Briefly Noted

  • An estimated 10 million Colombians—a quarter of the country’s population—took to the streets this fall in protests demanding an end to 40 years of armed conflict that has claimed at least 30,000 lives and displaced 1.4 million people.
  • An amendment to cut funding to the U.S. Army School of the Americas—which the House approved last August, 230-197—was defeated 8-7 in a House-Senate conference committee in late September. More than 130 Catholic bishops in the United States and 40 in Latin America have called for the closing of the School that is linked to many of the hemisphere’s worst human rights violations.
  • Poor people and activists from the United States, Canada, and Latin America joined this October in the March of the Americas, marching from Washington, D.C., to the United Nations in New York City as part of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign. The campaign consists of more than 35 organizations, and is spearheaded by the Kensington Welfare Rights Union.

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