Christian Peacemaker Teams - Turn your Faith into Action for Peace https://cpt.org/ en TURTLE ISLAND:Christian Peacemaker Teams demands the release of all land defenders and two CPTers illegally arrested in Wet’suwet’en Territory. https://cpt.org/cptnet/2020/02/09/turtle-islandchristian-peacemaker-teams-demands-release-all-land-defenders-and <span>TURTLE ISLAND:Christian Peacemaker Teams demands the release of all land defenders and two CPTers illegally arrested in Wet’suwet’en Territory.</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Kathy Kern</span></span> <span>Sun, 02/09/2020 - 13:04</span> <div><p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="800" src="/sites/default/files/wetsuweten%20arrest%20release.jpg" width="800" /></p> <h6>Top left: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Arrested CPTers Natalie Maxson and Chuck Wright on their way to Wet'suwet'en<br /> Top right: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 27km camp where arrests took place<br /> Bottom left: &nbsp; &nbsp;Mohawk Nation shutting down train travel between Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en<br /> Bottom right: Toronto folks shutting down the Canadian Pacific rail line with Wet’suwet’en</h6> <p>On 8 February 2020, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) invaded the land defenders camp at site 27km in Wet’suwet’en Territory.&nbsp; They arrested 11 people, including two CPTers.&nbsp; The authorities have charged those arrested with breach of the injunction that forbids impeding Coastal GasLink (CGL) workers from accessing roads or their worksite.&nbsp; At the time of the arrest, the 11 people, including the CPTers, were in a cabin at site 27km not blocking any roads, thus making their charge of ‘breach of the injunction’ false. In addition, the RCMP did not have a warrant to enter the cabin – making the arrest illegal.</p> <p>Christian Peacemaker Teams has been present at 27km since 3 February 2020, providing legal observation alongside the land defenders of Wet’suwet’en Territory. The land defenders are protecting their territory from Coastal Gas Link’s 670km fracked gas pipeline. The province of British Columbia and CGL have not received consent from the five Hereditary Chiefs and Wet’suwet’en land defenders, therefore violating the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – a Declaration the province of BC promised to uphold through recently enacted provincial legislation (Bill 41).</p> <p>The 11 people arrested have been taken to Houston, BC, and we anticipate a court appearance on Monday, 10 February 2020. Follow the CPT Turtle Island Solidarity Network <a href="https://www.facebook.com/cpttisn/">Facebook page</a> for updates:</p> <p>We need your solidarity! We call on our constituency to join local actions in support of Wet’suwet’en.&nbsp; <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/221856442184296/">Here are some actions already scheduled. </a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1484" hreflang="en">Turtle Island Solidarity Network</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1397" hreflang="en">Canada</a></div> </div> </div> Sun, 09 Feb 2020 19:04:28 +0000 Kathy Kern 12334 at https://cpt.org In the heart of Hebron: new Israeli settlement would have severe repercussions for the Palestinian community https://cpt.org/cptnet/2020/02/07/heart-hebron-new-israeli-settlement-would-have-severe-repercussions-palestinian <span>In the heart of Hebron: new Israeli settlement would have severe repercussions for the Palestinian community</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Kathy Kern</span></span> <span>Fri, 02/07/2020 - 10:54</span> <div><p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="467" src="/sites/default/files/IMG_0646.JPG" width="700" /></p> <h6>Israeli settler propaganda banners on Palestinian vegetable market stalls in Al Khalil/ Hebron</h6> <p>“I’ve always had the hope that Shuhada Street will be reopened to Palestinians and that we will be able to restore the shops and community life in that area,” says Abu Adam, who grew up in al-Khalil (Hebron). “My dad used to tell me stories of when he would shop from the vegetable market in the Old City. It’s hard for me to see that the life my dad experienced in his hometown, I am not going to experience. And there’s a possibility that the next generation won’t see that life either, because of the Israeli strategy of stealing land.”</p> <p>On 1 December 2019, the Israeli Civil Administration informed the Hebron Municipality of its intentions to demolish the old Palestinian vegetable market—located in the heart of Hebron’s Old City on Shuhada Street—and construct an Israeli settlement in its place. The Hebron Municipality stated that under instructions from the Palestinian leadership, it would exert all its efforts to protect Palestinian land and preserve the property and safeguard the rights of its citizens who live in the area. Ultimately, the land belongs to the Hebron Municipality. Its residents thus have a protected tenancy that prevents their eviction. Despite this, the Israeli Civil Administration is still putting pressure on the Hebron Municipality and plans to build the settlement.</p> <p>The location of this potential settlement is particularly significant to Palestinians in Hebron. Shuhada Street used to be the main thoroughfare and commercial centre of Hebron. Israeli forces started closing Shuhada Street in 1994 after the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre, when Israeli settler Baruch Goldstein stormed the mosque, killing 29 Palestinians and wounding 150. By 2000, Israeli forces had completely closed Shuhada Street to Palestinians, resulting in the inability of Palestinian residents to access their homes and shops.