Hope for the Harvest

Annual Luncheon Featuring Elizabeth Garcia Carillo, November 6th at Noon!

Join CRLN members and friends at the 2008 annual luncheon.  This year's featured speaker is Elizabeth Garcia Carillo, an attorney and human rights worker with PCN, an organization in Colombia that works for the recognition and implementation of land rights, identity and development for Afro-Colombians and indigenous peoples.

As people of faith, we are called to ask how trade agreements and funding for war impact the people at the margins - those hardest hit by violence and the current food crisis.   Come listen as Elizabeth, an indigenous Colombian leader, speaks of the spirituality, resilience and resistance of indigenous, Afro-Colombian and campesino communities in the face of war and injustice, and how they are building hope for tomorrow's harvest.  

 

The cost of the luncheon is $45 per person.  Tables of eight are also available.  For more information or to RSVP call 773-293-2964 or email shunter-smith@crln.org  The RSVP deadline is October 30th - make your reservation today!  

Elizabeth Garcia Carillo

Elizabeth is a member of the indigenous Confederation of Tayrona Peoples and lawyer for the process for Black Communities (PCN), and works to promote the recognition and implementation of rights to land, identity, participation and development of Afro-Colombians and indigenous peoples.  She is a member of the National Association of Campesina & Indigenous Women of Colombia, as well a the President of the National Coordination Council of the National Federation of Agro-Fishing Cooperatives.  Ms. Garcia has monitored projects for Church World Service in Colombia, worked in recovering oral tradition and history with youth through the Confederation of Tayrona Peoples, accompanied the Process of Resistance to Oil Exploration of the Uwa indigenous people of Narino, and participated in the Mesa del Trabajo on the Displacement of Ethinic Communities.  In March 2008, she visited key mebers of the U.S. Congress to speak about the harmful impact that the U.S. - Colombia Free Trade Agreement would have on indigenous, Afro-Colombian and displaced populations in Colombia.   

Hope for the Harvest

Plan Colombia enters its eighth year and the contentious U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) awaits a vote in the U.S. Congress.  At this time, we must ask how do trade agreeements and funding for war impact the people at the margins - those hardest hit by violence and the current food crisis?  For centuries, the indigenous, Afro-Colombian and campesino people of Colombia have struggled for  survival of their culture, their land, and their right to life with dignity.  Today, those at the margins of Colombia society face threats in the form of a violent decades-long internal conflict, a failed fumigation policy poisoning lands and people, and an economic system that concentrates wealth in the hands of the few.  All of these threats are fueled by harmful U.S. policies, putting at risk the people, land, and natural resources that have sustained the livelihoods of Colombia's poor majorities for hundreds of years.  Afro-Colombians, indigenous and campesino leaders tell us that continued U.S. military and fumigation aid and the pending FTA will only generate more violence towards and displacement of those at the margins.  Come listen as Elizabeth Garcia Carillo speaks of the spirituality, resilience and resistance of indigenous, Afro-Colombian and campesino communities in the face of war and injustice and how they are building hope for tomorrow's harvest.

 

Details

Thursday, November 6, 2008

12:00 noon to 2:00 pm

Old St. Patrick's Catholic Church

700 W. Adams Street

Chicago, Illinois 

Cost $45 per person

Please RSVP by Thursday, October 30th.  For more information call 773-293-2964 or email shunter-smith@crln.org