PAULA’S STORY

PAULA FLOREZ Paula first came under our wings at our first Summer Youth Leadership Gathering in Jaque, Darien, Panama. She was a real dynamo of about 16 years old with a vibrant personality. Right away, she took on helping us to coordinate the camp activities. She was a Colombian refugee who had crossed the border with her family after the …

John J. Neumaier

Recent articles by John Neumaier: Reviewing the war between Israel and Gaza How governments make use of nationalism The huge mess and Obama’s tough challenges Whoever wins election will inherit a huge mess The Age of democracy and its discontents The housing crisis What we don’t know may wind up hurting us Questions they forgot to ask Clinton, Obama

More About Frank

  Frank Schiavone was our BRIDGES Historian until his passing in 2008. He was a dedicated peace activist and our very favorite atheist. Frank could not understand the need for threat of punishment (hell) or promise of reward (heaven) was needed as a motivating factor to prompt “right” action. We loved his stories and we encouraged him to repeat them …

Youth Leadership Gathering

     What an amazing experience!  We achieved our stated purpose of giving hope, opportunity to grow, and pockets full of good memories to young people who live life in the midst of war. Jaque, Darien, Panama is the last town on the border of Jurado, Colombia, site of numerous massacres that prompted mass exodus over the “imaginary” line.     Hosting …

Panama Repatriation

COLOMBIAN REPATRIATION REPORT: Jaque, Darien, Panama Dec. 9?12 Our delegation arrived in Jaque on Tuesday, Dec. 9. We consisted of the following groups (about 15 people total): from Panama?Center for the Research and Promotion of Human Rights (CIPDH), Center for Popular Legal Assistance (CEALP), Vicariate of the Darien (Catholic Church), Justicia y Paz (Catholic Church); from Colombia?Project counseling Service, Norwegian …

Ana Tierra Paintings

Maya Luna Mexican Farmer and Child Resurrecting Earth Chico Mendes Amor Pareja Totumo Beluthahatchee Stetson Earth Weaver Let Peace Fly La Playa de Choco Let the Sun In Living Ark Musica, la Musca Pacha Mama Seeking Refuge Spanish Dancer Tree of Life Turtle Turtle Mother Virgin de Guadalupe Weaver of Life Chrysalis The Lovers Jungle Christ Border Christ Lady of …

Thank you!

Thank you for your donation to Bridges Across Borders. If you have ordered an item or multiple items, we have received your order and will be shipping  it (them)  within 1-3 business days. We will be updating our store regularly with new items, so please check it out again soon! Also, don’t hesitate to let us know if you have …

VLM Performers

We would like to thank our amazing performers for volunteering their time and talent to BRIDGES and Viva La Mujer   Kathy Sohar has been in the local Gainesville bands Commander Foxy Pants, Bound, and The Other Gods.             Cathy DeW: Brought up in a family with a jazz pianist/trumpeter for a dad and a …

Sand Tears of the Desert Wayuu

SAND TEARS OF THE DESERT WAYUU: To commemorate the 2nd anniversary of the Bahia Portete massacre Lágrimas de arena del desierto WAYUU (click here for Spanish version) Between the 18th and 20th of April in the “Media Luna” sacred territory of the Wayuu people, located in La Guajira, we gathered for the second Yanama in memory of the massacre that …