Speakers & Salon Series

A monthly event features informative, interactive and stimulating discussions among people who are concerned about peace and justice in the world today. Our series began with an exploration of the framework Transitional Justice affords societies moving forward from a history of violence and genocide to a future of justice.

Upcoming Forum:To be determined

On September, 21st: The Central American Migrant Crisis: Human Rights and Refuge at the Mexico-Guatemala Border

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.





On April 27th 2017: Youth Perspectives of Border Militarization. A Report Back from SOAW Convergence

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.

A group of students from University of Colorado Denver -UCD that participated in the Convergence reported back to the Denver community their experiences of the militarization of the border and migration, and how their lives changed from what they lived and learned in Nogales. 

On  February 12th, 2017: Journey to Chiapas: Accompaniment, Community, and Resistance 

Social Systems at Risk: Victoria Watson-Nava is a graduate student at the University of Denver studying International and Intercultural Communication.  She is a board member and the director of student affairs for the Association of Latino Professionals for America. Victoria is a member and organizer for the American Association of University Women and the Philanthropic Education Organization’s 2016 scholar of the year. She is an advocate and activist for social justice and works with several organizations that focus on women’s rights and immigration reform legislation. She has a passion for helping others and making a difference in the world.

Environmental & Health Justice: Amy Czulada is a current International Studies master’s student at the University of Denver, focusing on the intersection of  migration and human rights. She is involved with the community responding to the issue of wage theft in Denver–working both on the Just Wages Project at the University of Denver and the Wage Theft Direct Action Team at Centro Humanitario. She is very interested in continuing to work with immigrant and refugee communities after graduation in June.

Liberation Theology? Jim Chaney is an active member of the 1030 Community since 1984. He is a proud father and and grandfather. He has a keen interest in theology, Jungian psychology and meditation. He serves and works for social and environmental justice locally and abroad. Since retiring in 2013 he served in Kenya with SCOPE, Intl consulting on rainwater harvesting, rammed-earth brick building, composting latrines and hands free hand washing stations using solely local materials. He is a member of DJPC since 1983 and has served on the Board. Jim earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue Univ and a BA in Speech & Theater from Metro State.


Journey to Chiapas: Accompaniment, Community, and Resistance. Q&A

On Janary 19th, 2017: Environmental Justice and Resistance to Minign in Chiapas.

Detalles en español abajo del texto en inglés.

Build solidarity from below and to the Left, as they say in Chiapas. In early December, the DJPC-Korbel School delegation visited Chiapas and witnessed the poisoning of the very water people rely on to survive. Relentless pursuit of titanium and other minerals by mining companies has tripled the rate of cancer in the municipality of Acacoyagua, with skin rashes, miscarriages, and other health problems also on the rise. Participants in the delegation will give testimony of our observations, share photos and relate stories of community resistance in this startlingly beautiful and troubled region.

Contruyendo la solidaridad desde abajo y a la Izquierda, como dicen en Chiapas. A inicios de Diciembre, la delegación de DJPC yel Instituto Korbel visitó Chiapas y fue testigo del envenenamiento del agua que utiliza la gente para sobrevivir. La implacable búsqueda por el titanio y otros minerales de parte de las compañías mineras han triplicado los índices de cáncer en el municipio de Acocayagua, las irritaciones de la piel, los abortos expontáneos, y muchos otros problemas de salud están en aumento. Los que participamos en la delegación daremos testimonio de lo observado, compartiendo fotografías e historias de la manera en que estas comunidades resisten en esta bellísima y complicada región.

On November 17th we had a Salon Discussion with Kathy Bougher: “Reproductive Justice from El Salvador to the U.S.:  Nations, Laws and Your Body”

Kathy Bougher is a Denver-based activist, educator, and writer involved in the immigrant rights movement, feminist movements and other social justice struggles in El Salvador, Mexico and Denver.
She is involved in the feminist movement for reproductive justice in El Salvador, through both direct participation in the movement and through her contributions to the online website Rewire chronicling the Salvadoran struggle.
She will be talking about the Salvadoran struggle for reproductive justice including its connections to U.S. involvement in El Salvador.

kathy-bougher-planton-para-bertaEl 17 de Noviembre tuvimos un conversatorio con Kathy Bougher activista que reside en Denver, es educadora y escritora involucrada con el movimiento para los derechos de los migrantes, el movimiento feminista y otras causas para la justicia social en El Salvador, Mexico y Denver.
Kathy participa en el movimiento feminista salvadoreño para la justicia reproductiva. Sus contribuciones incluyen sus relatos sobre las luchas salvadoreñas través del portal Rewire, además de su participación directa en el movimiento.
Ella nos estará contando sobre las luchas salvadoreñas por la justicia reproductiva y los vinculos existentes entre los Estados Unidos y El Salvador.

