San Francisco, September 27, 2019: People’s Travel Advisory on Colombia

People’s Travel Advisory on Colombia

People’s Travel Advisory on Colombia, As part of the Call for International Actions for September 27, 2019 we will picket the Colombian Consulate, 595 Market Street, #1190, San Francisco.

Join Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Piedad Córdoba, and Noam Chomsky and sign the People’s Travel Advisory on Colombia: https://afgj.salsalabs.org/peoplestraveladvisoryforcolombia/index.html

Please message or post to this event to endorse our local action.

The below organizations and individuals call on the international community, to unite with us to organize diverse activities including: demonstrations, vigils, educational and cultural events, and other actions for Peace in Colombia for September 27, the “International Day for Tourism”, to show the world that Colombia IS NOT a tourist destination, but a place of genocide and repression.

We issue this People’s Travel Advisory because the present administration of President Iván Duque and his mentors, Álvaro Uribe and the U.S. President Donald Trump, have no interest in the construction of a true Peace in Colombia. They do not listen to the people at all!

Peoples Travel Advisory for Colombia:

The Colombian government has launched many campaigns to change the image of the country and present it as a safe and fun place for all the family, indeed, a tourist paradise. That is a lie, given that one of the worst human rights crises is in Colombia.

North American Coalition for Peace in Colombia: Points of Unity

WE CALL FOR AN END TO THESE CONDITIONS IN COLOMBIA:

1. The Colombian government of Ivan Duque is sabotaging the Peace Accord and its agreements signed between the FARC-EP (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army) and the Colombian government in 2016.
2. Human rights defenders, social movement leaders (especially among afro and indigenous communities), and former FARC-EP combatants are being assassinated daily by military, police and government backed paramilitary groups with impunity.
3. Political prisoners and prisoners of war are still in jail under
despicable conditions even though the peace accord agreed to their release.
4. President Duque and his mentor, Alvaro Uribe make every legal
and illegal effort to break and make dysfunctional the new peace court (the Special Jurisdiction for Peace, JEP).
5. The Duque government, along with the U.S., has supported the
extradition of the Peace negotiators from the FARC-EP.
6. Colombia uses its territory as a launching pad for U.S.
interference in and aggressions against Venezuela.
7. Colombian aggression toward the people of Venezuela is the same as the aggression it uses toward the people and the popular movements of Colombia.
8. Colombia acts in the name of the U.S. by creating a massive
media and political attack on Venezuela throughout Latin America.

U.S. ROLE IN COLOMBIA – END U.S. IMPERIALISM IN THE REGION

1. The U.S. has militarized Colombia in order to invade any area or
country that opposes U.S. corporate policy. It also supports the repression of popular movements within Colombia.
2. The U.S. undermines the Colombian Peace Accord of 2016.
3. The U.S. has readied Colombia as the main political and military enemy of Venezuela.
4. The U.S. supports all of the repressive policies of the right
wing government of Ivan Duque. It does not support the Peace Accord.
5. The U.S. demands the extradition of left Colombian leaders to the U.S. for trial. The Farc-EP leader, Simon Trinidad, has been a political prisoner in the U.S. for 15 years.
6. The U.S. arranges the extraditions of right-wing narco-traffickers and paramilitary leaders, in order to cover up investigations into their ties with Colombian political and business officials as well as their responsibilities for grave human rights violations.
7. The U.S. government ignores the point of the peace agreement about crop substitution and has pursued violent forced eradication of coca by the Colombian Armed Forces. This has resulted in many deaths and even whole scale massacres. Presently the U.S. insists on the use of the carcinogenic glyphosate (RoundUp Ultra) to aerial spray coca growing communities causing massive displacement.
8. The U.S. has militarized Colombia in order to invade any area or country that opposes U.S. corporate policy. It also supports the repression of popular movements within Colombia.
9. The United States government keeps the FARC-EP on the State Department terrorist list. The peace accords are the law of the land in Colombia. The FARC-EP no longer exists as a guerrilla army and has been replaced by the new and legal political party, the Revolutionary Alternative Common Force (FARC).
10. The U.S. has spent more than $12 billion dollars to support the military and state institutions of repression in Colombia.
11. The U.S. is the political and military author of the civil war in Colombia for over 52 years. The Pentagon’s Yarborough Commission even urged Colombia in 1962 to use tactics of terror and to organize paramilitary and military assaults against popular movements in rural Colombia.

