March with DJPC in the MLK MARADE: Monday: January 15th 2018 10:30 am

March with DJPC in the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. MARADE.

Join the movement celebrating the legacy of nonviolent civil disobedience of Martin Luther King Jr.

DJPC folks will meet on the southeast corner of 16th and Esplanade at 10:30 AM. We’ll be going down Esplanade St. to Colfax Ave., and ending at Civic Center Park.

Lorena Gaibor will be your contact person for DJPC: 732.586.2457

Get dressed for the weather, bring water and snacks.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” MLK

Marade formation will begin immediately following the 9:30 a.m. program. The Marade will start at 10:45 a.m. sharp from the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I HAVE A DREAM MEMORIAL in City Park, under direction from the podium.

Annual Planning Meeting: Saturday, January 13th 2018

Annual Planning Meeting: Saturday, January 13th 2018

In January 2017 we had a critical assessment to discuss our path forward. Over the past year, we have put that strategy into effect, we want to share the lessons learned and continue building solidarity with the peoples of Latin America.

Join us to plan our activities for this year, your voices and opinions are important to us. We have done our work over almost four decades thanks to your call for justice, your dedication and your volunteer work.

January 13th 2018
From 10:00 am to 4:00pm.
3131 Osceola Street, Denver. CO 80212 (2nd floor of the Highlands United Methodist Church)
RSVP: djpc@denjustpeace.org
Child care will be provided.

This note can only begin to give a glimpse of the solidarity and nonviolent activism that the DJPC took part in during the past year.

December 2017

Sisters and Brothers:

This was my first full-year as a board member of the Denver Justice & Peace Committee. I wasn’t sure what that would entail or how I might be helpful, but I was honored that Jerry Stookey and Rebeca Zúniga-Hamlin encouraged me to join, and I’m so glad I did. It’s been a remarkable group of people to meet with every month or so to talk about all things DJPC. It’s also been a privilege to meet so many DJPC members and allies in other organizations that DJPC partners with. This note can only begin to give a glimpse of the solidarity projects and nonviolent activism that the DJPC took part in during the past year.

The effort of our Director alone would take many pages; but, suffice it to say that Rebeca has become a political force in Denver. In addition to guiding the DJPC through a transition of the board, and through financial challenges, she has coordinated forums, organized another memorable Awards Night, networked with multiple organizations, participated in several marches, stood with Standing Rock, played a major role the Border Encuentro, was interviewed on KGNU, maintains the deeply informative Denver Justice and Peace Committee Facebook page, created the DJPC YouTube channel, and so much more. Last April’s Forum on “Youth Perspective on Border Militarization” gives a sense of the sort of educational and life-changing political organizing that DJPC is a part of https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P77EU9sM5tM

Aside from myself, 2017 was the first year for several other current board members. As with Rebeca, it would take several pages to cover the good work they’ve been doing over the past year. Elliot is the sole remaining long-standing board member, and we’re so glad he is still filling that role with the intelligence and heart that he brings to it. It’s also been a joy to get to know all the new board members – Lynn, Amy, Lorena and Kaelyn all embody the mission of DJPC to promote human rights. Most recently, three board members have had articles published on the brutal injustices of militarism and corporate imperialism, and in support of the people who believe that another world is possible.

To the many members, donors, friends and family of DJPC – too many to name –

THANK YOU for coming to our events, for stopping by our table, for “Liking” our Facebook page, for sharing your ideas, for funding this organization, and for the many ways you all make DJPC happen.

Let’s continue the conversations, the networking, the delegations, the forums and all the other solidarity work of DJPC’s 35 year legacy. As anti-capitalist as I may be, I wish I had invested in Amazon (or maybe Bitcoin) to ensure that DJPC would be sustained for another 35 years. All of us on the board and the many people who want to see DJPC thrive continue to brainstorm about the financial end of things. If people have fundraising suggestions (or Amazon stock), drop us a line. We’ve been tremendously encouraged by all the people who have become Sustaining Members, or have in other ways made the work of the past year possible. Let’s continue the struggle, and the community, in 2018!

Let’s do more of the same in 2018! Checks can be made to “DJPC Education Fund” or you can donate on our website at www.denjustpeace.org. As we seek seek stability, I encourage you to be a monthly at the level is comfortable for you, as low as $10 a month will go along way. You can do this through the website or setting up an automatic transfers.

