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.

We are in search for a Bookkeeper

Bookkeeper search : This is a Volunteer position

The Denver Justice and Peace is a grassroots organization dedicated to promoting human rights, economic and environmental justice, towards lasting peace in Latin America through education and nonviolent activism.

POSITION SUMMARY

DJPC is seeking for a volunteer bookkeeper to be based in Denver, Colorado. This is volunteer one (1) day a month position (2- 4 hours) and reports to the Director. This position is responsible for performing the monthly payables and receivables and banking reconciliations.

JOB DESCRIPTION

  • Enter data in Quickbooks
  • Process invoices, receipts, payments, and other financial transactions
  • Prepare financial statements
  • Reconcile accounts and prepare reports
  • Manage our accounts receivable and accounts payable
  • Communicate regularly Director

DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Values fit with DJPC mission

  • Nonprofit Experience

  • Higher Education required and knowledge in Accounting and/or Finance preferred.

  • At least 2 years bookkeeping and administrative experience.

  • Proficient in QuickBooks, Microsoft Suite and other open source technology

  • Ability to work as part of the team

  • Ability work independently

  • High level of attention to detail

  • Results-oriented, and excellent organizational skills

TO APPLY
Send your expressions of interest, Cover letter and CV to djpc@denjustpeace.org

This volunteer position is open until filled.

13 Colors of Resistance Tour in Denver. Saturday, May 20th 2017 at 4:30pm

13 Colors Honduran ResistancelowresJoin KGNU, DJPC and Cafe Cultura for the Colorado leg of the national tour of two Honduran activists honoring the life of Berta Cáceres. Afro-indigenous autonomous feminist, poet and writer Melissa Cardoza and Karla Lara, an internationally recognized feminist who voices resistance through song and writing, will perform stories from Cardoza’s book *13 Colors of the Honduran Resistance* about women resisting brutal repression and finding unyielding hope. A post-performance dialogue will examine parallels between the current struggles in Honduras and the U.S. The event will take place on May 20th.

“These stories of bravery, of struggle and pain, and ultimately of a resilience rooted in a love for freedom will grip your heart.” – Alicia Garza, Co-creator of the Black Lives Matter Network

This special event will be held at KGNU’s Denver location at 700 Kalamath, in the Santa Fe Arts District. There will be a live performance in Studio A and a reception afterwards on the second floor of the Denver Open Media / KGNU Building. Doors open at 4:30 PM, performance will start promptly at 5 PM.

What: 13 Colors of Honduran Resistance Tour
Where: 700 Kalamath, in the Santa Fe Arts District, Studio A and 2nd Fl Reception area
When: Doors at 4:30PM, performance starts at 5 PM followed by reception

We are running for peace on May 20th 2017. Support DJPC with your donation. Any amount counts!

Starting-Line Colfax 5 kDJPC has a team of six runners that will cross the finish line in pursuit of $3000 for DJPC’s operating costs. Support us with your contributions to continue our solidarity work with the peoples of Latin America; through our work in Denver advocating and educating for human rights, environmental, and economic justice!

Will you help us achieve our goal? As of May 15th we have raised $1040!

Any amount counts!

To support DJPC go to DONATE and select Colfax Marathon donation category.

If you want to come cheer, the start location is Denver’s City Park. South of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. We will start at 9am.

Keep us posted if you are a regular Colfax Marathon runner and have made us your Charity Partner: djpc@denjustpeace.org

Máxima Acuña and her family acquitted. Supreme court rules against Yanacocha owned by Colorado based Newmont Mining.

Great news today from Peru! The Supreme Court has acquitted Máxima Acuña, an indigenous woman and recent recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize, for usurping land from Newmont Mining near Celendín, Peru. The struggle has been many years in the making. While Newmont and its partner in Peru, joint owners of Yanacocha, have held that they own the property Máxima and her family now live on since l996, her property title shows that she has owned it since l994.

MáximaChaupeIn recent years, Máxima and her family have been subjected to beatings and harassment at the hands of Yanacocha’s security guards. According to her lawyer, Mirtha Vásquez, the company may now be liable for physical and psychological damages that they have inflicted on the family. This process could take many years, however, since the civil process is still in its beginning stages in Peru.

