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Op-Ed: 55 Years Is Enough
by Dana BrownOtherWords
WFP Executive Director Dana Brown pens an op-ed outlining why a majority of Americans agree the Cuban embargo should end.
The Dark Side of Development in Colombia
Check out the great new article in NACLA by WfP's Colombia team on violence in Buenaventura
The Border Patrol’s Out-of-Control Growth
by Todd MillerOtherWords
October 30th, 2013
The Border Patrol is the largest U.S. federal law enforcement agency. Its 60,000 agents make our border forces more than double the size of Ecuador’s army. Some policymakers want even more militarization of the border, with $46 billion included in the immigration reform bill the Senate passed in June.
Exporting Unrest to Colombia
Op-ed in Other Words by WFP Colombia Team Member Jeanine Legato. The South American country's recently enacted free-trade deal with the United States is devastating for its farmers.
Activists protest World Bank on Honduras paramilitary funding
On the anniversary of the Honduran coup, Witness for Peace and School of the Americas Watch protest World Bank loans to the Dinant Corporation, widely considered to be a principal contributor to the violence in Honduras' Bajo Aguán region.
Colombian Autoworker on Hunger Strike: Jorge Parra, Activist of the Week
Take Action News
January 31st, 2013
Frank Hammer speaks with David Shuster of Take Action News about the campaign for justice for injured Colombian GM workers.
Press release: Injured Colombian GM workers take their hunger strike to Detroit, thousands protest around the country
On 9/17, thousands around the U.S. stood with Colombian GM workers on hunger strike. Prominent faith leaders made statements and fasted in solidarity. Labor groups passed resolutions in support of the workers. Activists protested at GM headquarters and other locations around the country.
Press Release: Mediation with GM fails, workers re-start hunger strike
In the wake of failed mediation with GM, ASOTRECOL has restarted their hunger strike. Witness for Peace calls on supporters to demand GM return to the negotiating table to reach a just and fair solution.
Ex-GM Workers Suspend Hunger Strike in Colombia
by Dan MolinskiFox Business/Dow Jones Newswires
A small group of former General Motors Co. (GM) employees in Colombia who sewed their mouths shut as part of a three-week hunger strike over a dispute with the auto maker have called off the strike, GM said Thursday. The hunger strike began Aug. 1 in front of the U.S. Embassy in Bogota. The workers claim they were fired from GM's local unit Colmotores more than a year ago due to serious on-the-job injuries sustained while lifting heavy objects and doing repetitive movements on the assembly line and other tasks.
Colombian workers from GM plant continue hunger strike outside US embassy
by Dorian MerinaFree Speech Radio News
In Bogota, Colombia workers from a General Motors plant continue their protest outside the US Embassy. Thirteen current and former workers from GM’s Colmotores plant, launched a hunger strike earlier this month after camping out outside the Embassy for a year. Some have also sewn their mouths shut. The workers say they were dismissed from the factory after being injured on the job. GM denies the claims and says no worker has been dismissed due to health reasons. Colombia remains a dangerous place for workers and labor leaders.
GM workers in Colombia sew mouths shut in protest
by Miriam WellsThe Toronto Star
Nine days into a hunger strike in which he has sewn shut his mouth, Jorge Parra, a former worker for General Motors in Colombia, says his condition is deteriorating. “I have terrible pains in my stomach, my lips are swollen and sore, and I am having problems sleeping,” he says. “But I will not give up.” The 35-year-old is one of a group of men who say they were fired after suffering severe workplace injuries at GM’s Bogota factory, Colmotores, and have taken drastic action to demand compensation.
Will Colombia's protesting workers be heard?
by Shihab RattansiInside Story Americas, Al Jazeera English
At the beginning of this month a group of former General Motors (GM) workers stitched their lips shut and began a hunger strike in the Colombian capital, Bogota. They had already spent over a year outside the US embassy with no success in fighting against what they said was their unfair dismissal. The protestors say GM has fired more than 200 employees after they reported on-the-job injuries, including herniated discs, carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis, at the company's Colombian plant.
Colombian Hunger Strikers Sew Mouths Shut To Protest Firing By General Motors
by Benjamin ReevesInternational Business Times
Outside of the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia, 13 former General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) employees are staging a hunger strike protest charging worker mistreatment by the company, and seven of those men have sewn their mouths shut. The protesting workers, part of the Association of Injured Workers and Ex-Workers of General Motors Colombia (Asotrecol), assert that they and as many as 200 other employees were fired by GM's Colombian subsidiary GM Colmotores following on-the- job injuries and that the company was responsible for "systemic negligence of the workers' health and well-being."
Martin Sheen Supports Colombian GM Workers
by Witness for Peace
In the wake of yesterday's announcement that ASOTRECOL and GM agreed to a framework for settlement of the workers' claims of illegal firings, Martin Sheen joined rights groups in calling for swift negotiations that meet the workers' demands.
Zenith City Weekly: Si quieres la paz, lucha por la justicia
by Amy Price and Lyn Clark PeggZenith City Weekly
June 12th, 2012
Lyn Clark Pegg and Amy Price report on the findings of their Witness for Peace delegation to Colombia.
LACROSSE TRIBUNE: Columbus Day a Reminder of Immigration Failures
Columbus is credited with forging the first links between American and European civilizations. But whether the manner in which these cultures collided merits commemoration as a federal holiday is doubtful at best.
DULUTH NEWS-TRIBUNE: Time to Put People Ahead of Corporate Profits
September 17th, 2011
President Obama claims that free trade will create jobs, but Bill Hardesty, chair of the board of Witness for Peace - Upper Midwest, sets the record straight.
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.
USA TODAY: Inaugural Reinstated 'People-to-People' Cuba Tours Start Thursday
August 10th, 2011
Witness for Peace's Ken Crowley speaks to the expansion of Cuban cultural programs in areas such as sustainable agriculture and peace-building initiatives.
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.