“Transforming people. Transforming policy.”

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Witness for Peace Southeast has been making a difference in the Carolinas and Latin America since 1982. We invite you to take a few moments to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.

Our Work

Our Work

At Witness for Peace Southeast, we work to raise people’s consciousness and empower them to take action through education. We don’t provide material aid. Instead we ask why some countries need charity in the first place. Learning and working with with our partners in Latin America we work to tackle these root causes of poverty and oppression. Our analysis centers the deleterious role of colonialism, imperialism, and paternalist policies throughout Latin America. These policies have (and continue to) oppress marginalized communities, rapaciously extract material goods and labor from the colonized country, and strive to suppress voices of dissent. Witness for Peace Southeast strives to work against such policies, beginning with our belief in an anti-imperial methodology. Instead of telling the government's of other countries what to do, following the directives of our partners in Latin America, we advocate for a change in US policy only. In doing so, we stand in solidarity with our partners in Latin America, and seek to center their own voices.

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At Witness for Peace Southeast, we believe in a model of popular education. Within this model, we believe that no one person has all knowledge about a topic. Instead, everyone has something to provide through experience, their own teachings, or their analysis. This model of learning operates through a more horizontal power structure. In addition, it encourages continual growth and learning. We apply this model of learning on our delegations and in our day to day tasks as an organization. We use this model of popular education to continually update our analysis about the drug war, US military funding and training, free trade agreements, and US immigration policy.

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In addition to popular education, we believe in "transformative witnessing". It is this methodology on which we base our delegations across Latin America. Transformative witnessing is the idea that in order to more adequately understand a topic, one must experience it more directly. In essence, there is more to understanding and truly "knowing" something than reading it in a book or watching it in a movie. Witnessing or experiencing a situation in real life creates more resonance with the individual and can inspire more action. This is our goal when leading delegations. We hope that delegates will be so moved after their travels that they will return with more knowledge and inspiration to advocate for US policy change in Latin America.

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