Therefore, September 27, at Colombian embassies, consulates, and offices of tourism, we will observe “International Day for Tourism” with the People’s Travel Advisory and international demands for Peace in Colombia.

Our message is: Colombia will not be safe for tourism, neither for the Colombia people, until the right-wing violence against the peace is terminated and Colombia becomes a land at peace.

INDIVIDUAL endorsers – (list constantly being updated) See organizations below:

Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Nobe Prize Winner (Argentina)
Noam Chomsky, Author and international peace advocate (United States)
Former Senator Piedad Córdoba, founder of Colombians for Peace (Colombia)
Daniela Gonzalez, People’s Human Rights Observatory (International coalition with headquarters in Oaxaca Mexico)
Bob Brown, All-African Peoples Revolutionary Party-GC (International)
Nidia Quintero, Treasurer for FENSUAGRO (National Unified Federation of Agricultural Workers Unions – Colombia)
Rodrigo Vargas Becerra, Director de Comité Permanente de Derechos Humanos, capítulo Cali (Colombia)
Héctor Marino Carabali, Consejo Comunitario Cuenca Río Timba Marilopez de Buenos Aires Cauca (Colombia)
Stella Calloni, Journalist and correspondent for Mexico City’s La Jornada newspaper (Argentina)
Carlos Romainville, Director of the Alpha and Omega Movement (Peru)
Anahit Aharonian, Agronomist and ex-political prisoner (Uruguay)
Ana Andrés Ablanedo, Human Rights Defender (Spain)
Victor Mayorga Miranda Former Ambassador to Cuba and Congress Person (Perú)
Dr. Fernando Cebamanos, President Frente Amplio por la Democracia de Panamá (Broad Popular Front of Panama)
Dan Kovalik, Human Rights Defender and Author (United States)
Alice Loaiza, Marcha Patriótica, California Chapter (United States-Colombia)
Banbose Shango, National Network on Cuba (United States)
James Jordan, Alliance for Global Justice (United States)
Raquel Mogollón, Camino Común (Colombia-United States)

ORGANIZATIONS (list constantly being updated):

– Permanent Committee for Human Rights (CPDH – Colombia)
– People’s Human Rights Observatory (International coalition with headquarters in Oaxaca Mexico)
– Alliance For Global Justice (United States)’
– Answer Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism – United States)
– Fundación Lazos de Dignidad (Links of Dignity Foundation – Colombia)
– Coalition Against Foreign U.S. Military Bases (United States)
– Task Force on the Americas (United States)
– Peoples Alliance – Bay Area (United States)
– Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (United States)
– Camino Común (Colombia – United States)
– Communist Workers League (United States), Alameda County Peace and Freedom Party

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Details of horrific first voyages in transatlantic slave trade revealed

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Exclusive: As the world ignores the ignominious 500th anniversary of the buying and selling of slaves between Africa and the Americas, historians uncover its first horrific voyages.

David KeysArchaeology Correspondent @davidmkeys Friday 17 August, 2019

Almost completely ignored by the modern world, this month marks the 500th anniversary of one of history’s most tragic and significant events – the birth of the Africa to America transatlantic slave trade. New discoveries are now revealing the details of the trade’s first horrific voyages.

Exactly five centuries ago – on 18 August 1518 (28 August 1518, if they had been using our modern Gregorian calendar) – the King of Spain, Charles I, issued a charter authorising the transportation of slaves direct from Africa to the Americas. Up until that point (since at least 1510), African slaves had usually been transported to Spain or Portugal and had then been transhipped to the Caribbean.

Charles’s decision to create a direct, more economically viable Africa to America slave trade fundamentally changed the nature and scale of this terrible human trafficking industry. Over the subsequent 350 years, at least 10.7 million black Africans were transported between the two continents. A further 1.8 million died en route….

