Forum: The Central American Migrant Crisis: Human Rights and Refuge at the Mexico-Guatemala Border

DJPC Forum: Professor Rebecca Galemba and Kaelyn DeVries will give details on a one week preliminary trip to migrant shelters at the Mexico-Guatemala border. The trip is part of a larger collaboration with the Center for Migration Studies and the Scalabrini Migrant Shelter Network to document human rights abuses experienced by Central American migrants on the northward journey; particularly within Mexico. Officially, the government of Mexico has committed itself to migrant and refugee protection, including establishing new legal mechanisms for seeking refuge and claiming to grant asylum to over 60% of solicitants. This discourse is misleading, however, as large numbers of migrants face judicial and legal systems in Mexico that are mired in bureaucracy and corruption. Too many never access formal channels to denounce human rights abuses and/or to lodge an asylum claim for fear of persecution if they return to their countries of origin.

From 25 interviews with migrants and staff members at the shelters, Galemba and DeVries learned how human rights abuses are often committed or abetted by the very actors that migrants otherwise might turn to for assistance. This talk will share the stories of individuals who are fleeing immense violence in their home countries, their journeys, and experiences navigating protection systems to demonstrate that the real immigration crisis is humanitarian: the failure to ensure the right to survive and thrive at home, as well as to freely and safely move across borders.

  • Thursday: September 21, 2017
  • Time: 6:00 -8:00 PM
  • Where: 3131 Osceola Street. Denver. CO. 80212. Highlands United Methodist Church. (Free parking on the lot on 32nd and Osceola)
  • If you are not able to join us in person you can participate via Zoom. Click on the link and follow the instructions on your screen https://udenver.zoom.us/j/334788894

Resources

https://www.hrw.org/report/2016/03/31/closed-doors/mexicos-failure-protect-central-american-refugee-and-migrant-children

http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/articulo/english/2017/07/15/more-families-fleeing-central-america-resettling-mexico

http://www.animalpolitico.com/2015/07/policia-federal-y-local-autoridades-que-mas-roban-a-migrantes-marina-ejercito-y-el-inm-los-que-mas-extorsionan/

Thank you Build for Peace volunteers! Thank you sponsors! You helped raise over $2,000

Thank you to DJPC volunteers: Amy Czulada, Aaron Schneider, Lynn Holland, Natasha Raquel Kerr, Rebeca Zuniga, Lorena Gaibor, Pat Buckley, Homero Ocon, James Chaney, and Luna Serena.

Last Saturday (8/26/2017) our team of volunteers worked at La Casita Community House in Westwood, and fixed up the deck and put up a new basketball hoop, improving their newly built Outdoor Kids’ Play Area “El Jardincito”!.

Thank you sponsors! You helped raise over $2,000. Your donations are tax deductible, if you have not had a chance to send your donation you can still do, go to our donation page https://denjustpeace.ejoinme.org/MyPages/DonationPage/tabid/54861/Default.aspx

The DJPC is a standout human rights organization in the Rocky Mountain region with a 40-year history in the fight for justice and human rights in Latin America. It has sponsored numerous delegations to areas affected by environmental contamination, land grabbing, and human rights violations. DJPC also educates and advocates through forums, short articles and blog posts, press releases, street action, and accompaniment.

Build for Peace (B4P ) is a work-a-thon which follows the model of the popular and commonly known walk-a-thon. Build for Peace is an excellent opportunity for you to get out into the Denver community, contribute to a meaningful project and help DJPC in the process. Join us next year!

Call for volunteers. Build for Peace on Saturday August 26th 2017

Build for Peace (B4P ) is a work-a-thon which follows the model of the popular and commonly known walk-a-thon. It is a major fundraising effort for DJPC and has been an annual event for over 20 years.  The organizational goal is to get as many DJPC volunteers involved in raising funds by requesting sponsorship to family and friends for a half day of work for a community organization, and recruit new B4P workers by reaching out to family and friends.

HOW IT WORKS:

  1. Volunteers commit to a day of work on a project at La Casita. Saturday August 26th from 9:30am to 12:30pm
  2. Volunteers collect pledges form friends and family to fundraise for the DJPC and its education and solidarity work.
  3. Volunteers show up on Saturday, August 26th ready to work and have fun!

