Colombia - Central
"Somos Uno en la Solidaridad" ~ "We are One in Solidarity"
The Colombia Support Network (CSN) is a national
grassroots organization that works through sister communities to help
Colombians create a peaceful, participatory democracy and an economically
- Develop US/Colombia sister communities
- Respond to urgent alerts and other action requests from Colombian
- Support education and lobbying efforts with the US Congress and Administration
- Coordinate delegations to and from Sister Communities
- Educate US public about the reality in Colombia and US foreign policy
towards Colombia, particularly concerning the pending Free Trade Agreement
CSN condemns violations of human rights by all actors
involved in the conflict including guerrilla groups, military, paramilitary,
national police, multinational corporations and foreign agents.
Colombia Support Network web site: www.colombiasupport.net.
and Syracuse's Sister Community:
Committee on US-Latin American Relations (CUSLAR)
In 2003 the Syracuse, Cortland and Ithaca chapter of CSN
established a sister community between Central New York and the Small
Farmers Movement of Cajibío or Movimiento Campesino de Cajibío
( MCC). The MCC is one of many groups struggling for peace and justice
in Colombia. Made up of campesinos, other local community members, indigenous
people, and Afro-Colombians, Cajibío is a small municipality
located in the violence-torn southwestern department of Cauca, Colombia.
The CNY/CSN chapter works in solidarity with the people
of Cajibío towards their goals of:
- developing organic, sustainable agriculture
- improving family nutrition
- reclaiming traditional medicine and addressing health needs
- participation in local, regional and national arenas to defend the
rights of small farmers
- training community leaders, particularly women and youth, for active
democratic participation in the community
- developing a community education plan
- defending the Colombian people's sustainable access to natural resources,
particularly water and land
The co-coordinators of the MCC are Marylen Serna-Salinas
and John Henry Gonzalez, both of whom have visited CNY at different
CNY Sister Community Activities:
meetings generally held in Cortland. Contact one of the above for times
- Respond to alerts from Cajibío.
- Educational programs in our local communities about the reality of
- Work to humanize US policy towards Colombia through lobbying our national
- Yearly delegations to Cajibío with the support of CSN.
- Raise funds to support the work of the MCC. e.g. we obtained a grant
from Common Place, a land trust in Truxton, NY. The grant helped buy
land for young people in Cajibío to have a community center and
agricultural project. The land was purchased in 2008. We also helped
fund health and leadreship conferences and the creation of a seedsharing
cooperative for farm families in Cajibío.
- Frequent communications through the exchange of e-mails, phone calls,
letters, and photos.
- Initiated and passed City Council Resolutions in Ithaca and Syracuse
supporting the Cajibío Sister Community work.
- Hosted Marylen Serna-Salinas (2004) and John Henry Gonzalez (2005)
for two-week speaking tours mostly in upstate New York.
CNY/CSN welcomes new members. Please contact one of the
above named people to learn more, make a donation, join a delegation
to Colombia, or to join us at our meetings.