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AFGJ commemorates Colombia National Victim’s Day

Colombia commemorates today. April 9, 2021, the tenth anniversary of the National Victm’s Day. This day was institutionalized by ex-president Manuel Santos, thru the Victims and Land Restitution Law, to recognized and compensate Colombian victims of human rights abuses during the long-running arm conflict. The Victims and Land Restitution law, defines a victim as “those people…

Buenaventura: Narcotráfico, Conflicto Armado y Paz Neoliberal

por Eunice Escobar Click here to read in English Buenaventura, el Pacifico colombiano y otras regiones del país continúan sumergidos en una ola de violencia que ha conllevado a nuevos altos índices de confinamiento y desplazamiento interno forzado. El territorio ancestral alrededor de este puerto internacional es una zona afectada por el conflicto armado y…

Buenaventura: Drug-Trafficking, Armed Conflict and Neoliberal Peace

by Eunice Escobar, translated from Spanish original by Adrián Boutureira Para leer el original en español… Buenaventura, the Colombian Pacific and other regions of the country remain submerged in a wave of violence that has led to all-new highs in rates of confinement and forced internal displacement. The ancestral territory around this international port is…

Join us in supporting the ANSWER coalition’s National Day of Action in solidarity with the Asian American community this Saturday!

AFGJ endorses the ANSWER coalition’s National Day of Action in solidarity with the Asian American community in light of the racist and misogynist massacre that took place in Atlanta on March 16, when six Asian women were shot to death by an armed white man. A clear assault on human rights, the massacre occurred against the backdrop of a…

Upcoming Webinar: Women’s Voices from Central America

REGISTER HERE Monday, March 8, 2021 4 pm PST / 5 pm MST / 6 pm CST / 6 pm Central America / 7 pm EST Many people in the United States sympathize with the plight of new immigrants who arrive from Latin America, particularly in light of the mistreatment they receive from U.S. government…

Looking back, looking ahead: lessons from the November 2019 U.S.-backed coup in Bolivia

Real solidarity with Bolivia’s Indigenous popular democracy requires us to do more than celebrate its revival. We must work to demilitarize U.S. foreign policy. By Natalia Schuurman In October of 2020, the Movement Towards Socialism (acronymed MAS in Spanish) returned to power 11 months after the U.S.-backed far-right coup regime of Jeanine Áñez ousted Evo…

[Video] Ecuador’s Upcoming Presidential Election: Monica Palacios, UNES candidate for North America, interviewed by Joe Emersberger (English and Spanish audio)

On February 7 Ecuador holds its election for president. The leading candidate is Andres Arauz of UNES, a political ally of former President Rafael Correa, whose has been a target of a frame-up by present President Lenin Moreno. Arauz’s election would mean Ecuador would return to the orbit of Latin America’s socialist and progressive nations,…

Interview: Despite Escalating Assassinations, Colombian Farmworker Union Fights for the Right to the Land

Nury Martinez (holding flag in red scarf) with members of Fensuagro, US Labor Against the War, and AFGJ

by Maya Hernández (Published in Labor Notes) en español The situation has recently gotten even worse in Colombia—already the world’s most dangerous place to be a union member. Right now social movement leaders, union members, and participants in the peace process are being killed at a rate of more than one victim per day. With…

Fred Hirsch–A Working Class Hero Remembered

We received news last week of the death of Fred Hirsch ((Nov. 11, 1933 – Dec.15, 2020), a true working class hero. Fred was a giant in the struggle for all human rights, especially labor rights, and a true internationalist. He was Vice President of the Plumber & Pipefitters Local 393 of Santa Clara and…