</p> <p>Sufyan al-Junaidi was one of the dozens of merchants who operated a shop in the vegetable market before it was closed. “The army closed my vegetable shop by a military decision, and since then I have not been able to visit it, not even once,” Sufyan told media source Al-Monitor. Sufyan explained that his father began renting the shop from the Hebron Municipality in 1965. The market, he said, was once full of shoppers and visitors. “[Tons] of fruits and vegetables would flow into this important commercial area, but we have been denied access to it for decades,” he added.</p> <p>The establishment of a new Israeli settlement would have severe repercussions for the Palestinian community: increased military presence, increased settler violence, and increased displacement of Palestinians. Settlements are illegal under international law: the Fourth Geneva Convention forbids the transfer by an occupying power of its people to occupied territory. The new settlement would also contribute to Israel’s creation of a settler-only corridor extending from the large settlement of Kiryat Arba, which is just outside Hebron city limits, to the Ibrahimi Mosque in the centre of the Old City. Abu Adam says, “We already have Palestinians who are concerned to visit or open shops in the Old City because of the military and settler presence. It’s hard for me to imagine a new big settlement being built in the heart of my city.”</p> <p>The Hebron Municipality is currently in legal proceedings to protect the vegetable market property. CPT Palestine will continue to share updates on further developments.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="466" src="/sites/default/files/IMG_0648.JPG" width="700" /></p> <h6>Picture of Ze'ev Jabotinsky, a founder of the right wing Irgun militia and Likud party. &nbsp;<br /> Settlers: "We are building once again the Jewish Quarter (the market in Hebron)"<br /> Jabotinsky: "We will build once again everything they destroyed in multiples of what it was before"</h6> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1415" hreflang="en">Palestine</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1416" hreflang="en">al-Khalil (Hebron)</a></div> </div> </div> Fri, 07 Feb 2020 16:54:53 +0000 Kathy Kern 12333 at https://cpt.org TURTLE ISLAND: The Wet’suwet’en Nation needs you, NOW. Call BC Premier John Horgan; Tell him to ask the RCMP to stand down https://cpt.org/cptnet/2020/02/06/turtle-island-wetsuweten-nation-needs-you-now-call-bc-premier-john-horgan-tell <span>TURTLE ISLAND: The Wet’suwet’en Nation needs you, NOW. Call BC Premier John Horgan; Tell him to ask the RCMP to stand down</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Kathy Kern</span></span> <span>Thu, 02/06/2020 - 13:55</span> <div><p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="499" src="/sites/default/files/tisn_action.jpg" width="720" /></p> <h6>The camp at the 27 kilometre marker on the Morice West Forest Rd leading to the Wet’suwet’en camp.</h6> <h3>The Wet’suwet’en Nation needs you, NOW.</h3> <p>Call British Columbia Premier John Horgan; Tell him to ask the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to stand down at Wet’suwet’en&nbsp; <b>+1-250-387-1715&nbsp;</b></p> <p>This morning, in a pre-dawn raid, the RCMP entered Wet’suwet’en territory, taking down tents at kilometer 39, a supply camp. Officers smashed the window of a radio vehicle and denied a journalist entry into the camp despite that journalist having all the necessary permits. By 7:48 a.m., RCMP officers had arrested all members of the camp at kilometer 38.</p> <p>On February 4, Coastal GasLink refused to <a href="http://www.wetsuweten.com/media-centre/news/february-4-2020-immediate-release-wetsuweten-territory-smithers-b.c">recognize</a> the Wiggus Respect table discussions between the Government of British Colombia and the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs designed to seek a peaceful resolution between the parties and prevent a <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/20/canada-indigenous-land-defenders-police-documents">repeat of last year’s</a> Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) militarized raid on behalf of the pipeline company.&nbsp;</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.facebook.com/unistoten/">Unist'ot'en Camp</a><b> </b>reported that at least 36 vehicles, 1 ambulance, 2 bulldozers and an excavator entered the territory, making way for work to continue the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline "<a href="https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/wetsuweten-arrests-coastal-gaslink-pipeline-1.5454007">despite over 50 instances of environmental non-compliance</a>." The construction of the 670 km pipeline is a&nbsp;<a href="https://ricochet.media/en/2904/untangling-the-rule-of-law-in-the-coastal-gaslink-pipeline-standoff">violation of the rights</a> of the five clans that live on the Wet’suwet’en territory, who have unanimously opposed all pipeline proposals and have not provided free, prior, and informed consent, guaranteed under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to Coastal Gaslink/ TransCanada to do work on Wet’suwet’en lands.</p> <p>The protests and blockades set up along the forest service road are a nonviolent and peaceful assertion Wet’suwet’en Nation rights. "They're invading our people again, starting in the wee hours of the morning, arresting people who have been providing food and medical supplies to our camps, who are camped out along the side of the road doing amazing and righteous work. And right now, they're being arrested and they're being removed," said <a href="http://tinyurl.com/slgumaf">Molly Wickham</a>, spokesperson for Wet'suwet'en Nation members. "It's time to stand up for all Indigenous people all across Turtle Island. It's time to make it known that Indigenous people will not be oppressed any longer—that the RCMP can't come in and remove us from our territories, that they have no legitimacy on stolen Indigenous land.”