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Anti-Militarism: News & Updates
May 4, 2021
Right now, a massacre is being perpetrated by the Mobile Anti-Disturbances Squadron-ESMAD. Between 6am on April 28 and 10am onMay 4, 2021, ESMAD and Colombian Armed Forces killed at least 26 protesters, committed 1181 cases of police violence, sexually violated nine women, shot 17 people in the eyes, committed 988 arbitrary detentions, and 56 persons had been reported missing.
April 15, 2021
As armed groups continue their calculated attempts at recruiting children and teens, Colombia's teachers work to protect their students. This can often cause them to become targets themselves.
April 12, 2021
*Thanks to The Associated Press for the article*
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has struck an agreement with Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala to temporarily surge security forces to their borders in an effort to reduce the tide of migration to the U.S. border.
The agreement comes as the U.S. saw a record number of unaccompanied children attempting to cross the border in March, and the largest number of Border Patrol encounters overall with migrants on the southern border — just under 170,000 — since March 2001.
April 12, 2021
Join us for this unique opportunity to interview the filmmakers of Missing in Brooks County, one of the documentary entries of the Cleveland International Film Festival 45. The haunted landscape of Brooks County, Texas, is littered with the bodies and belongings of an unknown number of lost souls. All the while, the national immigration debate drags on, rarely taking into account the very real life and death consequences that are felt in the farmlands of Brooks County and elsewhere. And on both sides of the border, heartbroken families are left devastated, desperate to find out what happened to their disappeared loved ones. Mysteries unfold as two of the families search for answers--and the severity of this broken immigration system becomes more and more apparent.
April 10, 2021
There are four bills in the Ohio legislature that can lead to imprisonment for protesting. If these bills are passed, Ohio residents who are exercising freedom of speech and freedom of assembly could be imprisoned for any of the following offenses and more: blocking streets or sidewalks during a protest, yelling at a police officer, providing support to groups that are organizing a protest, and more. Please wear your mask when you join us.
April 9, 2021
Desmond Franklin was murdered April 9, 2020, by Cleveland police officer Jose Garcia. This Friday we will celebrate the life of Desmond and stand in solidarity with his family as they unveil a loving banner created to honor the life of Desmond Franklin. Location: Riverside Cemetery, 3607 Pearl Rd, Cleveland, OH 44109
April 9, 2021
Justice for Colombia is starting a new series spotlighting women activists. This first spotlight is on Olga Quintero, a leader in the Catatumbo Peasant Farmers Association (ASCAMCAT). ASCAMCAT has about 5,000 affiliated members and works to defend its members rights over land and territory and works to advance peace and justice in the region.
April 7, 2021
Dr. Dana Frank, a history professor at UC Santa Cruz, is an expert on Honduras and Honduras/US relations. She explains the current situation: why people are fleeing, the role of the US in supporting the narco-dictatorship, and legislative proposals pending in the US House and US Senate that would cut support to Honduran police/military, as well as to President Juan Orlando Hernández. She is author of Bananeras: Women Transforming the Banana Unions of Latin America (2005) . She is currently researching the AFL-CIO’s Cold War in Honduras, 1954-1979.
April 5, 2021
We invite you to join us for an intersectional NE Ohio event to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Time to Break the Silence” speech of April 4, 1967 at Riverside Church in New York City. This historic speech condemned US militarism, racism and extreme materialism/poverty, and represented a significant expansion of Dr. King’s thinking on the root causes of the challenges facing U.S. society. We will read excerpts from Dr. King’s speech, then discuss the implications for NE Ohio today.
Environmental Human Rights: US-based Aura Minerals/Minosa continues harmful mining operation in Honduras
March 16, 2021
Héctor Antonio Trigueros, community and environmental defender from Azacualpa (La Unión, Copán), suffered an attack in which his motorcycle was seriously damaged, while he was unharmed. Hector is one of the main community defenders in Azacualpa, a place where the US-based mining company Aura Minerals has been cyanide-leaching, open-pit mining for years, and where it intends to mine the El Cemeterio hill – local inhabitants are fully opposed to this. Threats, contaminations, explosions, lead poisoning have all resulted. This mining project is supported by President Juan Orlando Hernandez's regime