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Informative events features interactive and stimulating discussions among people who are concerned about peace and justice in the world today. Formerly called Salon Discussion Series, that began with an exploration of the framework that Transitional Justice affords societies moving forward from a history of violence and genocide to a future of justice.

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Thursday, July 29, 2021: “Climate Migration”

Climate Migration happens when people who leave their homes when climate stressors, like changing rainfall, rising sea waters or wild fires, put pressure on people to leave their homes and livelihoods behind when Climate Change makes their homes uninhabitable. This conversation will feature our friends Todd Miller and Fatuma Emmad. This event was a collaboration with the American Friends Service Committee, Denver Justice and Peace Committee, Colorado People’s Alliance and Frontline Farming. Interpretation into Spanish provided by the Colorado Community Language Cooperative.

Todd Miller has researched and written about border issues for more than 15 years, the last eight as an independent journalist and writer. He resides in Tucson, Arizona, but also has spent many years living and working in Oaxaca, Mexico. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Tom Dispatch, The Nation, San Francisco Chronicle, In These Times, Guernica, and Al Jazeera English, among other places. Miller has authored four books: Build Bridges, Not Walls: A Journey to a World Without Borders (City Lights, 2021) Empire of Borders: The Expansion of the U.S. Border Around the World (Verso, 2019), Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security (City Lights, 2017), and Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security (City Lights, 2014). He’s a contributing editor on border and immigration issues for NACLA Report on the Americas and its column “Border Wars”.

Fatuma Emmad is the CO-Founder, Executive Director and Head Farmer of FrontLine Farming. She serves as President of Mile High Farmers and is a Co Convener for Project Protect Food Systems Workers . She is a lecturer in the Masters for Environmental Studies Program at CU Boulder. Fatuma was born and raised in Denver and Ethiopia. Before becoming a farmer, Fatuma was a political scientist who engaged in issues affecting farming communities such as the push for genetically modified seeds across East and Southern Africa. She believes in resistance by the world’s land caretakers to single solutions for crop productivity and seeks to work on re-framing ideas of food security. Fatuma is also the recipient of the Kathy Underhill Inaugural scholarship recognizing a community member who is changing hearts and minds in the hunger space with advocacy, policy, and/or community engagement through the lens of health equity.

La migración climática ocurre cuando las personas abandonan sus hogares por factores estresantes climáticos, como las lluvias cambiantes, el aumento de las aguas del mar o los incendios forestales, éstos presionan a las personas para que abandonen sus hogares y sus medios de vida debido al cambio climático que hace que sus hogares sean inhabitables. Esta conversación contó con la participaciónde Todd Miller y Fatuma Emmad. Este evento fue una colaboración con el Comité de Servicio de los Amigos Americanos, el Comité de Justicia y Paz de Denver, la Alianza Popular de Colorado y Frontline Farming. Habá interpretación simultánea al español proporcionada por Colorado Community Language Cooperative.

Todd Miller ha investigado y escrito sobre temas fronterizos durante más de 15 años, los últimos ocho como periodista y escritor independiente. Reside en Tucson, Arizona, también ha pasado muchos años viviendo y trabajando en Oaxaca, México. Su trabajo ha aparecido en el New York Times, Tom Dispatch, The Nation, San Francisco Chronicle, In These Times, Guernica y Al Jazeera English, entre otros lugares. Miller es autor de cuatro libros: Build Bridges, Not Walls: A Journey to a World Without Borders (City Lights, 2021) Empire of Borders: The Expansion of the US Border Around the World (Verso, 2019), Storming the Wall: Climate Change , Migración y Seguridad Nacional (City Lights, 2017), y Patrulla Fronteriza Nación: Despachos desde el Frente de Seguridad Nacional (City Lights, 2014). Es editor colaborador de la revista NACLA sobre temas fronterizos y de inmigración sobre las Américas y su columna “Border Wars”.

