U.S-based peace activists founded Witness for Peace in response to the U.S. funding of the Contras. Over the course of the decade, WFP sent thousands of U.S citizens to Nicaragua to witness the devastating effects of U.S.-sponsored “low intensity warfare.”
A Witness for Peace delegation was kidnapped by the Contras on the Rio San Juan. They were released after three days, bringing much-needed media and Congressional attention to the cruelties of the Nicaraguan war.
At the height of the coup that ousted President Jean Bertrand Aristide and murdered thousands of Haitians, the Haitian religious community called for an international presence to stand by a people in crisis. In response, Witness for Peace began sending delegations to Haiti.
Witness for Peace helped organize the first vigil to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas, which trains Latin American soldiers in brutal combat and counterinsurgency methods.
Witness for Peace published Bitter Medicine: Structural Adjustment in Nicaragua, a ground-breaking resource for activists that put a human face on the impact of structural adjustment policies promoted by the U.S. government through the World Bank, International Monetary Fund.
Witness for Peace led the a coalition organizing the National Mobilization on Colombia, which brought 10,000 people to Washington, D.C. to challenge our policymakers to end support for paramilitary death squads and destructive counter-narcotics fumigation in Colombia.
In strife-torn Buenaventura, Colombia, the Humanitarian Space of Puente Nayero is inaugurated by its residents in April as a non-violent alternative and project for life. Witness for Peace and other international organizations accompany Puente Nayero in rotation in order to discourage paramilitary retaliation and mitigate official indifference.
Witness for Peace opened our Honduras office in response to the critical need for human rights accompaniment and solidarity.
In August 2018, the Witness for Peace teams from Colombia, Cuba, Honduras, and Mexico flew north to Minnesota, where they convened with regional and national colleagues from around the US. The workers engaged in a powerful week of visioning and building, led by the principles of Emergent Strategy, and they drafted, finalized and signed a Workers Statement to reflect their central values and beliefs
In January 2019, the WFP Solidarity Collective was founded by a collaborative group of former WFP national and international staff, board members, regional organizers and volunteers committed to a new vision of horizontal solidarity, both with our international partners and within our own internal organizing and governance.
In February 2019, the WFP Solidarity Collective began a 6-month facilitated process to vision and formalize their ongoing model, leadership, and governance. Current composition includes core members, supporters, and advisors