To Volunteer Call Now: 303-623-1463 or send an email to djpc@denjustpeace.org

Build for Peace is an excellent opportunity for you to get out into the Denver community, contribute to a meaningful project and help DJPC in the process. It is also a great way to meet other DJPC members and volunteers!

TO BENEFIT:

  • DJPC to continue promoting international solidarity with the peoples of Latin America, and, educating our Denver community on human rights, environmental and economic justice issues affecting Latin America and the links to our global peace.

WE’LL BE WORKING WITH:

  • La Casita Community Center, a project led by the community, for the community. La Casita is a project of Westwood Unidos, an organization in which community members lead the way towards a healthier southwest Denver.

To Volunteer Call Now: 303-623-1463or email to djpc@denjustpeace.org

Build for Peace is an excellent opportunity for you to get out into the Denver community, contribute to a meaningful project and help DJPC in the process. It is also a great way to meet other DJPC members and volunteers!

Global Day of Action Against Open-Pit Mining

On Saturday, July 22, Global Day of Action Against Open-Pit Mining, citizens around the world took action to raise awareness of the devastating social and environmental impacts posed by open pit mining. In Denver, the Denver Justice and Peace Committee (DJPC) together with 350 Colorado, Climate Courage Education and Organization and Food and Water Watch Education and Organizationstood in opposition to open-pit mining by taking action on the west steps of the State Capitol Building.

We will continue to stand in solidarity with the people around the world living near open-pit mines who suffer air and water pollution, and whose very lives are threatened by the criminalization of dissent.

For several years, the DJPC has called for an end to the construction and expansion of open-pit mining by Newmont Mining in Peru. With headquarters in Denver, Colorado, Newmont Mining has operated the Yanacocha Mine in Cajamarca, Peru, for the past two decades. Yanacocha is the second largest gold mine in the world and the largest mine in South America. Through its operations, the company has contaminated the region’s waters and annihilated lakes creating an environment in which local residents have endured high rates of cancer and other health problems, crop damage, and animal deaths.

No to mines! Yes to life! No a las minas! Sí a la vida!

Press Release: Global Day of Action Against Open-Pit Mining

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Lynn Holland

DJPC Minewatch

303 744-9134

lynn.holland@du.edu

www.denjustpeace.org

Denver, Colorado, July 2017

Throughout the world, open-pit and other high tech mining technologies are producing chemical waste that contaminates water supplies, degrades the natural environment, and destroys the possibility of farming and fishing for a living. Deforestation and the use of dynamite obliterate old growth forests and the ecosystems they support and ultimately undermine the means of subsistence and community life for indigenous and other rural communities.

On Saturday, July 22, Global Day of Action Against Open-Pit Mining, citizens around the world will take action to raise awareness of the devastating social and environmental impacts posed by open pit mining. In Denver, the Denver Justice and Peace Committee (DJPC) will stand in opposition to open-pit mining by taking action on the west steps of the State Capitol Building at 11 am. We stand in solidarity with the people around the world living near open-pit mines who suffer air and water pollution, and whose very lives are threatened by the criminalization of dissent.

For several years now, the DJPC has called for an end to the construction and expansion of open-pit mining by Newmont Mining in Peru. With headquarters in Denver, Colorado, Newmont Mining has operated the Yanacocha Mine in Cajamarca, Peru, for the past two decades. Yanacocha is the second largest gold mine in the world and the largest mine in South America. Through its operations, the company has contaminated the region’s waters and annihilated lakes creating an environment in which local residents have endured high rates of cancer and other health problems, crop damage, and animal deaths.

DJPC also stands in solidarity with Máxima Acuña de Chaupe, winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2016, and the people of her community in Celendín in Cajamarca, Peru. Recently, the Peruvian Supreme Court acquitted Máxima and her family of usurping land near the Newmont Mine in Celendín after years of struggle against the mine to remain. During that time, Máxima and her family were subjected to beatings and harassment at the hands of the company’s security guards.

The DJPC will continue to demand an end to the proposed expansion of the Yanacocha Conga Mine and to all open pit and other environmentally hazardous mining practices. Please join us on the west steps of the capitol on July 22!

