Event Title

The Struggle for Trade, Labor & Racial Justice in Colombia’s Ports

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“On tour with Witness for Peace, Jhon Jairo Castro will share his experience as an Afro-Colombian labor leader in one of the deadliest countries in the world to exercise labor rights. Jhon Jairo has worked as a longshoreman and labor rights organizer for over eleven years, leading various actions in Colombia’s principle port city of Buenaventura. A voice from the port, through which 60 percent of Colombian imports and exports pass, is especially significant in the wake of the approval of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement. Jhon Jairo will share what privatization and free trade have meant for Buenaventura’s Afro-Colombian community, who make up nearly 90% of the city’s population.”

About the Lecturer: Jhon Jairo Castro, President of the Buenaventura chapter of the Portworkers Union in Colombia

Document Type

Event

Start Date

9-10-2013 12:00 PM

End Date

9-10-2013 1:15 PM

Location

Fairhaven College Auditorium

Resource Type

Moving image

Title of Series

World Issues Forum

Genre/Form

lectures

Contributing Repository

Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Keywords

Witness for Peace, Columbia, Afro-Colombian labor force

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Language

English

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video/mp4

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Oct 9th, 12:00 PM Oct 9th, 1:15 PM

The Struggle for Trade, Labor & Racial Justice in Colombia’s Ports

Fairhaven College Auditorium

“On tour with Witness for Peace, Jhon Jairo Castro will share his experience as an Afro-Colombian labor leader in one of the deadliest countries in the world to exercise labor rights. Jhon Jairo has worked as a longshoreman and labor rights organizer for over eleven years, leading various actions in Colombia’s principle port city of Buenaventura. A voice from the port, through which 60 percent of Colombian imports and exports pass, is especially significant in the wake of the approval of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement. Jhon Jairo will share what privatization and free trade have meant for Buenaventura’s Afro-Colombian community, who make up nearly 90% of the city’s population.”

About the Lecturer: Jhon Jairo Castro, President of the Buenaventura chapter of the Portworkers Union in Colombia