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September 8th, 2017

PALESTINE/COLOMBIA REFLECTION: Made in the USA -- Take action to stop military aid

CPTnet
11 September 2017
PALESTINE/COLOMBIA REFLECTION: Made in the USA -- Take action to stop military aid

by Hannah Redekop

Lucas lay on the ground gasping for air, while his community frantically gathered around him, fanning his body and cracking open coconuts with hopes that the sweet water would revive him.  Moments earlier, on that day in June 2014, the Colombian riot police (ESMAD) had forced their way onto Guayabo farmland under illegal orders to evict the small farming community living on the banks of the Magdalena River.  The community had gathered in a line, hands held tight, to peacefully resist the takeover. ESMAD violently beat back several campesino farmers and then fired half a dozen tear gas canisters to disperse the community. Lucas, having inhaled the toxic chemical, had passed out while struggling to breathe.

Campesino man blocks the gate from riot police          A campesino blocks the entry to the farm during the June 2014 eviction in El Guayabo. Photo: Luca Zanetti

IRAQI KURDISTAN REFLECTION: The different faces of society

CPTnet
8 September 2017
IRAQI KURDISTAN REFLECTION:The different faces of society

by: Peggy Faw Gish

“So, what’s it like for the people in Iraqi Kurdistan?” my friends back home ask me over the Internet, now that I’m back on the CPT Iraqi Kurdistan team.

My answer would probably start with explaining that, of course, Iraqi Kurdistan and its government, the KRG (Kurdistan Regional Government) continues to be the most secure and stable area of Iraq. It’s not so far in miles from Mosul, but is fairly removed from the battles with the “Islamic State.” From outside the country, it may appear that life in Iraqi Kurdistan is going smoothly, but from here, one can see that the average Iraqi Kurd is beset with various social challenges.

Girl students with Kurdish flags

September 6th

Prayers for Peacemakers, 6 September 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers, 6 September 2017

Pray for the nearly 800,000 "dreamers", who based on the US presidential decision are in danger of losing legally provided permission to work, study and live in the USA and of deportation to countries they left as children.

Your classmate, your colleague, your neighbor, your friend, your partner, the person who helps you in the shop, the person who shakes your hand in the church, any one of them could be a "dreamer."

"Dreamers" are called women, men, people who arrived to the United States of America as minors before their 16th birthday and have lived there since 2007 or longer. Most of them came from Mexico and different countries of Central America.

Yesterday the president of the United States announced the end of the program that has provided legal temporary immigration status to the "dreamers." Nearly 800,000 people will lose their legal protection and permission to work, study and live in the USA. They are in danger of being deported to places they have not known since being children or infants.

Let us pray for all those who came to the USA following the difficult decisions made by their families and adults around them. Let us pray for their safety and protection so that they may continue living their lives in the USA. Let us pray for all who act in solidarity with the "dreamers" and others deemed "illegal" by nationalistic segregation. Let us work together to change the increasingly restrictive and selective immigration policies of the countries we live in.

People holding banners: Protect all immigrants, and You say I'm just a dreamer but I'm not the only one.
           Photo from Al Jazeera

September 5th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos August 30 - September 5

A week of occupation in photos: Click photos for links 
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Through Family Streets

 
Pictured here: Israeli soldiers and Border Police making a barricade around Israeli settlers and Zionists as they participate in a settler incursion while Palestinian families look on. This last week, the speaker for the settler incursion guided the tour through a new route, a route through Palestinian yards as families ate dinner. At least thirty soldiers and Border Police, and as many Zionists, walked through Palestinian families' homes during the incursion. 

(02/09/2017)

September 1st

Prayers for Peacemakers, 1 September 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers, 1 September 2017

Prayer for members of Iraqi Kurdistan's civil society whose lives are in danger for voicing their opposition to the approaching referendum on independence, and for the safety of the Iraqi Kurdistan team in their work. 

Ruling parties of Iraqi Kurdistan prepare the people of the region and of the world for an unprecedented referendum vote on independence of this part of Kurdistan to take place on 25 September. Many who support the Kurdish peoples' century-long struggle for self-determination cherish this historic event. For obvious reasons, Iraq alongside Kurdistan's oppressive neighbors and the USA oppose this political move. However, based on radically different grounds, also many Iraqi Kurds themselves declare: "No for now!"

