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AfroColombia

Resources concerning people in Colombia with an African heritage. See also AfroColumbia News

AfroColombians are especially concentrated in coastal areas and on the Pacific side of the country, where Cuban ethnologist Rogelio Martinez Furé visited  in 1997.  He made presentations at numerous cities, especially on the coast, where he reported that there is a strong Congo presence which has preserved much of the culture.

General Resources & News Sources

Music


Media
Demographics

Organizations


Afro-Colombians and the Free Trade Agreement

Books ~ Articlestop

Chocó Rwanda of the Americas

Bibliografía para AfroColombia, Universtitat de Barcelona

Media

Afro-Colombian Solidarity Network on Facebook

news.afrocolombians.com/news

América Negra - Pontificia Universidad Javierana, Colombia
La Revista América Negra es una publicación semestral de la Expedición Humana que acoge materiales sobre cualquiera de las disciplinas que se ocupan de la descripción y análisis de las poblaciones humanas. La Revista hace énfasis en las comunidades negras e indígenas del continente americano y sus relaciones con poblaciones de otros lugares del mundo.

Grupo Afrodescendiente Discussions

Observatorio de Discriminación Racial


Demographics
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"Colombia has 40 million people – 26 percent of them of African descent, mostly in the Pacific region. Since the period of slavery, we have shared that area with indigenous Native Americans." - Afro-Colombian struggle for land and justice  12/31/02 SF Bay View

World Fact Book

Population: 38,580,949 (July 1998 est.)

Ethnic groups: mestizo 58%, white 20%, mulatto 14%, black 4%, mixed
black-Amerindian 3%, Amerindian 1%

Age structure:
0-14 years: 33% (male 6,474,927; female 6,321,404)
15-64 years: 62% (male 11,725,078; female 12,333,982)
65 years and over: 5% (male 780,486; female 945,072) (July 1998 est.)

Population growth rate: 1.89% (1998 est.)

Birth rate: 24.93 births/1,000 population (1998 est.)

Death rate: 5.69 deaths/1,000 population (1998 est.)

Net migration rate: -0.34 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1998 est.)

Sex ratio:
at birth: 1.03 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.02 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 0.95 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.83 male(s)/female (1998 est.)

Infant mortality rate: 25.44 deaths/1,000 live births (1998 est.)

Life expectancy at birth:
total population: 70.06 years
male: 66.15 years
female: 74.11 years (1998 est.)

Total fertility rate: 2.9 children born/woman (1998 est.)

Nationality:
noun: Colombian(s)
adjective: Colombian

Religions: Roman Catholic 95%

Languages: Spanish

Literacy:
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 91.3%
male: 91.2%
female: 91.4% (1995 est.)top

Organizations

AfroColombian News

Afro-Colombian Solidarity Network (ACSN)

Afrodes

Afrodescendientes - libros afrocolombianos a descargar gratis

Association of Displaced Afro-Colombians (AFRODES)

COCOMACIA - Consejo Comunitario Mayor de La Asociación Campesina Integral del Atrato

Corporación para el Desarollo Afrocolombiano - COPRODEPA

Fundación Activos Culturales Afro - ACUA

Fundación Assim Bonanga Colombia

La Fundación para el Desarrollo y Fortalecimiento de las Comunidades Afrocolombianas FUNDESARROLLOAFRO

El Instituto Latinoamericano de Servicios Legales Alternativos Ilsa

IndyMedia, Afro Colombia

Luis Gilberto Murillo - Global Exchange
Luis Gilberto Murillo, a former Colombian governor now exiled in the US, will travel the country urging people to oppose a larger US role in Colombia's civil war.

Movimiento Cimarron

Movimiento Nacional de Víctimas de Crímenes de Estado - MOVICE

Movimiento Nacional AfroColombiano - www.movimientoafro.com, el movimiento politico mas importante del pais. Nuestro movimiento politico, en las pasadas elecciones regionales (2007) obtuvimos la historica votacion de casi 800.000 votos convirtiendose en el partido o movimiento politico con mayor crecimiento del pais y un hecho historico al ser un movimiento de origen afrocolombiano. La representatividad la da el hecho de tener un Gobernador (departamento del Cauca), ocho (8) alcaldía, con la capital del departamento del Caquetá (Florencia), dos diputados y 130 concejales. La gestion realizada por el Movimiento Nacional Afrocolombianoes la inclusion social en nuestro pais y la accion inicial fue la inclusion dentro de los planes de desarrollo de cada municipio donde tenemos presencia, la atencion a la poblacion afrocolombiana. Tenemos multiples actividads en el pais desarrollando una n ueva cara del proceso afrocolombiano. -- Marcel Echeverry Valencia,  Presidente Movimiento Nacional Afrocolombiano "afro"
Vease tambien nuestra pagina en AfroCubaWeb, Movimiento Nacional Afrocolombiano

Conferencia Nacional de Organizaciones Afrocolombianas CNOA

Movimiento Nacional Afrocolombiano

Piedad Córdoba Ruiz

Plan Colombia y PCN (Proceso de Comunidades Negras)

Poder Ciudadano

Portal Web Cimarrón - www.cimarronracismo.org

Proceso de Comunidad Negras (PCN) - main site

Red Nacional de Mujeres Afrocolombianas

US Office on Colombia - Afro-Colombian Groups

Afro-Latin Organizations

Población AfroDescendiente de America Latina UNDP

 

Meet Carlos Rosero, Process of Black Communities in Colombia (PCN), 6/23/05, Dorchester, MAtop

REFLECT & STRENGTHEN cordially invites you to an evening of knowledge
about what's really going on in one of the countries that we as citizens
of the United States are financially supporting. Please come and share
your thoughts...

