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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.

26 People Arrested and Held in County Jail on Mulitple Charges

Thousands Converge at the gates of Fort Benning for 20th Anniversary of November Vigil to Close the SOA

From SOA Watch

Nonviolent Civil Disobedience Action Followed by Indiscriminate Arrests and Targeting of Journalists. Among those arrested by Columbus Police were three Journalists, including TV News Crew from RT America and Unrelated Bystanders.

Peacemakers face intimidation during Colombia visit

PC(USA) support for Colombian Presbyterians is crucial, they say

by Bethany Furkin
Presbyterian News Service

This summer, the Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo, director of Colombia Programs for the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, saw firsthand some of the effects of U.S.-operated military bases in Colombia.

Convocation of Peacemakers


Curious about the radical Jesus?

Weary of talk?

Vigil to Close SOA/WHINSEC

On November 19 - 21, thousands of people will converge on Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia to pressure Congress and the White House to close the "School of Americas" training facility.

The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship will be there! Plan to join us for educational (and fun!) workshops and the deeply moving Sunday morning vigil. We have reserved a block of rooms, and are arranging transportation from the Atlanta airport for those arriving Friday morning and leaving Monday afternoon.

Plan to attend the Presbyterian Breakfast on Saturday, November 20, from 7 - 9 a.m. at the Holiday Inn North, where we will enjoy fellowship with Presbyterians from around the country. The cost is $10 for a full breakfast ($5 students), and reservations are required.

U.S. Base Deal for Colombia: Back to the Status Quo

Published by Foreign Policy in Focus

By John Lindsay-Poland and Susana Pimiento, October 8, 2010

As the dust settles on the August 10 Colombian Constitutional Court ruling declaring invalid the U.S.-Colombia military bases agreement, politicians and analysts are saying that the decision was for the better. Most of those voices come from former supporters of the deal —including Liberal Party presidential candidate, Rafael Pardo.

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