 Fatuma Emmad es cofundadora, directora ejecutiva y granjera principal de FrontLine Farming. Se desempeña como Presidenta de Mile High Farmers y es Co-coordinadora de Project Protect Food Systems Workers. Es profesora en el Programa de Maestría en Estudios Ambientales en CU Boulder. Fatuma nació y se crió en Denver y Etiopía. Antes de convertirse en agricultora, Fatuma fue cientísta política y su trabajo se enfocaba en los problemas que afectaban a las comunidades agrícolas, como la promoción de semillas modificadas genéticamente en África oriental y meridional. Ella cree en la resistencia de los cuidadores de la tierra del mundo a soluciones únicas para la productividad de los cultivos y busca trabajar en la reformulación de las ideas de seguridad alimentaria. Fatuma también recibió la beca Kathy Underhill Inaugural que reconoce a un miembro de la comunidad que está cambiando los corazones y las mentes en el espacio del hambre con la promoción, las políticas y / o el compromiso de la comunidad a través de la lente de la equidad en la salud.

Para ver el foro presiona en el enlace: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dR8qK1KTjug

Thursday, May 6 2021: “Human Rights and Anti Corruption Bills in Honduras Teach-In”

Professor Dana Frank shared with us the history behind three bills on Honduras and how to advocate for them.
We also hear from Hondurans living in Colorado organized in the Lucha para Honduras Libre.
La profesora Dana Frank habló de los antecedentes de los tres proyectos de ley relacionados a Honduras y cómo hacer incidencia para ellas.
También escuchamos a hondureñas y hondureños viviendo en Colorado organizados en Lucha para Honduras Libre.

Thursday, April 15 2021: “Asylum-Seekers and Migration at the U.S.-Mexico Border. A conversation with Kathy Bougher”

This was a conversation based on Kathy’s recent visit to the border. She addressed “metering” the Migrant Protection Protocol – MPP (“Remain in Mexico”) and Title 42.

“Solicitantes de Asilo y Migración en la Frontera de Estados Unidos y México.”
Esta fue una conversación con Kathy sobre su más reciente visita a la frontera sur de los Estados Unidos. Ella abordó los temas realcionados a las actuales políticas de los Estados Unidos hacia los migrantes solicitantes de asilo. Las políticas conocidas como MPP y Título 42.

Kathy Bougher is a Denver-based educator, feminist activist, and independent writer. She has witnessed diverse aspects of the U.S.-Mexico border since the early 2000s. Since 2014 she has made several trips to the Texas-Mexico border during the time of waves of asylum-seeking families and unaccompanied minors, the initiation of the “metering” and the Migrant Protection Protocol (“Remain in Mexico”) policies of the U.S. government, and most recently at the point of the recent wind-down of MPP. She has also traveled extensively to migrant shelters throughout Mexico and the Northern Triangle of Central America to interview Central American women and LGBTQI+ migrants and asylum seekers. Since 1992 she has collaborated with feminist organizations in El Salvador on numerous issues, including migration and a research project on Salvadoran women and migration. In Denver she is a member of Coloradans for Immigrant Rights, a project of the AFSC.

Wednesday, March 3 2021: “The Amazon Rainforest – What’s at Stake And Waht Yo Can Do.

The Amazon rainforest is one of the most important ecosystems in the world. Housing Earth’s greatest biodiversity and home to hundreds of traditional indigenous peoples, the Amazon faces an unprecedented level of threats, particularly from neoliberal policies being pushed by the authoritarian government in Brazil and elsewhere. This conversation will help us make sense of these challenges, as well as to think about opportunities for supporting grassroots movements that are mobilizing resistance against them.

