Job Opening!

Job Announcement

Position: Director, part time
Location: home office within California (preferred), Arizona, or New Mexico Application Due Date: April 1, 2018
Expected start date: May 1, 2018
Hours/pay: 40-80 hours a month @ $18-20 hour
Contact: Send Cover letter and resume to southwestwfp@gmail.com or call 805-535-9219.

Witness for Peace Southwest (WFPSW) is a national grassroots human rights organiza- tion that works in solidarity with peoples of Latin America to build a more just and hu- mane US foreign policy towards the Americas. WfPSW was founded in 1983 in Ni- caragua and is one of five organizations that make up Witness for Peace (WFP) through- out the United States. The Southwest region maintains solidarity relations in Cuba,Ve- nezuela, Honduras, Colombia, Mexico and with migrant workers and ally organizations in the U.S.

What we stand for:

*End US funding of military and police violence in Latin America.

*End the failed drug wars

*End Economic Violence of free trade agreements and neo-liberal economic policies

*Stand for Sovereignty and the right of nations to chose their own destiny. No more US interventions.

*Equal and humane treatment for migrant workers in the U.S. How we do this:

Delegations- we take groups for short term 10 day study tours of the countries we are based so see first hand the impacts of US policies. We also organize delegations within the U.S including the U.S/Mexico borders, Los Angeles, Bay Area and Hawaii.

Speakers- we bring international speakers to tour the U.S to speak about their communi- ties and countries,

Urgent Response Network- when human rights violations occur we mobilize our urgent response network to call and write letters to key government officials in human rights cases and emergencies.

Move Congress- we track US military funding and legislation that impacts Latin America and mobilize our members to lobby congress for better policies.

Organize and mobilize. We take actions from congressional lobbying to protests and ral- lies.

Director Job Description
Responsibilities:

Each staff person develops measurable numeric work goals each year, but in general the Director will work in close collaboration and consultation with WFPSW board mem- bers and program staff to carry out the following responsibilities:

1. Establish Witness for Peace Southwest as a well-known and highly respected peace and justice organization in the region

2. Recruit and resource extensive networks of local volunteer leaders, including state, congressional district, campus, faith community, delegation, and media coordinators.

3. Organize/Recruit at least 1 full delegation per year from the region

4. Provide extensive follow up to involve returned delegates in WFPSW campaigns and actions

5. Develop and resource an extensive network of WFPSW local groups for advocacy and action around WFP campaigns

6. Organize annual regional WFPSW education and training events and face to face member meetings. Some regional travel required.

7. Assist with at least one WFPSW regional speaker tour annually

8. Cultivate financial support among WFPSW membership, grantors, religious communities and individual major donors in the region. Including organizing a news- letter mailing via direct mail and email appeals.

9. Participate in WFPSW board meetings and organizational planning retreats.

10. Maintain a strong online presence though social media, website updating, and e- blast newsletters.

11. Congressional advocacy regarding WfP issues and US policies on Latin America.

Qualifications and skills needed:

– Proven grassroots organizing skills
– Significant experience organizing among diverse constituencies
– Demonstrated fund raising ability
– Proficient writing and speaking skills in Spanish and English
– Knowledge of Witness for Peace issues, US Policies towards Latin America and grass- roots movements and politics in Latin America.
– Past WFP experience a plus
– Commitment to WFP mission and nonviolence philosophy
– Some international travel required
-Valid Drivers License and Transportation
-Can work independently from a home office.

Training will be provided for excellent candidates that may not have all the skills listed above.

Position: Director, part time
Location: home office within California (preferred), Arizona, or New Mexico Application Due Date: April 1, 2018
Expected start date: May 1, 2018
Hours/pay: 40-80 hours a month @ $18-20 hour
Contact: Send Cover letter and resume to southwestwfp@gmail.com or call 805-535-9219.

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“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

 

 

 

Support the WFP Urgent Accompaniment Response Fund

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Witness for Peace emergency solidarity response and accompaniment delegation to Colombia with the Black Lives Matter Global Network after the 2017 Civic Strike last June. 

When repression and human rights abuses occur, we need the resources to respond effectively. Your support through this page will go directly to our Urgent Response Fund, which provides our on-the-ground staff, and broader network of WFP members and partners, the vital resources necessary to address violence and repression in Colombia and Honduras.

