The Coca Trap. Non-Narcos: Colombia’s coca growers fight for alternative to their trade

WFP MIidwest has a fall speaking tour titled, “Eradicating Peace: the Other Side of the Colombian War on Drugs,” featuring Leider Valencia, Colombian National Coordinator of the Growers of Coca, Poppy, and Marijuana (COCCAM). Leider Valencia will be on tour in the Midwest from September 30-October 18, 2019 visiting universities, community spaces, farms and Indigenous communities exchanging stories and building solidarity. Through Leider’s perspective as a campesino organizer, he will discuss forces threatening the Colombian peace process in rural areas and how movements in the U.S may contribute to solidarity in action. There is a 20 minute documentary, called The Coca Trap,  just released about alternative campesino growers in rural Colombia and the impacts of the peace accord which features Leider. This will be included in the conversation.

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