"No for now" is a movement that a broad group of parliament members, business people, journalists, religious leaders and members of Iraqi Kurdistan's civil society started. They want independence but not on the current terms as dictated by the today's ruling parties. They ask for an open and direct democracy, rule of law, respect for human rights and freedom of expression. Iraqi Kurdistan's security forces have used threats, abductions, beatings and other forms of violence to silence them. CPT in Iraqi Kurdistan accompanies some of the members of "No for now" campaign. This week the team published a report about these abuses against freedom to voice publicly one's concerns and opinions.

Please pray for Sherwan Sherwani, a journalist and human rights defender, Farhad Sangawi, a member of Parliament and journalist, Mullah Saman, religious leader and advocate for women rights in Iraqi Kurdistan, and all others who those with weapons attempt to silence. Please pray for the safety of the Iraqi Kurdistan team as they amplify voices and accompany those who speak against this oppression. Please remember in our prayers all those who do not keep silent in the face of tyranny and violence. Let them inspire and encourage us to follow their example.       

Please, read and share the newest CPT Iraqi Kurdistan report.

Two Iraqi Kurdish activists threatened by security forces
Photo: Sherwan Sherwani, journalist and human rights defender (left) and Farhad Sangawi, journalist and a member of Parliament (right), threatened for their involvement in "No for now!" campaign.

August 30th

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY: Shoal Lake 40- Celebration of the road construction mixed with uncertainty

CPTnet
30 August 2017
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY: Shoal Lake 40- Celebration of the road construction mixed with uncertainty

by Kathy Moorhead Thiessen

Change brings both joy and uncertainty. Even if the change is something that has been pleaded for by generations of people for the last 98 years.

Just over a hundred years ago the municipal engineers of Winnipeg were searching for a good source of water for the city. Among other possibilities, such as the Winnipeg River, they “discovered” abundant, safe drinking water 100 miles away in Shoal Lake. The Anishinaabe people in the area were in the way of what was deemed the best site for the aqueduct, so the city appropriated 3,500 acres of land and moved the community to a peninsula sticking out into the lake. Then, with the building of a dyke and canal that cut through the isthmus, that peninsula was made into an island.

The people of reserve Shoal Lake 40 (SL40) were left for 98 years with no way to reach stores, hospitals, friends or relatives other than private boats or a decrepit ferry barge in summer, or an ice road in winter. During the freeze-up or thawing months they were stuck on the island. People have died trying to cross the ice. People have died because they could not get across.

Their resistance and pressure has gone on for decades. Chief after chief have spoken and written about their situation to politicians: Winnipeg city, Manitoba province, Canada country. Bureaucracies’ promises have been made: for economic opportunities, a water treatment plant and an all-weather road, and then reneged upon.

Meeting at the road construction Shoal Lake 40
Photo: CPTers and visitors speak with a community member, Cathy Green, as she tells about the situation on Shoal Lake 40 and the construction of the road.


August 29th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos August 22-29


 

"End the Segregation" 

 
Pictured here: Palestinians living in the neighborhood of Ghaith next to Mafia Checkpoint gathered to demonstrate against the fence and lockable gate that was erected in June 2017, separating them from other Palestinian neighborhoods and a road that only allows Isreali settlers to walk on. Dozens of adults and children gathered for this demonstration, singing songs and chanting for an end to the occupation. As soon as the demonstration began, dozens of Israeli soldiers and Border Police gathered outside the fenced area photographing the participants who were mostly children. The Israeli military forced the press to get behind a police barrier to prevent them from photographing the demonstration. Israeli settlers also came to the area in an attempt to disrupt the demonstration. 

(28/08/2017)

August 25th

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Christian Peacemaker Teams is seeking an Interim Administrative Director

25 August 2017


POSITION OPENING: Interim Administrative Director

Christian Peacemaker Teams – Chicago, Illinois

 Christian Peacemaker Teams is seeking an Interim Administrative Director. We anticipate the position being for one year; hours and wages to be negotiated. Please submit a resume, cover letter, and brief description of approach to interim and transitional processes to hiring@cpt.org.  Review of candidates will begin immediately.