-a donation of $35 pays for a day of human rights accompaniment

-a donation of $95 pays for our International Team cell phone and office internet for a month, ensuring they’re accessible to our partners at all times

-a donation of $400-600 covers an international flight for strategic accompaniment in moments of crisis

-a donation of $1100 supports our international teams presence for a full month

To make a donation, please click here.

Welcome Oscar López Rivera to the California Bay Area – May 31st

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Welcome Oscar López Rivera to the Bay Area 

Wednesday, May 31st
St John’s Presbyterian Church
*
2727 College Ave, Berkeley
Wheelchair Accessible

Buy tickets on-line!
Limited tickets at the door.

welcomeoscar.brownpapertickets.com
Tickets are sliding scale as shown below.
All proceeds go directly to Oscar.

5:30 Reception $75-250

Sponsored by
the National Lawyers Guild   nlgsf.org
(Cost includes program ticket.)

A unique opportunity to meet and talk to Oscar!

Food and drinks will be provided.

Posters by local artist Doug Minkler and signed by Oscar will be for sale. 

7:00 Program $20-50

José López
Oscar López Rivera
John Santos, Rico Pabón, Quenepas

Arrive early, limited seating available.
No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Note on Brown Paper Tickets: Reception tickets appear first. Scroll down on the “date” field to select the 7:00 Program tickets. 

Make a donation to help Oscar set up his new life in Puerto Rico: gofundme.com/welcomeoscar
LIke Oscar on Facebook!    facebook.com/WelcomeOscartotheBayArea
For more information:          freeoscarnow@gmail.com
*Public Transportation to event: AC Transit 51B (on College) or 6 (on Telegraph). BART stops: Ashby, Rockridge or Berkeley then walk or transfer to  51B or 6.
Partial List of Endorsers:
AIM-WEST, All of Us Or None, Altruvistas, ANSWER, Arab Resource & Organizing Center, Bay Area Anti-Repression Committee, Center for Political Education, Critical Resistance of Oakland, Emory Douglas, Freedom Archives, Global Exchange, Haiti Action Committee, Int’l Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, LAGAI Queer Insurrection, La Raza Resource Center, La Tertulia Boricua, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, Lynne Stewart Organization, Making Contact, Malcom X Grassroots Movement, Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu Jamal, National Network on Cuba (NNOC), Prison Activist Resource Center, Prison Radio/Redwood Justice Fund, QUIT, Socialist Action, Socialist Workers Party, Task Force on the Americas, Veterans for Peace #69 (San Francisco), Workers World Party

Bay Area Honors Berta Cáceres’ Legacy w/ “13 Colors of the Honduran Resistance” Book Tour

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Join us for two nights of art and resistance, May 3 in San Francisco and May 4 in Oakland, as we honor the legacy of Berta Cáceres with music, poetry, theater and dialogue, connecting the struggles between Honduras and the US.

Melissa Cardoza, an Afro-Indigenous feminist poet and journalist, and Karla Lara, whose songs are the soundtrack of Honduran’s popular struggle, will perform stories of women resisting brutal repression and finding unyielding hope. They will be in the Bay for two nights of their national tour.

We will be joined in solidarity by Alicia Garza, Pennie Opal Plant, immigrant women poets and theater artists from MUA and Teatro Familias Unidas of San Jose.  These events will be bilingual in English and Spanish.

Signed copies of 13 Colors of the Honduran Resistance will be available in a bilingual edition.

For more information and to RSVP for these events click on the links below. These events are $10-25 donation, no one turned away.

Wed, May 3, 2017 7:00 PM – 10:00 Redstone Building 2926 16th StreetSan Francisco, CA

Thu, May 4, 2017 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM SoleSpace 1714 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA

Co-sponsored by EcoViva, Friends of the Earth, the Honduras Solidarity Network, Grassroots Global Justice, CISPES, Mujeres Unidas y Activas and friends.

Están invitados a dos eventos: el 3 de mayo en San Francisco y el 4 de mayo en Oakland

Vamos a honrar el legado de Berta Cáceres con música, poesía, teatro y diálogo, uniendo las luchas para la justicia social en Honduras y Estados Unidos.

Melissa Cardoza, poeta y periodista feminista afro-indígena, y Karla Lara, cuyas canciones son la banda sonora de la lucha popular hondureña, interpretarán historias de mujeres resistiendo la represión y encontrando la esperanza.

Alicia Garza, Pennie Opal Plant, mujeres inmigrantes poetas y artistas de teatro de MUA y de San José también participarán.

Estos eventos serán bilingües en inglés y español.

Copias firmadas del libro 13 Colores de la Resistencia Hondureña estarán disponibles en una edición bilingüe.

