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Colombia: Displaced Wounaan Look for Government Support in Guaranteeing Safety
by Ali RosenblattUpside Down World
(By Ali Rosenblatt, WFP Colombia Team) In Colombia, hundreds of indigenous Wounaan are living in a sports arena after being displaced from their land. "We are here in a crisis caused by the state." /En Colombia, cientos de l@s indígenas Wounaan están viviendo en un coliseo después de ser desplazados de su tierra. "Estamos acá en crisis por parte del estado." En español:
Coca-Cola’s new bottling plant threatens workers’ rights in Colombia
by Lisa TaylorLatin Correspondent
(By Lisa Taylor, WFP Colombia Team) Threatened by illegal armed groups, Colombian union leaders argue that new Coca-Cola bottling plant violates labor rights and imposes an unwanted and unsustainable vision of "development." Amenazados por grupos armados ilegales, dirigentes sindicales en Colombia argumentan que la nueva planta embotelladora de Coca-Cola viola los derechos laborales e impone una visión de "desarrollo" insostenible y no deseada.
Padres de Ayotzinapa difunden en EE.UU. su lucha para evitar su olvido (Spanish)
by Francesca EmanueleTeleSur
(Spanish) Unas palabras por Walker Grooms, de la oficina nacional (a 0:43), sobre la resposabilidad del gobierno de los EE.UU. en el caso Ayotzinapa y en las miles de desapariciones forzadas en los últimos años en México. El reporte comienza a las 0:25.
Colombia under fire: 400 displaced following military offensive on FARC rebels in Cauca
by Julia DurantiLatin Correspondent
(Español abajo.) The final blog article from Julia Duranti as a WFP Colombia Team member: "'Not a day goes by when I don’t ask myself: "Do the lives of Afro-descendant, indigenous and campesino communities matter for this country?"' wrote Afro-Colombian leader Francia Márquez, a native of La Toma, Cauca."// El último blog/artículo de Julia Duranti como integrante del Equipo Colombia de APP “'No dejo de preguntarme cada día: "¿tienen importancia las vidas de las comunidades afros, indígenas y campesinas para este País’’'? escribó la lideresa Afrocolombiana Francia Márquez, nativa de La Toma, Cauca."
Coca Cola Workers in Colombia, 20 Year Temps, & Fighting Back Against Fast Track's More of the Same (John Walsh on Labor Radio)
WFP National Board Chair John Walsh interviewed Daniel Rueda, of the union representing Coca-Cola workers in Colombia, in Spanish and English on Labor Radio. In the same broadcast, he interviewed Robyn Gottlieb of the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign, on the NAFTA-on-steroids Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).//El Presidente de la Junta Directiva Nacional de APP, John Walsh, entrevistó, en español y en inglés, a Daniel Rueda, del sindicato que representa a lxs trabajadorxs de Coca-Cola en Colombia. Otra intrevista sobre el TTP en inglés.
As Colombia ends controversial fumigations, civil society calls for reevaluation of drug war tactics
by Ali RosenblattLatin Correspondent
Ali Rosenblatt (WFP Colombia Team) finds that while President Santos' decision to suspend fumigations is a positive step, questions remain about the overall direction of the U.S.-sponsored drug war.
Beyond Ayotzinapa: How U.S. Intervention in Colombia Paved the Way for Mexico’s Human Rights Crisis
by Maggie Ervin and Julia DurantiUpside Down World
"Seeds of U.S. the Americas continue to bear fruit for powerful interests. But as a..drawing circulating in the wake of Ayotzinapa stated, 'They wanted to bury us. But they did not [sic] realize that we were also seeds.'"
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."