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Social Processes that Transform Reality

Comunidad Garzal and Nueva Esperanza In my great misery the Lord found me, reached down in the mud and rescued me. He has seated me with kings and has let me rest. He told me that he loved me and restored me, slowly gave me what the world could never give. It is true that … Continue reading

A Christmas Vigil in El Garzal

By Stewart Vriesinga It was a Christmas perhaps more akin to that first one in Bethlehem than the ones I am used to in Canada. No fancy lights—no electricity except for a diesel generator that gets used occasionally at night. No Christmas tree, nor gifts under it. No alcohol. No turkey. And, thankfully, without the … Continue reading

New Acts of Terrorism Against the Community of Las Pavas

Following the recent attacks on the community of Las Pavas, ASOCAB, the farmers association relased the following denoucement. PUBLIC DENOUNCEMENT THE FARMERS ASSOCIATION OF BUENOS AIRES “ASOCAB” denounces, before the national and international community, the acts of terrorism to which we are victims, which we add to our previous complaints of assaults by the private … Continue reading

Other Nations deserve to live Strong and Free as well

On July 1st Canada celebrated Canada Day. This is the day Canadians celebrate the creation of an independent nation since 1967; the national anthem sings, “The True North strong and free.” Canada is often named by the United Nations as one of the best countries in the world to live in: public healthcare, public education, good … Continue reading

Why does victory have to mean one step closer to disaster rather than happiness?

By Pierre Shantz  Mark 10New International Version (NIV) 26 The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”28 Then Peter spoke up, “We have left everything to follow you!”29 “Truly I tell … Continue reading

116 families celebrate!

Earlier this week INCODER, the government institution that oversees land titling and rural development forfeited the land away from Aportes San Isidro S.A., the palm oil company that had invaded the territories belonging to the community of Las Pavas. This decision is a significant step towards the rightful ownership of the land by the community. … Continue reading

New Threats to the Community of Las Pavas by Palm Oil Company Aportes San Isidro

On September 27, 2012 Miriam Villegas, Director of the Colombian Institute for Rural Development, INCODER, the office responsible for the titling of Las Pavas lands announced that 11 plots are vacant land (state land) and that 10 of them should be titled to families of Las Pavas. This small victory for the community comes at … Continue reading

With Faith and Living Hope

With faith and living hope, Communities wait for justice to come, from denunciations made to the responsible institutions. Not all receive a response, nor all an appropriate one. They say, “The person you are looking for is not available”, or “you’re at the wrong office,” Without taking into account state and institutional incompetence. Farming families … Continue reading

Nonviolent action in Las Pavas; CPTer slapped by palm company lawyer

Illegal palm planting in Las Pavas, community resists with nonviolent action Aggression against national and international accompaniers results in CPTer being slapped by palm company lawyer by Tawd Bell The Magdelena Medio is a warm and humid place all year round, but things have become even more heated for the community of Las Pavas. With … Continue reading

Farmers denounce a new invasion of the disputed parcel of ‘Las Pavas’

Published by Semana.com, Tuesday, 10 July 2012: link here. Translation by Duane Ediger Farmers denounce a new invasion of the disputed parcel of ‘Las Pavas’ A farmers association that has occupied an estate intermittently for the last 16 years reported Tuesday that outside laborers invaded the property, the site of one of Colombia’s most important … Continue reading

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