[Pnews] Holiday Call-In Day to the White House: Peace for Colombia! Free US Political Prisoner Simon Trinidad!
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Mon Dec 21 12:24:26 EST 2015
*Holiday Call-In Day to the White House: Peace for Colombia! Free Simon
* *Tuesday, December 22*, 2015, 8AM to 5PM Eastern
Call President Obama at *202-456-1111*
“I want Peace for Colombia and to ask President Obama to free Simon
Trinidad for the holidays! Trinidad belongs at the peace talks, not in
solitary confinement at the Florence Colorado Supermax prison. Peace on
Earth and goodwill to all!”
*Peace for Colombia!*
The peace process between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia
(FARC) and the Colombian government is moving forward in Havana, Cuba.
Freeing Simon Trinidad to take part in peace talks would be a concrete
action the Obama White House could take to show it supports the
Colombian peace process. The holidays are a perfect time to make it happen.
We support peace with justice in Colombia as six points are being
negotiated—land reform, drug crop eradication, transitional justice,
political participation, end of armed conflict, and implementation. The
outcome of these peace negotiations will determine the future of
Colombia. It is important at this crucial time of peace talks to support
the people’s movements in Colombia and demand the right-wing death
squads stop killing leaders and activists.
Plan Colombia, the U.S. war of the past 15 years, brought poverty,
misery and death to the Colombian people. It cost over $9 billion. With
its fumigation of poor peasants crops and death squads targeting trade
unionists, teachers, and activists, it is a massive failure.
Today the White House is supporting the peace talks, realizing Plan
Colombia is a failure and that it cannot defeat the FARC. The Pentagon
says the war will go past 2050 at current levels of fighting. Wall
Street wants a peace process in Colombia because oil, mining, and
mineral corporations want access to large no-go areas under the
leadership of FARC or ELN.
*Free Simon Trinidad for the holidays!
* Simon Trinidad, also known as Ricardo Palmera, is a FARC negotiator
and political prisoner of the U.S. government. Trinidad is being
tortured in solitary confinement in the Florence, Colorado Supermax
prison. A few months ago, on Sept. 21, thirty-five protesters marched
and rallied in the mountains of Colorado chanting “Peace for Colombia,
Free Simon Trinidad!” Now it is time to spread that message across the
country and deliver it to the White House.
As the Colombian peace negotiations continue, the FARC says Simon
Trinidad is needed in Havana. Trinidad played an important role in past
negotiations and he represents the people’s movement history. For a
lasting peace with justice in Colombia, ask President Obama to free
Simon Trinidad now!
info at stopfbi.net
Committee to Stop FBI Repression
PO Box 14183
Minneapolis, MN 55414
*FREE RICARDO PALMERA*
We demand the U.S. government free Colombian revolutionary Ricardo
Palmera, a political leader and negotiator for the Revolutionary Armed
Forces of Colombia (FARC). Professor Palmera has done nothing wrong. To
the contrary, he consistently defends the sovereignty of his country,
Colombia's independence, and the rights of the Colombian people.*
*U.S. WAR IN COLOMBIA - PLAN COLOMBIA*
Imposing "Plan Colombia", the U.S. government is intervening directly in
Colombia's civil war -- arming, training, and commanding the Colombian
Military and backing the corrupt government of a small wealthy elite.
The Pentagon's Southern Command gives orders to Colombia's generals.
President Bush has doubled U.S. military advisors to 800 and contract
mercenaries to 600. The U.S. government's dirty war in Colombia costs
over $5 billion in taxpayers' money. It goes to the Colombian Military
and its death squads who torture and kill trade unionists, students, and
peasants. The paramilitary death squads are part and parcel of the
Colombian state, serving the interests of U.S. corporations like
Occidental Oil, Chiquita Banana, Drummond Coal, and Coca-Cola. Plan
Colombia is a plan for poverty, misery and death. It rains down terror
upon Colombia's poor.
The imprisonment of Ricardo Palmera is a direct result of U.S.
intervention in Colombia's civil war. The FARC formed in 1964 after
Colombia's elites and their U.S. allies violently attacked an
independent peasants' movement. Ricardo Palmera joined the FARC in 1989
after seeing most of his friends and comrades of the Patriotic Union
political party murdered or exiled. The Colombian Military and their
death squads murdered more than 4000 candidates, members, and elected
officials of the Patriotic Union. Today, the FARC is a rebel army of
28,000 fighting for national liberation. It consists mainly of peasants
and one-third of its fighters are women. However, FARC members come from
all walks of life, including leaders like Professor Palmera. The FARC
fight for social justice, seeking democratic social and economic change,
organizing the poor to overthrow the rich and become the rulers of
society. The FARC opposes the U.S. Empire -- where U.S. corporations
steal the oil, coal, minerals, gems, and agricultural products that
belong to the Colombian people. The FARC appeals to the American people
to demand peace, not war, from Bush and other leaders.
Ricardo Palmera's extradition, imprisonment, and trials are part of the
U.S. Pentagon's counter-insurgency war. Palmera is the latest victim of
the Bush Administration's so-called "War on Terror"; an unending war
that respects no national boundaries and leads to repression and death
around the world.
Ricardo Palmera is held in solitary confinement -- no family, no
friends, no reporters, not even his own Colombian lawyer can visit.
However, by speaking the truth in court, FARC leader Palmera has
consistently beaten the Bush administration. Palmera won a victory when
the first trial ended in a hung jury. American jurors could not find
Palmera guilty on the three "terrorism" charges and the two "kidnapping"
charges. It was supposed to be a "slam-dunk" for the U.S. prosecutors,
but turned into a big loss on their home turf.
Next the U.S. government re-tried Palmera on the same exact charges.
However before the 2nd trial could even begin, Judge Hogan was caught
cheating with U.S. prosecutor Ken Kohl and had to step down, to recuse
himself. Hogan's replacement, Judge Lamberth refused to allow Palmera
any witnesses. The U.S. prosecutor had dozens of witnesses -- paid
informants, lying convicted drug runners, and corrupt Colombian
government officials. At the end of the 2nd trial, the jury could not
find Palmera guilty of "terrorism" charges or the actual kidnapping
charge related to three U.S. military contractors captured and held by
the FARC. Unfortunately, based upon the FARC capturing its enemies in
combat, the jury convicted Palmera of "belonging to a conspiracy to
kidnap". Judge Lamberth added every year of time the U.S. Prosecutor
asked for, producing a 60-year sentence while emphasizing his "judicial
independence and impartiality". At his sentencing Ricardo Palmera gave a
moving and heroic speech, defending himself and his principles, the FARC
and its leadership, and the revolution of the Colombian people. Ricardo
Palmera's speech will one day appear in history books across Latin America.
The third and fourth trials of Ricardo Palmera involved "drug" charges,
claiming Professor Palmera is part of a vast conspiracy to import
cocaine to the U.S. This claim is like the "weapons of mass destruction"
in Iraq. It is the big lie with no evidence. The FARC are simply not
involved in the production or trafficking of drugs. This time, seven
American jurors declared Ricardo Palmera "not guilty". Another hung
jury, another mistrial, but the U.S. Prosecutor put Ricardo Palmera on
trial again. For the same charges! Another million-dollar trial with no
evidence, only paid informants and corrupt government officials. In this
fourth trial, Palmera won another hung jury and the U.S. State
Department finally gave up and requested that the charges be dropped.
*FREE RICARDO PALMERA *
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