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  Over the next months, the 2012 election campaigns will heat up, providing us with the opportunity to speak out at campaign events and to educate the candidates and the public about the reality of the militarized U.S. foreign policy. What’s your take on the elections?

 

Build toward the “beloved community”

“Spending only 5 minutes at the polls every 4 years - no matter who is elected - is not going to bring about the ‘justice for all.’ Citizens need to step out of the polling booth and for the next 4 x 365 days get back to work organizing others in transforming the unjust political/economic structures in order to build toward the ‘beloved community.’  May It Be So!”

- Kathleen Desautels, SP, 8th Day Center for Justice

A Bi-Partisan Affair

“U.S. foreign policy towards Latin America has been a bi-partisan affair over the past 50+ years. No matter if a Democrat or a Republican occupied the White House, the U.S. government has relied on military ‘solutions’ to social problems and treated Latin America as its backyard. In order to create real change, we need to engage in hard and persistent grassroots organizing over the long-haul to change the culture in the U.S.”

- n.ree.k, graphic designer

Details Matter

“Our long-term vision may be nothing short of a revolution in U.S. foreign policy. But, in the meantime, we have a responsibility to do what we can to constrain the wrecking ball. The details of our government’s policies have life-and-death consequences for millions of people around the world. Who sits in the White House is no small detail.”

- Matt Smucker, Beyond the Choir

All Politicians are Alike

“Those who criticize our Zapatista position that ‘all politicians are alike’ should take a trip around Chiapas. Although it is certain that they will say this is something strictly local, that this does not happen at the national level. But the political class in Chiapas repeats, with local variations, the same ridiculous routines of pre-election times.”

- Subcomandante Marcos, EZLN, August 2011

Our System is Still Human

”Our system may be broken, but it is still human.  We can not abdicate our responsibility to engage those who claim to represent us, and protest is simply not enough.  We must find creative ways to communicate our message to fellow citizens who determine the outcome of elections.  Engagement in the political process is one clear way our community can do that. ”

- James Salt, Catholics-United.org

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The Spring issue contains mobilizing information for the SOA Watch Border Convergence, which is taking place from October 7-10, 2016 at the US/Mexico border in Nogales, and also focuses on recent developments in Latin America and within the SOA Watch movement.

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