DJPC’s Minewatch Committee screened: Marmato

A Canadian mining company arrives to a small village in Colombia “Humble villagers go up against a powerful mining company… Never underestimate the power of the people.”A film by Mark Grieco

marmatoEl Comité de Observación a la Minería del Comité de Justicia y Paz de Denver presenta: Marmato

Una compañía minera canadiense llega a una aldea pequeña en Colombia “Los humildes pobladores se levantan en contra de la poderosa compañía minera… Nunca desestime el poder del pueblo.”

Watch the trailer/Ver el tráiler: https://vimeo.com/84169421

Vea la entrevista con el Director Mark Grieco: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j46j_4mnutk


Film Screening Salon Discussion with Jesse Freeston, director and co-producer

 Resistencia the filmindexJune 28th  2009. The first coup d’etat in Central America in a generation overthrows the elected government of Honduras. A nationwide resistance movement is born, bringing together teachers, taxi drivers, farmers and everyone in between. Among them 2,000 families from the Aguan Valley who respond by taking over 10,000 acres of plantations claimed by the most powerful man in the country. Over four years, they work to convert the fertile land in to a worker-run cooperative and agitate for a more democratic state – all while trying to survive the violent reaction of both the landlord and the coup regime he helped bring to power.


Presentación del Documental y Conversatorio con el director Jesse Freeston.

El 28 de Junio del 2009 se dió el primer golpe de estado en generaciones en centroamerica, en Honduras. Esto dió origen a un movimiento de resistencia que unió a maestros, taxistas, campesinos, y a todos aquellos afectados. Entre estos 2,000 familias del Valle del Aguán quienes respondieron tomandose una plantación de más de 10,000 hectáreas propiedad del hombre más poderoso del país. A lo largo de cuatro años trabajaron para convertirla en una cooperativa y reclamar un estado más democrático, todo esto mientras sobrevivian los ataques violentos del dueño de la tierra y el regimen golpista a quien él ayudo a traer al poder.

Salon Discussion: “Indigenous resistance in Cotacachi – Ecuador”.

Alicia Perugachi Guajan started organizing at the age of 14 in her native community with the Union of Organizations of Cotacachi , Ecuador – UNORCAC. She is a community promoter who has developed social and environmental projects, organizational capacity building for women, and worked towards ending child labor. Today Alicia is the Vice President of the UNORCAC and the President of the Assembly of the County of Cotacachi. Alicia will share her lifetime of struggles for indigenous women in Ecuador and relate how they continue their daily struggles for dignity and equality.

Watch the salon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piBojjX1U6g

Conversatorio con  Alicia Perugachi Guajan quien compartió con nosotros su trayectoria de lucha y cómo las mujeres indígenas del Ecuador luchan diariamente por la dignidad e igualdad. Alicia se inició como organizadora a los 14 años de edad en su comunidad indígena con la Unión de Organizaciones de Cotacachi, Ecuador – UNORCAC. Es una promotora comunitaria que ha desarrollado proyectos sociales y medioambienales, fortalecimiento organizativo de las mujeres, y erradicación de trabajo infantil. Hoy en día Alicia es Vice-Presidenta del UNORCAC y Presidenta de la Asamblea de la Unidad Cantonal de Cotacachi.

The Denver Justice and Peace Committee & The Committee in Solidarity and Support with the Struggle of the People of Apurimac

Presents the Salon Discussion: “Las Bambas NO VA!”

Las Bambas is copper mine situated in the province of Catabambas and Grau in the department of Apurimac, in the center of Peru.

47 communities of campesinos and the people of the province of Catabambas have been on strike against the mining corporation MMG Limited.

The Bambas mine has been contaminating the rivers and throwing out villagers from their lands.


El Comité de Justicia y Paz de Denver & El Comité de Apoyo y Solidaridad con la Lucha del Pueblo de Apurímac

Presenta: “Las Bambas NO VA!”

Las Bambas es una mina de cobre ubicada en las provincias de Cotabambas y Grau en el departamento de Apurímac, en el centro de Perú.

47 comunidades campesinas y el pueblo de la provincia de Cotabambas de la región Apurímac han relizados paros en contra de la empresa minera MMG limited.

La minera Las Bambas esta contaminando los rios y expulsando a los comuneros de sus tierras.

“Rana Plaza and the Fight for Safe Factories in the Global Garment Industry”

On April 24, 2013, 1,129 garment workers in Bangladesh who were making clothes for foreign brands such as Benetton and Wal-Mart died when the building they were working in collapsed. Though it was hardly the first industrial accident in the country’s garment sector, Rana Plaza was by far the deadliest, and it brought increased urgency to an ongoing conversation about how to address the problem of workplace safety in the region’s export factories. Drawing from recent field research and interviews with government officials, factory owners, and labor leaders in Bangladesh, Professor Bair will address how the discussion of labor conditions in export factories in Latin America as well as Asia relates to ongoing discussions about trade and U.S. trade policy, including the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership -TPP.

