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Delegation to Ecuador: March 1-10, 2007 PDF Print E-mail
Join Cindy Sheehan, Medea Benjamin, SOA Watch and others in Ecuador this March and attend the No U.S. Bases Conference in Manta and Quito!

School of the Americas Watch, Global Exchange, the Marin InterFaith Task Force (MITF) and the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) will lead a delegation to Ecuador that will offer participants a unique opportunity to learn more about environmental and social issues in Ecuador before attending the the International Conference to Abolish Foreign Military Bases, March 5-9 in Quito and Manta, Ecuador.

SOA Watch organizers Carlos Mauricio, Lisa Sullivan-Rodriguez and Father Roy Bourgeois visited Ecuador in 2006 and started to build relationships with activists who are spearheading movements against militarization and the efforts to force their governments to stop sending troops to the SOA. Social movements in Ecuador participated in the hemisphere-wide November actions to close the SOA and organized simultaneous actions in Tungurahua, Imbabura, Rumichaca, Quito and Manta.

The conference features a caravan march to Manta on March 8, International Women?s Day, and highlights the political, social, environmental and economic impacts of foreign military bases and the grassroots movements that oppose them.

Manta is the only U.S. military base in South America, and 400 U.S. troops are stationed there. Newly-elected President Rafael Correa pledged to shut the base down when its lease expires in 2009. For more information on the conference, visit www.no-bases.org.

Prior to the "No-Bases" Conference participants will visit:
  • The Intag community to hear about the 10 years of struggle by local environmental activists against multinational mining companies, whose practices devastate the environment.
  • Otavalo, surrounded by indigenous villages where people continue their internationally recognized weaving and crafts, and dress in traditional attire.
  • Cayambe Valle flower plantations that export to the United States.
  • Radio station ?La Luna" that was key to overthrowing the last president.
  • Lago Agrio for a ?toxic tour? led by the Amazon Defense Front fighting to make Texaco-Chevron accountable for one of the planet?s worst cases of oil pollution.
Cost and sign-up information:

The cost, $1300, includes:
  • $100 conference fee.
  • Two meals per day, double hotel room accommodations and qualified guide.
  • All in-country transportation including airfare to the Amazon Basin, ground transportation to the Andes, and to Manta on the Pacific coast.
  • Scholarships for delegates coming from Cuba and Puerto Rico.
Application and $200 non-refundable deposit are due by January 28, 2007. Credit cards are accepted. Travel days are February 28 & March 11.

This delegation promises to be a unique and unforgettable experience. We hope you can join us!

Please contact Christy Pardew at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you're interested in the delegation.
 

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