- please alert young people and listservs:
Witness for Peace & SOA Watch Announce
Student Delegation to Colombia
Understanding & Challenging
U.S. Military Policy in Colombia
January 11-21, 2002
Colombia: In the South American country of Colombia, U.S taxpayer money is
being used to escalate a civil war, massively displace civilians, strengthen
a military with a horrible human rights record (and clear ties to vicious
right-wing paramilitaries), destroy critical bio-diversity in the Amazon
basin, and more! Colombia has endured almost four decades of brutal armed
conflict between the national army, leftist guerrilla movements, and
right-wing paramilitary forces. Overwhelmingly, the victims of this conflict
have been civilians. Into this situation, the U.S. government has sent over
$1 billion in mostly military aid, ostensibly to fight the "war on drugs."
- 3 of every 5 unionists murdered in the world is Colombian
- Since 1985, 2 million people have been internally displaced. 45% are
- 75% of the conflict's victims are civilians
This delegation is a response to calls for solidarity from Colombian labor
organizers, environmental activists and human rights organizations, who know
this aid package will only escalate their country?s violent conflict.
- Meet with a wide range of experts and activists to hear
their analysis of U.S. policy in Colombia.
- Learn about the economic roots of Colombia?s conflict.
- Talk with labor organizers who face violent repression for
their work. Learn about the US companies involved.
- Hear testimonies of displaced people, students and
others directly affected by the conflict.
- Travel to areas outside of Bogot� to see first-hand the
impact of U.S. military assistance.
- Gather the tools and the skills you will need to work on
changing U.S. policy when you return to your community.
For an application and more information, contact:
Sarah Bonia-Dobyns (303)443-8178 sbaniadobyns@...
OR Elizabeth Miller (202)588-1471 miller@...
This is a special delegation with space for only 20 participants.
Please contact us immediately if you are interested. The original deadline
of November 1st has been extended. Applications require a $100 deposit.
All young people may apply. (Contact us with questions or problems.)
Cost: $1180 plus airfare. This includes all meals, accommodations,
facilitation, translation, and transportation in Colombia (including
in-country airfare). Your fee also covers briefing materials and extensive
training in Miami.
Financial assistance: Don?t let the cost discourage you!! Though scholarship
funds are limited, fundraising consultation is available. Applicants needing
financial assistance have a very successful track record of raising the
funds. You can do it, just call us!
Check out www.soaw.org and www.witnessforpeace.org for information on School
of the Americas Watch and Witness for Peace.
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