Angela Denio in the Colombian countryside
The following article is from Fight Back! News:
Colombia: Eyewitness report from solidarity delegation
By Angela Denio
In August, a delegation of U.S. students, trade unionists and anti-war activists traveled to Colombia to meet with leaders in the struggle there. The Colombian Action Network and the Campaign for Labor Rights, two grassroots organizations here in the United States fighting against U.S. intervention in Colombia, hosted the trip.
“I knew what I heard in the U.S. media about the benefits of U.S. tax money and aid to Colombia was true only for the rich. I wanted to see for myself what the reality is for Colombians,” said Jeremy Miller, a member of the Colombian Action Network when explaining his decision to go on the delegation. Members of the Colombian Action Network and the Campaign for Labor Rights arranged meetings with peasant, indigenous and student groups, as well as with political leaders, unions, political prisoners and families of Colombians killed or imprisoned by the government.
Posted in Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Colombia, Imperialism, Labor Movement
Tagged Angela Denio, Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Campaign for Labor Rights, Colombia, Colombia Action Network, death squads, FENSUAGRO, Jeremy Miller, Labor Movement, Sarah Buchner, solidarity, Students for a Democratic Society, Trade Unions
Carlos Montes is a veteran fighter in the Chicano Liberation movement. He was a founder of the Brown Berets and the Chicano Moratorium. Montes is currently active in the Southern California Immigration Coalition, the East L.A.-based Latinos against War and with CSO, which organizes parents in the East Los Angeles area to fight against the privatization of public education in Los Angeles Unified School District. For more on the Chicano Liberation Struggle, see the League of Revolutionary Struggle’s 1979 Resolution on the Chicano National Question.
The following commentary by Carlos Montes is from Fight Back! News:
39th Anniversary of Chicano Moratorium: The Struggle Continues
Commentary by Carlos Montes
Los Angeles, CA – Today, Aug. 29, 2009, shows that our people are continuing the fight for equality and self-determination. It was demonstrated by the many groups that were present today at Salazar Park, including the student group MECHA and the new Brown Berets, to commemorate the historic day in 1970 when over 20,000 Chicanos marched down historic Whittier Boulevard in East L.A. to protest the war in Vietnam and the high casualty rate of Chicanos. The mass peaceful rally in 1970 was attacked by the Los Angeles Police Department and the sheriffs. Ruben Salazar, news director for KMEX, was killed, along with Angel Diaz and Lynn Ward. A similar example of repression took place on May 1, 2007 when the LAPD attacked a pro-immigrant rights rally at MacArthur Park.
Posted in Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Chicano Liberation, Imperialism, Latin America
Tagged Afghanistan, Angel Diaz, Aztlan, Bolivia, Brown Berets, Carlos Montes, Chicano Liberation, Chicano Moratorium, Colombia, FARC-EP, Imperialism, Latinos Against War, Lynn Ward, MECHA, national question, Ruben Salazar, self-determination, Venezuela
The following is from Fight Back! News:
by Chapin Gray
Murfreesboro, TN – Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held its fourth annual national convention here, July 11 -12, bringing together around 100 students and youth activists from across the country.
Posted in Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Labor Movement, Students for a Democratic Society
Tagged Afghanistan, Alabama, Chapin Gray, Colombia, education, G20, Labor, Murfeesboro, Quad City Die Casting, Ryan Costello, sds, SDS National Conventions, Tennessee, Tuscaloosa, Wells Fargo
An excellent documentary about U.S. banana giant, Chiquita Banana (formerly the notorious United Fruit Company) financing and arming Colombian death squads. For more about this visit the Colombia Action Network website.
The following statement by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP), the largest Marxist-Leninist organization in Colombia, is being reposted here from the website Resistencia Colombia:
Written by: SECRETARIAT OF THE CENTRAL STAFF OF THE FARC-EP
From the Colombian Mountains
“The political circumstances are suitable to improve the Armed Movement and the Bolivarian Movement.” Manuel Marulanda Vélez
The FARC’s soul as a flag waving in the wind is mentioned in this Manuel’s saying. 45 years ago we began the fight to look for peace, justice and dignity for Colombia in the Marquetalia heights which is the people’s resistance mountain. Since then we are the armed response of the poor and the righteous people against various types of state violence.
Posted in Colombia, Marxism-Leninism
Tagged Alvaro Uribe, Álvaro Gómez Hurtado, Bolivarianismo, Chiquita, Colombia, Drummond, Efraín Guzmán, FARC-EP, Iván Ríos, Jacobo Arenas, Jorge Noguera, Manuel Marulanda, New Colombia, Plan Colombia, Raul Reyes, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People's Army
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following essay from the Colombian trade unionist and political prisoner, Liliany Obando. The introduction was prepared by the Colombia Action Network.
The essay below was written by Colombian trade unionist, video documentary producer, and political prisoner Liliany Obando. Liliany wrote her “Reflections” with Mother’s Day in mind. Like many organizers for social justice in Colombia, Liliany is imprisoned with little to no evidence. The US government is funding and advising Colombia’s judicial system, but it has only worsened with time. The US government also continues to fund and direct the Colombian Military and their paramilitary death squads. Under the US “Plan Colombia”, labor unionists are murdered every week, nearly 4 million Colombian peasants are displaced from their land, and 7000 political opponents of President Uribe are imprisoned. The CAN wants to thank James Jordan of the Campaign for Labor Rights for translating the original Spanish essay. We demand “Free Liliany Obando!”
REFLECTIONS ABOUT COLOMBIA’S POLICY CONCERNING CRIMINALS AND THE TREATMENT OF WOMEN PRISONERS
a glimpse from a woman on the inside…
Although we women have struggled throughout history to reach better living conditions, dignified work, acknowledgement, and social and political inclusion, still we must suffer vestiges of a patriarchal and sexist society that does not recognize our role in society. It is a reality that things are getting worse for us women who find ourselves deprived of our liberty.
The National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera issued a call to write to Colombian revolutionary and U.S. political prisoner Ricardo Palmera. The call is reproduced below. For more information on the case of Ricardo Palmera, see the NCFRP’s Ricardo Palmera Fact Sheet.
March 24, 2009
The National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera is calling on people everywhere to stand for human rights and social justice in opposition to the cruel and unusual treatment of Ricardo Palmera, a negotiator for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), now a Colombian political prisoner of the U.S. Empire held in the Florence Colorado Supermax Prison. Professor Palmera is being held in 23-hour solitary lock-down with no access to the outside world.
The following letter from Colombian political prisoner Liliana Obando is from the website of the Colombia Action Network. This letter was read from the stage at the School of the Americas Protest in Georgia
Bogota, Colombia, November 17 de 2008
National Women’s Penitentiary
Friends of the Campaign for Labor Rights,
Friends of the Colombia Action Network,
Activist Friends for Peace, Social Justice and the defense of Human Rights ,
A fraternal greeting of solidarity to all of you on my behalf and from all the other political prisoners secluded in the jails of Colombia and the United States.