Register for These Upcoming Travel Delegations in 2020!

Witness for Peace Southwest is partnering with Altruvistas to bring you three new solidarity delegations in the next year.  The delegations will be put on by the Altruvistas team in support of Witness for Peace Southwest and the work happening on the ground in each delegation location. You can register for any of these delegations here:  https://altruvistas.com/registration/

Cuba – April 26-May 3, 2020

Solidarity and Socialism: May Day in Cuba

Learn about the Cuban people’s revolutionary history and cultural resilience, while also celebrating May Day! Expect to learn about the importance of organized labor in Cuba. Explore the fruits of the Cuban Revolution: education, health care, sports, and the arts. Examine Cuban socialism and the impacts of the US embargo on the nation. Plus, enjoy an incredible culture!

Tour Price
$2080 double occupancy in 3 star hotels
$300 single supplement
Limited space is available—Apply early! Application with a non-refundable deposit of $500 is due by February 1st, 2019.

Puerto Rico- June 14-23, 2020

Puerto Rico’s status as a US commonwealth leaves the island without a vote and voice in their nation’s political future. Stand in solidarity with the people of Puerto Rico as they continue their fight for their independence against US occupation and militarization. We will learn about the history of Borinquen and its people’s history of resistance. We will explore the movement for independence and also statehood, while enjoying vibrant culture, some bomba y plena,  and extraordinary cuisine, of course.

Tour Price
$2875 double occupancy in 3 and 4 star hotels
$450 single supplement in 3 and 4 star hotels

Delegation fees cover all set-up preparation, 2 meals per day, accommodations, interpreters, transportation within the country, all entrance fees, donations to sister organizations, a $200 donation to WFPSW,  honoraria to speakers and a trained delegation coordinator. The fee also covers extensive reading and activist tools before and after the delegation. Limited space is available—Apply early! Application with a non-refundable deposit of $500 is due by April  1st, 2019.

Hawaii- July 25-August 2, 2020

Aloha aina, love of land…life. This is the way in which Hawaiians experience the world. Kīpaepae is a ceremony involving the stepping-stones for entering a house, and through this definition, travelers are recognized for reaching the lands sustained for thousands of years by native Hawaiian ancestors–from modern day contemporary times. This huaka`i, or “travel with an informed purpose,” is a journey to understand the Hawaiian nation before it was colonized and militarized by the US and became the 50th State. Through meaningful exchanges you will learn about cultural and ecological resilience, the status of current the Hawaiian sovereignty movement, and the inspirational successes of community organizing from Makua to Makai–while enjoying the beauty and the the aloha that the islands are known for.

Tour Price
$2740 double occupancy
$490 single supplement
Limited space is available—Apply early! Application with a non-refundable deposit of $500 is due by May 1st, 2019.

Two Webinars on Border Imperialism and the Border-Industrial Complex

Witness for Peace Southwest in partnership with the Alliance for Global Justice and No More Deaths presented two educational webinars on the current state of private profiteering on the US/ Mexico border and border imperialism. If you missed the chance to catch them live, you can watch the recording below!

More Than A Wall Webinar:

Featuring acclaimed author and journalist Todd Miller and media coordinator for No More Deaths, Paige Corich-Kleim. In this webinar Paige and Todd discuss the report More Than A Wall in order to examine the role of the world’s largest arms, security and information technology in shaping and profiting from the militarization of US borders.

Empire of Borders Webinar:

In this second webinar Todd Miller spoke on his new book Empire of Borders, about the expansion and imperialism of the US border regime, along with Nellie Jo David J.D., an activist and educator and  co-founder of the O’odham Anti-Border Collective who spoke to the ways this ongoing colonialism is playing out in the traditional Tohono O’odham lands of the US/Mexico border.

“Cold War Truth Commission” Event: Saturday, December 9, 2017 10AM-8PM in Los Angeles

“Are you now or have you ever been”…discounted and ridiculed for your ideals and activism, or called a “Red” or a “Communist” or a “Socialist” in order to intimidate and discredit your ideas or your solutions to today’s domestic or international problems?…You are not alone. In fact, you are part of a 150 year-long drama of U.S. red-bating, illegality, and anti-communist hysteria. A history, that if understood, can help us unravel and understand both today’s domestic and international events.
Come spend the day while we film putting “The Cold War on Trial!” Scholars and citizen testimonials will help us learn the history of the Cold War, and its relevance to U.S. political corruption and to today’s global chaos…Robert Scheer will be our Keynote Speaker. Distinguished panelists on: CIA-backed global interventions of the Cold War; McCarthyism and the crushing of labor and the left in the U.S.; the Cold War nuclear legacy; Hollywood and the blacklist; the “Red Scare” of the 1930’s; and the red-baiting of social activists as far back as 1850! Please contact us if you are interested in tabling or in providing citizen testimonial. https://www.facebook.com/events/1447719891973195/

