Land Defender Francia Márquez Might Become Colombia’s First Black Vice President

Leading presidential candidate Gustavo Petro announced Wednesday that the Black environmentalist lawyer Francia Márquez will serve as his running mate in May’s presidential elections. Márquez is the first Black woman to run in presidential elections in Colombia’s history.

  • Mar 28, 2022
  • 11:12 AM

Francia Márquez Is Changing the Face of Colombian Politics (OPINION)

Regardless of electoral results, the political landscape in Colombia has been altered, hopefully forever, by the mere presence of 40-year-old Afro-Colombian environmental activist, Francia Márquez.

  • Mar 3, 2022
  • 2:54 PM

Afro-Colombian Environmental Activist Francia Márquez Survives Attack from Armed Men

“This unfortunate situation we had to go through has been one of many situations that leaders in the country have to deal with.”

  • May 6, 2019
  • 4:59 PM

Brownlisted: Who Wants a Mazapán?

A roundup of the week’s top Latino news from around the world, written by Latino Rebels senior editor Hector Luis Alamo.

  • Jan 13, 2023
  • 4:35 PM

Party of the Oppressed: The First Progressive Government in Colombia

Colombia’s first left-wing president and its first Black woman vice-president were sworn in, representing a landmark change of course in leadership. Latino Rebels attended the inauguration and spoke with the people about their hopes for the new administration.

  • Aug 18, 2022
  • 10:10 AM

Simón Mejía of Bomba Estéreo on Colombian Music and Bad Bunny Collab

The Bogotá-born musician sits with Latino Rebels in New York to discuss Bomba Estéreo’s hit collaboration with Puerto Rican reggaetonero Bad Bunny, “Ojitos Lindos,” Colombian music, and the duende myth that features in the group’s new film.

  • Jul 22, 2022
  • 4:52 PM

How the FARC-EP Got Gustavo Petro Elected in Colombia (OPINION)

The outcome of Colombia’s 2022 presidential election came from a very unorthodox place, with each of the final two contenders distancing himself from warmongers on all sides of the political spectrum.

  • Jul 13, 2022
  • 3:50 PM

Colombia Makes History

Latino Rebels Radio: June 23, 2022

  • Jun 23, 2022
  • 4:21 PM

Colombian Voters Elect Country’s First Black Vice President

BOGOTÁ, Colombia (AP) — As Colombia’s voters put aside a longtime antipathy to leftists and chose one as their new president, they also carved out another milestone—electing the country’s first Black vice president.

  • Jun 21, 2022
  • 7:25 AM

Colombia Is Facing an Unprecedented Presidential Election

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — The final round of Colombia’s presidential election is scheduled for Sunday, June 19 and the clear winner is still difficult to determine. The latest polls predict a statistical tie between two candidates who embody different ideologies but still promise change.

  • Jun 16, 2022
  • 3:45 PM

Leftist Petro Is the Man to Beat Colombia’s Presidential Election (OPINION)

On Sunday, May 29, Gustavo Petro plants to make history in Colombia. For the first time in the country’s 200-year history, a left-wing contender —and a former guerrilla member to boot— is the favorite to win a presidential election this close to the vote.

  • May 27, 2022
  • 7:12 PM

Colombia’s Violent and Sleepless Nights

Data from Temblores ONG, an organization that has been receiving reports directly from citizens, says that as of May 5, 37 people have died due to police violence.

  • May 6, 2021
  • 8:32 AM

El Grito: Violence in Colombia Continues to Kill Activists

Despite the official ceasefire peace agreement signed by the government and FARC leaders in 2016 after 50 years of civil war, criminal armed groups have re-ignited the violence in areas previously occupied by FARC.

  • Aug 21, 2019
  • 4:58 PM

Laurentino Cortizo Elected President of Panama

Corruption became the key issue of this electoral race following Panama’s recent history with high-profile graft cases.

  • May 6, 2019
  • 1:07 PM

Colombian Wins Goldman Environmental Prize for Facing Mining Interests

A single mother of two, Francia Márquez Mina led a successful fight to reverse a multinational gold mining concession that would have forced the relocation of her home town of La Toma.

  • Apr 24, 2018
  • 10:29 AM

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