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Honduras is Open for Plunder PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lisa Sullivan   
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 14:56

Honduras is Open for Business Plunder

(haz clic aquí para español)

Years from now when participants on the SOA Watch delegation to Honduras look back on this visit, I´ll wager to bet that the ten of us will most remember one vivid moment: standing on a dusty road bordered by fields of African palm on a steaming hot tropical afternoon. Given all we experienced those nine days in travels from coast to coast - jails, strikes, marches, land occupations, conversations with persecuted fishermen, farmers, teachers, journalists, union leaders, human rights workers, and more - this tiny memory bite sounds uneventful. But on that road in the lower Aguan valley we personally experienced - for perhaps thirty minutes - what many Hondurans face daily: the power of fear, the weight of decision.

We came from ten different cities to stand in solidarity with the people of Honduras who had been resisting the June 2009 coup that toppled President Manuel Zelaya. Two of us had been in Honduras in May 2009, just weeks before a referendum that would consult voters on whether to hold a constitutional assembly. The mood of the country then was electric. Honduras's hour of hope seemed imminent and change just around the corner.

Change did arrive that June 28th. Only not in the anticipated form but in one that was all too familiar - at the barrel of a gun and on the orders of School of the Americas graduates. President Manuel Zelaya was picked up from the presidential palace in his pajamas and deposited on the runway of San Jose, Costa Rica. What followed was familiar script:a swell of resistance brutally repressed, media voices of truth silenced, and an "election" conveniently held to whitewash a coup (never mind that there were few electors and no observers). End of the story, according to the State Department, time to move on.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 May 2011 16:17
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Statement of SOA Watch Delegation to US Embassy in Honduras PDF Print E-mail

May 6, 2011

Today, SOA Watch activists participating in a human rights observation delegation to Honduras, held a demonstration outside the US embassy in the capital, Tegucigalpa.  SOA Watch founder Fr. Roy Bourgeois and Latin America coordinator Lisa Sullivan were among the activists calling an end to US-funded military and police repression of social movements in Honduras, and demanding the closure of the three US military bases in that country.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 May 2011 20:23
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SOA Watch Days of Action PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gabriela Uassouf   

SOA Watch Latin America just produced and released this amazing 30 minute documentary about the Days of Action to Close the SOA and Resist Militarization, which took place from April 4-11, 2011 in Washington, DC. Watch the documentary and share it with your family and friends!



From April 4-11, 2011 hundreds of activists from the U.S. and Latin America gathered in Washington, DC, for a week of actions to demand Obama's administration to shut down the School of Assassins and put an end to militarization of the Americas. The Days of Action included a 7-day liquids-only fast in front of the White House, a protest against the signature of a Colombia-U.S. free trade agreement, the Latin America Solidarity Coalition conference, a protest in front of the Pentagon organized by the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, and the "Let Justice Bloom" march on Sunday, April 10th, led by the revolutionary puppets made by the Puppetistas and allies of the SOAW movement throughout the week.

More videos of the SOA Watch Days of Action:

Click here to watch a 5 min. video by Tamar Sharabi

Click here to watch a 15 min. video by Eddie Becker

Last Updated on Friday, 25 May 2012 13:21
 
Louis Vitale's April Fast PDF Print E-mail

April 17, 2011

"The week-long fast was a perfect way for me to participate in the Spiritual Practice of Lent and at the same time join in this powerful non-violent social movement to end the increasing militarism going on in the world."

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Spring Rain in Danbury PDF Print E-mail

The population of Danbury FCI is about 65% Latina, another 25% African-American.  My guess is Hispanic populations in all prisons have increased massively in the last several years.  I read recently that the nature of our criminal justice system is no longer primarily concerned with the prevention & punishment of crime but "rather with the management & control of the dispossessed."

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