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Five Days of Opportunity! Saturday April 15th – Wednesday April 19th

We are very pleased to share that our community will be welcoming two guests in the coming week from Colombia and Cuba.  Please join in the learning and sharing!   SATURDAY, APRIL 15th, 6-9pm PSU Smith Memorial Student Union 338, Vanport Room. We are pleased to welcome Carmenza Tez-Juagibioy: Solidarity: “For the Earth, For Life, For Our Existence” Indigenous Colombian Defender of Waters, Land, Communities, the Amazon. Plus Defenders of international and local peoples, waters, human rights. Sponsored by: Colombia Support Network and PSU Sustainability Leadership Network. Assistance by PSU Students United for Nonviolence, Portland Central America Solidarity Committee, and…

GM Blames ASOTRECOL for the Impasse. ASOTRECOL Begs to Differ.

GM Blames ASOTRECOL for the Impasse. ASOTRECOL Begs to Differ.
*For background information, please visit www.asotrecol.org GM BLAMES ASOTRECOL FOR THE IMPASSE. ASOTRECOL BEGS TO DIFFER. Q - WHY THE IMPASSE BETWEEN GENERAL MOTORS AND ASOTRECOL? A - One of the reasons for the impasse over ASOTRECOL's grievances is that GM does not want to acknowledge the underlying documentation presented by ASOTRECOL backing up their claims. Both the Bogota office of the AFL-CIO’s Solidarity Center, and the political officer of the U.S. Embassy in Colombia, independently confirm that their documentation of GM’s wrongdoing, especially Jorge Parra’s, is extensive and damning.[i] GM Colmotores management stands accused of rigging a system for dismissing injured…

Elections and Peace Talks Won’t Stem Colombia’s Violence

Elections and Peace Talks Won’t Stem Colombia’s Violence
The presidential run-off this weekend and talks with the FARC are obscuring horrific violence in places like Buenaventura—and US multinationals are deeply implicated. Michael Norby and Brian Fitzpatrick June 13, 2014 Police in the San Jose neighborhood of Buenaventura have long been accused by locals of collusion with right wing death squads. (All photographs by Michael Norby and Brian Fitzpatrick) At his residence in the Colombian port of Buenaventura, Monsignor Héctor Epalza Quintero portrays in chilling detail the destruction of his city. He speaks softly and never breaks eye contact; it’s as if he is studying the reaction, making sure the level…