Pastors Gloria Ulloa and Adelaida Jimenez Cortes (see photos and bios on the convocation page) of the Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia will be visiting the Presbyterian Church (USA) in late March/early April of 2011 for speaking engagements, advocacy on behalf of the IPC, and to tell the story of accompaniment. Below is their travel schedule, much of which is open to the public. If you would like to participate and visit with them, please be in touch with Rev.
"We want to shout out to the world, and no one will be able to keep us silent: forced displacement is still happening in Colombia, which is why we are asking for solidarity. We aren't terrorists, we aren't criminals; we are farmers whose dignity and rights have been stolen from us."
These were the words of a community leader from the central department (province) of Tolima, who asked not to be identified because he has received threats.
Our own Linda Eastwood, Colombia Accompaniment Program Coordinator, was ordained to this position this past Sunday by the Presbytery of the Western Reserve, at her home congregation of Lyndhurst Community Presbyterian Church.
Jesus Emilio Tuberquia will be speaking in a nationwide U.S. tour from March 24 until April 20, 2011. He will talk about what led to his town’s decision to become a “Peace Community,” and the importance of international solidarity for their survival. Stops will include Austin (TX), Oakland (CA), Colorado Springs (CO), Albuquerque (NM), Chapel Hill (NC), Washington (DC), Utica (NY), and Chicago (IL).
Despite Constitutional Court Striking Down Base Agreement
The Fellowship of Reconciliation’s article on the expansion of US military presence in Colombia gives an important view into how the US military’s reach in Colombia continues to adapt to potential roadblocks to the US/Colombia Base Agreement of 2009—so that military intervention is not lessened or weakened. It is also important to note that military aid to Colombia does not just “benefit” military expansion in Colombia, but has regional and worldwide implications, that stretch beyond Colombia even to the Afghanistan War.