FOR Peace Presence
FOR Peace Presence provides safety, visibility and political solidarity to groups in Colombia working for justice and peace and at risk from political violence. It grew out of a program begun in 2002 by the Fellowship of Reconciliation. It has teams in Bogotá and in the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó. I currently serve as a researcher and advisor.
Militarism Watch is the trial name for a project in development to strengthen skills for researching militarism in the service of advocacy and activist campaigns.
The project began as a program of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and you can see webinars and tools for researching militarism at the former program site.
Colombia Accompaniment Study
Nonviolent Peaceforce has commissioned case studies of unarmed civilian protection in three countries to lay the groundwork for an international conference on the subject in 2016. I am coordinating the study of accompaniment in Colombia.
Presbyterian Church Drug Policy Task Force
The Presbyterian Church USA has adopted an overture to form a two-year study group that is holding hearings in four US cities in 2015, develop a report and recommendations, and produce a curriculum and suggestions for local advocacy within the church. I am serving as the task force coordinator.
I am writing a book on the role of the U.S. government and activists in the war in Colombia, which takes as its starting point the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó and the massacre that occurred there in 2005.