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CAHUCOPANA

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On going home

The small farmers of Colombia have been on strike for the past six weeks.  This meant that thousands of families and hundreds of communities took to the streets of Colombia, blocking major arteries along national highways and demanding change.  The mobilization took place as a result of empty promises from the Santos government who have … Continue reading

Dialogues over Strike Statement Start Off on the Right Foot in Segovia, Antioquia

Yesterday, August 22nd, the first peace march took place in the town of Segovia. It began at the humanitarian camp and concluded at the town square. This day of demonstrations took place in complete calm. It happened after delegates at the Roundtable of Dialogue and Agreement (MIA) resolved, as a goodwill gesture, to lift the … Continue reading

Roundtable for Negotiation Begins Today in Medellín, Following the Strike in Segovia

We, the small farmers, miners, and indigenous people from the towns of Segovia and Remedios, declare to all local inhabitants that the claims and demands that were included in the recently-released statement constitute the people’s historical rights. These claims seek to defend all the rights of the people who live in this area, who have … Continue reading

Primer: The National Strike in Colombia | 22 August 2013

Beginning on Monday, August 19th, broad sectors of Colombian society rose up together in a national strike. The strike, which is now taking place in cities and rural areas across the country, includes coffee growers’ unions, truck drivers, small-scale miners, students, teachers, health workers, farmers, and fishermen. CPT has had a presence at the strikes … Continue reading

Stones and Precious Metals

On Sunday, August 18th, young men and women from the rural communities of the Segovia and Remedios municipalities of in the department of Antioquia took to the streets armed with frustration, courage, adrenaline, and, yes, sticks and stones. They went out to the streets of Segovia to express their frustration at a system that has … Continue reading

Crucito, Tierralta, Córdoba

In early March CPT Colombia accompanied Giordano of CAHUCOPANA and a small delegation of popular education specialists to a rural sector of Tierralta, a town in Cordoba. (One of CPT Colombia’s local partners is CAHUCOPANA–a grass-roots campesino human rights organization of north-east Antioquia.) The communities are located on an artificial lake created by the Urrá … Continue reading

Just in Time!

Today we give thanks to the God of life that Claudia Maria Mayorga, a woman, wife, mother, grandmother, friend and peace builder was released on November 1, 2012 after eight months of imprisonment. Earlier this year she was charged with rebellion for allegedly conspiring against the Colombian state. Her friends and family never lost hope; partly … Continue reading

Human Rights are also a Human Way of Life

By Alix Lozano Miguel Angel González Gutiérrez,1 the first school of peasant formation, dedicated to strengthening, promoting and defending human rights, was held from June 29th to the July 2nd in Medellin. Active in northeast Antioquia for the last eight years, the school has been advancing the work of CAHUCOPANA. The school leadership are campesinos … Continue reading

Traveling with Macias/ Listening to the Leaders

CAHUCOPANA (Corporation for Humanitarian Action and Peaceful Coexistence in Northeast Antioquia) is a peasant organization started in 2004 after years of repression from Colombian Armed Forces and Paramilitaries. They host trainings in rural communities to educate people on defending their basic human rights and the struggle for a more dignified life. Traveling with Macias/ Listening … Continue reading

The Valley of the Shadow of Death

The Valley of the Shadow of Death –by Stewart Vriesinga (Sunday, February 26th, 2012) Even when you don’t actually see them, the paramilitaries cast a long shadow. When we were traveling this road in North-east Antioquia last week my teammate Gladys and I didn’t actually see any paramilitaries. At least we don’t think we did. … Continue reading

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