What do you know about Colombia? Soccer?War? Drugs? Cartels? Do you know about African Communities living in peaceful resistance in Colombia?

Although they have been there for centuries, did you know that it wasn't until the 1990’s that the Colombian constitution for the first time recognized the existence of “Afro Colombian Communities” with equal rights as a people in Colombia?

Did you know that although they make up about 43% of the Colombian population, only about 1% of Afro Colombians have access to attend a college?

Do you know about the struggles of our sisters and brothers due to the military aid provided by the United States to Colombia? Well there's much more to learn and this is your change to speak directly with one of the leaders of the Afro-Colombian movement; Carlos Rosero!

Carlos Rosero was a key leader in the creation of PCN, the Process of Black Communities in Colombia. PCN is a national grassroots organization who continuously defends Afro-Colombian territories and peace communities and fights for human rights, which are severely affected by the armed conflict that has expelled thousands of Afro Colombian families from their homes.

Come meet one of the most outstanding leaders of the Afro Colombian movement 
and let’s build a movement of solidarity!!! 


THIS THURSDAY JUNE 23rd!!! 6pm - FREE
Freedom House
14 Crawford Street
Dorchester, MA 02121

For information, please contact Eli Pabón at 857-472-2820 or email
elizabeth@reflectandstrengthen.org


For directions log onto http://www.freedomhouse.com/contactus/index.html

This event is co-sponsored in partnership with Reflect & Strengthen, American Friend’s Service Committee and Jobs With Justice

 

General Resources & News Sourcestop

Afro-Colombian Solidarity Network on Facebook

www.renacientes.org - Proceso de Comunidades Negras (PCN)

Observatorio de Discriminación Racial

Atlas de las culturas afro colombianas
www.colombiaaprende.edu.co/html/etnias/1604/channel.html

Afro-Colombia: A Case for Pan-African Analysis, Joseph F. Jordan, 2006 with 2013 update, PDF


Music

Colombia, Afropop Worldwide


A Colombian governor's plea for peace, 2/7/01
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By Luis Gilberto Murillo

I am a former governor of Chocó, the most impoverished department of Colombia. In 1998, I tried to declare Chocó a neutral zone, a territory of peace free from the combat ravaging my country. Because of my work for peace, I was kidnapped by people who identified themselves as paramilitaries. Death threats were leveled at my family and myself. Fearing for our lives, we fled to the United States in July of 2000. We now live here in exile.

But the majority of the Colombian people do not have the option of exile. They have nowhere to run from the violence in my country. The Bush administration's announcement that it plans to expand the Clinton administration's $1.3 billion aid package to Colombia and its neighbors will only make matters worse for a lot of my fellow citizens.

The aid package, which is supposedly intended to help bring a "peaceful and sensible resolution" to Colombia's conflict, is a grave mistake. It will force Americans to pay with their checkbooks, and Colombians with their lives.

Sixty percent of the aid the Colombian government is receiving will be going to the Colombian military, notorious for having one of the worst human-rights records in the world. According to Human Rights Watch's most recent annual report, "Colombia's armed forces continue to be implicated in serious human rights violations."

Paramilitary groups, working closely with the Colombian military, often harass and terrorize citizens. Just last month, right-wing paramilitaries entered the village of Chengue in northern Colombia before dawn and herded the men of the village into the town square. The paramilitaries then killed at least 25 of them with sledgehammers and rocks, as their families watched, before setting fire to houses and shops. Survivors told the Washington Post that the Colombian military provided safe passage to the paramilitaries and sealed off the area to facilitate the massacre.

There are now more than 1.8 million Colombians who are refugees within our own country. Left with no other option, some move to the large cities and join the ranks of the urban poor. Others, desperate and destitute, join guerrilla organizations or the paramilitaries for survival. The cycle of oppression and poverty continues, and the conflict deepens.

But peace, for so long a distant prospect, has begun to light the Colombian horizon.

In October 2000, the long-ignored Colombian people met with representatives of the Colombian government and rebel groups in Costa Rica in a conference named Paz Colombia (Peace Colombia). This conference was an attempt to begin a democratic dialogue that will bring a political and peaceful end to Colombia's civil conflict. Only two years ago, such a meeting between the intensely divided sectors of the Colombian people would have been difficult to bring about.

Even the left-for-dead peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the FARC, Colombia's largest rebel group, have been resuscitated. Colombian President Andres Pastrana and FARC leader Manuel Marulanda are meeting this week to revive the talks.

Despite these overtures, the Bush administration has unwisely decided to extend weapons to Colombia instead of olive branches. As a result, the hopeful glow of peace dims in the darkness of this 40-year war. The Colombian military, newly trained and armed by the United States, is planning major offensives in the south. The guerrillas, battle-tested after four decades in the jungle, are digging in, preparing for the upcoming battles.

And the Colombian people are caught in between. They desperately want -- and deserve -- to live in a country without war.

Luis Gilberto Murillo is a former governor of the department of Chocó, and the youngest person ever to be elected governor in Colombia. He and his family currently reside in the Washington, D.C., area. He can be reached at pmproj@progressive.org

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