Read more …

http://kaosenlared.net/peru-poder-judicial-da-triunfo-definitivo-a-maxima-acuna-en-litigio-contra-yanacocha/

Call for Nominations Global Peace & Justice Award. Due date 5/15/2017

This award is given at the Denver Justice and Peace Committee’s Awards Night.

The Global Justice and Peace Award recipient should be an individual or organization doing exemplary work, in solidarity with the people of Latin America.

Nominations should include a description of why the individual or group should be considered, and how their work has aligned with DJPC’s mission. Send your nominations to djpc@denjustpeace.org by May 15th 2017.

Past recipients include: Otros Mundos Chiapas (2016); Aviva Chomsky (2015); Upside Down World (2014); NISGUA (2013) Rights Action (2012); Earthworks (2011); Grufides (2010); Debajo del Agua (2009)

DJPC Board of Directors makes the final decision on the award recipient. The 2017 John Proctor Member of the Year Award Nomination information will be available at a later date.

Llamado para nombramientos:

El premio a la Paz y la Justicia Global del Comité de Justicia y Paz es otorgado a un individuo/a u organización que hace trabajo ejemplar en solidaridad con los pueblos latinoamericanos.

Para nominar debe incluir una descripción del ¿por qué? ese individuo/a o grupo debe ser considerado, y ¿cómo? su trabajo se vincula a la misión del Comité. Envíe su nombramiento a djpc@denjustpeace.org a mas tardar el 15 de Mayo del 2017.

Algunos galardonados con este reconocimiento incluyen: Otros Mundos Chiapas (2016); Aviva Chomsky (2015); Upside Down World (2014); NISGUA (2013) Rights Action (2012); Earthworks (2011); Grufides (2010); Debajo del Agua (2009)

El premio se entregará en la Noche de Premiaciones del Comité. La Junta Directiva del Comité toma la decisión final de quién será el o la premiado/a del año. La información para el premio John Proctor, al miembro del año se dará a conocer más tarde.

Forum: Youth Perspectives of Border Militarization. A Report Back from SOA Watch Convergence

DJPC Forum April 2017

After 26 years of history at the gates of Ft. Benning, SOA Watch held its’ first Convergence in  Arizona, in order to respond to the present-day call to solidarity with Latin America.  SOA Watch aims to call attention to the militarization of the border and Latin America, at the same time that it demands for an end to state-sponsored terrorism and violence against our communities inside the United States.

In our upcoming Forum, a group of students from University of Colorado Denver -UCD that participated in the Convergence will be reporting back to the Denver community their experiences of the militarization of the border and migration. We will learn how their lives changed from what they lived and learned in Nogales, and how they continue to affect change by contributing to the work that Casa de Paz does in Denver for the undocumented migrant community.

PS. Please note the change in location.

 

DJPC at Earth Day: March for Science. Thank you DJPC Volunteers!

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On Saturday April 22: Earth Day we joined the community standing for science and climate justice. Thank you all that made the March for Science possible. We will continue using science to show the devastating consequences of mineral extraction in our communities.

2017 Spring Pot-Luck – Fiesta de traje

Spring Pot-Luck: Friday, April 21st at 6pm. Fellowship Hall; HUMC: 3131 Osceola Street. 80212
In the spirit of celebration and welcome spring we are having our Spring Pot-Luck on Friday, April 21st at 6pm in the Fellowship Hall of the Highlands United Methodist Church (3131 Osceola Street. Denver. CO 80212).
We will share our latest updates on how we all have been resisting, and you will have an opportunity to give us feedback and continue shaping our work. Bring a dish/drink to share; bring your musical instruments and your favorite songs. The whole family is welcome.

En el espíritu de celebración y dándole la bienvenida a la primavera les invitamos a  nuestra cena de traje el viernes, 21 de Abril a las 6 pm en el salón comunitario de la Iglesia Metodista Unida de Highlands (3131 Osceola Street).  Vengan a compartir sus historias de cómo estan resistiendo, nosotros les daremos una actualización de lo que hemos estado haciendo. Traigan una bebida o comida para compartir, también pueden trater instrumentos musicales y sus canciones favoristas. Toda la familia esta invitada.

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