Colombian peoples speak: Walking the word in Resistance

18 April 2016 - 2:30pm

**Note Location Change: SOAS Vernon Square Campus, Penton Rise, London WC1X 9EW


As dialogues to bring about an end to the 50-year old conflict between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) insurgency and the Colombian state in Habana, Cuba reach vital stages, Colombians have welcomed the news that the Santos administration plans to sit down at the negotiating table with Colombia’s second largest insurgency – el Ejercito de Liberacion Nacional – ELN (National Liberation Army).


However, to really talk about peace in Colombia requires more than sitting down at the negotiating table with armed actors. Civil Society must have a say in how peace is constructed from the grassroots and in the territories, taking into account those points which are currently not being discussed at any of the tables. 

This comes at a crucial time as the Colombian government has been promoting a series of legislative packages that on one hand deepen the neoliberal and extractive economic model and on the other, increase the criminalization of protest social and traditional practices of the Colombian economy. 

Join Marylen Serna Salinas, leader of the Movimiento Campesino do Cajibio (MCC) and a spokeswoman for Congreso de los Pueblos, who has been instrumental in setting up what is being proposed as the ‘Civil Society table for Peace’, bringing together 42 different social organisations, unions and grassroots initiatives. 

Marylen will also be participating at our War on Want Conference 2016:Resistance Rising- responses to the death of democracy FREE EVENT. Join us! 

#ResistanceRising #WaronWant2016

Co-hosted with Congreso de los pueblos-Londres Movimiento Jaguar Despierto - MJD Colombia Solidarity Campaign

The Movimiento Campesino do Cajibio (MCC) organizes with women, youth, victims of crimes of state, and agro-ecological small farmers to establish an alternative development proposal, the Plan for a Dignified Life for Cajibio, Cauca.

Congreso de los Pueblos (CdP) is a social and political movement in Colombia that resists extractive policies leading to displacement, and establishes multiple grassroots legislative processes that focus on the defence of life, protection against confiscation of land and destruction of communities, environmental and economic sustainability, national sovereignty, and peace with social justice.


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