The Unión Portuaria, the Colombian union of port workers, takes members of a Witness for Peace delegation on a tour of the modern Pacific coast port of Buenaventura, and then of the impoverished barrio in which the workers live.
GM assembly workers in Colombia suffer occupational disabilities resulting from outdated equipment and production methods, then the company forces them out of their jobs. The workers and their families fight back by occupying a spot right across the street from the US embassy. In November they spoke with a Witness for Peace delegation about their struggle for justice.
Participants in the Movement of Victims of Crimes of the State describe extrajudicial executions, also known as "false positives," in which the US-funded Colombian armed forces murdered civilians - often young men looking for work - in order to present their bodies as evidence of military success in the internal armed conflict. One of the speakers lost her brother, another her son, to such killings.
Dan Kovalik of the United Steelworkers talks about holding corporations accountable in US courts for labor and human rights abuses in other countries. Dan has been counsel to plaintiffs in cases against The Coca-Cola Company, Drummond, and Occidental Petroleum for alleged abuses including torture and murder in Colombia.
Jorge Parra, president of ASOTRECOL, the Association of Sick Workers and Ex-Workers of GM Colombia, talks with UAW staff at Solidarity House in Detroit. GM kicked these workers to the curb after they were hurt on the job, and they then occupied the curb - the one across the street from the U.S. embassy in Bogotá - where they have remained continuously since August.