 

This was a conversation with Andrew Miller. Andreww brings three decades of human rights activism and international field experience to his work as Amazon Watch’s DC Advocacy Director. Since joining Amazon Watch in 2007, he has provided strategic accompaniment to Indigenous partners from Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, facilitating rights-centric advocacy at Washington DC-based institutions such as U.S. executive offices and Congress, the multilateral banks and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. He travels regularly to the Amazon region and offers commentary to media such as CNN, Democracy Now, Al Jazeera English, CNN en Español, and the BBC World Service. Previously, he held several positions at Amnesty International USA, served as an “unarmed bodyguard” in Colombia with Peace Brigades International, and led capacity-building efforts for southern Sudanese community-based organizations through Mercy Corps. Follow Andrew on Twitter: @AmazonMiller

March 3 2020: “Gun Violence Prevention and Migrant Justice in Mexico and Colorado. How we work together”

The crisis in migration is driven by a combination of anti-migrant racism and the proliferation of guns and militarism from the United States. John Lindsay-Poland documents the legal and illegal flows of guns from the United States that are bringing devastating violence to communities and migrants in Mexico and Central America. This event explored the trajectory of trans-border U.S. guns and policies, how Mexico is responding, and what our communities can do to stop these vectors of violence and trauma.

Guest Speaker: John Lindsay-Poland coordinates Stop U.S. Arms to Mexico, a project of Global Exchange (www.stopusarmstomexico.org), and is the author of Plan Colombia: U.S. Ally Atrocities and Community Activism(Duke University Press). He also serves as California Healing Justice Associate with American Friends Service Committee.

Co-Sponsors:
AFSC & Coloradans for Immigrant Rights
Denver Justice and Peace Committee
Colorado Faith Communities United Against Gun Violence

To watch the forum click on the link: https://youtu.be/NEbcstPLspI

Wednesday, January 29 2020: “Chiapas Encuentro”

This forum addressed social justice projects and stories of students from DU’s Latinx Social Work Certificate Program from their December 2019 visit to Chiapas, Mexico.
DJPC will have a delegation travel to Chiapas, Mexico from June 14th to June 20th, 2020. If this trip is of interest to you, come learn more about the place and people that you can encounter when accompanying on this trip. More information will be provided at this event.

Este foro, realizado el Miércoles, 29 de enero del 2020, abordó los testimonios de los estudiantes del Programa de certificación Latinx Trabajo Social de la Universidad de Denver que hicieron proyectos de justicia social en Chiapas, México en diciembre 2019.

DJPC está planificando una delegación a Chiapas, México en Junio del 14 al 20, 2020.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019: “Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security,” with Todd Miller

Todd Miller has traveled from Honduras to the Philippines to Paris to the U.S. Mexico borderlands to connect the dots between the changing climate, displacement, and a world of more and more border enforcement. He will share stories from those journeys, discuss how those dynamics are shaping life in the 21st century, and explore alternatives.

To watch the forum click on the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9omYr7ggLw

Thursday, May 2, 2019: Waking up to the Suffering and Oppression of Others. A conversation with Father Roy Bourgeois.

Father Roy Bourgeois earned a BA in Geology before serving 4 years in the military, earning a purple heart in Vietnam. He subsequently joined the Catholic Church and served 40 years as a priest, including serving the poor in Bolivia and El Salvador. These experiences led him to found the School of the Americas Watch (SOAW), an organization seeking to close the what is now known as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) at Fort Benning, GA.

Father Roy has served a total of 4 years in prison for non-violent protest and he and SOAW were nominated for the Nobel Peace prize in 2010. In 2012, Father Roy was expelled from the priesthood for his public support to the ordination of women priests.
Few have accomplished and sacrificed as much to address suffering and oppression.In 1994, Father Roy received our Global Justice & Peace Award and look forward to hearing his experiences about how we can stand in solidarity with the people of Latin
America.

To watch the forum click on the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUA3kuckvUA&t=4380s

Wednesday, April 17, 2019: What ‘s going on in Brazil?

A conversation with Brazilian specialists who discussed recent events taking place in Latin America’s largest country. A nation that until recently was seen as an emerging economic powerhouse and democracy; now living one of its worst crisis lead by its authoritarian regime.

