Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) is proving a educational opportunity to join a delegation to Colombia. The delegation will meet with Colombian women, who are religious and labor activists, to understand how they continue their quest for peace and justice. This includes a visit to the Peace Community of San Jose de Apartadó communities. This is scheduled for March 16-28.
What to Expect:
*Meet with local human rights defenders; human rights and environmental NGOs; women peace leaders; young Conscientious Objectors; afro-Colombian, indigenous, and small-scale farmer leaders; and displaced communities working to return to and remain on their land.
*Learn about the impacts of corporations and how our global demand for energy is devastating communities and destroying vital ecosystems.
*Meet with leaders of local grassroots secular and ecumenical peace and reconciliation initiatives.
*The delegation will include time in Colombia’s capital city of Bogotá and the Caribbean Coast. For a portion of the delegation, half the group will travel to the emblematic Peace Community of San José de Apartadó in Antioquia and half will travel to the extremely bio-diverse region of Chocó. Both groups will meet communities engaged in active non-violent resistance to protect their lands and communities, preserve their traditional way of life, and defend their right to make decisions over their territory. Both groups will then join together to share their experiences and conduct advocacy meetings in Bogotá.
*Connect with a network of global activists working on issues of peace and social justice and build relationships to strengthen the movement.
More details can be found at http://peacepresence.org/take-action/delegations/ifor-delegation-2014/
FOR is also recruiting for a human rights observer in Colombia. This is a paid position and would require a one year commitment and Spanish fluency. The observer would live in the peace community. The details and application for this are at http://peacepresence.org/take-action/join-us/