Milwaukee, April 3: Colombian Peace Talks and Trade Unions: A presentation by Colombian agricultural union leader Nidia Quintero

Colombian Peace Talks and Trade Unions: A presentation by Colombian agricultural union leader Nidia Quintero

Event is in Spanish with English translation.

FENSUAGRO (agricultural workers union) General Secretary Nidia Quintero will discuss the aspirations and fears of workers in Colombia. This event is part of a national tour hosted by Alliance for Global Justice, and Colombian Action Network.

The world is hopeful about new peace accords that will end more than 50 years of civil war. But despite the progress that has been made, Colombia is still the most dangerous place in the world to be a unionist, and assaults against human rights defenders have spiked in recent years. Fifteen of Nidia’s fellow organizers were assassinated for their activities between 2000 and 2004. These included both her husband, a union leader who was killed in 2002 and, ten days later, her 19 year old son who was also active in the union.

Rural workers and their families are especially vulnerable and no labor organization is more targeted than FENSUAGRO. They represent the population most affected by forced displacement; many of their leaders have been jailed for political reasons; and since FENSUAGRO’s founding in 1976, more than 1,500 of their members have been murdered.

Popular movements in Colombia have said international awareness is key if this peace is going to be just and durable.

Milwaukee event hosted by United Workers Organization, and Latin America Solidarity Committee, and LCLAA. Special thanks to the Machinist’s for the use of their hall.

6pm Sunday April 3rd at the Machinists Lodge
2609 W Oklahoma Ave Milwaukee WI

FENSUAGRO

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