Europe

Christian Peacemaker Teams activities in Europe.

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Train with CPT – Join CPT’s Peacemaker Corps

CPTnet
March 2, 2017
CPT INTERNATIONAL: 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!  

Applicants must be 21 years of age or older and have completed, or plan to complete, a short-term CPT Delegation or internship.  Qualified applicants may be invited to participate in CPT’s intensive, month-long training from 13 July – 13 August 2017 in Chicago, Illinois USA where membership in the Peacemaker Corps is discerned.  Trained Peacemaker Corps members are then eligible to apply for open positions on CPT teams.  

CPT builds partnerships to transform violence and oppression in situations of lethal conflict around the world.  We are committed to work and relationships that: 1) honor and reflect the presence of faith and spirituality, 2) strengthen grassroots initiatives, 3) transform structures of domination and oppression, and 4) embody creative nonviolence and liberating love. 

CPT understands violence to be rooted in systemic structures of oppression.  We are committed to undoing oppressions within our own lives and in the policies and practices of our organization.   

CPT is a Christian-identified organization with multi-faith/spiritually diverse membership.  We seek individuals who are capable, responsible and rooted in faith/spirituality to work for peace as members of violence-reduction teams trained in the disciplines of nonviolence.  We are committed to building a Peacemaker Corps that reflects the rich diversity of the human family in ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender identity, language, national origin, race and sexual orientation. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 15 March 2017; direct any questions and send complete application to personnel@cpt.org.

GREECE REFLECTION: Poems from the Brink of Despair; powerful voices of refugees in detention of Moria

CPTnet

August 15 2017

GREECE REFLECTION: Poems from the Brink of Despair; powerful voices of refugees in detention of Moria

compiled by: Annelies Klinefelter

The camps near Mytilene (the capital of Greek Lesbos island) are filling up because of the steady influx of people — between fifty and a hundred each day. Because of this, Greek authorities opened a new camp in the north of the island where most refugees have been arriving. In an effort to counteract this influx the authorities arrange weekly deportations and send around 8-15 people back to Turkey against their will. There is no love for the European Union-Turkey deal here. 

I talked with a number of refugees. They are desperate. One man was telling me about the growing numbers of self-inflicted mutilations and even suicides.

People come from all over the world to seek protection of the European Union: Iraq, Iran, Congo, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and many other places.

Tuesday 21 June, 2017 marked the commemoration of an International Refugee Day. On Lesbos, I participated in an event where the detained refugees from the Moria camp were allowed to speak. They read beautiful poems they had written that reflect their pains and send a powerful message to us all and the powers that be.

Lesvos Solidarity

Photo credit: http://www.lesvossolidarity.org

CPT Mediterranean: Urgent Action Request from Lesvos

CPTnet
1 August 2017
CPT Mediterranean: Urgent Action Request from Lesvos - Please share the information and join a 24-hour fast in solidarity with Behrooz Arash who is at risk of death

by CPT Mediterranean/Lesvos

Behrooz Arash is dying. He sent a voice message to CPT members on Lesvos in which he said that his skin was falling off his body. We have been worried about his situation for a long time. The body gets damaged after the loss of 10% of the body weight. Behrooz has lost far more than that. He weighed 60 kilograms when he started his hunger strike 35 days ago. The last time he was checked, he weighed only 44 kilograms. That happened last week. We expected the police to respond to the demands from the doctors, the lawyers and others to take both Behrooz Arash and Kozhin Hussein to hospital. However the police kept them in jail. We expected them to care about the survival of the hunger strikers, that they would value their lives, but we were wrong. Until this very moment, they are locked inside a cell and prevented by the police to receive medical care or vitamins. They are in this critical situation without any medical support.

Three men on a hunger strike holding banners: My life has value

GREECE REFLECTION: The Tree with the Ten Fruits; conversations with a boy named Sina at Pikpa.

CPTnet

24 July 2017

GREECE REFLECTION: The Tree with the Ten Fruits; conversations with a boy named Sina at Pikpa. 

by: Rûnbîr Serkepkanî

Sina does not believe in the standardized definition of things. His mind does not comprehend standardized frameworks. He understands life as flowing — flowing into dreams, trees, animals and seas. He is passionate about planting. Outside his family’s house he has sown dozens of flowers, herbs and other plants in little pots. Once I was sitting on the bench outside the office. And he came up to me with one of them. “I planted this!” he says, “I love planting”. Chicki, one of the dogs of the camp, is present, and Sina tries to feed Chicki with the plant. Chicki is not really interested.

