Anishinaabekwe Patricia Watts (left) offers a sage smudge to sister water protector Jen Meunier (right) shortly before Ontario police arrested them for blocking the gates at Dump Site 41, which would contaminate a pristine aquifer. Officials subsequently placed a moratorium on development of the dump. “I am cognizant,” said Meunier, “that I stand on the shoulders of my ancestors and owe a great responsibility both to them, and to those who will call me their ancestor in years to come…”
CPT’s Aboriginal Justice Team partners with First Nations communities nonviolently asserting treaty rights over land and resources.
A farmer displaced from Las Pavas, Bolívar, Colombia, describes the devastation to farm land caused by palm oil companies. Despite an ongoing claims process which could grant title to the villagers living there, the palm oil companies, supported by international capital, are forcing farmers off their land, uprooting trees and draining wetlands to make room for corporate palm plantations.
CPT’s Colombia Team supports communities in the Magdalena Medio region nonviolently resisting state and paramilitary violence, forced displacement and corporate incursion.
CPT’s Iraq Team accompanies displaced Kurdish villagers seeking a return to their lands and livelihoods.
In a nonviolent action to end the occupation, Palestinians from al-Khalil (Hebron), supported by Israeli and international peace activists, erected a tent on Palestinian-owned land across from an Israeli settlement outpost slated for evacuation. Israeli soldiers threw percussion grenades to disperse the group.
CPT’s Palestine Teams support Palestinians in the Hebron District nonviolently resisting Israeli occupation including subsistence farmers and shepherds determined to harvest their crops and graze their flocks in the face of settler harassment; children braving threats on their way to school; communities and families threatened with land confiscation and home demolition.
at-Tuwani (South Hebron Hills) cost: $112,000(USA)/year
al-Khalil (Hebron) cost: $52,000(USA)/year