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Tell the State Department: We Demand Justice for Berta Cáceres, and Protection for Witness Gustavo Castro
Last week, Berta Caceres, Honduran indigenous Lenca leader who fought for the preservation of Lenca natural and ancestral resources, was tragically murdered. Take action to demand justice, and protection for a witness to her murder, Gustavo Castro.
Fast Track Vote in the Senate THIS WEEK (probably Tuesday): Call Your Senator NOW to Stop "Free Trade" Monster TPP!
(Español adentro.) The Senate is voting THIS WEEK (probably Tuesday) on NAFTA expansion! Call your senator, via the Capitol Switchboard, at 202-224-3121 NOW to tell him/her to vote NO on Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)!
Port Workers' Union in Colombia Demands Justice: Hold U.S. Policymakers Accountable to Labor Action Plan Promises
The Black Lives Matter movement has resonated with the Port Workers' Union in Colombia, as they continue to demand justice for a predominately Afro-Colombian work force. Answer the Union's call for international solidarity as they demand that their employers respect labor rights./El movimiento Black Lives Matter (Las Vidas de l@s Afro Importan) ha resonado con la Unión Portuaria en Colombia, ya que el sindicato sigue exigiendo la justicia para una fuerza laboral mayormente afrocolombiana. Responde al llamado de la Unión para la solidaridad internacional mientras exige que sus empleadores respeten los derechos laborales.
In the wake of Carlos' murder, stand up for justice in Honduras
Last month, Carlos Mejia Orellana was killed in his home. He was a part of the team at Radio Progreso - a radio station in El Progreso, Yoro, Honduras. Join us in protesting this senseless murder and take action now to protect human rights defenders in Honduras.
Send words of encouragement for a newly formed Colombian peace community
In Colombia's largest port of Buenaventura, displacement, extortion, and brutal murders have reached a fever pitch. But La Playita took a brave stand against fear and violence. Send them a message of support!
Adelante! Peace with Justice for ALL Colombians
Now is your chance to tell Washington to support peace in Colombia. Join thousands from across the United States in a National Day of Action for Peace in Colombia by contacting your representatives in Washington to call for peace and economic justice.
National Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia
Colombia's faith communities stand firmly for peace amidst grueling violence. Now they ask your faith community to join them through the National Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia.
On NAFTA's 20th Anniversary, Stop Free Trade Expansion
The TPP could be the most dangerous FTA to date. Stand with workers, families, indigenous groups, and local producers around the world, and ask your legislators to oppose Fast Track authority for the TPP.
Defend a Mexican Community's Rights to Say No to Mining/Defienda los Derechos de un Pueblo Mexicano para Rechazar la Minería
Urge U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Anthony Wayne to stand up for the Oaxacan town of Magdalena Teitipac in their struggle for self-determination./Exija al Embajador de EE.UU. a Mexico, Anthony Wayne, que defienda al pueblo oaxaqueño, Magdalena Teitipac, en su lucha por la autodeterminación.
Colombian Unionist Murdered: Urge the Department of Labor to Demand Justice and Protections./Sindicalista Colombiano Asesinado: Exija al Departamento de Trabajo que Demande la Justicia y las Protecciones.
Colombian trade unionist Oscar Lopez was murdered on November 9, after his union received a death threat from paramilitaries. Urge the Department of Labor to pressure for justice and protections!/El sindicalista colombiano Óscar López fue asesinado el 9 de noviembre, después de que su sindicato recibió una amenaza de muerte por paramilitares. ¡Exija al Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. que presione por la justicia y la protección!
Stand up for human rights in Honduras
Since the June 2009 coup d’état in Honduras, criminalization of human rights defenders in the country has dramatically escalated. The situation in the indigenous community of Río Blanco is particularly concerning. Click here to take action to stand up for human rights.
We Can Stop "NAFTA on Steroids" by Stopping Fast Track: Contact Your Rep./Podemos Parar "el TLCAN con Esteroides" por Parar Fast Track: Contacte a su Representante.
