Pubdate: Wed, 17 Jul 2002
Source: Plain Dealer, The (OH)
Copyright: 2002 The Plain Dealer
Author: Christopher G. Kerr
Note: Kerr works for the InterReligious Task Force on Central America.


In response to the July 10 ar ticle "Jailed activists finally to meet with 

Congratulations to the 10 nonviolent activists who will be meeting with 
Sen. Mike DeWine on Aug. 13 to discuss U.S. policy toward Colombia. There 
are many more in Northeast Ohio who are concerned with U.S. policy and many 
more should become concerned, especially with DeWine's views.

U.S. policy in Colombia is having a significant effect on the people and 
the environment of the Amazon Basin. Innocent people are being killed by 
U.S.-supported paramilitaries; children are being harmed by deadly 
chemicals sprayed to eliminate drug production; and hundreds of union 
organizers have been killed in Colombia for trying to promote workers rights.

Soon Congress will begin making its budget for the upcoming fiscal year. 
Northeast Ohioans can help the people of Colombia by voicing their concerns 
to Sens. DeWine and George Voinovich, and to their representatives in the 

For more information about U.S. policy toward Colombia and other areas of 
Latin America, visit the Center for International Policy's Web site at

Christopher G. Kerr, Cleveland - Kerr works for the InterReligious Task
Force on Central America. 
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