[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


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Colombia Vive 2012 Fall Speaking Tour

Displacement & Defiance:

A Small Colombian Farming Community's Fight for Control of Its Land and 
Future

See details below or at colombiavive.org

Sunday, September 30, 12:00-1:00 pm, Church of the Covenant, 67 Newbury 
St., Boston
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 
returned.


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 
productivity.


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.


Visit colombiavive.org 
<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?ColombiaVive/bb18cdb0d4/82edec2540/e67cc392b5> 
for more details.


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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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