Who doesn’t know John Lennon’s peace anthem? In Colombia perhaps people can stop listening to the song of his dream of peace because it’s not a dream here anymore. The historic Havana Accords were signed this week and the image was broadcast live across the country followed by an address to the nation by President Juan Manuel Santos.
On Wednesday August 24, 2016 it was announced from the nearly four-year negotiations in Cuba that the Colombian government and the largest guerilla group, the FARC, have reached a negotiated peace settlement. The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship celebrates and applauds this important and historic agreement for the hope it represents.
The platform, released in early August, 2016, outlines local, state, and federal policy demands with outlines of the problems in the US, proposed solutions, specific actions, examples of model legislation when it exists, resources, and lists of organizations and groups that are already working on particular issues. The demands cover a wide variety of intersecting issues, all of which are also of concern to the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship and our mission to opposing war in all its forms.
The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship is pleased to announce that the Reverend Gene LeFebvre is the 2016 recipient of the Anne Barstow and Tom Driver Award for Excellence in Nonviolent Direct Action in Retirement. A dinner and program will be held in celebration of Gene on October 9 at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church in Tucson, AZ at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available online.
As faith leaders and faith-based organizations from many different traditions, we write out of grave concern for the dramatically escalating violence that has precipitated a humanitarian crisis of refugees fleeing El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras (an area known as the “Northern Triangle”). Together, we call on the U.S. government to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to those in the U.S. who have fled El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras and immediately cease detaining and deporting children, families, and individuals from these families seeking protection here.