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Anti-Militarism: News & Updates
July 24, 2020
Cleveland Peace Action is committed to stopping violence, war, and terrorism, through peaceful, just and democratic means. Join us! Our guest speaker is Kevin Zeese, a public interest lawyer who works for economic, racial and environmental justice, and global peace through his position as co-director of Popular Resistance. He was a co-founder of the Venezuelan Embassy Protectors Defense Collective and was prosecuted in federal court in Washington, DC, for protecting the Venezuelan embassy. The trial resulted in a mistrial because jurors could not unanimously agree on a verdict. Throughout his career, Zeese has also worked on ending the war on drugs, which has resulted in mass arrests and incarceration.
July 24, 2020
"EU funding is not investing in security, justice, respect for the human rights of the Honduran people or guarantees for their defense, in addition to failing to comply with the commitments made in terms of foreign policy and gender equality. On the contrary, the evidence shows us that a repressive system is being strengthened against Lenca and Garífuna communities that are self-organising in defense of the environment, their territories and fundamental rights. In this regard, we would like to express our concern at the lack of attention and involvement of the European Union in the face of the violations of rights in Honduras and in particular of the communities, women and men who defend them."
July 23, 2020
Fears are growing for the safety of five black indigenous men in Honduras who were abducted from their homes on July 18 by heavily armed gunmen in police uniforms. The victims are Garifuna fishermen from the town Triunfo de la Cruz on the north coast. “We are under constant threat by those who want our land and natural resources,” said Jenny Ramona Herrera Álvarez, a community spokeswoman in Triunfo de la Cruz. “What happened on Saturday shows that powerful people who have illegally taken control of our territory are emboldened by the state’s contempt for the international court ruling. Justice means prosecuting those who ordered this crime,” said Miram Miranda, coordinator of OFRANEH (Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras). “The Honduran state created the context for conflicts by violating the community’s territorial rights over years..., and is directly responsible for these aggressions against the Garifuna community, ” said Joseph Berra, director of the human rights in Americas project at UCLA school of law.
July 23, 2020
Environmental leader Jani Rita Silva's life is being threatened in Putumayo, Colombia. We sent letters to the director of the National Protection Unit and other officials in Colombia about acts of intimidation, surveillance, and a recently revealed plan to assassinate Jani Rita Silva. She is the legal representative of the Association for the Integral and Sustainable Development of the Amazon Pearl (ADISPA). She has been a vocal advocate for full implementation of the Peace Agreement of 2016, promoting reforestation initiatives, and denouncing the socio-environmental effects of oil extraction operations, including those of Amerisur, whose partners include Houston-based Occidental Petroleum. On May 26 we wrote that the Inter-Church Justice and Peace Commission (CIJP) disclosed information from an anonymous source about a plan to assassinate her. This month, CIJP learned from a confidential informant that there is indeed an assassination plan being conducted by the criminal group “La Mafia.” Organized criminal groups are putting heavy pressure on farmers to grow coca for the cocaine trade. It is presumed that Jani Silva is considered an enemy because of her active promotion of the crop substitution program (PNIS) in Putumayo.
July 22, 2020
Rev. Dr. Emma Jordan-Simpson (Executive Director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation), Chrissy Stonebraker-Martinez (FOR Co-Chair) and Aaron Goggans (FOR Co-Chair) have a frank conversation about White Supremacy, How We Get Free and what it might mean to contemplate the death of U.S Empire.
July 20, 2020
We sent letters to officials in Honduras regarding the kidnapping on July 18 of four Garífuna leaders from the community of Triunfo de la Cruz, Atlántida Department. One of the four is Albert Sneider Centeno, president of the Community Board of Triunfo de la Cruz. They were kidnapped from their homes in the early morning by heavily armed men who were wearing bullet-proof vests and uniforms of the Policía Militar (Military Police) and the Dirección de Investigación Policial (DPI, Police Investigations Directorate). Others victims of the kidnapping include Milthon Joel Martínez Suany and Aparicio Mejía. We demand an immediate search to find the Garífuna leaders alive. We demand a thorough investigation process that will lead to the capture and prosecution of the kidnappers. We further demand that the State of Honduras cease all acts of violence and harassment against the Garífuna communities.
July 17, 2020
Join us for a guided discussion about "Who Do You Serve? Who Do You Protect?" This collection of reports and essays explores police violence against black, brown, indigenous and other marginalized communities, miscarriages of justice, and failures of token accountability and reform measures. The book also explores alternatives for keeping communities safe, making a compelling and provocative argument against calling the police.
July 11, 2020
On Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. the Cleveland Nonviolence Network presents "The Deadly Sonic Boom of the U.S. Military Budget, featuring Kathy Kelly, of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, via Zoom.
July 9, 2020
Join the guest host for this monthly series, IRTF co-coordinator Chrissy Stonebraker-Martínez, addressing the intersectionality of systematic oppressions and our collective liberation, bound up with one another.
July 7, 2020
McGovern (D-MA) and Pocan (D-WI) 94 members of congress through a dear colleague letter urging Trump administration to push for peace in Colombia!