By Tatiana Roa Avendaño– Friends of the Earth Colombia and Jessica Toloza – Anthropology Student at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia

“A single swallow does not necessarily mean that summer is on its way” Juan Ventes

Note: This article was published previously in Agrocombustibles: Llenando Tanques, Vaciando Territorios (Agro-fuels: Filling Tanks, Emptying Territorios, published by Censat Agua Viva and the Proceso de Comunidades Negras (Process of Black Communities), Bogotá – Colombia, 2008. It was translated from the Spanish by Kolya Abramsky, with assistance from Claudia Roa and Adam Rankin

Despite the fact that it might appear as if the voyage along the length of the South Pacific coast of Colombia came to an end with the latest activities in Tumaco, the journey is not over yet. Through the debates, discussions and denunciations arising from the presentation, as well as the warnings about megaprojects that marginalize and bleed the territories, we have been brought face to face with the vestiges of slavery. Such has been the outcome of this campaign for life and freedom in the context of today’s marginalization. Like migratory birds, we made our way from port to port, listening to tales of a pained world, aware that the confirmation of the story lay in the lives of the protagonists: peasant men and women. These are the downtrodden victims of injustice, yet they are nonetheless alive with happiness. Together, we built a fraternal fire and shared a small artesenal boat in which we ate together as equals and gently sung ourselves into dissonance. Despite our diverse places of origin (Buenaventura, Bogota, Bahía Málaga, Ladrilleros, Cali, Sala Onda, Guapi, Timbiqui and Tumaco) and our different professions, we made the journey together in a familial and fraternal spirit. Combining visions and dreams for a single cause, we reclaimed the word, recounting the outrages and injustices of a capitalism whose discriminatory policies and practices are devastating the African population and banishing them from their own territories. Capitalism which, according to Bolívar Echeverría, “implies the alienation of the human subject, and the erosion of its ability to reproduce itself and generate its own ways of being.”

Read the completed article. Dynamycs of songful resistance


Por Tatiana Roa Avendaño

Diseño de la cartilla: Angie Vanessa Cárdenas Roa http://www.acdesign.tk

Una navegación por el Pacífico, desde Buenaventura hasta Tumaco, permite dimensionar los grandes conflictos ambientales que las comunidades deben enfrentar.

Este periplo que quince días atravesó manglares, recorrió las agrestes costas del Pacífico, navegó los más importantes ríos, se detuvo en los pequeños pueblos y conversó con sus habitantes. De esta forma, activistas del movimiento ambientalista y negro se pudieron acercar y comprender los graves conflictos que sufren las comunidades negras del Pacífico Sur.

Este documento contiene 4 relatos de este bello viaje, de pasión, sorpresa y alegría

Lea todos los relatos. Navegando el Pacífico. Relatos

Por: Tatiana Roa Avendaño

El mundo occidental, en especial los países del norte, se rindió a la adicción por los energéticos provenientes de los fósiles. Ese rumbo ha provocado algo que hoy ya nadie pone en duda: el cambio climático. Muchas soluciones se han propuesto para enfrentarlo, pero la mayoría de ellas deja que siga con fuerza la carrera suicida de la humanidad.

Lea el texto completo. Biodiesel de la Palma aceitera