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Women's Peace Convergence on Columbus! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Becca Polk   
Thursday, 29 September 2011 14:23

Calling all women going to the SOA in November…

This call is to all women going to the SOA in November… Women Religious,  Women in Black, 8th Day, WILPF, Code Pink, Raging Grannies, Grandmothers for Peace, and… all our friends:

We are inviting you to join the womens convegence and educational affinity groups this November in Columbus Georgia. We will be forming into small groups to engage the community through educational leafleting in order to build awareness and support to SHUT DOWN THE SOA. Our goal is to reach out to Columbus area women, children and families at various shopping areas in which Columbus is famous for.

The Women's Peace Convergence will head out to Columbus area spots starting at 10:30am on Saturday, November 19.  Our preparatory meeting will be Friday, Nov 18 at 9:30pm in Room 207 of the Convention Center.

This is an opportunity to create deeper roots in the consciousness of everyday people in Columbus as well as take an “active” stand against militarization of communities across the hemisphere, that disproportionate impacts women and children.

If you or your community are interested in either participating and/or helping to organize some logistics of this (VERY low risk) action please contact Paki at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information or with any questions.

We will be meeting on Friday evening for preparation and dispersing throughout Columbus on Saturday after the Morning Plenary!

The Women's Peace Convergence will head out to Columbus area spots starting at 10:30am on Saturday, November 19.  Our preparatory meeting will be Friday, Nov 18 at 9:30pm in Room 207 of the Convention Center.


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We are asking you to renew your commitment to justice in the Americas by mobilizing this November to the gates of Fort Benning. As women of faith, nonfaith, mothers, grandmothers, revolutionaries, and much more, we understand the direct consequences that military training has had on our communities and our families. Graduates of the SOA/WHINSEC have carried out campaigns of rape, displacement, torture and murder throughout Latin America, tools of a system that perpetrates oppression, domination and patriarchy.

In Honduras, a month after the coup led by graduates of the School of the Americas, femicides rose by 60%. The drug war in Mexico and Colombia, a cover for increased militarization and repression of those countries' social movements, has brought with it a ferocious attack on women, many of whom have been at the forefront of the peace and justice struggle.

We remember womens' movements - such as the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina - who have demanded justice in their communities and countries, and an end to violence. From the United States to Chile, across the Americas, women and their allies will converge at the gates of the School of the Americas to demand an end to the violence and a culture of militarization."

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