Witness for Peace Delegation to Colombia!
In the past 10 years, foreign investment in Colombia has increased enormously. The U.S-Colombia Free Trade Agreement was implemented in May 2012 despite Colombia’s status as the most dangerous country in the world for trade unionists. Yet many Colombians continue to suffer from ongoing economic, environmental, and cultural violence. International corporations profit while Colombians suffer violence and mass displacement. Visit Colombia, one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world, to learn more about the impact free trade policies have on average citizens, their communities, and their environment, and learn how you can advocate for fair and sustainable trade policies both at home and abroad.
On this delegation, you will:
- Witness the impact of U.S. corporate and government policies.
- Visit the port workers and learn about the impact of the U.S.-Colombian Free Trade Agreement and the related Labor Action Plan on them: see ways to build international solidarity on the docks.
- Stand in solidarity with the people in the urban peace community of “Puente Nayero”, the first urban peace zone in Colombia.
- Meet with injured GM workers on a 3 year strike, workers in the rose industry, indigenous leaders, women’s rights leaders and sugar cane cutters.
- Learn how you can advocate for fair and sustainable trade policies both at home and abroad.
View the delegation flyer here.
Cost: $1,450 (plus airfare) Includes orientation, security training, translators, food, lodging, and ground transportation.
Apply: Send $150 deposit and completed Colombia Application to:
Witness for Peace Southeast
PO Box 12123
Raleigh, NC 27605
Application Deadline: June 15, 2015
For information about scholarships and fundraising, please contact Ron at office at wfpse dot org.
For information about Labor Rights in Colombia, you can listen to a radio program hosted by John Welsh, one of our delegation coordinators, and a national Witness for Peace board member. Click here for original Spanish video, or here for the English version.