&nbsp;</p> <p>Christian Peacemaker Teams currently has members in Wet’suwet’en territory accompanying this struggle. CPT joins the Wet’suwet’en call to action.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <h3><b>Take Action and Demand the RCMP Stand Down at Wet’suwet’en</b></h3> <h3>WET’SUWET’EN NEEDS YOU NOW.</h3> <h3>Call British Columbia Premier John Horgan; Tell him to ask the RCMP to stand down at Wet’suwet’en<b> +1-250-387-1715&nbsp;</b></h3> <h3><b>Join an action in your area. </b><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/221856442184296/"><b>Click here</b></a></h3> <h3><a href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/wetsuweten?source=feed_text&amp;epa=HASHTAG&amp;__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARD2xdAo8QOBbPDNQTptEeLcIER7B7lJw5WdVvqGPhXjT"><b>#Wetsuweten</b></a><a href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/wetsuwetenstrong?source=feed_text&amp;epa=HASHTAG&amp;__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARD2xdAo8QOBbPDNQTptEeLcIER7B7lJw5WdVvqGPhXjTpkFoZTp7O0iEA6TkM6UkXfn7ETDH9"><b> </b><b>#WetsuwetenStrong</b></a></h3> </blockquote> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1484" hreflang="en">Turtle Island Solidarity Network</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1397" hreflang="en">Canada</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 06 Feb 2020 19:55:04 +0000 Kathy Kern 12332 at https://cpt.org Faith Action Tool Kit: Stand with Wet’suwet’en https://cpt.org/cptnet/2020/01/29/faith-action-tool-kit-stand-wetsuweten <span>Faith Action Tool Kit: Stand with Wet’suwet’en</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/4" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Caldwell</span></span> <span>Wed, 01/29/2020 - 17:40</span> <div><p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="533" src="/sites/default/files/2019-12/facebook_tisn.png" width="800" /></p> <p>Download CPT's Faith Action Toolkit for Wet'suweten. As faith communities discern how to get involved in Wet'suwet'en solidarity, we encourage, you, our friends, to download and use this toolkit. It's time for us to rise up together and work towards decolonization.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://cpt.org/sites/default/files/2020-01/Faith_Action_ToolKit_online_1.pdf">Download your Faith Action Tool Kit</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Christian Peacemaker Teams Calls on Faith Communities to Stand with Wet’suwet’en</strong></p> <p>The province of British Columbia alongside Coastal Gaslink are continuing their plans to build a pipeline through the unceded territories of the Wet’suwet’en. The 5 Hereditary Chiefs and land defenders of Wet’suwet’en have denied access to Coastal Gaslink fearing the pipeline will cause irrevocable ecological damage. Despite lack of consent, the province and CGL continue to try and advance the pipeline. This is in contravention to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (which the province of British Columbia has signed on to) which preserves the right to free, prior and informed consent by Indigenous communities before extractive industries can access their land.&nbsp;</p> <p>In January 2020,&nbsp; the RCMP began enforcing a court injunction on behalf of a natural gas pipeline development, setting up a checkpoint on the Wet’suwet’en territory. This injunction violates Wet’suwet’en law, the right to free, prior, and informed consent, and ignores the call by the <a href="https://thenarwhal.ca/what-cost-are-human-rights-worth-un-calls-for-immediate-rcmp-withdrawal-in-wetsuweten-standoff/">UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination</a> to immediately suspend work on the Coastal GasLink pipeline until consent is obtained. Also concerning is the RCMP’s demonstrated willingness a year ago to use <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/20/canada-indigenous-land-defenders-police-documents">lethal force</a> to enforce this injunction during a militarized raid on the Gimid’ten checkpoint.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>CPT calls on faith communities to take action and support the land defenders of Wet’suwet’en!</strong></p> <p>Historically the Christian Church, the Canadian state, and capitalist industry worked together to colonize Canada and displace Indigenous peoples from their land. Today across Canada, many churches are rising up in the spirit of Jesus’ message of peace and justice, and learning about the history and reality of colonization, apologizing for their involvement and/or complicity in colonialism, and getting involved in activities that situate their solidarity with Indigenous peoples and not with the colonial state. Now is the time to continue that support and take action! This is our chance, as the Christian Church, to demonstrate Christ’s radical love by standing in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://cpt.org/sites/default/files/2020-01/Faith_Action_ToolKit_online_1.pdf">Download your Faith Action Tool Kit</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1484" hreflang="en">Turtle Island Solidarity Network</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1397" hreflang="en">Canada</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 29 Jan 2020 23:40:37 +0000 Caldwell 12330 at https://cpt.org TURTLE ISLAND:  Apache elder asks for prayer to protect land from copper mine. https://cpt.org/cptnet/2020/01/27/turtle-island-apache-elder-asks-prayer-protect-land-copper-mine <span>TURTLE ISLAND:  Apache elder asks for prayer to protect land from copper mine.