[act-ma] Next week! Colombia Vive Fall tour - Sun. 9/30-Fri. 10/5
Bill Spirito (BASE)
spirito at spanishclassesboston.com
Wed Sep 26 10:03:33 PDT 2012
Colombia Vive 2012 Fall Speaking Tour
Displacement & Defiance:
A Small Colombian Farming Community's Fight for Control of Its Land and
See details below or at colombiavive.org
Sunday, September 30, 12:00-1:00 pm, Church of the Covenant, 67 Newbury
Tuesday, October 2, 7:30-9:00 pm, Tufts University, Cabot 206, Medford
Friday, October 5, 5:00-9:00 pm, Encuentro 5 (NEW LOCATION), 9 Hamilton
Place, Suite 2A, Boston
Want to put together a last-minute event near you? Contact Ana
Zambrano: anazambrano.colombiavive at gmail.com, 617.605.2247
Featured Guest Speakers:
Land Rights Activist Etny Torres Moreno and Human Rights Attorney Jorge
Eliécer Reales Maza
For decades, the few hundred residents of Las Pavas, a sustainable
farming community in southern Bolivar, a department (province) in
northern Colombia, have been forced to leave their land periodically to
escape paramilitary violence. But the community members have always
In 2006, as the community was organizing to claim its right to the land
under Colombian law, Daabon Group, a large producer of palm oil for the
international organic market, bought the community's land from the
absentee owner who had lost his claim to the land. In July 2009, the
Colombian riot police forcefully removed the community of Las Pavas from
the land. Nearly two years later, the community returned to their homes
and their struggle to gain control over their land continues.
While a particular tragedy, the story of Las Pavas is emblematic of the
perpetual struggle in Colombia over control of the land and its
In this Speaking Tour, Etny Torres, a leader in the struggle against
expropriation of subsistence farmers' land by government-backed
agrobusiness, and Jorge Eliécer Reales Maza, a human rights attorney
representing displaced campesinos, will place the story of Las Pavas in
the larger contexts of multinational corporate land grabs, international
trade, human rights and national sovereignty.
Come hear about the struggle of the people of Las Pavas from
eyewitnesses and learn what you can do to change the balance of power,
in Colombia and here in the United States.
for more details.
Colombia Vive is an all-volunteer organization that supports efforts for
peace, human rights, and social justice in Colombia.
We condemn all forms of oppression and do not support any of the armed
actors in the Colombian conflict.
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