“La Plaza Rana y la Lucha para tener Fábricas Seguras en la Industria Global de las Maquiladoras”

El 24 de Abril del 2013 en Bangladesh murieron 1,129 obreros y obreras quienes confeccionaban prendas para marcas como Benetton y Wal-Mart al desplomarse el edificio donde trabajaban. Aunque no ha sido el primer accidente industrial que ocurre en ese sector en el país, la Plaza Rana fue el más desastroso, lo que atrajo la atención al tema sobre la problemática de la seguridad laboral en las fábricas de exportación en la región. La profesora Bair nos presentará algunos hallazgos de su reciente investigación de campo y entrevistas realizadas a funcioarios del gobierno, dueños de fábricas, y líderes laborales en Bangladesh. Al mismo tiempo Bair, abordará cómo la discusión sobre las condiciones laborales en las fábricas de exportacion en América Latina y en Asia se relacionan con el discurso actual sobre el comercio y las políticas comerciales de los Estados Unidos incluyendo el Acuerdo Tránspacífico de Cooperación Económica.

The Social Psychology of “Us vs Them” Climate Change Messages a conversation with Maria Talero

This was an interactive mini-workshop on key lessons from social psychology that apply both to the climate crisis and the struggle for social justice. The punchline: we are deeply prone to “us vs them” thinking and other cognitive biases, and we selectively ‘filter’ information in a way that conforms to our worldview, making us less effective messengers to others who do not share our perspective. Learn how to jump-start new strategies for effectively communicating the urgency of social change and climate justice.


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To watch the  salon on Climate Courage: Facing the crisis without going crazy January 2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PM9xTfv089k

La Psicología Social de “Nosotros vrs Ellos” El Mensaje del Cambio Climático

Este fue un taller interactivo sobre las lecciones principales que la psicología social que implementa ambos la crisis climática y la lucha por la justicia social. La frase clave es que: estamos profundamente propensos a pensar en “nosotros vrs ellos” y otros prejuicios intelectuales, y “filtramos’ selectivamente información de manera que se conforma con nuestra visión del mudo, lo que nos hace menos efectivos al transmitir nuestros mensajes a otros quienes no comparten nuestra perspectiva. Venga y aprenda como iniciar nuevas estrategias para comunicar efectivamente la urgencia del cambio social y la justicia climático.

Honoring immigrants from the past… “To have a better life” / Reconociendo a los inmigrantes del pasado… “una mejor vida”

Aqui estamos y no nos vamosOn March 17 we had an inspiring group of students from the 5th grade of McGlone Elementary in Denver tell us how they learned about their own history of migration to the US after they interviewed their mothers and fathers about their journey to the United States.

El 17 de Marzo escuchamos a estudiantes del 5to grado de la Escuela Elemental McGlone en Denver quienes nos contaron como aprendieron sus propias historias de migracion a los Estados Unidos al entrevistar a sus madres y padres sobre su viaje a los Estados Unidos.

You can listen to the podcast of the students interviewing their parents on the Soundcloud/Puede escuchar el podcast de los estudiantes entrevistando a sus padres en el Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/paul-clifton-635298184

Watch the students producing their podcast/ Vean a los estudiantes produciendo el podcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSpqmdcf0Ck


Zika in Central America a public health problem and a feminist challenge.

zika-virusA conversation about Zika with Maria Hamlin Zúniga a Public Health Specialist with 48 years of experience in Central America, living and working in Guatemala y Nicaragua in Comprehensive Community health programs. Founding member of the Regional Committee for Community Health in Mesoamerica and the People’s Health Movement in Latin America and globally.



Maria Hamlin ZunigaEl Zika un problema de Salud Pública en Centro América y un reto para las feministas.

Conversando sobre Zika con Maria Hamlin Zúniga, activista de salud comunitaria con 48 años de experiencia en Centro América. Ha vivido y trabajado en Guatemala y Nicaragua en programas de Salud Comunitaria. Es miembro fundadora del Comité Regional de Promoción de Salud Comunitaria en Mesoamerica y el Movimiento de Salud para los Pueblos en America Latina y globalmente.

“Solidarity with the peoples of Ayotzinapa: A conversation with Colorado sin Fronteras Unidos por Mexico.”

Ayotzinapa los 43 nos faltan a todosSolidaridad con el pueblo de Ayotzinapa, una conversasion con Ismael Netzahuatl miembro de Colorado Sin Fronteras Unidos por Mexico.

“Struggles for Justice through Guatemalan Social Movements” A conversation with Juan de Dios García, ADIVIMA Director.

ThJuan de Diose Association for the Integral Development of Victims of the Violence in Verapaces, Maya Achí (ADIVIMA) has been at the forefront of representing the families of the Maya Achí peoples, survivors of genocide and grave violations of human rights during the civil war. To repair the fabric of society, ADIVIMA promotes actions to ensure the Guatemalan State guarantees access to justice and reparations to the families of survivors.


“Struggles for Justice: From Guatemala to Ayotzinapa”

As Guatemala´s fist female Attorney General, Dr. Paz y Paz Bailey prosecuted organized criminals and perpetrators of mass human rights abuses despite threats to her own safety. She was a 2013 nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.







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