</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Kathy Kern</span></span> <span>Mon, 01/27/2020 - 13:12</span> <div><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="549" src="/sites/default/files/signal-2019-11-28-092531.jpeg" width="824" /></p> <h6 class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;">&nbsp;</h6> <h6 class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;">&nbsp;</h6> <h6 class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;"><em>Wendsler Nosie, Sr. (center), Rev. William Barber (l. Poor People's Campaign)<br /> Rev. John&nbsp;Mendez (r. Emmanuel Baptist Church Winston-Salem, North&nbsp;Carolina)&nbsp;</em></h6> <h6 class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;"><em>Photo: <a href="https://www.stevepavey.com/index">Steve Pavey</a></em><br /> &nbsp;</h6> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;"><span>by Carol Rose<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;"><span><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;"><span>Wendsler Nosie Sr., San Carlos Apache elder, has put his body into his call for prayer. In the last week of November 2019, Nosie ran and walked through snow and rain from the San Carlos reservation to Chich'il Bildagoteel (Oak Flat, Arizona, USA).&nbsp; Afterwards, he spent a month praying in his ancestral homeland. “This is my religious right, my indigenous right, and my inherent right to return home to protect it from being murdered and to protect our future generations, those yet to be born, so they have a right to their identity and religious beliefs,” said Nosie.&nbsp;&nbsp; Now, he is on his way to New York City and Washington DC to advocate for his people and for Chich'il Bildagoteel.</span><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;"><span>&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;"><span>Nosie is asking U.S. congressional leaders to reverse their decision to transfer the land from National Forest status to private ownership by Resolution Copper, a Canadian mining company. He asks that we “protect our Holy Places to stop this murder by Resolution Copper” who is so poised to take possession of that sacred land that they have already brought the security company G4S into the area. If government is going to transfer land to anyone, let them be ready to transfer the legal ownership to the San Carlos Apache Nation.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;"><span><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;"><span>Wendlser Nosie has strongly and publically asked for spiritual backing and prayer.&nbsp; There are many allied activists who are mystified by a call to prayer as a call to action.&nbsp; But, as a movement with a<span>&nbsp;</span><a href="https://cpt.org/about/mission" style="color: purple; text-decoration: underline;">mission, vision and values</a>&nbsp;that honors the presence of faith and spirituality, Christian Peacemaker Teams and their supporters&nbsp;how to pray. Let us pray for return of the land to the Apache rather than a transfer to a corporation for extraction. “On earth as in heaven!” &nbsp;&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;"><span>&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;"><span>For updates, see the<span>&nbsp;</span><a href="http://apache-stronghold.com/going-home.html" style="color: purple; text-decoration: underline;">Apache-Stronghold website</a></span>and<span>&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/wendsler.nosie" style="color: purple; text-decoration: underline;">Wendsler Nosie’s Facebook page.&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;To support Oak Flats and Wendsler Nosie's campaign, sign this petition:&nbsp;<a href="https://sign.moveon.org/petitions/dont-allow-resolution?fbclid=IwAR0cy0GOj7tjwj0Dux6CLSR-1fVngBvIzQDsVmD8pBYtQIx2xyl8UUrBMbk">Protect Apache holy site from Resolution Copper</a><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;"><span>&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;"><em>Carol Rose is a CPT reservist and a member of CPT’s Turtle Island Solidarity Network (<a href="https://www.facebook.com/cpttisn/" style="color: purple; text-decoration: underline;">TISN</a>).<span>&nbsp;<span>&nbsp;</span></span>She has been active in solidarity with<span>&nbsp;</span><span>Chich'il Bildagoteel (Oak Flat)</span>since she moved to the region in 2015.<span>&nbsp;<span>&nbsp;</span></span>Her church, Shalom Mennonite Fellowship, adopted the statement,<span style="font-size: 15pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(80, 80, 80);">“</span>Shalom Mennonite Fellowship stands with the San Carlos Apache and Tohono O’odham nations in opposition to proposed mines at Oak Flat and in the Santa Rita Mountains,” in 2018.</em></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;"><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="245" src="/sites/default/files/shalom%20march%202019%20(2).jpg" width="700" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: Cambria; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;"><o:p></o:p></p> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1484" hreflang="en">Turtle Island Solidarity Network</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1422" hreflang="en">Prayers</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1430" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> Mon, 27 Jan 2020 19:12:38 +0000 Kathy Kern 12328 at https://cpt.org CPT INTERNATIONAL: Respect the Demands of the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Leaders & Land Defenders https://cpt.org/cptnet/2020/01/15/cpt-international-respect-demands-wetsuweten-hereditary-leaders-land-defenders <span>CPT INTERNATIONAL: Respect the Demands of the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Leaders &amp; Land Defenders</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/4" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Caldwell</span></span> <span>Wed, 01/15/2020 - 13:20</span> <div><p