In solidarity,

Preston Enright

Holiday Pot-Luck – Convivio de fin de año

Join the DJPC Holiday Pot-Luck on Friday, December 15th at 6pm. Come and share your stories of how you made our solidarity work possible this year, our Forums, marching the MLK Parade, running the Colfax 5K, joining the world in the Day of Action Against Open Pit Mines, our annual Build for Peace at La Casita, the SOAW Border Convergence in Arizona y Sonora, learning more about how the peoples of Chiapas – Mexico resist and defend their lands and territories, and learning the lessons from El Salvador of legislative victories to favor the poor and protect water sources from mining pollution. Lets continue building community and embracing new partnerships. Bring a dish, drinks, and your favorite music to share. The whole family is welcome. Please RSVP at: djpc@denjuspeace.org.

Fiesta de traje de fin de año viernes, 15 de Diciembre a las 6 pm. Ven a compartir tus recuerdos de como hicimos nuestro trabajo de solidaridad este año. Los Foros, marchando en el Desfile de MLK, corriendo 5 Kilómetros del maratón de Colfax, uniéndonos al movimiento mundial el Día de Acción en Contra de las Minas a Cielo Abierto, Construyendo por la Paz en La Casita, participando en la Convergencia de SOAW en Arizona y Sonora, aprendiendo más sobre como los pueblos de Chiapas en México resisten y  defienden su territorios, y las lecciones que El Salvador nos ofrece con sus victorias legislativas en favor de los pobres y la protección de las fuentes de agua de la contaminación minera. Continuemos construyendo comunidad y fortaleciendo los nuevos lazos de solidaridad. Trae una bebida, comida y tu música favorita para compartir. Toda la familia está invitada. Por favor confirmar tu participación a: djpc@denjustpeace.org.

The National Roundtable Against Metallic Mining – El Salvador to Receive Human Rights Award from the Denver Justice and Peace Committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 2nd, 2017

Media Contact: Rebeca Zúniga-Hamlin

Tel.: 303-623-1463 / Cell: 720-606-1155

Email: djpc@denjustpeace.org

The National Roundtable Against Metallic Mining – El Salvador to Receive Human Rights Award from the Denver Justice and Peace Committee

On Saturday November 4th, the Denver Justice and Peace Committee (DJPC) will present its annual Global Justice & Peace Award 2017 to The National Roundtable Against Metallic Mining, represented by Vidalina Morales, at the Highlands United Methodist Church, 3131 Osceola St. Denver, at 7:00 pm.

DJPC has been advocating for justice and peace in Latin America for the over three decades. We promote human rights and economic and environmental justice in Latin America through education. We support popular struggles in many countries where extractive corporations have been displacing peoples from their homelands and contaminating their environments. On Saturday, we will celebrate our work together with our community of supporters.

The National Roundtable Against Metallic Mining is a campesino-led movement in El Salvador. In March 2017, the Roundtable won an historic legislative victory by securing a prohibition against all metals mining in perpetuity. For a land-poor country with vulnerable water sources and a significant rural population that would be displaced by mining, this was an unexpected and unprecedented accomplishment. To relate the story of the movement and the details of the legislation, we have invited Ms. Vidalina Morales who is a leader in the National Roundtable.

We will also be honoring Sister Betty Voss with the John Proctor Member of the Year Award 2017. Sister Betty Voss, a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, has devoted herself to the cause of social justice throughout her life. She has taught at both the elementary and college levels in Illinois, Iowa, and Tennessee, and taught in a bilingual school in Guayaquil, Ecuador. In her early years in CO she took leadership in the Ecumenical Women’s Committee and received the Trish Dunn award for fostering ecumenicism. Through the “Nuns on the Bus” campaign, she joined the effort to increase voter participation among low income populations. Through her participation on the DJPC MineWatch committee, she has actively sought an end to mining pollution in Latin America and elsewhere.

Music for the event will be provided by Adolfo Romero. The emcee will be Jack Mudry of the local Denver jazz radio station KUVO, host of KUVO’s La Nueva Voz.

