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The Governor: A Story of Tragedy and Redemption

Who said feminism was solely the territory of intellectuals? The story of Lisinia Collazos – indigenous leader and militant of a peaceful feminist movement in southwest Colombia – embodies the deep changes endured by women in times of war.

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“The Peace of Mama Kiwe (Mother Earth) in Freedom, of the Woman Unchained and Unsilenced”: The Meaning of Peace in Colombia from Indigenous Cauca

We make available here for download an English translation of an outstanding text written by Vilma Almendra Quiguanás, published originally as a chapter in Raquel Gutiérrez' (ed.) Palabras para tejernos, resistir y transformar en la época en que estamos viviendo..., Pez en el Árbol: Oaxaca/Puebla, Mexico (2011).

India: The Struggle for Indigenous Autonomy

This mini-documentary, India: the struggle for indigenous autonomy, is based on an interview with Manish Kunjam, General Secretary of the Adivasi Mahasabha. The interview was conducted in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh, on March 9, 2013, during a multi-day pad yatra (march) for tribal autonomy.

A People's Peace for a Country without Owners

By Emmanuel Rozental and Vilma Almendra
Originally published as "La Paz de los Pueblos sin Dueños" in Revista Contrapunto

We hope that the negotiations between the armed insurgency (FARC for now, but likely ELN as well) and the Colombian government will conclude rapidly with a signed agreement that will guarantee a definitive and permanent ceasefire between the parties. The current balance of forces in this negotiation should be examined in light of the strategic objectives of capital and its dynamics in Colombia on the one hand, and in light of the indigenous and popular struggles on the other. This will help to place us in context and help the popular forces avoid a trap that will help capital in its objective to continue to dispossess people, this time in the name of peace, while continuing war and terror by other means.

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It's clear: they want to finish us off

By: Tejido de Comunicación - ACIN
Sunday, July 8, 2012*

In Northern Cauca, Colombia, things have never been clearer. Ever. We’ve marched, mobilized, and made every effort to demand that all the armed actors leave our territories. In mobilizations, assemblies, and public hearings, we’ve denounced the abuses committed against members of our community by the army, the police, the right-wing paramilitaries, and the guerrilla.

Cauca: We will only accept respect for our Indigenous Guard

By: Tejido de Comunicación – ACIN
Saturday, July 14, 2012 18:31

The coordinated actions of our communities have demonstrated to the world that the strength and clarity of our collective efforts can have an impact. As in other occasions, the mainstream media has covered these events without understanding what they actually mean. But we live in a complicated context, one in which there is always someone trying to take advantage. 

Siberia-Caldono, Cauca: Indigenous and Campesino Communities Rise Up Against the Murder of Éduar Fabián

By: Tejido de Comunicación - ACIN
Sunday, July 22, 2012

The inhabitants of El Crucero-El Rosario, a village situated in the La Laguna-Siberia reserve in Cauca, Colombia, got up early today. But it wasn’t to go to work in the fields; today, they’re getting together to cook food for the hundreds of indigenous community members and campesinos who have been there for days, accompanying the family of Éduar Fabián Güetio, a young man killed by the Colombian public forces.

Colombia: True autonomy is in the hands of indigenous communities of northern Cauca

By Tejido de Comunicación, ACIN
Thursday, July 19, 2012

It is abundantly clear that where the Colombian public forces operate with awkward ineffectiveness, indigenous communities in northern Cauca have demonstrated their autonomy and decisiveness.

Yesterday afternoon, a group of indigenous guards from the community of Toribío, armed only with bravery and consciousness, headed towards the village of Belén to capture FARC militants who were trying to ready explosives for use against a nearby communication tower.

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