style="line-height:1.295; margin-bottom:11px"><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="799" src="/sites/default/files/2019-12/200115_Wetsuweten.jpg" width="800" /></p> <h2 style="line-height: 1.295; margin-bottom: 11px;"><strong>Statement of Solidarity</strong></h2> <p style="line-height:1.295; margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">January 15, 2020</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="line-height:1.295; margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">Christian Peacemaker Teams stands with the Wet’suwet’en land defenders and all Indigenous people protecting their rights and the environmental integrity of their homelands. CPT is deeply concerned with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s maneuvers this week to establish an </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://aptnnews.ca/2020/01/13/pipeline-6/" style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#0563c1"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">“Exclusion Zone”</span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"> on Wet’suwet’en territory— barring media and clan members from entering— which effectively reinstates&nbsp; a colonial and an apartheid era pass system.&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="line-height:1.295; margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">In the Exclusion Zone, located in the unceded territory of the Wet’suwet’en nation in northern British Columbia, the RCMP are enforcing a court injunction on behalf of a natural gas pipeline development. This injunction violates Wet’suwet’en law, the right to free, prior, and informed consent, and ignores the international condemnation by the </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://thenarwhal.ca/what-cost-are-human-rights-worth-un-calls-for-immediate-rcmp-withdrawal-in-wetsuweten-standoff/" style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#0563c1"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination</span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"> to immediately suspend work on the Coastal GasLink pipeline until consent is obtained. Also concerning is the RCMP’s demonstrated willingness a year ago to use </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/20/canada-indigenous-land-defenders-police-documents" style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#0563c1"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">lethal force</span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"> to enforce this injunction during a militarized raid on the Gimid’ten checkpoint.&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="line-height:1.295; margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">While the Coastal GasLink, RCMP and BC government may point to employment benefits and agreements with Wet’suwet’en band councils, Coastal GasLink does not have the consent of the hereditary clan leaders of their traditional territory.&nbsp; In accordance with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (principles the BC and Canadian governments have promised to uphold), prior consent needs to be obtained before any work can continue. As such, we echo the demands of all five Wet’suwet’en Clan Chiefs for:&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="line-height:1.295; margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">1) Coastal GasLink needs to vacate the territory of the Wet’suwet’en.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="line-height:1.295; margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">2) The Canadian and British Columbia governments must uphold its commitment to implement the Declaration.&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="line-height:1.295; margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">3) The RCMP must respect the rights of the hereditary chiefs and refrain from interfering with Wet’suwet’en law.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="line-height:1.295; margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">As a nonviolent accompaniment organization, we have witnessed the threats and use of violent force against Indigenous peoples defending their rights from Burnt Church, to Elsipogtog, to Barriere Lake, to Caledonia, to Grassy Narrows. History is repeating itself in unceded Wet’suwet’en territory, an illustration of Canada’s ongoing settler colonial project that dispossesses Indigenous people from their land for settler industry and capital gains.&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="line-height:1.295; margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">The actions of RCMP, Coastal GasLink, and BC government make the rhetoric of reconciliation ring hollow.&nbsp; CPT is closely monitoring the events in Wet’suwet’en territory, and will continue to advocate to ensure Indigenous rights are upheld here and elsewhere across Turtle Island.&nbsp; </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="line-height:1.295; margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/alleyesonwetsuweten?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Ehashtag">&nbsp;#AllEyesOnWetsuweten</a>&nbsp; <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/wouldyoushootmetoo?lang=en">#WouldYouShootMeToo</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/wetsuwetenstrong?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Ehashtag">#WetsuwetenStrong</a></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1484" hreflang="en">Turtle Island Solidarity Network</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1397" hreflang="en">Canada</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 15 Jan 2020 19:20:50 +0000 Caldwell 12326 at https://cpt.org IRAQI KURDISTAN: "If you are faithful to your people"-Christians in Nahla Valley fear Turkish bombing will end their presence there https://cpt.org/cptnet/2020/01/14/iraqi-kurdistan-if-you-are-faithful-your-people-christians-nahla-valley-fear <span>IRAQI KURDISTAN: &quot;If you are faithful to your people&quot;-Christians in Nahla Valley fear Turkish bombing will end their presence there</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Kathy Kern</span></span> <span>Tue, 01/14/2020 - 10:03</span> <div><p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="466" src="/sites/default/files/sandiiii.jpg" width="700" /></p> <h6>Kak Sandi and other villagers from Chame Rabatke talking to CPT.