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Colombian Voices against the FTA: Guillermo Diaz

Call-In Days to the White House

Tell President Obama:
“Do not send the US-Colombia FTA to Capitol Hill!”

  • Below is a suggested script, which you can adapt in any way you find helpful.
  • To call into the White House dial 202-456-1414 for the White House Switchboard. You should anticipate being on hold for potentially up to a half-hour as you wait for one of the volunteers at the White House to take your call. You will hear a series of recordings while you wait, all of which will encourage you to hang-up and send an email to the White House instead. Do not hang up. Stay on the line.
  • We would like you to leave a voice message, but you can also follow it up with an email via their instructions if you so wish.

Accompaniment in Colombia and Jamaica

by Mark Koenig
from Swords into Plowshares

Accompaniment is the great theme of the Bible. It is the window through which we should see the whole of the Gospel and the entire meaning of our faith. Accompaniment is what it is all about.

With those words, Tom Driver began a sermon for Maundy Thursday, 2010. Tom was in Colombia for a time of reflection and evaluation of the Colombia Accompaniment Program. The program had begun in 2004 when the Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia (IPC) sent a message to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). We are being threatened, they said. If you sent some people here to be with us without weapons, we think we would be safer. We need accompaniment.

People of faith fast to protest U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement

June 5-12 fast will take place in both countries

Special to Presbyterian News Service
by the Revs. Linda Eastwood and Shannan Vance-Ocampo

LOUISVILLE — Colombian and U.S. Presbyterians who have partnered for more than six years to protect human rights workers in Colombia are calling on their sisters and brothers in both countries to take accompaniment to the next level.

Liturgical Resources for Fasting: June 5-12, 2011

Prayers and other liturgical resources designed specifically for fasting to stop the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement.

Click here to download "Liturgical Resources for Fasting" (.doc)

Take Action: Stop the Colombia FTA

The U.S./Colombia Free Trade Agreement will go before Congress soon. We are part of a broad-based, grassroots movement to witness against the FTA and stop its passage.

Click here to take action and join our movement to stop the FTA.

Protest Against Chiquita & The FTA, Cincinnati

Labor, Peace & Justice Groups -- including Witness for Peace and the USW -- are organizing a demonstration at the Chiquita shareholders' meeting in Cincinnati on May 26. As you know, Chiquita pled guilty to paying paramilitary groups in Colombia over a 7 year period, and government documents released in the past few weeks demonstrate what we have suspected all along - that these payments were not for "protection" from extortionists as Chiquita and the U.S.

Fasting to resist the Colombia FTA

Join the Fast

  1. Read the full instructions to discern and prepare for the fast
  2. Sign up to fast and/or join the conference call on June 1.
  3. Take action and connect with the movement to stop the FTA


Liturgical Resources

Liturgical Resources for the fast are now available. Click here.

The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship and the Igleslia Presbiteriana de Colombia invite you to join us in a seven day public fast, June 5-12, 2011, to oppose the U.S./Colombia Free Trade Agreement becoming law.

160 Colombian Presbyterians have already committed to join us to resist the US/Colombia FTA! Join our growing community of resistance!

We are fasting because the result of the U.S./Colombia FTA will almost certainly be hunger and increased suffering for the poorest and most vulnerable of Colombia's citizens.