff development.  The position involves some international travel to meetings and/or project sites each year.

May 4th

CPT INTERNATIONAL: APPLY NOW for summer Colombia and Indigenous Peoples Solidarity delegations

 

 

 

The Christian Peacemaker Team Colombia and Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Delegations still have openings!  

Get your application in for the June 26-July 6, 2018 Colombia delegation by May 26.

Click here to apply.

CPT INTERNATIONAL: APPLY NOW for summer Colombia and Indigenous Peoples Solidarity delegations

 

 

 

The Christian Peacemaker Team Colombia and Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Delegations still have openings! 

 

Get your application in for the June 26-July 6, 2018 Colombia delegation by May 26.

 

Click here to apply.

May 2nd

Prayers for Peacemakers 2 May 2018 Iraqi Kurdistan

Prayers for Peacemakers 2 May 2018  Iraqi Kurdistan

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Pray for the LGBTQ+ community in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region. Pray for the safety of the community while they continue to struggle for their rights. Many LGBTQ+ community members receive death threats and face physical violence that can even result in loss of life. 
Pray for the transformation of the oppressive and violent situation in which they live.