Action Alerts

Hey Congress: Support Peace in Colombia!

Not a day goes by without our Colombian brothers and sisters feeling the effects of the armed conflict. With over 5.4 million internally displaced persons, tens of thousands of forced disappearances, over 4,000 victims of extrajudicial executions, brutal kidnappings, deadly landmines and continued threats and attacks against human rights defenders, Colombians have had it with war. We NOW have our chance to get Congress behind the peace process, stand for the rights of victims of violence, and create a pro-peace U.S. policy towards Colombia.

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Bring Everyone to the Table: Support Peace and Justice in Colombia

2012 gave us the great news that the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas had begun to negotiate an end to the longest-running conflict in the Americas. 2013 gives YOU the chance to make an impact on U.S. policy regarding the peace process by taking an urgent action today!

Your mission? Get your representative in the House to sign this congressional Dear Colleague letter in support of the peace process in Colombia!

Click here to find out how!

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Join Us for a Flashmob Photo Against Torture in DC Thursday, March 14th at 9:45am


Update: Click here to check out our flash mob photo!


Let’s turn back the clock. The year is 2006. The month is May. Mexico State Security Forces evict a group of flower sellers from a local market in Texcoco, Mexico, whom authorities claim set up stalls without permission outside of the market. This eviction produced an outpouring of community support for the vendors in Texcoco and in San Salvador Atenco. The protest, which lasted two days, resulted in arrests of more than 200 people, 47 of which were women. These women were forced to endure unimaginable forms of violence at the hands of the police. Thus far, state authorities have pursued criminal action in only two of the 11 cases, citing “abuse of authority or “lewd acts” and not, torture. 

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We Women Warriors

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WE WOMEN WARRIORS follows three native women caught in the crossfire of Colombia’s warfare who use nonviolent resistance to defend their peoples’ survival. Colombia has 102 aboriginal groups, one-third of which face extinction because of the conflict. Trapped in a protracted predicament financed by the drug trade, indigenous women are resourcefully leading and creating transformation imbued with hope. We Women Warriors bears witness to neglected human rights catastrophes and interweaves character-driven stories about female empowerment, unshakable courage, and faith in the endurance of indigenous culture.

-  Above film description taken from the We Women Warriors website.

Click here to see the film’s trailer.

 

DC Independent Film Festival

 


 
 

You Can Help Get Cuba Off the Terrorist List


Short and sweet: we want to get Cuba removed from the terrorist list! (Don’t know what the terrorist list is? Check out our informational video)

On March 1st, 1982, Cuba was added to the U.S. Department of State’s list of state sponsors of terrorism. Why? Because “at the time, numerous U.S. government reports and statements under the Reagan Administration alleged Cuba’s ties to international terrorism and its support for terrorist groups in Latin America,” says a 2005 Congressional Research Services report. 

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Hey Congress: Stop Gun Violence in Mexico!


“We embrace the pain of the mothers and fathers in the United States who have lost children to gun violence, because my own son was disappeared in Michoacán with a firearm,”
said Araceli Rodríguez, mother the_time_for_gun_control_is_nowof Luis Ángel León Rodríguez in a statement from Mexico’s Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD).  Just like parents who lost children in the horrific Newtown shooting, victims across Mexico who have lost their sons and daughters to gun violence are calling for action to prevent future tragedies.

What can you do? Join us and call your members of Congress on Monday, February 4th!

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What Do You Think Of Our Resolutions?

With a New Year comes resolutions and it’s no different here at the Latin America Working Group office.  U.S. policy towards our Latin American neighbors is, as usual, in need of a few New Year's resolutions. Will you join us in making these goals a reality? Check out the short video below to get an idea of exactly what we’ve got up our sleeve for 2013. 

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