A blog by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration about justice and peace issues

“Let us vow to manifest peace and joy with wisdom and compassion.” Buddhist Prayer

Dear All – Happy Easter! I would like to share with all of you today a campaign that has been put together by Witness for Peace. Witness for Peace is group that partners with organizations in Latin America to help create changes in U.S. foreign policy and funding in the region. They do this through delegations, education and advocacy.

Their focus right now is on Colombia. Colombia has the highest number of people internally displaced in the world, higher even than Iraq or Sudan. People in the country, especially the poor, have been displaced due to military incursions by the Colombian government.

Colombia is lobbying hard to gain a Free Trade Agreement with the United States. It is believed that if passed, the agreement will only deepen the situation of displacement and extreme poverty so many Colombians already face.

Witness for Peace is working hard to educate and advocate against the Free Trade Agreement and in favor of changing U.S. foreign policy in the region. Follow this link to their web page and for action ideas and information on the situation.  http://www.witnessforpeace.org/article.php?id=669

It is a good chance to reinforce with our Congress that the Free Trade model supports environmental destruction, poverty, and loss of sovereignty for communities. Much Peace Liz

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