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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

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

Attempted Arson in Las Pavas

On Monday June 24th as two CPTers arrived to Las Pavas four armed security guards on horses appeared abruptly and prevented them from traveling by motorcycle the rest of the way to the settlement of campesinos.  The guards claimed that the land they were traveling on was private property of the palm company Aportes San Isidro despite … 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

Justice for Tito

New agressions by the palm oil company against the Las Pavas community On May 28th around 50 people of the Las Pavas community entered onto their land with the community tractor carrying palm branches in order to build a roof for their communal ranch house.  Upon arriving they saw various armed men come out of the … Continue reading

An open letter to the Prime Minister of Canada

Dear Stephen Harper, My name is Hannah Redekop, a 24-year-old Canadian citizen, living and working in Colombia with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), as an international observer for human rights, striving for justice and peace in a country torn by a 50-year civil war. I want to tell you about Las Pavas, a farming community in … Continue reading

Shots Fired in Las Pavas

On Wednesday April 24th armed security guards from palm oil company Aportes San Isidro fired shots and blew out the tire of the Las Pavas community tractor. The community was transporting building materials to repair homes previously damaged by the palm company. The actions of the security guards is another attempt to prevent the community from … Continue reading

Food Crisis in Las Pavas

Since their return to the land on April 4th 2011 the community of Las Pavas has suffered dozens of attacks and threats from employees of oil palm company Aportes San Isidro (ASI). These threats have involved burning of homes, theft of fence materials, gunshots fired at community members and continual verbal harassment. Earlier this week … 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

The Other War: 4 things you should know about Colombia’s armed conflict

by Chris Knestrick Contrary to what major world news sources say, the war in Colombia is about much more than drugs. So much of what the global north consumes comes from Colombia – flowers, bananas, coffee, chocolate, gold, oil, coal, palm oil – so why do we know so little about this country? The war … Continue reading

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