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[OPIRG-EVENTS] Columbia's Invisible Struggles on Tour
Colombia's Invisible Struggles on tour in Canada
Close Encounters with Colombia's Popular Struggles
Montreal: March 10-13
Ottawa: March 14-16
Toronto: March 17-23
Colombia's 4-decade long civil war is rendering invisible social
with innovative and courageous proposals for peace and social
transformation. They have become targets of systematic violence,
disappearances and forced displacement.
The Invisible Struggles Tour aims at making visible the diverse popular
efforts for social transformation that persist despite the context of
and repression and build the foundations for lasting solidarity.
Maria del Pilar Cordoba:
Representing Ruta Pacifica de Mujeres (Women's Path to Peace), a
social movement dedicated to the achievement of social transformation
peace through non-violent struggles; awardee of the first UNIFEM
>From Barrancabermeja's Organizacion Femenina Popular (OFP) - Women's Popular
Organization, a grassroots organization working to build self-reliance
Barranca's most marginalized communities. Since January, 2001 the OFP
been under direct threat by the paramilitary-military forces.
Indigenous leader from Cauca province in southern Colombia and one of
leaders of the Nasa project, an adult and higher education initiative
is graduating native students in their own territories, based on their
culture (UNESCO award).
National leader of the Autonomous Afrocolombian movement, the Proceso de
Comunidades Negras (PCN) of Colombia and spokesperson for the
movement in Latin America.
Leader of CUT the largest union federation in Colombia and member of the
National Co-ordination Committee of Frente Social y Politico, a
left mass movement in Colombia. Since 2000, more than 120 trade union
leaders have been assassinated in Colombia, representing 60% of all
leaders assassinated in the world.
Founder of ASOPRICOR, the peasant association of the Tocaima region and
coordinator of the national peasant movement for Comunidades y
de Paz (Communities and Territories for Peace).
Canadian Speaking Tour of Colombian
Social Movement Leaders
Toronto Dates: March 17-23
The mounting crisis in Colombia is destroying cultures, people, and
Learn About It, Change It, Build Solidarity
March 17 – “Resistance against Social, Cultural, and Political
disguised under the "War on Drugs" hosted by labour/community groups.
Trinity Church, (behind the Eaton Centre) 6pm.
March 20 – York University Events
10 am Development and Displacement (location TBA)
11:30 am Women Struggling for Change (location TBA)
1-4 pm Panel Discussion “Popular Struggles, Globalization and Genocide
Colombia”. Founders Assembly Hall (Rm152)
March 21 – Solidarity Demonstration in Front of the Colombian
Dundas Street West 12pm.
March 22 – Video/Discussion at OISE, Bloor Street W 12-4pm.
March 23 – National Action Committee (NAC) on the Status of Women
and address. 7pm.
Learn about Plan Colombia, displacement and development, peace and
the environment – based on the diverse perspectives of longstanding
social movements and organizations from Indigenous, AfroColombian,
Campesino and Union movements and organizations
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