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August 29th, 2017

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 ‚Äď 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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 capacitaci√≥n fue una hermosa y profunda experiencia de transformaci√≥n, la cual no es nada f√°cil. Las sesiones experienciales de la capacitaci√≥n requieren de la presencia y el compromiso de cada un@ de l@s participantes, as√≠ como tambi√©n de la apertura para ser tranformad@s. L@s graduad@s experimentaron un gran n√ļmero de situaciones dif√≠ciles, las cuales tuvieron que procesar de manera individual y luego en grupo para continuar creciendo juntos como comunidad. Una persona tuvo que abandonar la capacitaci√≥n de manera intempestiva, otro tuvo que lidiar con una inesperada situaci√≥n de salud. Los participantes de la capacitaci√≥n tambi√©n tuvieron que lidiar con el hecho de que cinco de las personas que tambi√©n hab√≠an sido invitadas a la capacitaci√≥n no pudieron asistir gracias a las opresivas pol√≠ticas 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, Rep√ļblica Checa, Alemania, Canad√° y EE.UU.  que se graduaron de la capacitaci√≥n, l@s cuales compartir√°n y practicar√°n todo lo que ell@s han aprendido. Oremos y pidamos por la bendici√≥n y la gu√≠a 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 capacitaci√≥n n√ļmero 48 que Equipos Cristianos de Acci√≥n por la Paz ha organizado durante sus 31 a√Īos de existencia. M√°s de 500 personas han sido capacitadas para poder ser parte de la organizaci√≥n 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 trav√©s de diferentes formas, que las capacitaciones sean posibles, o acompa√Ī√°ndolos con una oraci√≥n.

Graduacion de la capacitacion en Chicago

Prayers for Peacemakers, 24 August 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers, 24 August 2017

Thanksgiving and prayer of blessing for ten people who recently graduated from the CPT training for peacemakers.

Let us give thanks for the ten wonderful people who successfully accomplished and graduated from the month-long intensive CPT Training for Peacemakers. Their peacemaking journeys will continue on various CPT teams and/or in their home communities around the world.

The training was a beautiful and deeply transforming experience and yet by no means easy. The experiential training sessions require presence and engagement of one's whole being and willingness to be transformed. The graduates experienced a number of difficult situations and processes both individually and growing together as a community. One person had to leave the training abruptly, another dealt with an unexpected painful health condition. The trainees were missing five other people who could not come due to oppressive visa policies or personal circumstances. And yet today we celebrate with ten peacemakers from Brazil, Uruguay, Czech republic, Germany, Canada and the U.S.A. who have successfully accomplished the training and will go forth into the world to practice and share what they had learned. As we pray, let us ask for blessing and divine guidance on their new ways, returns to home communities and transitions to new life and work with CPT.    

This was the 48th training that Christian Peacemaker Teams has organized and held during its 31 years of existence. Over 500 people have trained to join the organization and to strengthen their peacemaking skills. We are deeply grateful for everyone committed to this journey of peacemaking, for all who participate either in the trainings or in making them possible through numerous ways of support and accompaniment of prayer.

10 graduates of the CPT training in Chicago 2017

August 22nd

Help CPT Buy Bandanas

From a distance Trump's hats look similar to CPT's classic red hat, which has resulted in awkwardness, discomfort, and even insecurity for CPTers when wearing the red hat in certain situations.

In Canada, where CPT has been active in the anti-racism movement, CPTers were asked not to wear their red hats because they could be confused with the alt-right and cause fear among the people we are striving to stand in solidarity with.  

CPT needs an alternative.....

COLOMBIA: Threats against social leaders

CPTnet

22 August 2017

COLOMBIA: Threats against social leaders

by Marcos Knoblauch

In Barrancabermeja, paramilitary structures exercise direct and open territorial control. The inhabitants of this city witness how paramilitarism has infected the different spaces of the communes through selective assassinations and micro-trafficking. These illegal armed groups, acting as rulers, operate in the territory trying to perpetuate their control over illegal markets such as micro-trafficking.

We must not confuse ourselves: these groups should not be simply typecast as mere criminals. Paramilitaries are organized structures and, as such, support their activities outside the law based on systemic violence and the ineffectiveness of the State, and even with its complicity.

Chedhos

CREDHOS leaders have received repeatedly death threats. Photo: Marian DeCouto/CPT

In a national political context focused on post-agreements with the FARC, Barrancabermeja is the battle arena for the control of the various illegal groups. Whoever raises his or her voice against violence and in favour of human rights will be, in the eyes of these paramilitary groups, an objective on which they will discharge their violence.

August 18th

CPT UNITED STATES: Christian Peacemaker Teams supports clergy and community members in Charlottesville through trainings in nonviolent action

CPTnet
18 August 2017
CPT UNITED STATES: Christian Peacemaker Teams supports clergy and community members in Charlottesville through trainings in nonviolent action

by Sarah Thompson

On behalf of the Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) community, first and foremost we want to extend our condolences to the families of the victims of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Though Trump‚Äôs denouncement of the horrendous ‚ÄúUnite the Right‚ÄĚ rally on 12 August 2017 was weak, the Charlottesville community‚Äôs response was very strong. From clergy to anti-fascist (Antifa) mobilizers to street medics to students, they all came together to confront the misdirected anger and brutalizing violence of the ultra-nationalist right wing‚ÄĒmostly young white men were in attendance‚ÄĒin the United States.

Already in July, the local clergy group knew they needed more reinforcement and training to prepare for the violence their city would experience at the hands of white supremacists on 12 August.

Banner portraying three women and inscription: "We all belong here. We will defend each other"                                                        Image from the online invitation to "Chicago Interfaith Service in Solidarity with Charlottesville"

August 16th

Prayers for Peacemakers, 16 August 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers, 16 August 2017

Pray for those who came together to stop hate in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Pray for the many activists groups that came together to stop hate in Charlottesville, Virginia on behalf of all of us. Pray that as they recover from the brutal day, they are able to find comfort and trust that the Eternal One is with them, even in these mysterious, deadly times. Pray that all those injured find healing, and that people of color and religious minorities--indigenous and immigrant, Jew, Buddhist and Muslim--find new allies in the face of continual onslaught of racist violence across the US South and the nation.

memorial Heather Heter

Photo credit: Vice News.

Psalm 73:23

I am always with You.‚Ä®Though my heart is troubled and I‚Äôm filled with dread‚Ä®I turn to face Your Mystery‚Ä®Though I‚Äôve been lost inside my head‚Ä®I open to Eternity. 

August 15th

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 ‚ÄĒ 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