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Detroit, September 9, 2019: There Are No Borders in the Workers’ Struggle! Labor Stands With Immigrant Workers!

There Are No Borders in the Workers’ Struggle

Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI)

Moratorium NOW! Coalition

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5920 Second Avenue, Detroit, 7-9 P.M.

Join us for a public forum on Immigrants, Migrants and Immigrant Rights

=>Conditions at the southern border
=> How corporate bosses profit from undocumented workers
=> Why unions must support immigrant rights
=> The fight for driver licenses for undocumented workers
=> How Trump’s anti-immigrant policies benefit Wall Street

* This continent was inhabited originally by millions of Native peoples whose lands were taken by violence over hundreds of years.

* Many millions of African people were brought here in chains to make certain European immigrants and their descendants rich by exploiting slave labor for over two hundred years.

* Millions of other immigrants came here fleeing poverty, war and oppression. They played a leading role in organizing unions and fighting for better wages and working conditions.

* The fight for the 8 hour day was led by immigrants. Immigrants played leading roles in many of the historic labor battles. The Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) welcomed immigrants into its ranks as it successfully organized the UAW, the Steelworkers and other unions in the 1930s.

* More recently massive demonstrations and strikes by millions of immigrant workers occurred on May 1, 2006 in a “Day Without Immigrants.”

* U.S. labor law covers undocumented workers – but collusion between bosses and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials is often used to disrupt labor organizing by arrests and deportations of militant workers.

* Hostility toward immigrants weakens our unions and undermines solidarity among the working class as we struggle against union busting and cutbacks promoted by Trump, his officials and their Wall Street friends.

* Most of those seeking asylum in the United States today leave their homelands because of conditions caused in those countries by United States foreign policy of corporate exploitation, military dictatorships, war and death squads.

* The Obama administration deported over 3 million undocumented workers – the most ever. The Trump administration is separating families, putting children in cages and making legal application for political asylum almost impossible.

* An estimated 11 million undocumented workers live in the U.S., working at many of the most difficult jobs, paying taxes, yet not able to collect Social Security or other benefits.

Unless working people and unions support immigrants, at the border and inside the U.S., the banks and corporations will be stronger, and we will be weaker by being divided.

There Are No Borders in the Workers’ Struggle

Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI)

Moratorium NOW! Coalition

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NYC, September 20-23, 2019: The US War Machine Will Rage On Until We Rise Up to Stop It! Join the People’s Mobilization to Stop the US War Machine

http://nepajac.org/unac_082119.html

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The US War Machine must be stopped, and only we can stop it. That’s why we are organizing the People’s Mobilization to Stop the US War Machine, which is organizing and supporting a series of actions in New York City from September 20 to 23 while the United Nations General Assembly meets.

At a time when all of the world leaders gather, we will say we’ve had enough of the US War Machine.

Schedule of Events:

Plan to come to New York City for a full weekend of events. Facebook event page is here

Friday, September 20 – People’s Climate Strike. Starts at Union Square at noon. We’ll bring messages connecting militarism and the climate crisis. For more info: https://strikewithus.org/nyc/

Saturday, September 21 – Puerto Rico Independence March starting at 11:00 am at 59th St. Columbus Circle and marching to Dag Hammarskjold Plaza at the UN. It’s time to decolonize Puerto Rico.  Click here for rally flyer

Sunday, September 22 – People’s Mobilization to Stop the US War Machine and Save the Planet, Herald Square, 2 pm.

Monday, September 23 – Forum: “A Path to International Peace: Realizing the Vision of the United Nations Charter.” Location: Community Church of New York 40 East 35th St., New York City, 10016. Time:  6:30 pm. You must register in advance. Register at http://bit.ly/RSVPapathtopeace.  At this event, representatives of several countries under attack by the US will speak.

For more information and to endorse the actions: https://peoplesmobe.org/

http://nepajac.org/unac_082119.html

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** Save the date**

UNAC’s national conference will be held in New York City at the People’s Forum, February 21 – 23, 2020
Build a movement for Peace and Justice
If you have questions about the conference or suggestions for the organizing committee, please send them to UNACpeace@gmail.com

More information will follow soon. United National Antiwar Coalition