RALEIGH NEWS & OBSERVER: Obama was Right to Slow Immigrant Deportations
August 29th, 2011
Witness for Peace founder and Southeast Regional Organizer Gail Phares applauds Obama's decision to stop deportation proceedings against immigrants who pose no threat to national security or public safety....and pushes for the next step in comprehensive immigration reform.
PEOPLES WORLD: Heading for Havana
August 3rd, 2011
These days, you need not brave the sharks that populate the Straits of Florida to visit Cuba, says Witness for Peace's Sharon Hostetler.
PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: 'Steamlined' in Arizona
June 12th, 2011
WFP member Martin Lepkowski on immigration and trade policy reform: U.S. taxpayers can spend billions of dollars to build walls and prisons but this issue will not go away. What is needed is a just immigration-reform policy. We need a fair-trade agreement, not a free-trade agreement that continues to impoverish the poor in Mexico, forcing them to migrate.
DESERET NEWS: Trade deal harmful
May 31st, 2011
The agreement will also prove disastrous for Colombia's small farmers. If passed, subsidized U.S. grain will flood the Colombian market and leave at least 400,000 farmers without their previous source of income, writes WFP intern Kelly Miller.
GRIST: The anti-coal movement goes global
May 27th, 2011
One of the oldest examples of citizens working across national boundaries on coal issues is organizations like Witness for Peace, which has brought attention to mines in Colombia and the U.S.
SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS: No deal on trade deal
May 21st, 2011
The nefarious Colombia trade agreement would give corporate profits a small boost, but would have disastrous impacts on the working class and the environment both at home and abroad, says WFP intern Kelly Miller.
PRESS TV: More U.S. aid won't end Mexico's drug war
February 14th, 2011
Four years have proven that the Mérida Initiative is a reckless strategy contributing to massive bloodshed in Mexico. So why is the U.S. granting the Initiative an extension and additional funding?
An Open Letter to David Brooks on Haiti
Dr. Tom Driver, emeritus member of the Witness for Peace Mid-Atlantic Steering Committee, responds to New York Times editorial that blamed Haitian culture for the country's "underdevelopment."
PIONEER PRESS: Doing business with assassins
February 12th, 2010
Anne Holzman of St. Paul, who worked with Witness for Peace in Nicaragua in the 1980s, writes a rebuttal to an editorial calling for passage of a free trade agreement with Colombia.
Paola and Ana Maria Educate Thousands
This fall, two community organizers from Oaxaca--Paola and Ana Maria--unearthed migration's roots for a combined audience of 1,525 Mid-Atlantic-dwellers, in addition to thousands of rally-goers and radio listeners. Click here for rousing video footage, photos, and interviews.
CITY BEAT: Terrorism and bananas
November 13th, 2009
Witness for Peace protesters were ready to greet investors as Chiquita held its annual stockholders meeting in downtown Cincinnati.
Why We Migrate--Ana Maria Speaks
Meet Ana Maria Garcia Arreola, a native of Oaxaca, Mexico. Through her work to defend the rights of Oaxaca's campesinos, indigenous communities, and women, Ana Maria seeks to combat the conditions that force so many fellow Oaxacans to migrate north. Ana Maria is now visiting a dozen NYC-area audiences to unearth the hidden roots of migration. Click here for an event near you.
Why We Migrate--Paola Speaks
Meet Paola Gutierrez Galindo, a community organizer from Oaxaca, Mexico. Since the passage of NAFTA, Paola has watched person after person, including 90% of her own family, abandon her community to migrate north. Throughout October, Paola will crisscross the Mid-Atlantic on a speaker tour to unearth the hidden roots of migration. Click here for an event near you.
Why We Migrate: Stories of Mexico's Displaced
Meet Paola Gutierrez Galindo, a community organizer from Oaxaca, Mexico. Since the passage of NAFTA, Paola has watched person after person, including 90% of her own family, abandon her community to migrate north. Throughout October, Paola will crisscross the Mid-Atlantic on a speaker tour to unearth the hidden roots of migration.
NACLA: Megaprojects & Militarization
May 29th, 2009
As Mexican security budgets inflate with U.S. aid intended to combat the rising power of drug trafficking and organized crime these funds are increasingly being used to protect the interests of multinational corporations.
Summit of the Americas: Policy Change or Photo Op?
As President Obama joined his hemispheric counterparts in the Summit of the Americas recently in Trinidad, regional organizer Ben Beachy also headed to Trinidad to take part in the People's Summit of the Americas. What were the fruits of these dueling summits? Click here for Ben's op-ed, photos, and the People's Summit declaration.
Retreat: A Big Hit!
In early April nearly 70 mid-Atlantic activists converged on Bear Creek Camp for a roundly successful WFP-MidAtlantic retreat. The record-breaking number of attendees, representing a wide spectrum of ages and backgrounds, gained insight from on-point speakers and collectively planned tangible, forward-thinking actions for changing US policy. Click here for photos and reflections.
EL ESPECTADOR: Piden a Obama frenar Plan Colombia y TLC
April 20th, 2009
A Colombian newspaper reports on the protest in Washington, calling for a shift from military aid for Colombia to humanitarian assistance for the displaced and a continued hold on the U.S.-Colombia FTA.
Book Review: How to Rule the World
Barry Stoner reviews Mark Engler's compelling new book: "the clearest and most interesting analysis of the present economic order I have seen." The author is Mark Engler--journalist, analyst, and featured speaker at our April '09 retreat.
YES WEEKLY: Border Crossings
March 18th, 2009
Witness for Peace sends a delegation of North Carolina leaders to Oaxaca, Mexico to examine the root causes of immigration to their state.
BRATTLEBORO REFORMER: Local woman to travel to Cuba
February 11th, 2009
Pyschologist and Witness for Peace Board member Judy Greenberg describes her upcoming trip to Cuba as a way to see first-hand the impact of the U.S. embargo on Cuba's health care system.