Plan Colombia: Reading and Discussion
with author John Lindsay-Poland
Moderated by Roxanna Altholz
Monday, April 15, 12:00 noon
5125 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
Plan Colombia: U.S. Ally Atrocities and Community Activism, recently published by Duke University Press, narrates the story of a rural Colombian community in a conflict area that declared itself a peace community, a massacre that occurred there in 2005, and U.S. grassroots and government responses. Parallel to this, the book recounts and analyzes the multi-billion U.S. program known as Plan Colombia and the impact of U.S. military involvement on killings by the Colombian military, as well as the many grassroots initiatives that have resisted war and injustice. John Lindsay-Poland is Healing Justice Associate at the American Friends Service Committee.
“With enormous sensitivity and respect for human life, John Lindsay-Poland tells the stories of ordinary Colombians who put their lives on the line for peace. No one possesses his grasp of events or such a tremendous heart.” — Robin Kirk, author of, More Terrible Than Death: Drugs, Violence, and America’s War in Colombia
Admission is free. Books will be available for purchase.