</h6> <p>After driving for seven hours, we arrived in the Nahla valley at Chame Rabatke Village in the Duhok Governorate. Residents of this village are Assyrian Christians, and Ashur, a teacher hosted us.</p> <p>CPT Iraqi Kurdistan has visited the village of Chame Rabatke and surrounding villages before. For about six years these villages have lived under the bombardments of the Turkish government, which cause constant fear among the inhabitants.&nbsp;</p> <p>One of the members of Kak Ashur’s family told us, “In the past, the Turkish governments bombarded the mountains outside of the village. But now they are bombing near the village, causing great fear and traumatizing the people who live here. During the bombardments children cry and even the animals are scared.”</p> <p>These continuing attacks have forced the people of the village to leave their houses, fields, orchards, and livestock to flee to the cities. For generations their ancestors have lived in this place. Now their evacuation is threatening the continuation of a religious minority that has made this region its home.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <h2 class="text-align-right"><b>“We are not ready to let our children live here and suffer anymore.”</b></h2> </blockquote> <p>Another member of the family, Kak Ninos, shared his grief over evacuating the village.&nbsp; He told CPT that living in this situation is simply not safe anymore.&nbsp; “We are not ready to let our children live here and suffer anymore. This is our red line. Try to put yourselves in our place. What would you do as a father?”</p> <p>The condition of the road to and from the village is another safety concern and reason to flee. With deep potholes and jutting rocks, it is a dangerous and slow evacuation route when fleeing bombing. Even on more normal days it is a difficult journey for the children attempting to get to school.</p> <p>There is only one school in Chame Rabatke village. But it was closed in 2014, during the ISIS war, and has remained closed. That same year, it became a shelter for people who were displaced by that war.</p> <p><b>&nbsp;</b>Kak Ashur, who was a teacher in their elementary school, now must teach in another village and the rough roads make it too difficult for him to return home each day. “I am a teacher,” said Kak Ashur, “but I cannot go to my work. I have to teach somewhere else and cannot live in my village anymore”.</p> <p>The villagers of Chame Rabatke are distressed about the weak response of the Iraqi Government to their situation, and the silence of the Kurdistan Regional Government. They say that the Kurdistan Regional Government has no power to stop the bombardments by Turkey and Iran. All the Iraqi Government has done is publish a statement opposing the bombardments.<br /> <br /> <img alt="Kak Zaiya, the Mukhtar of the village, showing us a piece of shrapnel from the recent bombardment in Chame Rabatke." data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/59a826c98419c278e3fc88a4/1578814413084-AW40L6WW3X246051S724/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kC_zU2BfZ5ZIMnHNJenIZNVZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWQUxwkmyExglNqGp0IvTJZUJFbgE-7XRK3dMEBRBhUpxijL9Wuh_4Ac8cZwXoOib6zhExuFZ5P2Nej7FDWJFPl4XcRpbKNAnqXKYQs44295g/kak+ziyaaaaa.jpg" /></p> <h6>Kak Zaiya, the Mukhtar of the village, showing us a piece of shrapnel from the recent bombardment in Chame Rabatke.</h6> <blockquote> <h2 class="text-align-right"><b>“What surprises me is that Turkey is a member of NATO, and they kill innocent people with U.S weapons. But the international community is silent.”</b></h2> </blockquote> <p>Kak Sandi, another member of Kak Ashur’s family, told us, “Bombardments caused the displacement of people from the villages to the cities. What surprises me is that Turkey is a member of NATO, and they kill innocent people with U.S weapons. But the international community is silent.”</p> <p>The villagers do not address only the governments, but also worldwide Christian communities. They welcome any organizations that will come to serve the people of Nahla Valley, which includes the Muslim village of Dupre. They say that as a Christian community, their possibility of dissolution is much higher than the other communities in this region.</p> <blockquote> <h2 class="text-align-right"><b>“If you are faithful to your own people, help us.”</b></h2> </blockquote> <p>Sargon speaks about the role of the global Christian community toward the villagers here. He said, “Some international churches gave 10,000 dollars to us, but this sum was not enough to pave the roads completely. We managed to fix part of the road, but after six months it was in disrepair again.” He added, “If you [Christians] are faithful to your own people, it is time to come and help us. We ask you to protect us and to try to stop the bombardments.”