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Colombia Mission Network Meeting in Colombia

A special International meeting of the Colombia Mission Network of the IPC and PC(USA) in Colombia. Registration deadline is January 25, 2011.

please email Tom Milligan at tom@westernohiocutstone.com

Federal Judge sentences SOA Watch activists to six months in prison

Two more activists, Nancy Smith and Chris Spicer, were given maximum sentences by a Federal Judge for trespassing onto the grounds of Fort Benning, home of WHINSEC, during the SOA protest last November.

The following announcement is from SOA Watch:

Once again, the justice system's complicity with the abuses taught at the School of the Americas was exposed yesterday at the trial of anti-militarization activists Nancy Smith and Chris Spicer. Nancy, from New York, changed her plea to no contest and was immediately sentenced to 6 months in prison by Magistrate Judge Stephen Hyles. In the SOA Watch tradition of using the court to put a spotlight on the SOA/WHINSEC, Nancy affirmed that she “felt a strong moral imperative” to carry out her nonviolent act of civil disobedience “on behalf of those who have suffered so terribly”.

Relief for Flood Victims in Colombia

Can you help our partners in Colombia?

We know that in this season you are receiving many requests for help and giving. After careful consideration the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship is asking for an additional emergency gift. For the last six years we have had a strong and prophetic partnership of Accompaniment with our sisters and brothers of the Presbyterian Church of Colombia. Over the last few months, Colombia has experienced the worst rainy season on record—which has left over 2 million inhabitants of this country homeless and destitute. Infrastructure is heavily damaged and non-existent in some places. It is impossible to overstate how devastating this flooding has been and the challenges it presents in a country already so deeply conflicted.

Ecumenical Advocacy Days

Training Day: March 25th. Special training for Presbyterians:
Compassion Peace and Justice: Church Models that Work

Location: New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC

15 US organizations urge Clinton to suspend aid to Colombian Army units

Human rights organizations in the United States called on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this week to comply with the law and “act decisively” to suspend aid to all units implicated in killings that remain in impunity.

Day of Action Against Foreign Military Bases in Latin America

STATEMENT FROM CONTINENTAL CAMPAIGN AGAINST MILITARY BASES
US WORKING GROUP

ON THE
DECEMBER 10, 2010 DAY OF ACTION AGAINST FOREIGN MILITARY BASES
IN LATIN AMERICA

Breaking the Silence: In Search of Colombia's Disappeared

New report reveals enormous dimensions of hidden tragedy in Colombia

From the Latin America Working Group

Colombia has one of the highest levels of forced disappearances in the world, according to a new report released for Human Rights Day. Mention the word disappearances in the Latin American context and most people think of Argentina and Chile. But the magnitude of the tragedy in Colombia may be even greater.

Reflection on the 2010 SOA Witness

by Rick Ufford-Chase

There are a number of reasons that I’ve returned to Columbus, GA, so many times over the last fifteen years to participate in the witness and vigil to close the School of the Americas.

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