Carlos Enrique Osorio Garcés
Universidad del Cauca, Colombia

Tulio Andrés Clavijo Gallego
Universidad del Cauca, Colombia


This article stems from social dialogue with activists and leaders from the Pacific region in the department of Cauca. These are the people who for the last 30 years have kept processes of resistance and vindication for their community autonomy and acknowledgement up. The approaches they started in the second half of the 1980s have been politically and scholarly enriched, by adopting routes of accompaniment and solidarity with the communities, with their territories, histories, wisdoms, struggles, and expectations. Throughout this time, people, academy, and institutions have experienced some decay and an exacerbation of confrontation, by armed groups fighting for territory — like drug trafficking and illegal mining groups — all the way up to political, socio-racial, cultural, and epistemic violence, which is further emphasized by environmental crimes.

Keywords: violences, Pacific, Black communities, Cauca department, environment.