Author: Angelika Albaladejo
Once again, it’s time for us to come together in support of peace with truth and justice during the Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia!
Each year, communities across the United States join in solidarity with our Colombian brothers and sisters to show policymakers that we want U.S.-Colombia policies focused on peace, not military solutions for Colombia’s 50-year-old conflict.
Over the past year, there have been many advances in the peace process, although the way forward is still not easy. There was an outpouring of support for peace throughout Colombia, with tens of thousands of Colombians joining together for a massive March for Peace in Bogota on April 9. At the Summit of the Americas this month, the nations of the hemisphere showed support for Colombia’s ongoing peace negotiations. In another positive historic move, the FARC and the Colombian government have begun working together to clear landmines from vulnerable communities, proving that cooperation will be possible once a peace accord has been signed. Even Colombia’s second-biggest guerrilla group, the ELN, has begun working with the Colombian government to create an agenda for their own peace table.
A just and lasting peace in Colombia is in our sights. So, this year, your mission is to push the United States to support Colombia’s advancing peace process and convince lawmakers that tomorrow’s peace starts today.
Here’s what you can do to join us this May 17-18 for “Tomorrow’s Peace Starts Today!”
- ADVOCATE — We encourage advocates in support of the peace process in Colombia to sign a petition which will be shared with President Obama and members of Congress. Sign the petition here.
- CREATE — Organize a “Tomorrow’s Peace Starts Today” craft night with your family, friends or local community. Help us create flag garlands symbolizing solidarity with Colombia in the path to peace. Click here for instructions.
- ORGANIZE — Organize a public event to show that “Tomorrow’s Peace Starts Today.” With a public event, you can help shed light on the longest-running armed conflict in the Western Hemisphere and fuel the movement for U.S. policies that can help end —not exacerbate— the civil war in Colombia. Click here to learn about organizing an event.
- DEDICATE — Colombia’s faith communities stand firmly for peace amidst grueling violence. Now they ask faith communities across the U.S. to join them in this year’s Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia. Hundreds of faith communities will dedicate part of their worship service that weekend to praying and working for peace in Colombia. Click here to learn more about dedicating a worship service to Colombia.
This year, join activists across the U.S. as we push forward in transforming U.S. policy towards Colombia once and for all. Be sure to check out the Days of Prayer and Action Toolkit for tips on organizing your community to take action.
Share your pictures on the DoPA Facebook page so our Colombian partners can see your work in solidarity with them! Or tweet your pictures to @WitnessforPeace and @HRColombia with the hashtag #DOPA2015.