Activities Update, Jan-Oct 2008
October 4th, 2008
Witness for Peace Southeast January-October
Highlights of 2008:
- The Pilgrimage for Justice
March 16-21 focused on the Roots of Migration.A diverse group of people walked in
Asheville, Morganton, Hickory, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Durham and
Raleigh.We received excellent
press coverage across the state and demonstrated to immigrants here that we
stand in solidarity with them. We also enhanced Black/Brown unity and educated
many people about the connection between Trade and Immigration.
- Focus on empowering
youth.Warren Wilson College sent 15 students
to Guatemala, Mexico and the Border.They returned home to organize events on WW Campus.
- Teen Delegation to
July 14-27.Thirty teens traveled
to Nicaragua from Lancaster, Cleveland, Oregon, North Carolina and Yuma, AZ.
The teen delegation was strong this year.The group will have a reunion in Wash.
DC October 16-18th.We
will visit our US Senators and Representatives, to tell them what we learned
about the impact of CAFTA and then ask them to vote NO on the Colombia Free
- Media Work
had many letters to the editor published this year focusing on the connection
between immigration and trade.
- CITCA Retreat – 26 Years
of Solidarity Seventy people ranging in
age from 15-80 will participate in the CITCA Retreat Oct. 10th
Sharpley will lead a workshop of how to block the Colombia free trade
agreement.The Rev. Phil Wheaton
will speak of the role of the Prophet in the Face of the Empire and Dr. Jeff
Boyer will talk about the impact of CAFTA on small farmers in Nicaragua and
Tour October 4-24, 2008 Marco
Antonio Velasquez from REMALC will tour 5 states and 18 cities in Virginia,
North and South Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee. Marco Antonio Velasquez
Navarrete a Mexican sociologist from the Mexican Network for Action on Free
Trade (REMALC).Marco Antonio has
worked with the Network for Popular Education as well as the Urban Popular
Movement in Mexico City.NAFTA has
bankrupted over two million Mexican corn farmers and has caused a rapid increase
in immigration into the United States.
“Roots of Migration”
Delegation to Mexico for NC Policy Makers and Activists – Feb.
09 The idea is to combine people who
work on immigration issues here in NC with people from the churches and other
activists along with policy makers.There is great excitement about this delegation from African American,
Hispanic, Labor and Immigrant Rights Groups. Sponsors
NCCC * NC NAACP * NC
Justice Center * St Francis of Assisi Church * Immaculate Conception Church *
Fairmont United Methodist Church * West Raleigh Presbyterian Church * Eno River
Unitarian Fellowship * Center for Documentary Studies/Duke * Student Action with
Farm Workers * Faith Action * National Farm Worker Ministry * Farm Worker Labor
Organizing Committee –FLOC * Western Carolina Worker’s Center * NC Latino
Coalition * AFSC * Southern Faith, Labor, and Community Alliance * Latin
American Coalition * Aldelante Education Coalition of NC * American Friends
Service Committee –AFSC