</p> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1406" hreflang="en">Iraq</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1408" hreflang="en">Kurdistan</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 14 Jan 2020 16:03:05 +0000 Kathy Kern 12324 at https://cpt.org CPT INTERNATIONAL: Christian Peacemaker Teams statement on U.S./Iranian tensions in Iraq  https://cpt.org/cptnet/2020/01/10/cpt-international-christian-peacemaker-teams-statement-usiranian-tensions-iraq <span>CPT INTERNATIONAL: Christian Peacemaker Teams statement on U.S./Iranian tensions in Iraq </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Kathy Kern</span></span> <span>Fri, 01/10/2020 - 07:45</span> <div><p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="197" src="/sites/default/files/reversedlogoCPT-black.jpg" width="408" /></p> <p><b>Christian Peacemaker Teams statement on U.S./Iranian tensions in Iraq&nbsp;</b></p> <p>January 9, 2020</p> <p>Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) calls for an immediate end to all U.S. and Iranian military escalations and a deepened commitment to diplomacy in the region. The world has watched as the governments of the United States and The Islamic Republic of Iran teeter on the brink of war as their armed forces launched drone strikes and ballistic missiles at various targets within the borders of Iraq.&nbsp;</p> <p>Diplomacy must be the highest priority for a pathway forward and lasting peace.</p> <p>Civilians are always the ones who carry the true cost of war. Over the years CPT has partnered with people who have been impacted directly by these conflicts.</p> <p>We have documented and amplified our partners’ experiences through the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the rise of the Islamic State, and the ongoing Turkish cross border bombings in Iraqi Kurdistan.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Through our programs in Iraqi Kurdistan and on Lesvos, Greece, we have witnessed that millions of people have fled due to violence. Civilians always pay the highest price including displacement, loss of livelihoods, destruction of agricultural lands, injury, trauma, and death.&nbsp;</p> <p>For too long the lands within Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan have been used by various governments to stage various conflicts without consideration of those living there. This continued destabilization has fueled violence and prevented diverse peoples and communities from moving into a space of healing.</p> <p>Iraqi people demand that their land not be used by other countries to stage conflicts, and that the people of Iraq are not targeted and bombed.</p> <p>In support of this demand, CPT calls for continued de-escalation between the governments of the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran as well as increased diplomacy. We cannot thrive as a world of communities if we constantly sit on the brink of additional wars.</p> <p>Please join in this effort to support peace by contacting your government representatives and urging them to engage in fostering nonviolent and diplomatic pathways in the region and around the globe.</p> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1406" hreflang="en">Iraq</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1408" hreflang="en">Kurdistan</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1424" hreflang="en">Public Witness</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1430" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> Fri, 10 Jan 2020 13:45:56 +0000 Kathy Kern 12323 at https://cpt.org U.S./MEXICO BORDERLANDS: Specifics and the Systems on the Border https://cpt.org/cptnet/2020/01/06/usmexico-borderlands-specifics-and-systems-border <span>U.S./MEXICO BORDERLANDS: Specifics and the Systems on the Border</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Kathy Kern</span></span> <span>Mon, 01/06/2020 - 13:04</span> <div><p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="450" src="/sites/default/files/IMG_0873-2.jpg" width="600" /></p> <h6>CPTers Carol Rose and Duane Ediger at the Migrant Resource Center, in Agua Prieta, Sonora.&nbsp;</h6> <p>by Carol Rose, CPT reservist</p> <p>It's easy to get lost in the daily needs, or discouraged by the magnitude of the crushing oppression on the U.S.-Mexico border.&nbsp; CPT's mission to back partners as a part of transforming violence and oppression requires us to attend to the details of the immediate situation, and to the sources of the oppression that grows into violence.&nbsp; Between the specifics and the systems, our presence and action strategically strengthen the forces for good.</p> <p>The systems that created the cauldron that is the U.S.-Mexico border include racism, cruel U.S. immigration policy, militarization of the border, decades of U.S. wars and other interventions throughout Latin America, punitive reactions to drug addiction and counterproductive responses to drug trafficking.&nbsp; All of this has contributed to creating space where organized crime flourishes and where migrants are caught between their violence and the wall, literally.</p> <p>Hundreds of asylum seekers are waiting, waiting in Agua Prieta, Mexico.&nbsp; They wait for their turn to present themselves at the port of entry to the United States.&nbsp; Many of them fled violence in their home communities by groups not unlike groups that are presently powers here in this small border town.</p> <p>After long and dangerous travels, when migrants arrive at the bus station here, they frequently face extortion.&nbsp; Some are kidnapped.&nbsp; Some disappear forever.&nbsp; If they make it from the bus station to the community of Mexican citizens who organize safer spaces and other assistance, then they join the long line of those who wait.&nbsp; There is room for some in the shelter.&nbsp; Most spend scarce resources renting space, vulnerable to organized crime while they wait.</p> <p>Asylum seekers who are next in line live immediately beside the border entry in a plastic tent with the lower portion of the 14 foot-tall border fence as one of its walls.&nbsp; They might be called after a day in the tent or after two weeks or more.&nbsp; The call might come first thing in the morning, at midday or late at night.