We’re putting the Cold War on trial…

Saturday December 9, 2017

10am – 8pm

Pico Union Project
Distinguished Panelists
+ Citizen Testimonials
KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
ROBER SCHEER, TRUTHDIG

We consider the Cold War to be our nation’s 3rd, and as-of-yet,unspoken crime, after the genocide of Native Americans and the enslavement of African peoples. Our mission is to begin exposing U.S. crimes of the Cold War, and to show how today’s foreign and domestic violence and injustice are intimately tied up in the historic perpetration of the Cold War.

“I think it’s a great idea! Ideologically, it’s right on.”

–Oliver Stone on the Cold War Truth Commission

FB page: coldwartruthcommission2017 #coldwartruthcommission

 

Proposed endorsements:Veterans for Peace, Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador, Witness for Peace Southwest, Party for Socialism and Liberation, ANSWER Coalition LA, National Network on Cuba, Green Party of Los Angeles, Berners United, Long Breach Progressive Alliance, CODEPINK, Random Lengths News, LB Progressive Alliance, Rosenberg Fund

“Across the Americas” Nov 4th Event Program – Join Us!

Across the Americas: A Toolkit for Change – Sponsored by Witness for Peace Southwest

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Saturday November 4th, 2017 – 2 – 6pm, L.A. Workers Center, 1251 S. St. Andrews Place, Los Angeles, CA 90019

2:00pm -2:15pm – Registration and Refreshments

2:15pm – 2:30pm “Across the Americas: A Toolkit for Change”, Latin American and Caribbean struggles for self-determination and sovereignty in context by Witness for Peace Southwest. How can we strengthen our movements against US economic, political and social aggression? How can we build solidarity between grassroots movements across the Americas, Diasporas and other migrations? How can we be accountable to movements across Latin America and the Caribbean from our community spaces in the US?

2:35pm – 3:05pm “Demanding Nature: How natural resource issues and climate change are pushing social change in Latin America” – workshop facilitated by Rachel Brunhke, high school educator and Witness for Peace Southwest Regional Board Member  

3:05pm – 3:15pm – Announcements and icebreaker – WFP Mexico International Team 2017 Report on Mexican grassroots movements in Oaxaca, roots of migration, organized resistance to US economic models and US solidarity from team members Saraí Jiménez and Laura Krasovitzky

3:15pm -3:45pm“Cuba: Impacts of US Foreign Policy on Cuba” – presentation with Lee Schlenker and Cat Walker, Witness for Peace International Team Members in Cuba w/ Q&A moderated by Malia Everette, founder of  socially responsible travel company Altruvistas and Southwest Regional Board Member

3:50pm – 4:50pmDocumentary screening of “Berta Vive!” with Honduran filmmaker Katia Lara, the documentary follows the life and work of Berta Caceres, Lenca indigenous leader of Honduras and co-founder of the Civic Council of Indigenous and Popular Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), in the wake of Berta’s assassination March 2016 w/ Q&A moderated by Melissa Cox, WFP National Delegations Coordinator, long-time filmmaker and former WFP International Team member in Colombia.

4:50pm – 5:00pm – Announcements and icebreaker – WFP Colombia International Team 2017 Report on Colombian grassroots movements, US based solidarity and recent civic strike in Afro-Colombian and Indigenous majority territory in Buenaventura, Colombian Pacific Coast from team members Gilberto Villaseñor and Samantha Wherry

5:00pm – 5:30pm“Resistance to State Repression and Corporate Privatization in the Context of Honduran 2017 National Elections” and congressional updates on HR 1299 Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act with Bryan Rogers, WFP International team member in Honduras

5:35pm – 6:05pm“People’s Power and Participatory Democracy in Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution: Solidarity in Times of US Intervention”– Robin Garcia, Ph.D candidate at Claremont Graduate University in Cultural Studies and WFP Southwest regional board member and Jeanette Charles, WFP Southwest Regional Organizer and Decolonial Delegations Program Coordinator

6:10pm – 6:15pm – “Across the Americas: A Toolkit for Change” closing

6:15pm – 10:00pmDia de los Muertos Celebration: conversation, dinner, dance, music and food

WFP invites all community members and participants to partake in the LA Workers Center’s annual Dia de los Muertos celebration honoring ancestors from across the Americas, African Diaspora and Indigenous nations. There will be a variety of community food vendors with traditional dishes for sale accompanied by live musical acts, dance and follow-up conversation with our event speakers and workshop facilitators.

