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Why the Colombian Student Movement is Winning!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 6:30 p.m. For decades, Colombia has been mired in violent conflicts. Government-aligned paramilitary death squads have conducted thousands of assassinations and disappearances targeting trade unionists and farmers. Despite the bloody assault on human rights, Colombia has seen increasing levels of mass mobilizations such as the recent general strike and marches that brought to the streets millions of Colombians called by MANE (the Broad National Student Table). As a result the government was forced to withdraw the Washington-designed draft to the Higher Education Reform Act (Act 30 of 1992).

José Brito: A Coal Miner Speaks!

Thursday, November 4, 2010, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. José Brito formerly worked at the Cerrejon mine in Colombia. He is a trade unionist representing thousands of workers at giant surface strip-mines. The Drummond and Cerejon mines produce 90% of Colombian coal exports. These help fire Massachusetts' Salem and Somerset electrical generating plants in addition to other generating stations in the United States.

Extrajudicial Killings in Colombia...Not In Our Name!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 7:00 p.m. "My name is Martha Lucia Giraldo Villano and I was born on June 22, 1978 in Cauca, Colombia. I am the daughter of José Orlando Giraldo, a small-scale farmer who was the victim of an extrajudicial killing by the National Army. In my country, there have been many extrajudicial killings that are also categorized as false positives (the killing of innocent civilians to pass them off as guerrillas killed in combat within the context of Colombia's armed conflict). The execution of my father is an example of a 'false-positive' murder."

"I am part of the Victims of State Crimes Movement. Along with other victims, we work together on organizing and training in order to demand our rights to truth, justice and reparation."

Peoples' Music: An Evening with Sergio Reyes, Simon Rios and many others

The Music of Social Struggle from Latin America

Saturday, June 6, 2009, 7:00 p.m. Capping off events and actions on Bolivia, Chiapas, Colombia, El Salvador, and Venezuela, and organizing to mark May Day 2009, we will be enjoying the music of Latin America with Sergio Reyes, Simon Rios and many others.

Colombia: Polo Democratico Alternativo

Meet Senator Jorge Enrique Robledo

Monday, March 23, 2009, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to speak with Senator Jorge Robledo, an prominent member of the National Senate in Colombia. The AFL-CIO Solidarity Center has been trying to build ties with Colombian trade unionists who are routinely assassinated in Colombia (more than any other country in the world combined) for speaking up for their rights. Senator Robledo has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with labor unions and civic groups focusing on the plight of the indigenous peoples and small scale farmers of Colombia.

The People Behind the Coal

Colombian Trade Union Leaders Speak Out!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008, 6:00 p.m. Coal provides almost 50% of the electricity produced in the United States. Much of that coal—including what's burned at the Salem and Brayton Point plants in Massachusetts—comes from two giant, multinational mines in Colombia.