At Denver Justice and Peace Committee we learned earlier this week from Grufides, a human rights organization based in Peru, that Máxima Acuña Chaupe, winner of the 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize, and her husband Jaime Chaupe, were again victimized by personnel at the Yanacocha mine… »
Who we are
Mission: DJPC is a grassroots organization dedicated to promoting human rights, economic and environmental justice towards lasting peace in Latin America through education, solidarity projects and nonviolent activism.
Goals: DJPC’s current goals include putting a human face on poverty, human rights abuses and conflict in Latin America; increasing awareness of the ever-widening social and economic injustices in both the South and the North; promoting sustainable communities and nonviolence; and encouraging people to become proponents of social change.
History: MORE THAN 35 YEARS OF SOLIDARITY, 1976 – 2015!
DJPC was founded in late 1976 in response to the National Catholic Bishops’ Call to Action. DJPC expanded and incorporated in 1979, as an interfaith membership-based organization addressing global injustice in developing countries. One of its first projects was participating in the international boycott of the Nestle Corporation for its unethical marketing of infant formula in the developing world (see photo). In 1984, DJPC supported a campaign against Western Airlines for its cooperation in the deportation of Salvadorans. Soon after that DJPC promoted a campaign to declare the City of Denver a sanctuary for Central American refugees. Through the rest of the decade and into the present, DJPC has continued to work in solidarity with the people of Latin America by sponsoring educational programs, lobbying elected officials, and promoting action campaigns. In 1996, when Guatemala signed the Peace Accords after years of genocide, DJPC began sponsorship of individuals called “accompaniers” whose witness protection with the Mayan people continues to this day, through the national organization called NISGUA.
Thursday February 23rd, 2017
Tuesday January 31st, 2017
Journey to Chiapas: Accompaniment, Community, and Resistance Jim Chaney, DJPC member of the year 1986 and University of Denver Students Victoria Watson-Nava and Amy Czulada will share their experiences during our Delegation to Chiapas. Sunday, February 12, 2017 12:30 p.m. after 11:00 a.m. mass Ten-Thirty… »
Wednesday January 4th, 2017
You have all supported us over 35 years. Some for a few months, others for a number of years, and many for decades. Together we challenged Nestle, made Denver a sanctuary city for Central American refugees, been human shields in Guatemala’s peace process, observed democracy… »
Wednesday November 30th, 2016
November 30th 2016 Dear DJPC Supporters, As we near the end of 2016, DJPC is more important than ever. When the US engaged in interventionist support to dictators in 1980s Central America, DJPC was here. When the US pushed neoliberal economic restructuring on 1990s Latin… »
Friday October 7th, 2016
These Letters to the Editor are published in the October edition of Greater Park Hill News (Denver). Please bring these items to the attention of Reps. DeGette, Perlmutterer, and Polis. Letters to the Editor October 1, 2016 · by newspaper537 · in Uncategorized Some Background… »