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FALL, 1998: Volume 3 Issue 3

Notes From Our Partner Groups

Friends Peace Teams Project will help support volunteers to Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) and Peace Brigades International (PBI). Volunteers should apply to CPT or PBI and contact FPTP as soon as possible, and should follow FPTP's guidelines for sponsorship. These procedures include:

  • obtaining a written report from a clearness committee within an applicant's Friends Meeting or Church,
  • forwarding of a copy of the applicant's CPT or PBI application to FPTP,
  • making a plan for fund raising, oversight and spiritual support by the applicant and his or her supporting Meeting or Church.

CPT plans further delegations to the Middle East, Haiti and Chiapas, Mexico. The Rebuilding against Bulldozers project in Hebron continues to match families and congregations with families whose houses are scheduled to be destroyed (or already have been!) by the Israeli Defense Force. The situation in Chiapas received the attention of UN expert on indigenous questions, Erica Irene A. Daes. On August 6, Mexico was pointed out as being the country with the most human rights violations against indigenous people, ahead of Turkey and Cyprus. CPT will soon decide if it can field a team to accompany the non-governmental organization, “The Bees,” which was attacked in the massacre at Acteal on Dec. 22, 1997. (See Peace Team News, Summer 1998.) Volunteers may also participate in short-term teams (delegations) to these and other sites. Updates and details of all of CPT's programs are available at PO Box 6508, Chicago IL, 60680-6508; tel: 312-455-1199; e-mail: cpt@igc.apc.org; web page: http://www.prairienet.org/cpt/.

PBI will begin a new project accompanying the Philippine group, Families of Involuntarily Disappeared (FIND), which works to pursue justice by participating in exhumations of mass and individual graves, identifying remains, preparing evidence against the alleged perpetrators, and promoting legislation at the national level to advance the interests of victims of disappearance and to assist their families. PBI's work continues in Guatemala, the Balkans, Chiapas, Haiti, North America and Colombia. Contact PBI at 2642 College Ave, Berkeley CA 94704; tel/fax: 510-540-0749; e-mail: pbiusa@igc.apc.org; web page: http://www.igc.apc.org/pbi/index.html.

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