August 22, 2015 – August 31, 2015

Colombia: Beyond Dollars and Pesos: The Real Cost of Free Trade in Colombia

Witness for Peace Delegation to Colombia!

Colombia Delegates with GM strikersIn 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.

Start: August 22, 2015 8:00 am
End: August 31, 2015 5:00 pm
Cost: $1,450

September 12, 2015

Annual Rice and Beans Dinner

Witness for Peace Southeast invites you to join us for an evening of dancing, food, and fun!

Come out for a delicious rice and beans dinner and stick around for some great entertainment and information about Latin America.

The Rice and Beans Fundraiser will support the work of Witness for Peace Southeast and help us work towards our mission of peace, justice, and sustainable economies in the Americas. Your support will enable us to continue bringing delegations to Latin America, lead a speaker’s tour with Nadín Reyes Maldonado across the southeastern U.S. this fall, and organize the Pilgrimage for Peace and Justice and other community events.

Our goal is to raise $6,000 to continue the important work of WFPSE.

If you can’t attend, please consider making a donation!

Start: September 12, 2015 6:45 pm
End: September 12, 2015 9:00 pm
Venue: Fellowship Hall - St. Francis of Assisi Church
Address:
11401 Leesville Rd, Raleigh, 27613, United States
Cost: $10-$35
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