Day of Action for Colombia: April 20, 2009

Imaginaction will be part of this action. Please join us.

Contact Hector Aristizabal at 626-221-7710 for details.

Day of Prayer for Colombia: April 19, 2009In 2008, approximately 300 churches in North America joined with our Colombian sisters and brothers to pray and act for peace. On April 19th and 20th this year, you and your faith community can be a part of this exciting activity.

Day of Action for Colombia: April 20, 2009

On Monday, April 20 people in a half-dozen cities across the US will creatively and publicly present to governmental representatives 4000 paper cut-out dolls, each one representing 1000 of Colombia’s four million displaced people. To feed this groundswell, dozens of groups are now hosting doll-making parties. Host your own party with our organizer’s kit.

Flood Obama’s office with messages calling for a new policy for Colombia on April 20. Let President Obama know that the time is now to chart a new policy towards Colombia. Click here to send your message now, over the weekend or on Monday!

Los Angeles Days of Action:

Feinstein Lobby visit: Our Colombia action group met last Tuesday with Senator Diane Feinstein’s Los Angeles District Director, Trevor Daley, to speak with him about Senator Feinstein’s position on military aid to Colombia, aerial fumigations, and the Colombia Free Trade Agreement. Mr. Delay offered no real position for Senator Feinstein on these issues. We do know that in the past Senator Feinstein has voted in favor military aid to Colombia and numerous free trade agreements. You can see her voting record here. We need your support to pressure Senator Feinstein to not support further military solutions to Cololmbia’s drug war and civil war and to not support a free trade agreement that will further increase the number of internally displaced people in Colombia that is already at an worldwide high of 4 million.

Contact Senator Feinstein now! You can email her or call her L.A or DC offices. Los Angeles Phone: (310) 914-7300 or Washington DC Phone: (202) 224-3841.

Come to a rally at Feinstein’s Los Angeles office this Monday! See details below.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
*This Sunday April 19th at Hollywood Blvd and Highland Ave. in Hollywood 2-4 pm. For a map and directions click here, to take public transport click here. We will be wearing all black with white face make up (we can help you with the makeup). Look for the paper dolls, Colombia flag and our table with banner. This is a high foot traffic area and we need volunteers to help us talk to people about Colombia, ask them to sign postcards to President Obama, to come to our Feinstein office rally and get involved.

*Monday April 20th 6-7pm. Rally at Diane Feinstein’s L.A office at 11111 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025 . Map and directions click here, to take public transport click here. Bring your signs, banners, instruments, stories, dance, theater, juggling balls etc to share in this collective expression of creative resistance! We will have speakers from local Colombian activists and a display of thousands of paper dolls to represent the millions of displaced persons in Colombia.

Contact wfpsw@witnessforpeace.org to volunteer or rsvp. (or call 805-421-9708)

San Francisco Bay Area Day of Action:

Take Action for Colombia!!!
April 19 and 20, 2009

March and Delivery of 4,000 Dolls
Monday, April 20 @ 4pm
Meet at Colombian Consulate, 595 Market St @ 2nd Street
March to Nancy Pelosi’s Office, 450 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco

Community Gathering: Bullicio, Cerecece, Parranda and Political Art
Sunday, April 19 @ 2pm in Dolores Park ~ Bring your instruments, stories, dance, theater, juggling balls etc to share in this collective expression of creative resistance!
– Stand up and speak out against the daily displacement of thousands of Colombians!
– Demand an end to helicopters and guns that feed the fire pushing millions from their homes!
– Build solidarity across borders for an end of US military aid to Colombia!

Join us in this colorful grassroots mobilization to urge Nancy Pelosi and President Obama to chart a new policy towards Colombia.

Contact John for more information: liza@igc.org, 720.296.6429
www.forcolombia.org/dayofprayeraction
Sign up your faith community, campus organization, or community group today!

For more information about events nationwide, visit the Peace in Colombia website.
Day of Prayer for Colombia

In 2008, approximately 300 churches in North America joined with our Colombian sisters and brothers to pray and act for peace. On April 19th and 20th this year, you and your faith community can be a part of this exciting activity.

Here you can download materials for the Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia, including the Witness for Peace organizing packet. The materials in the packet will help you to organize for both the day of prayer (April 19th) and for the day of action (April 20th). Please feel free to duplicate and distribute all of the materials included in the packet. The packet includes background information, sample sermons, prayers and liturgies, resources for the Day of Action and much, much more.

If your faith community is interested in participating, please email wfpsw@witnessforpeace.org.

To get started, download our 2009 Days of Prayer and Action Organizing Packet, a promotional poster (originals available in hardcopy upon request) and a bulletin insert (coming soon).

Other actions your faith community can take:

Ask President Obama to chart a new policy towards Colombia
Watch Colombian Churches Call for Peace–a great short video by MCC
Become a Witness for Peace Congregational Partner

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Flood Obama’s office with messages calling for a new policy for Colombia on April 20. Let President Obama know that the time is now to chart a new policy towards Colombia. Click here to send your message now, over the weekend or on Monday!
Witness for Peace Southwest
10432 Amigo Avenue
Northridge, CA 91320
805-421-9708
wfpsw@witnessforpeace.org

www.witnessforpeace.org/southwest

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