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Colombia: Learning from Afro-Colombian and Indigenous Struggles for Economic Justice and Land Rights
January 10, 2015 - January 20, 2015
Total Cost: $1450 plus airfaire
Total due: October 01, 2014
Deposit: $150
Deposit due: September 01, 2014
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     Colombia is one of the most biodiverse, resource-rich countries in the world. Unfortunately, fertile soils have not led to peace or justice as powerful interests have taken note of these. The U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) situated in a larger context of neoliberal reforms has opened Colombia to foreign corporations and private investors, but the gains have not trickled down to most Colombians. Indigenous, Afro-Colombian and small-scale farming communities have been particularly hard-hit by market liberalization and the ensuing exploitation of natural resources.

In the Cauca and Valle del Cauca provinces of Colombia, biofuel, dam and mining projects have displaced thousands of families from their ancestral territories. At the same time, increased economic activity due to new Free Trade Agreements have led to controversial infrastructure and port expansion in and around the port of Buenaventura, interplaying with drug-related violence to create an urgent human rights crisis. In spite of the violence, community leaders continue to nonviolently defend their territory from armed actors and megaprojects, insisting on their rights to their ancestral land as well as political, economic and cultural rights.

  • Investigate and document the post-Free Trade Agreement realities in starkly unequal Buenaventura and the neighboring sugarcane sector near Cali.
  • Meet with Afro-Colombian, indigenous and small-scale farming communities in Cauca to learn about their organizing struggles and successes, along with human rights activists and government officials in Bogotá.
  • Strengthen a global movement for trade justice and see how neoliberal policies affect workers and communities in North and South America.

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For more information about this delegation, please contact:
Delegation Coordinator
Elise Roberts