Marco Cepik is a Professor of International Relations and Comparative Politics at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. Brazil.

Rafael Ioris is a Associate Professor of Latin American
History at the University of Denver.
Aaron Schneider is Professor of International Studies and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Korbel School of International Studies at University of Denver.
To watch the forum click on the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEle2YoLUh8

Thursday, April 4, 2019. Mayan Responses to Top-Down Economic Development in Chiapas, Mexico.

Christine Eber and Bill Jungels shared some of their insights about responses to top-down economic development from their work in the highlands of Chiapas, with a focus on the township of San Pedro Chenalhó. Christine will focus on Maya weaving cooperatives as a means women have been using to gain greater economic autonomy and lift up their families and communities. Bill will focus on the struggle against government plans to build a “Sustainable Rural City” in Chenalhó as an example of successful resistance following the Zapatista uprising.

Christine is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at New Mexico State University and author of the recently released novel, When a Woman Rises, based on her ethnographic research in Chenalhó. She is co-founder of Weaving for Justice, a volunteer network of accompaniment for women’s weaving co-ops in Chiapas which sells their work in the US through fair trade markets. www.weaving-for-justice.org

Bill Jungels is a documentary filmmaker focussing on Mexican social justice struggles seen from the base. He is Professor Emeritus at SUNY Fredonia. His latest documentary (co-produced with Christine Eber) is Maya Faces in a Smoking Mirror, about forms of Maya identity and resistance among young Maya women and men living in Chiapas. The film can be seen in Denver at the Xicanidie film festival. www.mayafaces.com

Wednesday, February 13, 2019: CUBA-U.S. Engagement Policy: TRUMPED!

In March 2016, Peter Kornbluh accompanied President Barack Obama on his history-making trip to Havana–a major step forward in a historic effort to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba. Washington and Havana were on course to change a long contentious history of perpetual hostility in bilateral relations. Since Donald Trump’s election, however, his administration has taken steps to “recalibrate” the policy of peaceful coexistence and close the door on better relations in the future. This presentation will address key questions about Trump’s recent new restrictions on travel and trade to Cuba and the debate over sustaining Obama’s policy of positive engagement vs returning to the past era of punitive pressure in U.S. policy toward Cuba.

To watch the forum click on the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1cUXKuM2p4

Bonus: Peter Kornbluh talk at the Latin America Center at the Korbel School of International Studies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIDxr2CTZxI&t=6s

Thursday, January 31, 2019: The Long Honduran Night with Dana Frank.

This powerful narrative recounts the dramatic years in Honduras following the June 2009 military coup that deposed President Manuel Zelaya. Dana Frank is a professor of history at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

To watch the forum click on the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7yzS-V7bso

October 15, 2015 :“Struggles for Justice through Guatemalan Social Movements Juan de Dios

The 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. Juan de Dios Garcia talks about their work.

To watch the forum click on the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HD7TgmZ27G4

October 1, 2015: “Struggles for Justice: From Guatemala to Ayotzinapa”Claudia Paz y Paz

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.

To watch the forum click on the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJlw7cJXuw0&feature=youtu.be

 

Global Solutions to Violence Curriculum

In 2003, DJPC introduced Global Solutions to Violence (GSTV) a program  to teach students in local high schools and youth programs about issues related to peacemaking, nonviolence and globalization. The program curriculum explores conflict, thus creating the potential for a paradigm shift away from physical and economic violence. While DJPC no longer directly offers GSTV, we want to make the curriculum available to as many teachers and students as possible. Lesson plans can be accessed online and include printer friendly versions. Resources are presented in each lesson and an additional resource list is also offered. The lessons are available at no charge, however, we do hope that you will make a donation for the value received. Donations may be made to “DJPC Education Fund” and will be gratefully appreciated.

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