Standing for Peace

Jesús Emilio Tuberquia is the former “Legal Representative” of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, located in northwest Colombia. In 1997 500 small-scale farmers founded the “Peace Community” after mass displacements throughout San Jose de Apartadó. They founded their community on principals of International Humanitarian Law, including the neutrality of the civil population to the armed conflict, a fierce commitment to non-violence, and collective work. Despite the Peace Agreement signed in 2016 between the Colombian government and the FARC, the Peace Community continues to be threatened by successor groups to paramilitaries. These threats include the assassination attempt of the current legal representative German Graciano Posso on December 29, 2017.

The purpose of Mr. Tuberquia’s visit to Washington DC is to raise awareness of threats paramilitary groups pose- to the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó in particular, and the civil population of Urabá more generally. They have seen a growth in paramilitary power despite the implementation of the Peace Agreement with that FARC in 2016. Peace Colombia aid package, as approved by the U.S Congress, includes language that demands careful scrutiny from the U.S to ensure that funds are used correctly. This includes that the Colombian Government takes effective action towards protecting human rights defenders and social leaders throughout the country. The Peace Community of San José de Apartadó urges U.S. Congress members to use these means to impel the Colombian Government to take serious action to dismantle paramilitary groups threatening communities.

This talk will be held in Spanish.

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Latin-American and Caribbean Resistance

 

The murder of Marielle Franco is the recent case of racial and social violencia in Brazil. But cases can be found everywhere in Latin-American and Caribbean countries.

In this event we will look at three countries to offer an overview of the wave of current polical violence, but we will show the social resistance and solidarity among communities that is fastly spreading beyond national frontiers.

Celebración del 9 de abril

70 años del asesinato de Jorge Eliecer Gaitan y de la explosion social de rechazo contra el magnicidio. Este evento, conocido como El Bogotazo, marcó la historia de Colombia en el siglo XX.

En esta ocasión, tendremos oportunidad para mirar a la historia y en la historia desde la perspectiva de las mujeres y mediante temas que permiten un abordaje distinto, no institucional.

Procesos organizativos nacionales e internacionales de victimas del conflicto, nuevos discursos sobre los cultivos declarados ilícitos, trabajo con comunidades de base en zonas marginadas. Estos seron los tópicos mediante los cuales nos proponemos conmemorar este histórico momento.

National, Local and Gender Contexts of Violence and Democracy

 

An interdisciplinary panel of scholars will discuss new forms of violence and democracy in Post-Peace Accord Colombia. Communities across rural and urban spaces are experiencing different conditions of social life that have led them to question traditional democratic values and practices. In this panel, led by Professor Patricia Tovar (John Jay College and GC-CUNY), we will discuss how both transformed political violence and contemporary democratic participation are reshaping the life of youth, women and grassroots activists.

Guests speakers

  • Patricia Tovar, John Jay College, CUNY
  • Max Yuri Gil Ramírez , National University of Colombia, Medellín
  • Leon Arreondo, West Chester University)

Date: Friday, March 16th
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Room C203
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue
(Between 34th and 35th Street)

 

Candidaturas colombianas y democracia

El Colombian Studies Group los invita a la charla “Participación Democrática de Colombianos y Colombianas en el Exterior”, que se realizará el próximo jueves 1 de marzo a las 7:00 pm en el Graduate Center – CUNY.

Lugar: Salon 9207
Hora: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Este evento busca incentivar a la comunidad colombiana residente en el exterior a participar en ejercicios democráticos a través de un espacio de diálogo con dos candidatos* de origen colombiano postulados a cargos de elección popular en este año 2018.

Nuestros invitados son Jessica Ramos, candidata por el Partido Demócrata, quien aspira a representar el Distrito 13 en el senado del estado de Nueva York, y Freddy Castiblanco, candidato por la Coalición Colombia a la Cámara de Representantes por la circunscripción internacional (colombianos en el exterior). Los candidatos hablarán sobre las elecciones en las que están participando, así como sus trayectorias como líderes en la comunidad latina y colombiana en Nueva York.

* Las opiniones y puntos de vista de los invitados no reflejan necesariamente las opiniones del Colombian Studies Group, del Doctoral Students’ Council ni del Graduate Center – CUNY.

Peace Accords and Transitional Justice in Colombia

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We will hold a talk on transitional justice in Colombia with international panelists. These experts will participate through virtual means and will each give their perspective about the recently approved transitional justice law in Colombia. Given that this part of the Peace Agreements is the glue holding the entire process together, the CSG seeks to open a discussion among experts, students, and community member regarding the future of the peace accords reached in Havana with the FARC.

Speakers:

Juanita Goebertus, Institute for Integrated Transitions

Hobeth Martínez, DeJusticia

Camilo Vargas, Misión de Observación Electoral

Jomary Ortegón, Colectivo de Abogados José Alvear Restrepo