Charla de Colombia FRIDAY, April 8, 2022, Gaitan Day Special with CPDH
April 8: This week’s Charla de Colombia takes place on the eve of the 74th anniversary of the assassination of Jorge Eliecer Gaitan, a Center-Left candidate who had huge popular support and was poised to win the presidency. His murder in Bogotá on April 9, 1948, plunged the city into rebellion and ushered in a long period of repression that led to the civil war lasting from 1964 until the 2016 Peace Accord. In many ways, the upcoming election on May 29th is a culmination of 74 years of struggle as, for the first time since Gaitan’s candidacy, a Center-Left candidate is leading polls and looks almost certain to win.
This week we will talk with Rubiel Vargas and Maria Cardona, from CPDH (Permanent Committee for Human Rights). Rubiel is the President of CPDH, and Maria is its International Relations Coordinator. CPDH is one of the oldest and most respected human rights organizations in Colombia. They will be hosting our electoral mission to Colombia May 25-June 1, 2022. Maria is a regular participant in AFGJ’s Colombia working group, as well!
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR CHARLA DE COLOMBIA / TALKING ABOUT COLOMBIA: Friday, April 8, 6:30pm Eastern, 5:30 Central, 4:30 Mountain, and 3:30p Pacific
And… if you would like to join the Election Observation Mission to Colombia, May 25- June 1, 2022, send an email to James@AFGJ.org for more info
Charla de Colombia / Talking About Colombia is a series of “Happy Hours” where our guests share some social time with us, tell us a few details about their personal histories, and discuss their dreams and hopes for a New Colombia.
PAST CHARLA DE COLOMBIA EPISODES AVAILABLE ON AFGJ’S YOUTUBE CHANNEL:
UPCOMING ON CHARLA DE COLOMBIA / TALKING ABOUT COLOMBIA:
April 15: Darnelly Rodriguez is well known to AFGJ supporters for her front line human rights defense during 2021’s National Strike. As a leading human rights defenders, Darnelly has faced multiple threats and assaults but continues the work nonstop. Darnelly is the coordinator the Valle de Cauca chapter of REDDHFIC (Franciso Isaias Cifuentes Human Rights Network), a grassroots organization of human rights defenders in the Southwest of Colombia. She is also the coordinator for the Centro Pazífico (the Pacific Human Rights Center) which provides meeting, class, and office space for social movements in Cali, as well as lodging for human rights accompaniment.
April 22: TO BE ANNOUNCED
April 29: David Escobar, an independent journalist and videographer will join us. David was our most important source of information during the strike and helped distribute supplies to street medics. David has produced a number of important documentaries about the struggle in Colombia, including the recently released Colombia: Young Protestors dead and disappeared, and Paren de Matarnos. He also worked on the documentary Bajo Fuego (Under Siege), which AFGj has shown on different occasions.