After he sailed to Athens with his family for his interview at the asylum office, he came back full of new impressions and ideas about things. He trots past me once riding on a stick. “Is that your new horse, Sina?” I ask him. He stops and wipes the sweat from his brow with his arm. “No, it is not,” he said, “It is my new train”. Then he approaches me. “We went to Athens by ferry. The ferry was so big. We went to the top of the ferry and the sea was all around us,” he exults. “How was Athens?” I ask. “Athens is too crowded. We went by train. It is like a big snake which goes under the ground. We went inside it and it took us all the way to my uncle's place,” he replies. “I have to get on my train again,” he finishes. Then he rides off aboard his train.

Lesvos

Prayers for Peacemakers, 20 July 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers, 20 July 2017

Pray for freedom and protection for three young men at risk of deportation from Lesbos, Greece, who have been on a hunger strike for over three weeks.

Today, we would like to carry in our prayers Amir Hampay from Iran and Hussein Kozhin and Aresh Bahroz from Iraq who Greek police has held in detention for nearly three months while preparing to deport them from Lesbos. Amir as a political freedom activist faces decades of imprisonment, torture and, very likely, an execution by hanging, if returned to Iran. 23 days ago the three friends began a hunger strike. They ask for political protection and reversal of the deportation order. Their health condition is deteriorating.

In act of solidarity and love, Amir's brother Arash Hampay has also begun a hunger strike in a public square of Mytilene, the capital of Lesbos. Today marks the 22nd day of his hunger strike. Arash asks for a release of his brother and friends.

CPT Mediterranean team on Lesbos accompanies Arash. Other people, including the CPT team on Lesbos, are also joining in solidarity with Amir, Hussein and Aresh by doing a symbolic 24-hours-long fast.

Please consider joining as well.

Arash and a woman holding pictures and a solidarity banner

GREECE: Moria, plea for freedom and improved living conditions for refugees detained in a camp on Lesbos

CPTnet

20 June 2017

GREECE: Moria, plea for freedom and improved living conditions for refugees detained in a camp on Lesbos.

by: Aaron Kaufmann, 

CPT Europe regional project coordinator 

I do not know how the town of Moria got its name. Perhaps it has a specific meaning in Greek, a language in which I lack any skill. Perhaps it was the name of its founder. Whatever the case may be, when I hear it, my mind is instantly drawn to thoughts of the fallen Dwarven stronghold of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. It is probably not fair to compare Moria, Lesbos to Tolkien’s Moria, a deserted underground cavern void of hope that has become the mass grave of an entire city — especially since I have never been invited by a wizard or dwarf to visit it. There is, however, near the Greek town a camp sharing its name, and the comparison between these two tragic places is painfully apt.

I have never been inside the camp of Moria either, but I have seen it from the outside. Fences hold the asylum seekers inside. Moria is not officially a camp — it is a “reception center” for refugees, who are “received” and locked straight away. They spend 25 days locked inside. Their first 25 days in the “enlightened and free West” are spent behind walls topped with razor wire. They are forced to sleep in rows on the ground. They may perhaps be given a blanket, if they are lucky. And they are expected to refrain from complaining. Sometimes there is running water, sometimes not. This place, if anywhere, is a trap and a tomb. It is a grave for hope. It is where humans, like the dwarves of Tolkien’s stories, wait around to expire, their dreams and aspirations all but dead. One man told me, “I would rather have died from a bomb in my own country than die like this in a ‘free’ country.”

Crown close to the fence.

CPT Position Opening: COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

CPT Position Opening:

COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

 

Christian Peacemaker Teams seeks a full-time, talented, creative and detail-oriented Communications Coordinator to facilitate amplifying the voices of our partners and articulating the organization’s mission, vision and values through the framework of undoing oppressions.  The position involves working closely with field teams to strategize and coordinate CPT’s story-telling vehicles and mechanisms in ways that engage world-wide supporters to take action for peace.

 

Responsibilities include coordinating the ongoing development, assessment and implementation of organization-wide communications plans, managing the organization’s web platforms and social media presence, producing promotional, educational and fundraising materials, and participating in the overall work of CPT’s Administrative Team which cares for the whole “web” of the organization.  This person works closely with field teams and others in the areas of development and outreach.  The position involves some international travel to meetings and project sites each year.

