Pentagon Building Bases in Central America and Colombia

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.

In 2010, the 219th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) spoke out clearly and forcefully against the US/Colombia Base Agreement of 2009 at the urging of our partners in the Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia. Overture 13-08 asks for the Stated Clerk of the PC(USA) to vigorously oppose the Base Agreement. It calls on all Presbyterians to remain watchful and vigilant of developments surrounding the US/Colombian Base Agreement, and to engage in efforts of advocacy whenever possible. The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship remains highly committed to following through on the recommendations of Overture 13-08 which has included members of PPF attempting to visit bases, speaking to US officials about our concerns, and engaging in advocacy. Our ongoing ministry of Accompaniment in Colombia remains a testament to the clear stance for nonviolence, and negotiated solution to the armed conflict in Colombia of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia.

Ways to participate in advocacy for Colombia and learn more about US military expansion:

  • Attend Ecumenical Advocacy Days March 25-28, 2011 in Washington D.C. for an updated briefing on the situation in Colombia which will be presented by leadership of the IPC and PPF
  • Attend the Convocation of Peacemakers April 7-9, 2011 in Stony Point, NY to continue to build bridges between the US and Colombian churches
  • Sign up to take Accompaniment Training with the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship

–Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo, Director of Colombia Programs, PPF

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