Two great opportunities to see first-hand the effects of free trade in Central and South America

Nicaragua: January 11-21
The Witness for Peace Upper Midwest Delegation to study “Free Trade and the Roots of Migration” in Nicaragua has extended the deadline for applications for two more weeks, so there’s still time to apply! The delegation will be a great way to learn first-hand about the effects of US foreign policy in Latin America and the roots of Central American migration to the Untied States. There are currently 7 applicants signed up, but 10 are required for the trip to go.

Colombia: February 4-14
The recently passed U.S. free trade agreement with Colombia will further jeopardize the rights of urban and rural small producers who have endured decades of a brutal armed conflict between guerrillas, paramilitary death squads and the national army. In addition, since Plan Colombia began in 2000, the U.S. government has provided Colombia with over $6 billion in mostly military aid to fight the “War on Drugs” and the “War on Terror.” In light of the long term internal civil conflict in Colombia, how is the free trade agreement and U.S. military aid used or connected to these human rights violations?

On this Witness for Peace delegation you will learn about Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities’ struggle for territory, culture and environment; Meet with Colombian men and women who are organizing in resistance to current military and free trade policies; Meet with a wide range of Colombians including community leaders, displaced persons, and human rights defenders; Learn about the impact of US Military and Free Trade Agreements; Become an informed US citizen; learn how you can stand in solidarity with the people of Colombia.