The History

Witness for Peace’s work in Nicaragua was born from outrage at U.S. funding of the Contra War in the 1980s. Unlike in the anti-Vietnam War protests of the previous decade, where citizens protested within U.S. borders, U.S. citizens traveled to Nicaragua’s war zones to witness firsthand the effects of our government’s policies.

Throughout the 1980s, Witness for Peace brought thousands of people to Nicaragua to provide protective accompaniment to communities at risk and to document the effects of the U.S.-supported war.  After returning to the U.S., these delegates became a powerful grassroots base, practicing non-violent action to oppose the “low-intensity” warfare sponsored by the U.S. in the name of fighting communism.

After the war ended and many nonprofits left, WFP remained in Nicaragua, acting in solidarity with Nicaraguans to oppose the U.S.-promoted economic policies that negatively impact workers, farmers, and families.  In 1997, WFP helped Nicaraguan maquila workers secure their first union contract.

Our Work

WFP delegations investigate how the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) and policies of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank affect Nicaraguan farmers, workers, and families.  We look at the link between these economic policies and increased rates of migration, as well as the effects of U.S. military counter-narcotics funding on the country.

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