WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

Bridging the Americas: Black Lives Matter Everywhere

Wednesday, 16 November 2016
1666 Connecticut Ave N.W. Suite 400

AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan

The Washington Office on Latin America, FOR Peace Presence, Peace Brigades International Colombia and the Latin America Working Group are pleased to invite you to:

Part of a national speaking tour and exchange between Afro-Colombian leaders and members of the Black Lives Matter Movement in the United States.


Nhora Isabel Castillo Panameño,
Community leaders
, Puente Nayero Humanitarian Space

Willian Mina,
Community leader,
Puente Nayero Humanitarian Space

Wednesday, November 16
1666 Connecticut Ave N.W., Suite 400
2:00 p.m – 3:15 p.m.

The discussion will be conducted in Spanish and English. Simultaneous translation will be

In the United States, an African-American is killed every 28 hours. The Movement for Black Lives has brought ongoing state violence against Black communities to national attention over the last two years.

The US has seen a surge of protests and demonstrations; in Colombia, communities have organized to directly reclaim their own territorial space. While this struggle is tied to racial inequality in the US, in Colombia it is often connected to economic displacement and resistance to remain on the territory and land.

This event, part of a national speaking tour organized by FOR Peace Presence, will explore the intersections of racism, displacement and economic policies that affect black communities in Colombia and the U.S. as a means to build solidarity between frontline activists in a cross-border movement based on the principle that Black lives matter everywhere.

For more information, visit the FOR Peace Presence website.