&nbsp; Volunteers from the community and CPTers accompany the families to and from the tent and a migrant assistance center where they can clean up and get a break from the weather. &nbsp; Much of the year the tent is unbearably hot.&nbsp; This week it snowed.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>When representatives of the U.S. immigration system call them, they face many questions and much paperwork.&nbsp; Some are released to stay with loved ones somewhere in the U.S., pending their hearings.&nbsp; Others are sent to Juarez, Mexico, an even more dangerous border city, to wait for their hearing.&nbsp; Unless there are large shifts towards justice in the U.S. immigration system, regardless of the attacks they have experienced or the dangers they will face if they return, most will not receive asylum.</p> <p>Where are the leverage points for transformation?&nbsp; CPT presence brings direct support to migrants and to the courageous and hospitable people from both sides of this border who stand with them.&nbsp; It will take widespread organizing to transform U.S. government policies that attack and deny migrants and strengthen organized crime.</p> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1396" hreflang="en">Borderlands</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1430" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1429" hreflang="en">Undoing Oppressions</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1409" hreflang="en">Mexico</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1413" hreflang="en">Migration</a></div> </div> </div> Mon, 06 Jan 2020 19:04:35 +0000 Kathy Kern 12321 at https://cpt.org CPT INTERNATIONAL: Faith Statement on Escalating Violence with Iran https://cpt.org/cptnet/2020/01/04/cpt-international-faith-statement-escalating-violence-iran <span>CPT INTERNATIONAL: Faith Statement on Escalating Violence with Iran</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Kathy Kern</span></span> <span>Sat, 01/04/2020 - 12:59</span> <div><p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="450" src="/sites/default/files/IMG_0562.jpg" width="600" /></p> <h6>CPT Steering Committee member Tori Bateman (left) was among the CPTers who participated in the<br /> <a href="https://www.codepink.org/01042020">National Day of Action</a>&nbsp;in Washington, DC</h6> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Christian Peacemaker Teams is among&nbsp; 23 faith groups who have signed on to a statement condemning U.S. aggression towards Iran.</p> <blockquote> <p>We call on the Trump administration&nbsp; to end military escalation, and on Congress to refuse authorization for war with Iran.</p> <h3>As people of faith, we condemn the United States’ dangerous aggression towards Iran, including the assassination of Gen. Qassem Soleimani and the deployment of additional troops to the region. We urge the Administration to step back from the brink of war.</h3> <h3>Our faith communities see the futility of war, and its power to dehumanize. We know that human flourishing entails breaking cycles of violence, being courageous peacemakers, and focusing on the root causes of conflict. Violent conflict is a path of mutual destruction.</h3> <p>Instead, all actors must move forward in a way that upholds our shared, sacred human dignity:</p> <ul> <li>All parties must begin by re-humanizing each other without excusing unjust and violent actions.</li> <li>The U.S. Administration must halt violent attacks and military escalations. It must return to a diplomatic process, recognizing that lasting peace requires a commitment to the shared well-being of every human, from Iran to the United States and everywhere in between.</li> <li>The U.S. Congress must act to reassert its war powers by refusing authorization for war with Iran and related attacks, and to block funding for war with Iran.</li> <li>U.S. actions and strategy in the region must address the root causes of the conflict, such as distrust, trauma, economic resources, and political influence.</li> <li>All of us must support nonviolent creative actions of resistance to any unjust and violent actions.<br /> As communities of faith, we renounce the escalation of violence, and call on the United States to work towards lasting peace with Iran.<br /> &nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Signed,<br /> American Friends Service Committee<br /> Center on Conscience and War<br /> Christian Peacemaker Teams<br /> Church of the Brethren Office of Peacebuilding and Policy Churches for Middle East Peace<br /> Coalition for Peace Action<br /> Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach Conference of Superiors of Men (Catholic)Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, US Provinces Faith in Public Life<br /> Franciscan Action Network<br /> Friends Committee on National LegislationLeadership Conference of Women Religious<br /> Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns<br /> Mennonite Central Committee U.S.<br /> National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd National Campaign for a Peace Tax FundPresbyterian Church (USA)<br /> Provincial Council Clerics of St. Viator<br /> Sisters of Mercy of the Americas- Institute Leadership Team Unitarian Universalist Association<br /> United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries<br /> The United Methodist Church – General Board of Church and Society</p> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="750" src="/sites/default/files/IMG_0595.jpg" width="1000" /></p> </blockquote> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1400" hreflang="en">CPT International</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1430" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1424" hreflang="en">Public Witness</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1406" hreflang="en">Iraq</a></div> </div> </div> Sat, 04 Jan 2020 18:59:33 +0000 Kathy Kern 12320 at https://cpt.org