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February 15th

COLOMBIA POEM: Our Faith

Sandro Jiménez and CPTer Carolina Gouveia chat on the banks of the Magdalena river about the recent eviction his family experienced on December 13, 2017 in El Guayabo. Caldwell Manners/CPT

He has died,
they have told me he has died,
He has died,
I saw him, he is dead,
He has died,
And with him, we have died,
He has died,
And with him our hopes
Have died,
And with him our liberation
Has died,
And with him the light has gone out,
He has died,
And he has left us alone in the darkness,
He has died,
And with him everything is gone… including my life.

But what happened?

 

February 14th

Prayers for Peacemakers 14 February 2018 Indigenous Peoples Solidarity

Prayers for Peacemakers 14 February 2018  Indigenous Peoples Solidarity

 

Keep Errol Greene's family in your thoughts and prayers, as the inquest investigating his death in custody is taking place in Winnipeg this month.

 

 

 

Errol, 26, a loving father of four, was taken into custody in Winnipeg's Remand center on 29 April 2016. He was epileptic and taking medication to prevent his seizures. Errol asked the prison guards and nurses for his medications several times, but his request was neglected (according to his wife, Rochelle Pranteau).

On 1 May 2016, while on the phone talking to his wife, he had a seizure. The guards used excessive force by handcuffing him from behind, shackling his legs, and dragging him into a cell. They only returned with a nurse after fifteen minutes, by which time his soul had left his body.

His death is an example of not only the unjustified high numbers of Indigenous incarcerations, but also the inhumane way the colonial system treats indigenous people.

February 8th

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY: Stay vigilant as Canadian government sends Bill C-262 to Committee

CPTnet
8 February 2018
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY: Stay vigilant as Canadian government sends Bill C-262 to Committee

By Robin Buyers, CPT Ontario Reservist for the IPS Team

On February 7th, 217 Canadian parliamentarians, including the majority Liberals, voted to send New Democrat Romeo Saganash's Private Members Bill C-262: the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (UNDRIP) into Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs hearings. 76 opposed the bill.

February 7th

Prayers for Peacemakers, 7 February 2018 Lesvos

Prayers for Peacemakers, 7 February 2018 Lesvos

Pray for the liberation of refugees from the brutal violence that the EU and Turkey subject them to. Pray for the transformation of the oppressive and violent situation on the Greek Islands to a peaceful and just togetherness.

February 2nd

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 23-29 January 2018

Beaten by Israeli Soldiers

 
Pictured here: This 12-year-old boy was physically assaulted by Israeli soldiers resulting in bruising and abrasions on the right side of his face. Prior to his attack, fifty soldiers spread out through neighbourhoods of Qitoun and Salayme invading homes and the Ibrahimiyye School looking for this one child. Why did the Israeli military do this? Because this boy had the audacity to climb a fence that imprisons him and separates him not only from a Jewish only street but from other Palestinian neighbourhoods.

(01/28/2018)

February 1st

LESVOS: Moria’s 5 star review

Moria in winter

It was time for my trip to the sauna in one of Europe's best hotels, Moria, which is a well-known hotel for tourists who use the crowded boats to get into the EU.

I was one of these tourists.

A year after leaving Syria my wife and I felt that we missed a sense of adventure in our lives. We were bored. As you may know, when you get bored of the day-to-day routine in your life, you usually take a boat with sixty-one other bored people to go and discover the world.

January 31st

Prayers for Peacemakers, 31 January 2018 Colombia

Prayers for Peacemakers, 31 January 2018    Colombia

Pray for the sustained courage and creativity of Colombian communities who assume risk and judicial persecution for taking bold and direct actions that speak truth to power.

Land inequality is at the center of the Colombian conflict. According to Oxfam’s latest report, 99% of the population uses 20% of land, while the elite 1% controls 80%. These historical patterns of forced displacement and land control via the use of illegal armed groups or corrupt government mechanisms have solidified the lack of access to land for the poorest, most disenfranchised Colombians.

 Running parallel to these statistics of structural violence are stories of bold nonviolent direct actions. The farming communities Las Pavas and El Guayabo, both accompanied by CPT Colombia have taken direct actions to highlight the government’s abandonment of their legal processes and to demand immediate action. Farmers in Las Pavas have begun to open up pathways to their farms from which they were displaced in 2012. In years past, they kept these paths hidden in an effort evade hostile attacks by armed security of palm oil company, Aportes San Isidro. On 12 January, the farmers of El Guayabo took a political action by taking back control of the 85 hectares of land from which they were evicted on December 13, 2017. Their act was not an act of vengeance against the land claimant, but a statement to call attention to the state. The farmers ask, “With advances in agrarian reform made during the peace agreement between the FARC and the government, how is it possible for the government to evict nine families for the benefit of one person?” 

A home and a plantain plantation destroyed during the 13 December 2017 eviction in El Guayabo. Photo: Caldwell Manners

 

Read: Communities in Colombia Face Ongoing Security Incidents

January 29th

Train with CPT: Join CPT’s Peacemaker Corps

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) is currently accepting applications for its Peacemaker Corps. Join us in building partnerships to transform violence and oppression! APPLICATION DEADLINE is 15 March 2018. Please direct any questions and send complete application to personnel@cpt.org.

January 24th

Prayer for Peacemakers, 24 January 2017 Palestine

Prayer for Peacemakers, 24 January 2017           Palestine

 

Pray for peace in this land, and for the people subject to violence in its many forms.  Pray for the same peace within those working to make Palestine a better place and within ourselves.



In Palestine, there is an endless cycle of violence since early December when the USA administration declared the undivided city of Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel. Adults and children are arrested or detained and subjected to punishment and torture by the forces of Israeli occupation.  The Israeli military breaks up peaceful demonstrations and protests with teargas, stun grenades, rubber bullets and live ammunition. Schools will soon reopen after the semester break, and children will once again face the fear and humiliation of going through checkpoints to get to school, uncertain whether soldiers will search their bags or close the checkpoints, making them late for classes. Bedouin communities in the South Hebron Hills are facing the demolition of their homes by the Israeli authorities.

We are invited to pray for Peace in this land, and for the people subject to violence in its many forms. We also remember to pray for this same peace within ourselves, keeping in mind what Deng Ming Dao said,

“Only when peace lives within each of us, will it live outside of us. We must be the wombs for a new harmony”

So we pray:

Dear God, we give thanks for places of simplicity and peace. Let us find such a place within ourselves. We give thanks for places of refuge and beauty. Let us find such a place within ourselves. We give thanks for places of nature’s truth and freedom, of joy inspiration and renewal, places where all creatures may find acceptance and belonging. Let us search for these places: in the world, in ourselves and in others. Let us restore them. Let us strengthen and protect them and let us create them.

May we mend this outer world according to the truth of our inner life and may our souls be shaped and nourished by nature’s eternal wisdom. Amen

-Michael Leunig

January 18th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): CPT Palestine week in photos 9-15 January 2018

 

Budding Workers 

 
Pictured here: Young kids joyfully help to collect stones for the house construction in Umm al-Khair.