The Americas program sponsored by Nonviolence International (NI-Americas) is led by Andres Thomas Conteris, who has served as the Director of the Program on the Americas since 1999.
NI-Americas supports closegitmo.net and its campaign to close Guantanamo Bay and to end US practice of torture. Conteris went on a hunger strike for 80 days in solidarity with fasting prisoners in Guantanamo and in California..
NI-Americas continues to support solidarity delegations to the Americas including Honduras and Uraguay in 2014.
In 2009, Andres assisted in leading international solidarity efforts to oppose the coup d’état in Honduras. He was the only US Citizen who stayed in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa with President Zelaya for more than four months. He has led numerous delegations to Honduras and Latin America focusing on topics such as human rights and justice.
The NI Program on the Americas has worked to get the “Training Manual for Nonviolent Defense Against the Coup d’ État” translated into Spanish and is currently in the process of printing 500 copies to be distributed throughout Latin America. 180 copies will be distributed in Honduras where the most recent coup took place in the Americas. The SERPAJ network is active in 13 countries in Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay and each of the national networks will distribute 5 copies each.
Nonviolence International (NI) USA seeks to strengthen society’s commitments to the ideals of King and Gandhi by linking social movements for equality, justice and the environment around the world. Nonviolence International was founded by Intifada leader Mubarak Awad in 1989 to build a global network of resource centers to pursue nonviolent means to bring about social and political change. NI USA serves as the secretariat and provides training and educational resources to groups and activists fighting corporate domination and the military-industrial-security complex.
Located in Washington DC, NI USA coordinates programs with a NY-UN office and the program on the Americas.
Nonviolence International (NI) affiliate in Canada is currently seeking funding to support the ICPAPED Monitor. ICPAPED stands for the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance and is a human rights resolution adopted by the United Nations in 2010. NI-Canada is hoping to fund research, publications and operations for annual reporting of the convention’s findings and progress. The goal of the ICPAPED Monitor is to promote the universalization of the convention and provide memberstates and their citizens with impartial and factual information about the Convention. NI-Canada also supports other organizations promoting peace, such as the Campaign for a Canadian Department of Peace, Civilian Peace Service Canada and Peace Brigade International.