This event was part of tour being conducted to inform the American public of the situation in Colombia. Clemenica spoke about the civil war, the guerillas, the para militaries, the drug trafficers. She related all these to the particular plight of the Afro Colombia population which make up a significant percentage of the population of 40,000,000 people, and who don't have title to their ancestral lands.
Since childhood Clemencia has been participating in community activities. She is the founding member of the Municipal Women's Association (ASOM) which works in partnership with the Process for Black Communities (PCN). Founded in 1993, the PCN is a network of 120 local organizations created to help Afro-Colombians maintain control of their ancestoral lands, as well as recognition of their culture and ethnic identity. The PCN also challenges national privatization, exploitation of natural resources and infrastructure development in the vast rainforest region of the Colombian Pacific Coast. The Municipal Women's Asssociation in collaboration with the PCN works to assert and defend the social and legal rights of colombian women of African descent, as well as to achieve better living conditions for them.
Contact for American Friends Service Committee is Martin Gonzalez, at 503-230-9427
(*Note. Los Angeles Indymedia (www.la.indymdia.org) has a Feature on this issue dated 11/21/01, entitled, "Plan Colombia: Cashing In on the Drug War Failure." The Feature is replete with information, as well as links to other sources. It also contains a 20 minute audio interview with Manuel Rozental of the Canada Colombia Solidarity Campaign on the effects of Plan Colombia and the FTAA (Free Trade Agreement of the Americas) on indiginous people. A ton of good information in one spot. Thank you la indymedia.)
Another audio file from Ramon Alcevo, a Colombia citizen, when he was in Portland speaking about Colombia.(www.PhilosopherSeed.org/realaudio/ramon.ram.)
The Alcevo file is about 30 minutes in length and is in English.
The Clemencia file is about 30 minutes in length.
The link provided takes you to a page where this and other audio files are located.