Purpose of Interim Administrative Director:

  • To strategize, coordinate, and aid communication within the organization. This person will work alongside the Program Director to help CPT better align with the mission of the organization to confront areas of lethal conflict and undoing oppressions. 

  • To help CPT assess the administrative components of its work and how it connects to the organization as a whole with regard to projects and Steering Committee including: structure, roles, decision making flow, constituency relations. 

  • Bring skilled understanding of organizational structures and models, and how to make organizational change. The interim nature of the role will allow for greater freedom to provide constructive criticism of areas that are weak in relation to fulfilling our mission, vision, and values of partnership which are not in line with stated CPT values of partnership. Their main purpose is to help the organization change into the new model and prepare us for working with our new Administrative Director.

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Message of gratitude to Sarah Thompson as she completes her tenure of service as CPT Executive Director

25 August 2017
CPT INTERNATIONAL: Message of gratitude to Sarah Thompson as she completes her tenure of service as CPT Executive Director 

Dear CPT Supporters,

Sarah Thompson, Executive Director of Christian Peacemaker Teams, will complete her tenure of service in October 2017. 

Sarah's MLK Speech at Goshen College
                                                                                    Sarah Thompson's MLK Speech at Goshen College, Indiana 2017


As Sarah’s time of service comes to a close, the Steering Committee,  Program Director Milena Rincon, and members of CPT would like to take the opportunity to thank her for her hard work, leadership and commitment to the organization, and the holy work of peacemaking.  Sarah’s term has been marked by vision, intelligence and relentless energy. Her dedication to the well-being of CPT is matched only by her desire to further its reach in building partnerships to transform violence and oppression.  During these years Sarah has taken CPT to new places and started new conversations while tending well to the history and relationships that formed the organization.  That is not an easy task, but she performed it with wisdom and grace.  Sarah’s optimism and kindness are inspiring.  She never failed to acknowledge the dignity of every person she interacted with.  We thank her for that gift.

With Gratitude,

 Milena Rincon, Program Director, and the CPT Steering Committee

August 24th

Oraciones por la paz, Agosto 24, 2017

Oraciones por la paz, Agosto 24, 2017

Agradecimiento y oración para bendecir a las diez personas que recientemente se graduaron de la capacitación para hacedores de paz de ECAP.

Demos gracias a las 10 maravillosas personas que terminaron y se graduaron exitosamente de la capacitación intensiva de un mes para hacedores de paz de ECAP. Est@s 10 hacedores de paz emprenderán diferentes viajes en los equipos de ECAP y/o en sus comunidades alrededor del mundo.

La capacitación fue una hermosa y profunda experiencia de transformación, la cual no es nada fácil. Las sesiones experienciales de la capacitación requieren de la presencia y el compromiso de cada un@ de l@s participantes, así como también de la apertura para ser tranformad@s. L@s graduad@s experimentaron un gran número de situaciones difíciles, las cuales tuvieron que procesar de manera individual y luego en grupo para continuar creciendo juntos como comunidad. Una persona tuvo que abandonar la capacitación de manera intempestiva, otro tuvo que lidiar con una inesperada situación de salud. Los participantes de la capacitación también tuvieron que lidiar con el hecho de que cinco de las personas que también habían sido invitadas a la capacitación no pudieron asistir gracias a las opresivas políticas de visado o a circunstancias personales. Sin embargo, pese a todo esto, hoy celebramos junto a est@s 10 hacedores de paz de Brasil, Uruguay, República Checa, Alemania, Canadá y EE.UU.  que se graduaron de la capacitación, l@s cuales compartirán y practicarán todo lo que ell@s han aprendido. Oremos y pidamos por la bendición y la guía divina en sus nuevos caminos, en sus regresos a casa y en las transiciones a la nueva vida y a sus nuevos compromisos laborales con ECAP.

Esta fue la capacitación número 48 que Equipos Cristianos de Acción por la Paz ha organizado durante sus 31 años de existencia. Más de 500 personas han sido capacitadas para poder ser parte de la organización y para fortalecer sus habilidades como hacedores de paz. Estamos profundamente agradecidos por el compromiso de cada una de las personas que ha hecho parte de este viaje para hacer la paz, bien sea como participantes de las capacitaciones o en hacer, a través de diferentes formas, que las capacitaciones sean posibles, o acompañándolos con una oración.

Graduacion de la capacitacion en Chicago