MIAMI – Tax reform protests in Colombia entered week three as a group of labor leaders, student activists, and indigenous community leaders continue to negotiate with President Iván Duque’s administration.
The reports of police brutality continued. The associated death toll increased to 42. Protesters’ roadblocks have prompted supply chain disruptions.
Having heard of the crisis, members of the U.S. Minority Chamber of Commerce are collecting aid to send to Cali, the city with the most violent outbreaks during the protests.
“While we normally deal with trade issues, today we are here to help with the humanitarian issue,” said Doug Mayorga, the chief executive officer of the nonprofit organization.
Ignacio Pena, the nonprofit organization’s vice president of humanitarian affairs, said there is a desperate need for nonperishable food, hygiene items, and personal protective equipment for healthcare professionals.
Mayorga and Pena, who are both based out of Miami’s Brickell area, said they are ready to ship 10,000 boxes full of donations by the end of the month.
How to help
Donations can be mailed to 1111 Brickell Ave., Miami, FL, 33131. For more information about the campaign, call 786-406-2190.
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