Dear All – I will keep this short because I share with you a video on migration (six chapters, approximately 25 minutes total – see below). The JPIC committee met this past weekend to discuss our focus of im(migration) for the next few years. Our initial work has been to educate ourselves on this issue as we discern a way to move forward.
This video “Roots of Migration” came to the 8th Day Center for Justice from one of our partners, Witness for Peace. The video looks at the experience of a group of delegates in Oaxaca – talking with both those who live there and the North Americans who traveled to learn more about what forces people into migrating.
Finding 25 minutes can be hard – but this video gives an excellent heart and mind view of what is happening on this important issue. Watch it if you can and please comment here. Let the JPIC committee know what your musings, questions, and concerns are with im(migration)…Peace Liz
All six chapters can also be found at http://www.witnessforpeace.org/article.php?id=758
“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