Stop Funding War and End Displacement in Colombia
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Stop Funding War and End Displacement in Colombia

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      National Days of Action for Peace in Colombia

Everyone deserves a place to call home. Yet, every week in Colombia last year, over 2,250 people were violently pushed off their lands and left homeless. This is a result of a nearly fifty-year long conflict in Colombia between guerrillas, paramilitary groups, and the Colombian state as they fight to control territory and resources. With over 5.2 million people robbed of their homes, Colombia has the largest internally displaced population in the world, but this massive humanitarian crisis is often ignored in U.S. news.

A lot of people don’t know that since 2000, the U.S. government has spent over $8 billion from taxpayers on strategies that have only worsened the displacement crisis and fueled violence. In an effort to win the “war on drugs,” the United States has invested in programs to spray toxic chemicals on the crops of poor, small-scale Colombian farmers and provided equipment and training to the Colombian military. During that time, 3.3 million more people have been displaced, an estimated 30,000 civilians have been killed in the war, and Colombia has continued to be the world's leading cocaine producer.

It’s time for us to try something new. Instead of giving priority to corporate and military interests, our government should create policies that support land rights activists, Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities, human rights defenders, and small-scale farmers who face threats and attacks every day just because they ask for the basic right to live on their lands in peace.

This spring, thousands of people across the United States will take action to raise awareness about the U.S. role in Colombia’s displacement crisis and advocate for change. Please join us by signing our petition to Congress asking them to create U.S. policies that will support victims of violence and those working for peace in Colombia.

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    • Janice Smith NEWHALL, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I believe it's time we had a hand in stopping the Palestine in this himisphere.

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    • Nancy L Olson SIOUX FALLS, SD
      • over 2 years ago

      Ten years ago when I first became aware of the atrocious situation in the plight of Colombia's poorest people, the number of displaced people was estimated to be around 3 million. I am increasingly disheartened that in spite of our efforts this number continues to grow. While some important changes have taken place, we must be more proactive in taking a stand on speaking up for and stopping this massive, inhumane displacement!

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    • Alex Oshiro HONOLULU, HI
      • over 2 years ago

      Please stop killing people and instead focus on saving lives.

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    • Kerri Graves DAWSONVILLE, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      God calls us to "seek justice, rescue the oppressed; defend the cause of the orphan, plead the case of the widow" (Isaiah 1:17). Let's do this!

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    • Gilbert Rinard DUNDEE, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      We need to shift policy to one more likely to achieve the desired results. Current policy has not worked very well.

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