No to mines! Yes to life! No a las minas! Sí a la vida!

Global Day of Action Against Open Pit Mining: July 22 @ 11 AM

Join us for our annual action on the Day of Action Against Open Pit Mining! Many coalitions from around the world will be organizing actions on this day to build awareness on the devastating effects of climate chaos. Saturday, July 22nd at 11 am at the West Steps of the State Capitol.

This is the one time of year when we can show our solidarity with communities around the world whose water has been contaminated or used up altogether, and with community activists who have been threatened, harassed, and even killed for speaking up.

Read The Nation Report on last years action in Denver: http://www.thenationreport.org/global-day-of-action-against-open-pit-mining-lands-at-colorado-capitol/

Día de Acción Global
Contra la Minería a Cielo Abierto

Acompañanos en nuestra manifestación anual para crear conciencia sobre los efectos devastadores provocados por el caos climático. Estarémos manufestándonos al mismo tiempo que muchas organizaciones alrededor del mundo en contra de la mineria a cielo abierto. El sábado 22 de Julio a las 11 am en las gradas del lado oeste del Capitolio.

Esta oportunidad se da una vez al año, donde podemos mostrar nuestra solidaridad con las comunidades alrededor del mundo que se han quedado sin agua o viven con aguas contaminadas. Mostremos nuestro compromiso con lxs activistas que han sido amenazadxs, acosadxs, e incluso asesinadxs por denunciar esta situación.

Forum: In Defence of Life: Discussion and call for action.

Join us to our next Forum on the eve of the Global Day Against Open Pit Mining to watch In Defence of Life followed by a discussion about mining and how communities around the world are resisting, and call for action on July 22nd.

In Defence of Life follows the struggle and triumphs of four communities resisting large-scale mining projects in Colombia, the Philippines, South Africa and Romania.
Courageous environmental and human rights defenders from these communities describe how they have suffered and why they are standing firm to protect their families, land, water and life from destruction by mining. A film by Jess Phillimore for The Gaia Foundation

Friday, July 21st 2017
6:00 – 7:30 PM
AFSC Office: 1420 Ogdeon Street. Denver, 80218. (Please note the change in location)
(Free parking:
The Emerson School parking lot is only open to guests after 5:00 pm. However, the Ogden Theater rents the lot and people pay to park in our lot, if you are not going to the Ogden, you don’t need to pay.)

Pot-Luck: Friday, July 7th, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Pot-Luck: Friday, July 7th, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Join DJPC Summer Pot-Luck on Friday, July 7th at 6pm at Andy Bardwell’s former DJPC Board member who has kindly opened his home to us at 4801 W. Yale Ave. Denver, CO 80219. Lets enjoy summer in Denver! there is a lake in the back yard that you can go canoeing and a path for walking. Bring a dish, drinks, and your favorite music to share. The whole family is welcome. RSVP: djpc@denjustpeace.org

Viernes, 7 de Julio del 2017 a las 6:00 pm

Ven a nuestra fiesta de traje el viernes, 7 de Julio a las 6 pm en la casa de nuestro antiguo miembro de la junta directiva Andy Bardwell quien ha abierto las puertas de su casa en 4801 W. Yale Ave. Denver, CO 80219. Disfrutemos del verano en Denver! Hay un lago en el patio para jugar en el agua con las canoas, o puedes ir a caminar en la vereda. Trae una bebida, comida y tu música favorita para compartir. Toda la familia esta invitada. Envie su confirmacion a:  djpc@denjustpeace.org

A Brighter Future, Despite The Challenges. Continue Supporting Solidarity!

June 2017

Dear faithful DJPC members,

We’ve now survived the first four months of a nightmare: the Trump presidency. We’ve endured attacks on our education system, our healthcare, our immigrant communities. Perhaps a silver lining to the Trump presidency is the movement of a young, previously disillusioned and disaffected left. Formerly dormant activists are also stepping up to the occasion and committing their time and money to causes like ours in order to rail against the Trump regime, which is noble. But we’re veterans, aren’t we? This movement needs leadership and guidance. Over our history, we’ve been thorns in the sides of Nestlé, Newmont Mining, repressive governments, and many other unjust actors. Especially in this political climate, we need to lead by example and mentor aspiring activists who are just getting their feet wet in the field of social justice.