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2018 John Proctor Member of the Year: Sister Betty Voss

2018 John Proctor Member of the Year: Sister Betty Voss

Sister Betty Voss, a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, has devoted herself to the cause of social justice throughout her life. She has taught at both the elementary and college levels in Illinois, Iowa, and Tennessee, and taught in a bilingual school in Guayaquil, Ecuador. In her early years in Colorado she took leadership in the Ecumenical Women’s Committee and received the Trish Dunn award for fostering ecumenicism. Through the “Nuns on the Bus” campaign, she joined the effort to increase voter participation among low income populations.Through her participation on the MineWatch committee, she has actively sought an end to mining pollution in Latin America and elsewhere. Her years of involvement in the DJPC and dedication to the cause of human rights have been invaluable.

John Proctor Award, goes to an outstanding DJPC volunteer.

Saturday, November 4th, 2017.
Reception and Silent Auction: 6:00 -7:00 PM
Program Starts at 7:00 PM
$20 Suggested Donation (no one turned away)
Interpretation will be provided
Family Friendly
Highlands United Methodist Church – Fellowship Hall
3131 Osceola Street. Denver, CO 80212.
Free parking on church lot

Awards Night: November 4th at 6:00pm

Join us on November 4th to honor the outstanding achievement of The National Roundtable Against Metallic Mining, a campesino-led movement in El Salvador. In March 2017, the Roundtable won an historic legislative victory by securing a prohibition against all metals mining in perpetuity. For a land-poor country with vulnerable water sources and a significant rural population that would be displaced by mining, this was an unexpected and unprecedented accomplishment. http://noalamineria.org.sv

To relate the story of the movement and the details of the legislation, we have invited Ms. Vidalina Morales who is a leader in the National Roundtable.
http://www.redlatinoamericanademujeres.org/single-post/2017/03/04/VIDALINA-MORALES-ADES-SANTA-MARTA—EL-SALVADOR

Awards Night will be held at 3131 Osceola Street, Denver CO in the Fellowship Hall of the Highlands United Methodist Church. We will start with a Reception and Silent Auction at 6:00 followed by the program at 7:00 pm. Suggested donation $20 (no one turned back), tickets can be purchased at the door.

“Defending Truth and Memory: The Path Towards Justice”

Altar for collective healing and in memory of people killed in Guatemala’s genocide.

During the month of October we are remembering all the victims of the Guatemalan genocide. We have installed an Altar as part of the commemorations of the Day of the Dead. You can visit the altar at The Chicano Humanities and Arts Council (CHAC) – 772 Santa Fe Drive in Denver.(Please check CHAC for opening hours)

DJPC is working in partnership with two other groups to create awareness on human rights issues facing indigenous communities in Guatemala. The Center for Human Rights Legal Action (CALDH) and the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA) bring the photo exhibit “Defending Truth and Memory: The Path Towards Justice” to Denver. The theme of the photo exhibit is the struggle for indigenous people to hold the Guatemalan government accountable for atrocities committed during the genocide and internal war. The photo exhibit shows political and legal actions led by indigenous organizations, exhumations of people massacred, and burial ceremonies in honor of the victims and their families.

During the month of October we are remembering all the victims of the Guatemalan genocide. We have installed an Altar as part of the commemorations of the Day of the Dead. You can visit the altar at The Chicano Humanities and Arts Council (CHAC) – 772 Santa Fe Drive in Denver.(Please check CHAC for opening hours)

The Denver metro area has longtime community members from all over Latin American that fled brutal and repressive governments. People currently living in Denver have family members that were killed in Guatemala by the military dictatorships. This altar in honor of the victims of the genocide in Guatemala brings collective healing to people in Denver and cultivates solidarity across borders for peace and reconciliation.

Join us on for the Opening Reception Friday October 13th 6-9 PM

SAVE THE DATE: DJPC ANNUAL AWARDS NIGHT NOVEMBER 4TH 2017

Please Join DJPC in Honoring: National Roundtable Against Metallic Mining – El Salvador

DJPC’s Global Justice and Peace Award is offered to individuals and/or organizations for their contributions to social justice around the world.
This year, the Award will be given to the National Roundtable Against Metallic Mining (Mesa Nacional Frente a la Minería Metálica) for their outstanding achievement in the passage of a national bill that bans all forms of metal mining in El Salvador. We will be honoring the Roundtable´s role in defending the environment, health, safety, and integrity of rural communities and people everywhere.

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

DJPC Forum: Professor Rebecca Galemba and Kaelyn DeVries 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.

Watch the report: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfAAzc-1E9c

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/

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