The equation is simple: if we stop Fast Track, it will be virtually impossible for the "NAFTA on Steroids" Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement to be approved. If Fast Track is granted, it will be extremely difficult to stop the TPP. Contact your Representative now!/La equación es sencilla: si paramos el proceso Fast Track (Vía Rápida), será prácticamente imposible aprobarse el Tratado Trans-Pacífico (TPP, por sus siglas en inglés), alias "el TLCAN con esteroides." Si se concede Fast Track, será muy difícil parar el TPP. ¡Contacte a su representante ahora!
Take action to protect key Colombian peace leader and WFP partner./Tome acción para proteger a un líder clave del movimiento colombiano por la paz y un contraparte del APP.
Ricardo Esquivia, a renowned Colombian human rights lawyer, peace advocate, religious leader and a great friend to Witness for Peace, will be arrested by the military on false charges of being a guerrilla if we don't stop it./Ricardo Esquivia, un reconocido abogado colombiano de derechos humanos, persona clave en el movimiento por la paz, líder religioso y un gran amigo de Witness for Peace, será detenido por los militares bajo falsas acusaciones de pertenecer a la guerrilla si no actuamos.
Solidarity with Indigenous Honduran Activists: Tell The U.S. Government to Respect Rights/Solidaridad con Activistas Indigenas de Honduras: Digale al Gobierno de EUA que Respete los Derechos
On September 10th and 11th, people across the country and the world are standing in solidarity with indigenous communities in Honduras. Tell the U.S. government to pressure the Honduran government to uphold universally guaranteed rights to free speech and assembly established by the United Nations.
Take Action to Protect WFP and Other Accompaniers in Honduras!/¡Actúe para Proteger a APP y Otr@s Acompañantes en Honduras!
On July 25th, 2013, two international human rights accompaniers were kidnapped and threatened for two and a half hours by armed guards in Nueva Esperanza, Honduras. Tell the U.S. Embassy in Honduras and the State Department that they must be vocal in support of accompaniers in Honduras, and take steps to ensure that their work is not undermined./El 25 de julio del 2013 dos acompañantes internacionales de derechos humanos fueron secuestrad@s y amenazad@s por dos horas y media por guardias armados en Nueva Esperanza, Honduras. Dígales a la Embajada de EE.UU. en Honduras y al Departamento de Estado de EE.UU que hagan claro su apoyo a l@s acompañantes en Honduras, y que tomen medidas para asegurarse de que el trabajo l@s acompañante no se vea socavado.
Mexican Environmental Activist Murdered. U.S. Embassy: Speak Out./Activista Ambientalista Mexicano Asesinado: Embajada de EE.UU: Hable Claro.
Environmental activist Noe Vazquez Ortiz was stoned to death by unidentified individuals in his hometown of Amatlan de los Reyes in the Mexican state of Veracruz, with no response from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico. Tell the U.S. Embassy in Mexico to support justice for these crimes, and promote steps that will protect, not victimize, activists like Noé./El activista ambientalista Noé Vázquez Ortiz fue asesinado a pedradas por sujetos de identidad desconocida en su pueblo natal de Amatlán de los Reyes, en el estado mexicano de Veracruz, sin respuesta alguna de la embajada estadounidense en México. Dígale a la embajada estadounidense en México que insista en la justicia para estos crímenes, y que promueva medidas que protejan, y no victimicen, a activistas como Noé.
Act Now to Stop a Community's Eviction in Colombia/Actúe Ahora para Empedir el Desalojo de Una Comunidad en Colombia
On July 8th, 2013, the already twice-displaced community of Pitalito en Cesar province, Colombia, received word that the mayor had ordered their eviction. Take action now to prevent the third displacement of Pitalito./El 8 de julio del 2013, Pitalito, una comunidad que ya se había desplazada dos veces, en el departamento de Cesar, Colombia, recibió la noticia que el alcalde había ordenado su desalojo. Actúe ahora para impedir el tercer desplazamiento de Pitalito.
Human Rights Defender Killed by Honduran Army/Defensor de Derechos Humanos Asesinado por el Ejército Hondureño
Tomas Garcia was participating in a peaceful mobilization against a hydroelectric dam on the morning of July 15, 2013, when he was shot and killed by members of the Honduran army. Take action now to contact the US Embassy in Honduras./Tomás García estaba participando en una movilización pacífica en contra de una presa hidroeléctrica en la mañana del 15 de julio, 2013, cuando fue asesinado a tiros por miembros del ejército hondureño. Tome acción ahora: póngase en contacto con la Embajada de EE.UU. en Honduras.
