“The FTA would deepen the crisis that we are living here because the FTA is synonymous with privatization and privatization is synonymous with unemployment, unemployment is synonymous with poverty and misery and misery is synonymous with loss of autonomy and sovereignty for our people and as a country.” Danelly Estupiñan, Afro-Colombian activist in Buenaventura, Colombia on the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement. (FTA).
In the face of adversity, courage can take many forms. We have seen so much bravery over the last few days… It’s humbling and inspiring. On Saturday, we met with Tirza and Guillermo, two lawyers from (more…)
Radio Progreso was a beacon during those dark days of the coup… I remember sitting in the CoDev office, with the Radio Progreso live stream on the screen, straining to understand, straining to figure out what was going on. On the same day as the coup took place, the military came to Radio Progreso and camped out around the building, sending the obvious message that intervention could (more…)
From Sarena Talbot, CoDev Program Assistant, November 30, 2011
The Young Worker’s tour is off to a great start. We are currently in Houston waiting overnight to fly to San Pedro Sula, Honduras tomorrow morning. We have a wonderful group of young workers from across Western Canada, and, despite an incredibly early morning, we all managed to stay awake long enough over dinner to share a bit about our backgrounds and what brought us to join the tour. There is a great diversity of experiences and backgrounds and all are excited to be here and are looking forward to meeting with CoDev’s partners in Honduras and El Salvador.
On November 22nd we at CoDev, along with so many others in our community, lost a dear friend and an incredible board member. Bob Rosen was a dedicated and tireless advocate for CoDev as well as so many other organizations and causes. We miss him greatly and are honoured to have been a part of his life. (more…)