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July 18th, 2018

Prayers for Peacemakers 18 July 2018 Iraqi Kurdistan

Prayers for Peacemakers 18 July 2018  Iraqi Kurdistan

 

 

Pray for the Kurdish villages that are under heavy bombings from the Turkish armed forces. Pray for the families that have lost their loved ones and those who have been displaced from their lands. Pray for an end to support of Turkish aggression against the Kurdish people in the region as well as western ambivalence.  And especially keep the family of Dunya Rasheed in your prayers as they mourn her lost life.

 On 30 June, nineteen-year-old Dunya Rasheed, a high school student from Halenia, Iraqi Kurdistan was killed as she harvested nuts with a group of family and villagers. The village lands of Halenia are in close proximity to a Turkish base that has been constructed within Iraqi Kurdistan. Turkish soldiers shot a rocket directly into a group of thirty villagers, mainly children, while they were harvesting. This rocket struck Dunya Rasheed, piercing her basket full of nuts before passing through her body and immediately ending her life. 

July 13th

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Take Action to Support Palestinian Human Rights – Don’t Buy Hewlett Packard (HP)

DID YOU KNOW about Hewlett Packard’s link to the Israeli Occupation? Join CPT’s online protest now! In solidarity with Palestinians, Christian Peacemaker Teams International is calling for a mass social media action starting today. Hewlett-Packard (HP) supplies the Israeli military with products that violate the human rights of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. Share this video on HP’s Facebook page and with your social networks. Copy & paste this sample letter to send your message to Hewlett-Packard:

July 6th

BORDERLANDS: The Rosary on the Migrant Trail

 

 

By John Heid

A traditional Catholic rosary consists of five decades, totaling fifty-nine beads, and a crucifix on a cord. Within the past year fifty-eight bodies where recovered from the Sonoran desert in the vicinity of Ajo, AZ, forty-two miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border. Humanitarian aid organizations estimate that for every body recovered, at least five are not. The remote nature of borderlands and the natural conditions accelerate decomposition.  Fifty-nine bodies, fifty-eight beads.

July 4th

Prayers for Peacemakers 4 July 2018 Lesvos

Prayers for Peacemakers 4 July 2018  Lesvos

Pray for the refugees and volunteers who make a life together at the PIPKA Camp.  

Authorities on Lesvos are threatening to shut the camp down for “hygienic” reasons, although these reasons seem to be a front for political motives.  PIPKA provides refugees and asylum seekers a more dignified and safer environment than the filthy, chaotic and overcrowded Moria camp.

For more information on the threat to PIPKA see this press release.

For actions you can take on social media, see the Facebook page.

July 3rd

CPT Position Opening: 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.

Candidates should demonstrate: wisdom and imagination; skilled leadership of group and organizational processes and capacity building; commitment to grow in the journey of undoing oppressions; and ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a dispersed team across continents.  We prefer someone with nonprofit management experience and a focus on grassroots social change organizations.

June 28th

Prayers for Peacemakers 28 June 2018

Prayers for Peacemakers 28 June 2018

2015 training group on steps of Chicago Office where
new Administrative Director will work

Pray for Christian Peacemaker Teams during its hiring process as it searches for its new Administrative Director. 

June 27th

AL-KHALIL/HEBRON: “They only wanted to punish me”


AL-KHALIL/HEBRON: 
They only wanted to punish me

“At 2 a.m. in the morning on Friday, June 23, I woke up with someone knocking on my house door and I knew what was coming. When I opened the door about twenty-five soldiers entered my house. They didn’t even let me change and immediately ordered me to wake everyone in my house. My son was sleeping in the living room; my other children were in their rooms. I had to wake them all. They put us all together in the living room and kept our cellphones and cameras.

“During the hour they were there, with the excuse of searching for guns, the soldiers raided my house. They threw all of our clothes on the floor and knocked things over to intimidate and humiliate us. They were not searching for anything; they only wanted to punish me.

“My son was handcuffed and blindfolded and they took him. When I asked, ‘why are you taking my kid? ‘They just said, ‘you will find out soon.’