“Por las Américas: Un kit de herramientas para la transformación” – Evento de Acción Permanente por la Paz – 4 de noviembre

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2:00pm – 6:00pm, talleres y presentaciones
6:00pm – 8:00pm, cena y música
Sábdo 4 de noviembre 2017

La Casa Roja – 1251 S. St. Andrews Place – Los Angeles, CA 90019

Está listx para una revolución? Quiere aprender de otros movimientos a nivel local e internacional? Acción Permamente por la Paz estará organizando un día de actividades, talleres, intercambios y foros sobre las luchas populares por las Américas. Nuestros equipos internacionales, miebros de la mesa directiva y aliadxs presentarán sobre las luchas de los pueblos indígenas, afro-descendientes, mujeres, jovenes, trabajadorxs, campesinxs y otros movimientos en Cuba, Colombia, Haití, Honduras, México y Venezuela entre otros. 

Analizaremos como nuestras comunidades en Los Ángeles y la región (California, Arizona y Nuevo México) están moblizandose en diferentes frentes desde la lucha para enfrentar el cambio climático, la lucha por los derechos migrantes, la violencia del estado y la brutalidad policiaca. Aprenderemos de las luchas a favor de las dietas saludables y decoloniales, recuperación de tierras y derechos humanos. 

Todxs saldarán del evento con más información y más “herramientas” para construir un movimiento dinamico e inovador en contra de las violaciones de derechos humanos que estamos enfrentando en todas nuestras comunidades. 

Donación sugerida para la conferencia: $10, para la cena: $10, para ambas actividades $15. Nadie será rechazadx por falta de fondos. 

Habrá cuidado de ninxs por pedido. Evento bilingue. 

Rifa, libros y artesanía a la venta!!!!

Para más información: jeanette@witnessforpeace.org o southwestwfp@gmail.com or call 805-669- VIVA (8482)

Website: http://www.wfpsw.org Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WFPSW

Join WFPSW for “Across the Americas: A Toolkit for Change” this November 4th

 

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2:00pm – 6:00pm, Workshops
6:00pm – 8:00pm, Dinner and Music
Saturday November 4th, 2017
The Red House
1251 S. St. Andrews Place
Los Angeles, CA 90019

Ready for a revolution? Want to learn from other movements organizing locally and internationally? Join Witness for Peace Southwest for an afternoon of discussions, presentations and engaging workshops on grassroots organizing across the Americas. Our international teams, board members and allies will present on current issues facing Indigenous, African-Descendants, women, youth, workers, farmers and other communities in Colombia, Cuba, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Venezuela and more.

We will also look at how our communities in Los Angeles and the greater region (California, Arizona and New Mexico) are organizing in the areas of climate change, immigration rights, against state sanctioned violence ad police brutality, and in favor of decolonial and healthy diets, farming and land rights among others. Everyone will leave with more information, more “tools” to build a dynamic and innovative movement against the onslaught of human rights violations being committed against our communities across borders.

Witness for Peace (WFP) is a politically independent, nationwide grassroots organization of people committed to nonviolence and led by faith and conscience. Witness for Peace’s mission is to support peace, justice and sustainable economies in the Americas by changing U.S. policies and corporate practices that contribute to poverty and oppression in Latin America and the Caribbean. WFP was founded in 1983 as the US backed Contra War in Nicaragua was underway.

WFP organizes: international delegations to document human rights abuses ties to US government funding and US corporate practices; speaker’s tours across the country with grassroots voices from Latin America and the Caribbean; hosts local events and solidarity gatherings and, collaborates on congressional work to shape US policy in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Suggested donation $10 for conference, $10 Dinner or $15 for both. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Child care available upon request. Bilingual event.

Raffle, books and artesania for sale!

For more information and to rsvp email: jeanette@witnessforpeace.org or southwestwfp@gmail.com or call 805-669- VIVA (8482)

Website: http://www.wfpsw.org Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WFPSW