At DJPC, we’ve worked over the past four months to counteract these egregious developments and ensure the longevity of the organization. This work has included the recruitment of new board members, continual outreach and fundraising efforts, and intentional strategizing on the parts of various committee members. We aim to find new avenues of education and advocacy while honoring the sanctity of our mission that has led us here and kept us fighting against seemingly insurmountable odds for so long.

Since the January retreat, we’ve celebrated the many years of service of Connie Curtis, Richard Kruch and Steve Piper and welcomed newcomers to the Board of Directors Preston Enright, Lynn Holland, Lorena Gaibor, and myself. The fundraising working group continuously seeks new strategies—most recently the running of the Colfax 5K and half marathon. The Minewatch Program is preparing more community presentations for the upcoming year, working to create a blog that presents research on mining operations in Latin America, and planning the implementation of a podcast to educate about mining abuses. We’re working toward the possibility of delegations to the border with the SOA Watch and to Chiapas in collaboration with the University of Denver. We have so much in the works, and we need your help to accomplish it.

Since we reviewed our financial crisis at the January retreat, we’ve had a number of members pledge to being monthly sustainers but we’re not quite out of the woods. I realize that many of you have already given and continue to give to DJPC, and I’m grateful for your support of an organization that I have come to love and feel inspired by. With so many facets of our lives at risk post-January, I’m sure that you donate to many other organizations beyond DJPC, yet the very fabric of our lives and of those with whom we stand in solidarity will unravel if we do not continue the countercultural and grueling task of resistance. In the words of our Zapatista neighbors and role models: “Somos un ejemplo de que otro mundo si es posible.” If you’re curious about our potential, look no further than your wallets, handbags, and checking accounts. Together, with sustained effort on multiple fronts, we can achieve the world that we’ve been dreaming of for decades.

If you find the generosity and spirit of resistance well at work within you to donate, checks can be made to “DJPC Education Fund” or you can donate on our website at www.denjustpeace.org. We are particularly asking for sustainers at the $35/month level but any amount would be so very helpful. I look forward to meeting you if I haven’t already and I sincerely appreciate you welcoming me and providing me with a loving community far away from home.

Best

Amy Czulada

DJPC Board Member

Thank you for your support, we raised $2,730 by running for peace!

Natasha and Rebeca The DJPC running team, ran on Saturday May 20th the 5K part of the Colfax Marathon would like to thank you for you all your donations to support DJPC, as of today May 24 we have received a total of $2,730!!! . Our target was $3,000, there might be a few checks in the mail that have not arrived yet, so we are still hoping to get to our target.

You forgot to donate? There is still time to help us get to our $3,000 target To give go to www.denjustpeace.org DONATE button and select Colfax Marathon donation category. Or send a check to DJPC Education Fund to PO Box 12403 Denver CO 80212. Your donation is tax deductible.

Any amount counts!!

Running team, Natasha Kerr, Adrina Shaikh, Mait Baldwin, Grace Nelson, Aaron Schneider and Rebeca Zuniga,

We will run for peace again next year, let us know if you want to join our team at djpc@denjustpeace.org

Adrina Aaron and Rebeca after race1El equipo de atletas que corrieron el sabado 20 de Mayo la carrera de 5 kilometros parte de las actividades del Maraton Colfax quiere agradecer todo su apoyo al DJPC, hasta el día de hoy 24 de Mayo hemos recaudado $2,730!! !Que increible grupo de apoyo tenemos! Nuestra meta era recaudar $3,000, puede ser que todavia hay algunos cheques en el sistama de correo que nos ayuden alcanzar nuestra meta.

Olvidastes donar?!, aún puedes hacerlo en linea www.denjustpeace.org o enviándonos un cheque, DJPC Education Fund to PO Box 12403 Denver CO 80212. Tu donativo es deducible de impuestos en los Estados Unidos.

Cualquier cantidad es impartante!

Gracias de parte del equipo de atletas: Natasha Kerr, Adrina Shaikh, mait Baldwin, Grace Nelson, Aaron Schneider y Rebeca Zuniga.

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