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Presbyterians Participate in Vigil to Close the SOA

For the 17th straight year, the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship participated in the November rally and vigil at the gates of Fort Benning to call for closing the School of Americas/WHINSEC. The weekend was filled with vibrant witness as the gathering of thousands participated in both traditional and creative new actions.

Honduras: Observing a Stolen Election?

I found myself – along with 2012 Colombia accompanier Vimary Couvertier-Cruz – representing PPF as part of the largest group of election observers in Honduras: 166 of us, gathered up by the Honduras Solidarity Network. We were in for a Colombia “déjà vu.”

PPF Celebrates 100th Accompanier

Colombia Accompaniment, anyone? Our Summer accompaniers had an eventful time – present during teak-planting work in Urabá (that’s accompanier Ben Snipes at the front of the dugout,) and during national strikes and some very worrying human-rights issues.

Close the SOA! Vigil Weekend November 22-24

Join the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship at the annual vigil in Columbus, Georgia to close the School of Americas/WHINSEC. Thousands will gather at the gates of Fort Benning, with speakers, music, street theater, workshops and networking with people from across the Americas. We come together where the killers are trained to demand an end to US militarization and to impunity.

Announcing the New Colombia Accompaniment Coordinator, Jess Hunter-Bowman

The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship is extremely pleased to announce that Jess Hunter-Bowman of Witness for Peace will be joining our staff effective October 1, 2013 as the new Colombia Accompaniment Coordinator.

PPF is Hiring -- Colombia Accompaniment Coordinator

This is a half-time staff position with the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship. The Colombia Accompaniment Coordinator is responsible for the smooth functioning of the Colombia Accompaniment Program, a joint mission/peacemaking effort of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship (PPF) with the Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia (IPC).

Urgent Message from the Colombia Mission Network

This is a grave incident that highlights the need for the U.S. State Department to immediately review its ongoing certification that the Colombian government has met human rights conditions in U.S. law. This terrible incident and the deaths of four young people reiterates the urgent need for human rights abuses committed by the Colombian security forces to be investigated and prosecuted in civilian, not military court.

PPF Joins U.S. Organizations' Call for an End to Threats, Attacks, and Murders of Afro-Colombians

Our organizations strongly condemn the murders, attacks, and death threats that Colombian illegal armed groups have perpetrated against Afro-Colombian leaders and communities in Chocó, Cauca, Valle del Cauca, and Atlántico. We strongly encourage the U.S. authorities to take action to make sure that Colombia's Attorney General's office investigates and brings the perpetrators of murders, attacks, and death threats against Afro-Colombians to justice. Colombia's National Protection Unit should act swiftly to guarantee the safety of Afro-Colombian leaders under threat.