Seth Wispelwey

Seth Wispelwey is a lead organizer/consultant of Fair Trade Boston for the Boston Faith & Justice Network and Protestant Chaplain at Babson College. Last summer, Seth traveled to Colombia with a Christian Peacemaker Team delegation.

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Colombia's "People of the Land" Call Out for Justice ... And Some of Us Are Listening

by Seth Wispelwey 11-11-2011
Campesinos in Monguí, Boyaca, Colombia. Image via Wylio.

Campesinos in Monguí, Boyaca, Colombia. Image via Wylio.

Colombia's campesinos ("people of the land") — peasants, farmers and artisanal miners, the indigenous — are calling out for an end to the exploitation and environmental destruction of their lifelong territories and homes.

They call out for a restoration of their livelihoods. Greed and violence punishing their land is also visited upon the campesinos themselves, leaving them dead, disappeared or disenfranchised as one of the world's largest internally displaced people groups.

The campesinos of Colombia have come together and called out.

Will we listen?

Will we locate our own story in theirs?

Will justice be done? Are we willing to work for it?

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