Chiquita pays, Colombian paramilitaries and guerrillas kill
Chiquita paid Colombian armed groups millions of dollars over 15 years. An estimated 14,000 innocent civilians were killed. Chiquita's only punishment? A sweetheart deal with the Justice Department. No compensation for victims. No accountability for Chiquita officials who made the payments. Take action now to make a difference.
THE HUMAN FACE: the Con to Criminalize Immigrants
February 2nd, 2011
In addition to lobbying for enforcement-only policies that get more undocumented residents locked up, the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) refers to detained immigrants as "product" and has helped draft legislation that increases its bottom line. The trend has been disastrous for the Guzman family.
POLICY ANALYSIS: U.S. Complacence in Honduran Human Rights Abuses
October 26th, 2010
Between August and September 2010, Witness for Peace sent two delegations to Honduras in response to reports of continued politically motivated human rights violations. The following report details the delegations’ findings and includes policy recommendations for the United States government and U.S. citizens.
POLICY ANALYSIS: Violence and Impunity Force Migration from Honduras
October 1st, 2010
The Organization of American States’ vote on whether or not Honduras should be reinstated in the OAS is imminent. Despite Hilary Clinton’s claims that Honduras has taken the needed steps to address human rights violations since the coup, serious human rights abuses and impunity remain widespread.
Celebrate Victory: Pedro is Home
Please take a moment to welcome Pedro home and congratulate the Guzman family on their work to defend immigrant rights in the face of for-profit detention!
Victory for Martha!
Five years ago, members of the U.S.-backed Colombian army killed Jose Giraldo, an innocent farmer. His daughter Martha risked her life seeking justice. Her risk has finally paid off.
Tell Congress to Stop Displacing Colombians
Nearly 5 million Colombians have been displaced. Yet, our government continues to send more in military aid than in humanitarian aid to Colombia, assisting the perpetrators more than the victims. Help us inundate Congress with calls and emails for policies that would alleviate, not exacerbate, Colombia's crisis.
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RALEIGH NEWS & OBSERVER: Obama was Right to Slow Immigrant Deportations
August 29th, 2011
Witness for Peace founder and Southeast Regional Organizer Gail Phares applauds Obama's decision to stop deportation proceedings against immigrants who pose no threat to national security or public safety....and pushes for the next step in comprehensive immigration reform.
PEOPLES WORLD: Heading for Havana
August 3rd, 2011
These days, you need not brave the sharks that populate the Straits of Florida to visit Cuba, says Witness for Peace's Sharon Hostetler.
PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: 'Steamlined' in Arizona
June 12th, 2011
WFP member Martin Lepkowski on immigration and trade policy reform: U.S. taxpayers can spend billions of dollars to build walls and prisons but this issue will not go away. What is needed is a just immigration-reform policy. We need a fair-trade agreement, not a free-trade agreement that continues to impoverish the poor in Mexico, forcing them to migrate.
DESERET NEWS: Trade deal harmful
May 31st, 2011
The agreement will also prove disastrous for Colombia's small farmers. If passed, subsidized U.S. grain will flood the Colombian market and leave at least 400,000 farmers without their previous source of income, writes WFP intern Kelly Miller.
GRIST: The anti-coal movement goes global
May 27th, 2011
One of the oldest examples of citizens working across national boundaries on coal issues is organizations like Witness for Peace, which has brought attention to mines in Colombia and the U.S.
SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS: No deal on trade deal
May 21st, 2011
The nefarious Colombia trade agreement would give corporate profits a small boost, but would have disastrous impacts on the working class and the environment both at home and abroad, says WFP intern Kelly Miller.