Partner to Speak on Human Rights in Colombia

Human rights defender Berenice Celeyta says that international solidarity helps to keep her alive and able to continue her work. Celeyta is the founder and director of one of CoDev’s partners, NOMADESC, an organization dedicated to working with local communities in the south west region of Colombia to defend and promote their rights.

At CoDev we speak often about solidarity – we know that it means going beyond charity, seeking equality and building mutual support. Solidarity with our Latin American partners is a commitment to working together for social change, justice and equality in Latin America and here in Canada. Solidarity is what we were founded on. It is our raison d’être.

Berenice Celeyta, Director, NOMADESC

What does it mean, though, when someone says solidarity keeps her alive? Certainly it gives a greater weight to our connection. It means the partnerships we have developed and deepened over the years will be called on and our responses will be critical.

CoDev is coordinating the tour of Berenice Celeyta to Ottawa, Vancouver, Courtenay and Regina in partnership with CUPE and with the support of the PSAC, BCGEU, VDLC and others. We hope you will be able to come and meet with Berenice while she is here and hear more about the critical role NOMADESC is playing in Colombia and about how Canadian solidarity is key to their work.

Here are some opportunities for you to join us to hear from Berenice!

  • Monday, Feb 28 @ 12:00pm: Brown Bag Lunch at PSAC, JC Carlo Boardroom, 233 Gilmour Street, Ottawa
  • Friday, March 4 @ 12:00pm: Solidarity Lunch Presentation at the Vancouver and District Labour Council, Maritime Labour Centre, 111Victoria Dr, Vancouver
  • Saturday, March 5 @ 2:00pm: Public meeting, BCGEU office, 201-910 Fitzgerald St, Courtenay, BC Due to unforeseen circumstances this event has been canceled.
  • Sunday, March 6 @ 7:00 pm: Screening of film, Defensora (Defender) about Berenice’s life and work, Rhizome Café, 317 East Broadway, Vancouver.  RSVP to this event on Facebook!

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