Archive - 2009

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ONTARIO URGENT ACTION: Write and Call Ontario's Minister of the Environment to Protect Ontario's Water

CPT's Aboriginal Justice Team is currently accompanying members of the Beausoleil First Nation and local citizens of Simcoe County at the blockade of a garbage dump currently under construction directly on top of a pristine aquifer near Elmvale, Ontario. In 2006, University of Heidelberg Professor William Shotyk, a scientist whose research sets an international benchmark for measuring the effects of human activities on water, tested the water at Dumpsite 41. Dr. Shotyk found that the water is so free of contaminants it is comparable to 5,000-6,000 year-old Arctic ice core sources.

SIMCOE COUNTY, ON: CPT Aboriginal Justice Team accompanies blockade of proposed dump site over aquifer

The logo for the County of Simcoe on the “Notice of Project” posted at Dump Site 41 in Tiny Township reads “for the greater good.”  But members of the nearby Beausoleil First Nation, thousands of neighbouring farmers, cottagers, and other non-Native citizens believe that neither their interests nor the environment is well-served by the decision of County Council to build a dump site directly above ground water that scientific studies have identified as of the purest quality.

"They have to stop raping Mother Earth," says Vicki Monague, one of five Beausoleil First Nation women who have been leading ongoing nonviolent direct actions at the site since the County began digging and deaquification commenced in late March. By then, more than two decades of citizen campaigns against a dump above the aquifer had failed. 

As traditional Keepers of the Water, the Beausoleil women set up a legal encampment on the Parnell family farm across the road from the dump site on 14 May 2009.  On 6 July, when the County stepped up work, the women, soon joined by citizens from the surrounding communities, blockaded the site's entrances.

CPT sent its first four person team to the blockade on 13 July because police arrests at the site became a real possibility.  Full-time CPT accompaniment began on 19 July.  Team members are currently joining the Anishinabe women and local citizens at the blockades, listening to the stories of the ongoing struggle with County Council, sharing stories of nonviolent struggle, and documenting police presence. 

You can see photos of the action here:

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Prayers for Peacemakers, Wed., Jul. 22, 2009


Pray for the Anishnabe women and neighbours who are protecting a pristine aquifer near Elmvale, Ontario, from local government threats to establish Dump Site 41 over this water source. Police are threatening arrests.

Doug Pritchard
Christian Peacemaker Teams
Toronto, Canada

AT-TUWANI:Villagers nonviolently resist Israeli military delivery of nine Stop Work orders; Soldiers strike child, arrest adult

At-Tuwani, South Hebron Hills, Palestine – In the afternoon of 20 July 2009, Israeli soldiers and representatives from the Israeli District Coordinating Office (DCO) delivered stop work orders for seven Palestinian houses, one cave, and one cistern around the village of At-Tuwani.

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COLOMBIA REFLECTION: The road to Tiquisio

I am on the road to Tiquisio for my first accompaniment trip and I’m not sure we are going to make it there.  I’m riding in a camioneta (small truck) on a one-lane road that climbs up and down the hills.  That sounds simple enough, but it’s a dirt road, and heavy rains have eroded the surface.  Our driver bends and twists the wheel, trying to keep us upright.

AT-TUWANI: New Palestinian house and olive tree destroyed in the night

At-Tuwani, South Hebron Hills, Palestine On the morning of 17 July, a Palestinian family from the village of At-Tuwani discovered that their newly constructed house had been destroyed during the previous night and an olive tree located near the new house cut in half.  The family believes that Israel settlers from the Ma’on settlement and Havat Ma’on outpost are responsible for the vandalism.  Despite threats from both officers the Israeli military District Coordinator (DCO) and settlers, the family plans to rebuild the house.

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COLOMBIA URGENT ACTION: Ask Colombian government to guarantee safe return to the families of Las Pavas

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) has accompanied the community of Las Pavas, and we are very concerned with a developing situation.  Large palm oil industries that wish to acquire the land from the current absentee landlord, a relative of deceased cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar, are threatening families who have lived and worked this land in South Bolivar province for the past twelve years.  The Colombian Institute for Rural Development (INCODER) has initiated a process of eminent domain, which will claim the land for the government and then grant titles to the residents of Las Pavas; the palm oil companies are now attempting to displace the families and short-circuit that process.

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IRAQ: Severed from Land, Life, and Home, Part III, A Diminished Life


The CPT Iraq team has been witnessing murder.  It is not the murder of individual people, although we have witnessed that too.  We are witnessing the murder of a way of life as Turkish and Iranian military attacks displace increasing numbers of Kurdish villagers from their land.

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IRAQ: Severed from Land, Life, and Home, Part II, “What Kind of Life is this?”

Along the northeastern border of Iraq, CPT has been working to amplify the voices of 137 Iraqi Kurdish families from the Pshdar District who are currently living in the Zharawa Internally Displaced People's (IDP) camp, because Iran and Turkey bombed their villages.  Both governments accuse the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) of allowing PKK and sympathizers to occupy these villages and therefore claim their militaries have the right to trespass into sovereign Iraqi territory.  Additionally, the U.S. has given military intelligence to Turkey and sits on a trilateral military commission with Turkey and Iraq Central Government to plan military engagements with the PKK.