Projet Accompagnement Solidarité Colombie

PASC Campaigns

Canadian War Profiteers

We are joining voices with social organizations and communities in resistance in order to declare loud and strong: the conflict in Colombia is part of an imperialist war, financed and fuelled by the economic interests of the North. Our international development agency plays a role by drafting legislation in Colombia that favours foreign companies. Our Conservative government has signed a free trade agreement, legitimatizing the paramilitary state and proclaiming Colombia a 'democracy'. Our companies (mining and oil in particular) demand the protection of their investments in Colombia through military brigades charged with protecting mines and pipelines; through paramilitary troops that 'clean up' areas through massacres and forced displacements; and through killers for hire that target unions. Our agricultural products are dumped onto Colombia at low prices that destroy small farmers and the local economy.
 

Political Prisoners

Permanent Solidarity Campaign with Political Prisoners in Colombia

 

PASC accompanies the Committee of Solidarity with Political Prisoners, participates and broadcasts campaign information beyond the campaign walls about extradition and the closing of the prison of Valledupar.  PASC also associates with different solidarity campaigns for political, war or social prisoners in North America.  There are presently more than 7200 political prisoners in Colombia.  Out of 60 000 prisoners, only 22 000 were charged and the others are under investigation and can wait up to 36 months before being tried.

Agrofuels

The PASC launched its campaign against agrofuels in 2004 in solidarity with the accompanied communities in the Bajo Atrato, in the Choco region.

 

Agrofuels.* The word is in fashion, or perhaps more so its ideological counterpart, “biodiesel” or "biofuel", which evokes ecological values linked to sustainable development. However, nothing could be further from the truth. From an ecological point of view, agrofuels produce more greenhouse gasses than fossil fuels, as well as being developed by an agro-industry which favours intense monoculture crops, intense consumption of chemical products, and causes soil degradation, often in the form of deforestation and desertification. For these reasons, among others, this type of monoculture poses a direct threat to food sovereignty, biodiversity, water reserves, and finally, it accelerates the ecological crisis and the destruction of small peasant farming.

Notre solidarité un territoire à décoloniser

Lorsque nous clamons notre solidarité avec les peuples du Sud, que nous exigeons pour eux (ou avec eux ?) des droits et du développement, nous lançons cet appel depuis nos écoles, notre confort, notre sécurité. Avant nous, d’autres bonnes intentions ont été formulées à l’égard des “ peuples étrangers ” pour leur apporter les bienfaits de notre civilisation. Il y a 500 ans, l’Occident prétendait exporter ses valeurs hors de ses frontières, l’entreprise s’est soldée par le génocide et l’esclavage de millions d’êtres humains. Ces cicatrices divisent aujourd’hui le monde (...)Nous tissons des liens avec les perdant-e-s de cette histoire et puisque nous voyons en eux et elles nos égaux, nous refusons de croire en la fatalité de leur pauvreté, de leurs violences, de leur “ retard ” : nous accusons un système qui érige son pouvoir en les écrasant. Pourtant, nous sommes confortablement installé-e-s au centre de sa victoire, jouissant des privilèges du peuple conquérant. Voir :http://decolo.pasc.ca/