Para más información y para reservar su entrada, haga clic en los enlaces a continuación.

Se pide una donación de $10-25. No se pierda este evento inspirador y por favor comparta ampliamente con sus amistades.

Wed, May 3, 2017
7:00 PM – 10:00
Redstone Building
2926 16th Street,
San Francisco, CA

Thu, May 4, 2017
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
SoleSpace
1714 Telegraph Avenue,
Oakland, CA

Return Guantánamo to the Cuban People – April 26th San Pedro, California

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RETURNING GUANTANAMO HARBOR TO THE CUBAN PEOPLE
AND HOW THE PEOPLE OF THE L.A. HARBOR CAN-AND MUST-HELP !
 
Wednesday, April 26th
6:00-8:00 PM
Sacred Grounds Coffee House
468 W. 6th St. San Pedro, 90731
 
SHORT FILM, FOOD AND DISCUSSION

Join us as we welcome the 28th Annual Pastors 4 Peace National Caravan to the L.A. Harbor Area to educate and activate locals to support the:
v Normalization of U.S. Cuba Trade Relations
v Freedom of Americans to Travel to Cuba
v Increased cultural, scientific and educational exchange with Cuba
AND
THE RETURN OF GUANTANAMO BAY TO THE CUBAN PEOPLE!
 
The word Guantánamo was popularized world-wide in 2002 when the U.S, Government opened a detention camp at the military base to detain more than 1,000 suspected terrorists there. Few know that the territory is a piece of land that belongs to Cuba, but has been illegally occupied since 1903 and remains a present impediment from achieving the normalization of relations between the two countries.
Sacred Grounds has delicious salads, sandwiches, desserts and drinks! Come hungry, support a local business, and enjoy a meal!
Since 1992, IFCO/Pastors for Peace has worked to bring an end to the US economic sanctions against Cuba and has provided humanitarian aid to the Cuban people through Friendshipment Caravans, constructionbrigades and educational delegations.
Through the project Pastors for Peace, IFCO carries out similar work in Chiapas, Mexico; Haiti; and other nations of Central America and the Caribbean. IFCO also provides support for grassroots community organizing projects in urban and rural regions of the United States.
 

Standing in Solidarity w/ Haitian Grassroots Movement. April 23rd & 24th – California

DR. MARYSE NARCISSE, Haitian Grassroots Leader and Fanmi Lavalas Presidential Candidate

SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 3-5PM, First Presbyterian Church of Oakland, 27th and Broadway
with music by Vukani Mawethu, Phavia Kugichagulia and Val Serrant

A Benefit for the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund

$10-25 sliding scale, no one turned away

MONDAY, APRIL 24th, 7-9pm, Balch Auditorium, Scripps College

Please join Haiti Action Committee in welcoming Dr. Maryse Narcisse, spokeswoman and presidential candidate of Fanmi Lavalas, the party of Haiti’s first democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. As a medical doctor, Dr. Narcisse led the Aristide Foundation’s medical response after the 2010 earthquake and Hurricane Matthew. This is her first visit to the Bay Area.

 
Over the past two years, Haiti’s popular movement has fought a relentless campaign for free and fair elections. Tens of thousands of Haitians demonstrated for months in support of Dr. Narcisse’s candidacy. They fought to overturn the results of fraudulent elections that gave the presidency to a U.S.-backed right wing candidate. A long-time Lavalas militant, Dr. Narcisse has been in the streets with the people day after day throughout the campaign, as they faced police bullets, tear gas, water hoses and clubs.

For more information, contact Haiti Action Committee at action.haiti@gmail.com or www.haitisolidarity.net, http://www.haitiemergencyrelief.org/Haiti_Emergency_Relief_Fund/home.html 

 

Conversatorio sobre Cuba, Venezuela y México, 15 de enero de 2017 (+ volante en español)

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Más de 200 Zapatistas participaron en el Encuentro Internacional (Con)ciencias en San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas para interrogar y retar a la comunidad científica y también buscaron cómo infundir a sus tradiciones ancestrales con estrategias científicas para vencer los efectos negativos del cambio climático en sus comunidades y el mundo (Radio Zapatista).