Congress: Defeat These Unjust Immigration Bills./Congreso: Derrote Estos Proyectos de Ley Sobre Inmigración Injustos
Join Witness for Peace in standing up for immigrant rights and justice, and send a message to your Representative to vote against several bills that would push the final immigration bill in the vastly wrong direction./Unáse a Acción Permanente por la Paz para seguir defendiendo los derechos de y la justicia para l@s inmigrantes: envíe un mensaje a su Representante para que vote en contra de varios proyectos de ley que llevarían la reforma migratoria comprehensiva en una dirección muy equivocada.
Stop Repression of Small-Scale Farmers in Colombia/Pare la Represión de Campesin@s en Colombia
Small-scale farmers peacefully protesting in northern Colombia have been met with violent repression from state security forces. Tell the U.S. Embassy and Congress to urge the Colombian government to stop the repression and listen to these farmers' proposals!
Stop Militarization in Indigenous Communities in Honduras/Pare la Militarización en Comunidades Indígenas en Honduras
Indigenous communities in the Blanco River area should not have to live in fear of violence or threats for peaceably protesting the privatization of their resources. Tell the Embassy that this conduct by U.S.-supported forces is unacceptable.
Take action to protect human rights defenders in Honduras/Tome acción para proteger a l@s defensores de DDHH en Honduras
It takes incredible courage to defend human rights in Honduras. Contact the Senate and U.S. Embassy in Honduras! Tell them that defending human rights is not a crime./Se necesita un valor increíble para defender los derechos humanos en Honduras. Póngase en contacto con el Senado y la Embajada de EE.UU. en Honduras! Dígales que la defensa de los derechos humanos no es un crimen.
U.S. Embassy: Honduran Security Forces Must Respect Indigenous Rights./Embajada de los EEUU: Las Fuerzas de Seguridad de Honduras Deben de Respetar los Derechos Indigenas.
Indigenous rights are human rights: the U.S. cannot be complacent./Los derechos indigenas son derechos humanos: los EEUU no pueden ser complacientes.
Congress: Fumigation wrecks livelihoods. It's time for a different strategy.
Fumigation has destroyed the livelihoods of many in Colombia, including, recently, the Association of Women Pineapple Growers in Putumayo. Take action to tell the House Appropriations Committee that this way of waging the War on Drugs is unjust and ineffective!
Protect a Colombian priest under threat and support his human rights work
Take action to protect Fr. Alberto, a Colombian priest and a leading human rights defender in a country at war. He is being targeted for his work supporting peace communities under threat, human rights victims and peacemakers.
Cuba is Not a Sponsor of Terrorism; Take Cuba Off the List
Remove Cuba from the State Department's list of state sponsors of terrorism now. Any rationale for keeping Cuba on this list has long-since disappeared.
Coal Mining Giants: Stop the Abuses in Colombia
Tell coal mining giants that people and the environment are more precious than corporate profits! Workers and communities in Colombia call on you to take action and demand that three mining giants, Drummond Coal, Goldman Sachs and Cerrejon, abide by international and Colombian laws.
Take Action to Stop Unjust Immigration Bills in the House/Actúe para Parar los Proyectos de ley Sobre Inmigración Injustos en la Cámara de l@s Representantes
Immigration reform is overdue, but it has to respect immigrant rights and address root causes of migration. Act now to stop bills that would push immigration reform in the wrong direction./La reforma migratoria es atrasada, pero tiene que respetar los derechos de l@s inmigrantes y abordar las causas raíces de la migración. ¡Tome acción ahora para parar los proyectos de ley en la Cámara de l@s Representantes que llevarían la reforma migratoria comprehensiva en una dirección muy equivocada!
Pressure for justice: GM dealership visits
Hold GM accountable for labor rights violations in Colombia by delivering a letter to your local GM dealership Jan 14-29 during the Detroit Auto Show.
Standing with Striking GM Workers on International Human Rights Day!
