[act-ma] Colombia Vive Fall tour - Sun. 9/30-Fri. 10/5

Aria Littlhous aria at littlhous.net
Wed Sep 26 17:22:24 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 *(Ana is also a new  DSA
member)***

Featured Guest Speakers: ****

Land Rights Activist Etny Torres Moreno and Human Rights Attorney Jorge
Eliécer Reales Maza ****

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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. ****

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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. ****

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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. ****

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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. ****

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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. ****

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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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of the few." passed by Occupy Boston General Assembly 11/29/11
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