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Evento bilingüe

DOMINGO 15 de enero de 2017

4:00 a 6:00pm, las puertas abren a las  3:30pm

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

*Donación sugerida de $5 a 20, nadie será rechazadx por falta de fondos *

*Libros, artesanía & más a la venta* & *Refrigerio* 

Bienvenidxs a nuestro primer evento de 2017 con charlas sobre los procesos revolucionarios en Cuba, Venezuela y Chiapas, México. Aracely Barboza Cabral es una mujer de color y queer de Los Ángeles del Este con raíces mexicanas y 14 años de experiencia de organización. El noviembre pasado, Aracely participó en una delegación de personas de color a Cuba con WFP. Aracely y otrxs delegadxs aprendieron sobre los logros de la isla y su movimiento en los contextos de justicia social, educación, salud y su transición del capitalismo a otra economía más justa basada en el pueblo. También, lxs delegadxs asistieron eventos con el pueblo cubano de luto después del fallecimiento físico del líder revolucionario Fidel Castro. Este evento celebra el espíritu revolucionario de Cuba.

Jeanette Charles, organizadora regional de WFP, volvió recientemente de Venezuela y Chiapas, México donde los movimientos están combatiendo al capitalismo e intervención estadounidense. El pueblo venezolano sigue definiendo la Revolución Bolivariana y Socialismo del Siglo XXI en sus propios términos a pesar de los ataques de la oposición derechista apoyada históricamente por los EEUU. Las comunas, cooperativas y colectivos trabajando a nombre de la soberanía alimentaria, iniciativas dirigidas por trabajadorxs y en pro de prácticas populares y no capitalistas siguen creciendo en todo el país.

El 1 de enero, 2017, el Congreso Nacional Indígena (CNI) y el Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN) anunciaron su nueva campaña para crear un gobierno paralelo y lanzar una campaña presidencial independiente para el 2018 con una mujer indígena como su vocera. Estas noticias llegan 23 años después del levantamiento del EZLN y marca un capítulo nuevo en su proceso autónomo y en su construcción del poder popular. El EZLN organizó también un encuentro internacional, (Con)Ciencias lo cual retó directamente a científicxs a nivel global a buscar soluciones para resolver los efectos del cambio climático y cambiar la ciencia y tecnología actualmente sometida al sistema capitalista y militarizado.  

Para más información: Jeanette Charles, 805.669.8482, jcharles.wfpsw@gmail.comwfpsw@witnessforpeace.org

Report Back Event on Cuba, Venezuela & Mexico, Jan. 15th, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA (+ English language flyer)

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More than 200 Zapatistas participated in the (Con)ciencias International Gathering in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas to interrogate and challenge science while also looking to infuse their ancestral ways with scientific strategies to overcome the negative effects of climate change in their communities and the greater world (Radio Zapatista).

Revolutionary Process in the Americas (English language event flyer)

Bilingual Event (English/Spanish)

SUNDAY January 15, 2017

4:00-6:00pm, doors open at 3:30pm

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

*Suggested donation of $5 -10, no one will be turned away for lack of funds*

*Books, Artisanal Goods & more for sale* & *Light refreshments will be provided*

Join Witness for Peace Southwest for our first 2017 event with a special night of report backs focusing on the revolutionary struggles in Cuba, Venezuela and Chiapas, Mexico.

Aracely Barboza Cabral is a queer woman of color from East LA with Mexican roots & 14 years of organizing experience. Last November, Aracely participated in a people of color delegation to Cuba with Witness for Peace. Aracely and other delegates learned firsthand about the island nation’s achievements in social justice, education, healthcare and the transition from capitalism to another, more just people based economy. Delegates also mourned alongside the Cuban people after physical loss of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.  This event celebrates Cuba’s revolutionary spirit.

Jeanette Charles, Witness for Peace Southwest regional organizer, recently returned from Venezuela and Chiapas, Mexico where movements are challenging capitalism and US intervention. Venezuelans continue to define Bolivarian Revolution and 21st Century Socialism on their own terms amidst historically US supported right wing opposition attacks. Communes, cooperatives and collectives based on food sovereignty, worker-led initiatives and focused on people rather than profit have taken shape across the country.

On January 1, 2017 the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) and the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) made an historic announcement to create a parallel government and launch an independent 2018 presidential campaign with an Indigenous woman as their representative. This news comes 23 years after the EZLN uprising as well as this new chapter in their autonomy and people’s power. The EZLN also organized an international gathering, (Con)ciencias (With the Sciences/Consciousness) which posed a direct challenge to scientists globally to find solutions the world needs to resolve climate change and militarized, capitalist science and technology.

For more information: Jeanette Charles, 805.669.8482, jcharles.wfpsw@gmail.com or wfpsw@witnessforpeace.org