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October 2010 Newsletter: Southeast Update

Fall Retreat
Witness for Peace Southeast will hold its retreat October 8 & 9th out at Camp New Hope.  The retreat will focus on the roots of migration and immigration reform.  Friday night will feature Daira Quinonez from the Afro Colombian displaced community.  Daira is a dynamic leader as well as a storyteller and a singer.  Saturday morning will begin with Lisa Haugaard from the Latin American Working Group in Washington, D.C.  She will focus on U.S. Policy in Colombia and Mexico.  All are invited.

Fall Speakers Tour
From October 3-26th, Dairia Quinonez will tour the Southeast Region.   She will begin in Richmond, VA, Blacksburg and Lynchburg and then visit Chapel Hill, NC, Warren Wilson College near Asheville, Winston-Salem, Elon University, Durham and Raleigh.  She will begin her Kentucky tour in Louisville, and visit Lexington, Berea and Centre College in Danville.

Upcoming Delegations

Join a Witness for Peace Delegation to Colombia January 14-24th, 2011.  The theme is "U.S. Military Assistance and Human Rights."  Learn about Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities' struggle for territory, culture and environment.  Meet with a wide range of Colombians including community leaders, displaced persons, and human rights defenders. 
Register by December 1st.  Contact Gail Phares at for more information.

Vigil to Close the School of the Americas
Come to the Vigil to Close the School of the Americas November 19-21st in Columbus, GA.  November 2010 marks the 20th anniversary of the vigil that brings together religious communities, students, veterans, community organizers, musicians, puppeteers and many others.  Join us!