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Feb 20th
¡Presente! Home arrow Barucha Peller
Nonviolence, Resistance and Self-Determination PDF Print E-mail
Like other groups throughout the Americas, SOA Watch embraces the diverse traditions of nonviolence, with respect for the right to self-determination of oppressed peoples and communities. In the tradition of Mohandas Gandhi, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King Jr., Aung San Suu Kyi and countless others, SOA Watch activists have used peaceful, nonviolent resistance to expose the horrors of the School of the Americas. Other communities in the Americas are using strategies that include the use of force and armed resistance in the name of justice and human rights.

Opinions on this topic are plentiful and many people on all sides of this issue have strong feelings about it. While some argue that "violence begets violence" and that "true peace can never be archived though the use of violence," other say that "oppressed communities are not being given a choice," and that "it is not up to groups in the North to judge the strategies and methodologies of oppressed communities in the Global South."

We are collecting 220 word essays on the topic on the Presente webpage. Two contrasting essays of the ones that are being submitted to the webpage will be printed in the Summer 2010 issue of Presente, the newspaper of the movement to close the SOA. ¡Presente! is published three times a year. 60,000 - 110,000 copies of each issue of ¡Presente! are printed.
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