 

Candidates should demonstrate excellent writing, editing and verbal communication capabilities in English, commitment to grow in the work of undoing oppressions, and ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a dispersed team across continents.

 

CPT is a Christian-identified organization with multi-faith/spiritually diverse membership.  We seek individuals who are capable, responsible and rooted in faith/spirituality to work for peace as members of teams trained in the disciplines of nonviolence.  We are committed to building an organization that reflects the rich diversity of the human family in ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender identity, language, national origin, race and sexual orientation.

SALARY: $24,000/yr; 100% employer-paid health, dental and vision coverage; four weeks annual vacation.

 

LOCATION: negotiable; Chicago preferred.

 

APPLICATIONS DUE BY: June 25, 2017

 

START DATE: negotiable; July 13 preferred

 

TO APPLY: please submit electronically, in English, the following to hiring@cpt.org

  • Cover letter

  • Resume

  • Two-page English writing sample

  • A list of three references with e-mail and daytime telephone numbers

  • Links to multimedia content including videos, infographics, interactives, etc.

Prayers for Peacemakers. 26 May 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers. 26 May 2017

Oftentimes, we are not thankful for all the blessings in our life and we do not recognize the privileges we have. When we are able to have a job, to have a legal status, to feel safe and free, to be healthy or able-bodied, for example. When often strongly realize and feel their lack but not so much their presence.

Today we want to remember all these privileges and blessings. We would like to encourage you to embrace the positive situations in our lives and share our love and solidarity with people who do not experience the same. Let us pray for those of us who are not physically or emotionally well. Let us pray for all who are seeking meaningful jobs to be able to thrive and support our families and communities. Let us pray for the undocumented people and those fleeing wars and oppression to be given asylum and receive respect for their humanity and rights. Let us pray for all who live in the midst of war to be able to find strength to continue resist violence and death. Let us pray for and support each other in our needs and difficulties so that we may find a path forward and overcome what stands in our way.

Yezidi family

Luke 17:20-21

One day the Pharisees asked Jesus, “When will the Kingdom of God come?” Jesus replied, “The Kingdom of God can’t be detected by visible signs. You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is already among you.”

GREECE: Arc of voices. The work of resistance of CPT partners on Lesvos.

CPTnet

23 May 2017

GREECE: Arc of voices. The work of resistance of CPT partners on Lesvos.

by Rûnbîr Serkepkanî

Images of boats, of people with arms stretched out for water, of children getting barbecued by the midday sun at the port, hunger strikes and many other unpleasant things—these are the images which I associate with Mytilene, and for a very good reason. Nearly 1,000,000 people have passed through this island in the last three years. As a part of Christian Peacemaker Teams on the island, I have witnessed all of that and more. For me, these tragedies are not merely some news story happening in a far away country, but something deeply personal. When someone gets deported from this island to a future of insecurity, potentially facing incarceration and death, it is personal for me. If I have not actually met that person, I certainly know someone who is a friend of theirs.

We who are bearing witness to what is happening now know who is responsible. It is the vampiric tendencies of capitalism, the weapons industry and the profit-worshiping corporations. It is the sultans, emirs, presidents and lords of war with their armies. Our main partner Lesvos Solidarity was founded by local mothers from Mytilene as Village of all Together several years ago. Lesvos Solidarity has been the main obstacle standing in the way of the total exploitation of refugees and the oppression against them. 

The powers-that-be have built an infrastructure of separation and subjugation. At the same time Lesvos Solidarity has been working in the opposite direction. They occupy an abandoned summer camp and have renovated it step by step, transforming it into a shelter for refugees. Here the local people of Mitylene host the refugees and help them recover from the bombs that fell on them, the boats that capsized under them, the memories of their comrades who became martyrs for the freedom of movement.

 World without Borders

Prayers for Peacemakers. 19 May, 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers. 19 May, 2017

This week we would like to share a good news and express our gratitude for the nomination of CPT for the Nobel Peace Prize. The American Friends Service Committee has announced their official nominee for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize and it is Christian Peacemaker Teams!  

This is a great honor for the organization. At the same time, we acknowledge that we are but partners to those who truly transform the world. We wait for the time when our presence in Colombia, Iraqi Kurdistan, Palestine, Canada, U.S.A. and Greece will not be needed anymore. We would prefer that both Peace and Justice have already prevailed in each corner of this world.

Kak Bapir from the village of Basta tells the story of the struggle against indiscriminate Turkish bombardments