Protecting Social Leaders in La Guajira

During the 7 months that I was in Colombia, nine of my friends were threatened with pamphlets from criminal groups. Dozens more in la Guajira and Cesár have received similar pamphlets in the past few months and we fear that an uptick in violence may be right around the corner. 

In light of the increase in threats to environmental defenders, I am raising money to support the safety of two prominent social leaders who are doing very important organizing and accompaniment work with communities impacted by Cerrejón, a multinational corporation that owns the largest open cast coal mine in Latin America.  

All money collected in this fund drive will go directly to paying two trusted community security guards (shown in picture) a monthly part time (minimum wage) salary of 130 USD/month each.  It is important that people doing this work are never traveling alone - simply guaranteeing accompaniment makes a huge difference in someone's safety. 

I am a researcher and activist who lived in the region for 7 months and worked closely with these two leaders.  I will be transferring the funds to them through Western Union.  This is a temporary solution as we campaign to put pressure on the government to address their security concerns.  I hope that we can collect enough money for this support to continue for several months while we sort out a long term solution to these safety concerns.  

Monthly donations are encouraged, even if you can only give $10 per month it is a huge help. Monthly donations are collected via PayPal at:¤cy_code=USD&source=url

Thank you for your solidarity with social leaders and environmental defenders in La Guajira.

Jackie Gilbert

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    • $150 
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    • $40 
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    • $100 
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Jackie Gilbert 
Santa Barbara, CA
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