On January 8, 2002, we showed
Colombia: Getting Away With Murder, a film on the
regime of violence that has brutalized Colombia for nearly forty years. Joshua
Rubenstein, director of Amnesty International's north-east division, reviewed the
state of human rights there. MIT Anthropology
Professor Jean Jackson, who has spent thirty years working in and studying Colombia,
presented her report on "Plan Colombia," a
military-political program supported by more than a billion dollars in US military aid
After returning from a trip to Colombia as a member of a Witness for Peace delegation,
Patrick Keaney joined us on February 13 to
present a paper on "Colombia's Dirty War Against
On April 4, peace activists Nimia Teresa Vargas Cuesta and Marino
Cordoba spoke about the struggle for peace and justice in Choco, their home region
in northwest Colombia.
On October 3, Carolina Aldana and Eder Sanchez
discussed the prospects for peace under the new Uribe government. They also talked
about the fumigation campaign going on in the southern part of the country, and about
how its effects seemed at odds with — or at least orthogonal to — the stated purpose.
Professor Jean Jackson joined us again on November 13
to discuss Plan Colombia, this time asking the question: is it anti-terrorism or is it,
in fact, state terrorism?
On March 7, 2003 Catholic priest
Luis Teodoro Gonzalez Bustacara & lay activist Luz Marina Gomez spoke about
the campaign of killing being waged against religious leaders in their home country.
On January 23, 2004 we screened Primera Noche, a feature film
by Luis Alberto Restrepo.