Plan Colombia: U.S. Ally Atrocities and Community Activism


February 20, 2020 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Center for Latin American Studies
2334 Bowditch St
CA 94704
unnamedJohn Lindsay-Poland is a writer, activist, researcher and analyst focused on human rights and demilitarization, especially in the Americas. He has written about, researched and organized action for human rights and demilitarization of US policy in Latin America for 30 years. Currently he coordinates Stop US Arms to Mexico, a project of Global Exchange, and serves as California Healing Justice Associate of the American Friends Service Committee, with a focus on police demilitarization.
His award-winning book Plan Colombia narrates a 2005 massacre in the San José de Apartadó Peace Community and the subsequent investigation, official cover-up, and response from the international community. He examines how the multibillion-dollar U.S. military aid and official indifference contributed to the Colombian military’s atrocities. Drawing on his human rights activism and interviews with military officers, community members, and human rights defenders, Lindsay-Poland describes grassroots initiatives in Colombia and the United States that resisted militarized policy and created alternatives to war.

Alejandro Múnera, Daniel Payares, and Milo Buitrago-Casas
Colombian working group – UC Berkeley

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