Upcoming Lecture: "Eradicating Peace: the Other Side of the Colombian War on Drugs"

October 11, 2019

Please join the Department of World Languages and Cultures, the ISU-International Studies Program, the Department of Sociology, the Department of History; and Witness for Peace-Midwest Region 


 "Eradicating Peace: the Other Side of the Colombian War on Drugs"  

By Leider Valencia, Colombian National Coordinator of the Growers of Coca, Poppy, and Marijuana (COCCAM)

Carver 0232 on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 from 4:10 pm - 5:10 pm.   

Context:  In the aftermath of the 2016 Peace Accords between the FARC and the Colombian government, Colombian human rights defenders, Indigenous Peoples, Afro-Colombians and campesinos continue to be targeted for torture, disappearance, and displacement through the unrepentant violence of right-wing paramilitaries and armed actors. In 2017, COCCAM was formed by campesinos, Indigenous, and Afro-Colombians working towards alternative sustainable development in areas hard-hit by the internal armed conflict as well as fumigations, eradication and militarization. Through Leider's perspective as a campesino organizer, he will discuss forces threatening the Colombian peace process in rural areas and how movements in the U.S may contribute to solidarity in action.  This presentation will include clips from the documentary "The Coca Trap", will include english translation, and additional resources for background and policy actions.