On October 30, 2009, the U.S. signed an agreement with Colombia for access to seven military bases. This has heightened tensions between Colombia and Venezuela, as well as other countries in the region. The bases will displace some of Colombia’s poorest residents, and they put the United States in a good position to further interfere with politics and society in Colombia.
Resources on Colombia:
- Overview of the current situation with references
- Witness for Peace’s Face the Displaced of Colombia Campaign
- Counterpunch’s recent Article on Mass Graves in Colombia
- John Lindsay-Poland’s recent Article on U.S. Strategy in Colombia
Action on Colombia:
- Contact Senator Levin: As the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Senator Levin is a key person to contact on this issue.
- Send a letter of your own to Senator Levin. Use this sample letter plus tips, and mail it to Senator Levin, 269 Russell Office Building, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC 20510-2202. You can also fax it to Senator Levin at (313) 226-6948 or click the “Contact Senator Levin” link to email him a message.
- Send your message to President Obama urging him to annul the military bases agreement and change U.S. policy in Colombia!