Hold GM accountable for labor rights violations in Colombia by taking action in support of workers on hunger strike.
9/17 GM Protest Locations
Locations and contact information for 9/17 GM protests.
Honduras Solidarity Action Toolkit and Resources
June 2012 marked the three year anniversary of the Honduran coup. Over those three years, the Honduran people have endured unacceptable levels of political repression. WFP has created a Honduras Solidarity Action Toolkit to help you organize solidarity actions in your community.
UPDATED: Further Action Needed to Protect Lives in Colombia
Many of you answered Jani's call and took action last month to protect human rights in Putumayo. Unfortunately, the situation has deteriorated there. And we want to ask you to reiterate your concern by sending another message to policymakers today.
Take Action for Human Rights in Honduras!
In the three years since the military coup, the Honduran people have suffered a catastrophic level of violence and repression. Yet many Hondurans valiantly stand up against injustice and rampant impunity in their country. Stand with them now by taking action!
Stop Mining Company's Land Grab in Colombia
In recent weeks, a notice was hung at a town hall advising the Afro-Colombian community of Roche that their land would be expropriated so that Cerrejón—one of the world´s largest open-pit coal mines—could expand its operations. Take action now to stop this expropriation.
Urgent Action: Colombian union leaders in danger
Take action to stand up for Colombian union leaders facing death threats. Unionists have received over 500 death threats resulting in 29 assassinations in just over a year.
Urgent Action: DEA involved in Honduras massacre
On May 11 the DEA participated in a drug raid with Honduran police that left at least four civilians dead, including two pregnant women. Please join us in demanding an investigation and prosecution of those responsible for these murders.
Tell Congress: Protect Human Rights in Honduras
Members of prominent human rights organizations in Honduras have been targeted with death threats, intimidation and physical aggression. Click here to stand up for human rights today!
Set the record straight on Obama's trip to Colombia
The press coverage of President Obama's recent trip Colombia for the Summit of the Americas was very one-sided. Now you can help set the record straight in just a minute by sending a letter to the editor through the WFP online action center.
Take Action to Speak Out Against Death Threats
Honduran journalist Gilda Carolina Silvestrucchi has received multiple death threats for her reporting. You can help by sending a message today.
Immigration Reform Has Never Been More Urgent
As immigrant families in Alabama flee the state and Congress approves a new free trade agreement, the time to act is now.
Immigration at the Roots: A Tour with Advocate and Former Migrant Jaqueline Garcia
Witness for Peace is hosting migrant advocate and former undocumented immigrant Jaqueline Garcia of Mexico for a tour in the Great Lakes Region and Long Island in Fall 2011.
Celebrate Victory: Pedro is Home
Please take a moment to welcome Pedro home and congratulate the Guzman family on their work to defend immigrant rights in the face of for-profit detention!
Call Congress: National Day of Action for Colombia
Call Congress to demand U.S. policy toward Colombia that promotes peace, economic justice and human rights.
Victory for Martha!
Five years ago, members of the U.S.-backed Colombian army killed Jose Giraldo, an innocent farmer. His daughter Martha risked her life seeking justice. Her risk has finally paid off.
Secretary of State Clinton: Protect Human Rights and Halt Funding for Killers in Colombia
Witness for Peace calls on the State Department to suspend all military assistance to the Colombian armed forces.
Letter to the U.S. Ambassador to Colombia: Close the SOA
The Colombia-based Witness for Peace International Team delivered an open letter urging the U.S. Ambassador to Colombia to advocate for the closure of the School of the Americas.
Support the TRADE Act
The TRADE Act would renegotiate NAFTA and CAFTA. It's gaining ground in Congress and needs your support.
Tell Congress to Stop Displacing Colombians
Nearly 5 million Colombians have been displaced. Yet, our government continues to send more in military aid than in humanitarian aid to Colombia, assisting the perpetrators more than the victims. Help us inundate Congress with calls and emails for policies that would alleviate, not exacerbate, Colombia's crisis.
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Open Letter: Restore Civil Liberties and Protect Human Rights in Honduras
Witness for Peace joins other faith-based and nongovernmental groups in calling for an end to the human rights crisis in Honduras.