Did you know that last year 1,500* Colombians were violently forced to flee their homes each day? At such a staggering rate, it's no wonder that Colombia is now home to more than 4 million internally displaced people (IDPs), more than any country in the world including Sudan.
We ask you to join tens of thousands of people this Sunday (4/19) and next Monday (4/20) for Days of Prayer and Action 2009 when we will gather in our churches, streets, and living rooms to highlight the displacement crisis and demand a new U.S. policy in Colombia.
Send an email message to President Obama today! Encourage him to end military aid, pursue peace, stop harmful fumigations, and stand by victims of violence like Colombian IDPs. Once you've taken action, please forward this email on to ten of your friends, family, and colleagues.
To see if there is a prayer service or direct action happening in your neck of the woods, please visit www.peaceincolombia.org.
Here in Washington, we're holding a public rally in front of the White House on Monday. Our plan is to creatively display 4,000 plus cut-out paper dolls, as well as a life-size doll made by displaced people in Bogotá, to draw the President's attention to Colombia's displacement crisis and urge him to act.
We truly wish you could all be there with us on Monday as we raise our voices for peace and speak truth to power–but we promise to record a video and take plenty of photos so you can see what happened. Stay tuned!