June 21st

Prayers for Peacemakers 21 June 2018 Colombia

Prayers for Peacemakers 21 June 2018  Colombia

Pablo Santiago, a social leader from the village of Micoahumado, in the South of Bolívar, marches in Barrancabermeja after the recent
Agrarian Summit on the 2nd of June. Over 200 leaders from the region gathered to formulate a proposal and express concerns around
one of the issues that affect them most - energy and mining policies. Photo: Caldwell Manners/CPT

 

Pray for the Colombian peacemakers who, in an adverse political context, are still struggling for their rights, despite the threats to the physical and emotional integrity of them and their families.We also ask you to pray for those who wish to continue the system of injustice and inequality and threaten the lives of Christian Peacemaker Team-Colombia’s partners.

Elections just happened. A new government has been elected after the two terms – four years long each—of Juan Manuel Santos presidency. The new President, Ivan Duque, has publicly expressed his disagreement with large sections of the Peace Agreements signed between the Santos government and the FARC-EP guerrilla group. He has not only promised to try to alter them significantly but also managed to push the Senate to postpone the implementation of the judicial muscle that would implement the agreements. This has raised concerns within the international community that praised the agreements as a holistic approach to peace that searches for the truth and reparation to victims.

Moreover, Duque and his party have a political platform that is very much favourable to large business interests. His party and that of the former president Alvaro Uribe Vélez, Duque’s mentor, have historically been named by local human rights organizations as an actor in the conflict financing armed groups. Several political analysts have claimed that the changes he wants to push through Congress will protect large business interests and ignore the needs of small farmers, turn their back to victims and strip the most vulnerable Colombians of their rights.

Although the agreements brought a sense of safety and instilled hope in the hearts of many, the real threats are strong as always. Since the signing of the agreements, over 300 environmental activists, social leaders and human rights defenders have been assassinated by armed groups that still exist, whether insurgent, paramilitary or state forces. Unfortunately, the Colombian state has not guaranteed this environment for peace.

June 19th

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY REFLECTION: Being wise as serpents amidst the politics of (w)rec(k)onciliation

 

On 30 May, participants of the Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights sat with anticipation in the classroom of University Blue Quills – a former residential school – as we waited for Members of Parliament to cast their vote for Bill C-262 for the 3rdvote in the House of Commons. Admittedly, my excitement for the passing of Bill C262 in the House was dampened by listening to PM Justin Trudeau defend the controversial plan to purchase the Transmountain Pipeline for $4.5 billion as he vehemently argued that it’s in “Canada’s national interest.” 

Rewind a month. Steve Heinrichs and I traveled to Burnaby Mountain on the invitation of Will George, project leader of Protect the Inlet and member of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. He extended a call for spiritual leaders and people of faith “to stand with us in our defense of the land and the waters… for the sake of reconciliation and decolonization.” While there, we visited the Protect the Inlet encampment and planned our action with a small group of CPT- and church-affiliated folks to stop vehicles from entering the Kinder Morgan Tanker Terminal on Burnaby Mountain.  

On 20 April, our small group engaged in prayerful civil disobedience and prevented vehicles from entering the terminal for over 6 hours.  I was able to walk away scot-free, but my friend Steve was charged – along with another 170 land protectors previously charged – and he has come under scrutiny from people in the Mennonite Church he faithfully serves (see http://www.canadianmennonite.org/stories/both-ends-pipeline). Unfortunately, not everyone fully appreciates the important role of civil disobedience, the right to free, prior and informed consent, and the threat fossil fuel industry poses to climate, the land, and its peoples. 

June 13th

Prayers for Peacemakers 13 June 2018 Palestine

Prayers for Peacemakers 13 June 2018  Palestine

#GreatReturnMarch in Al-Khalil (Hebron) on May 14th, supporting Gaza's protests for the right to return. 

Pray for the families, the friends, co-workers, and neighbours of the Palestinians killed during the March of Return.  Pray for the journalists and the medics who continue their work despite the uncertainty of safety and despite the sorrow over colleagues who were murdered. Pray for the human rights monitors who are beaten and threatened with death for exposing the crimes of the Israeli military. Pray for those who continue to march and continue to struggle for freedom and survival.

Pray for the world to see the atrocity of the occupation and demand justice. Pray for a free Palestine.