[SOA Watch NE] SOA Debate / March 27 Update
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Tue Mar 2 02:27:37 EST 2004
Included in this email:
1 > Linda Panetta (Director of SOA Watch/NE) will debate a Pentagon/WHISC
spokesperson about the School of the Americas. Entitled: "Is the US Training
Terrorists?" - March 3 - Hartford, Conn. - Come offer your support!
2 > Update/Co-Sponsors: Saturday, March 27 - Make Your Voice Heard! Rally to
Close the SOA /Commemoration... "No More Victims... No to Impunity!"
1 > Debate: "Is the US Training Terrorists?"
Linda Panetta: Director of SOA Watch Northeast
Kenneth LaPlante: Pentagon / WHISC (Formerly: SOA) Spokesperson
First Congregational Church of Southington, Conn (UCC)
6 PM potluck / 7 pm Presentation - 8:30 PM
Come to an informative, enlightening discussion of the federal tax-dollar
supported Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHISC), formerly
the School of the Americas (SOA). What is the mission of WHISC? Is it the
same school as SOA, but with a different name: Does WHISC teach terrorism, as
SOA is alleged to have done? Have WHISC & SOA graduates participated in
atrocities in other countries, especially in Latin America? Come & have these &
Saturday, March 27, 2004
Rally to Close the School of the Americas/WHISC
Commemorating the life of Archbishop Romero and all Martyrs*
Time: 1:00 - 3:30 PM
Where: Steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum (for directions click here)
(*On March 24, 1980,human rights champion, Archbishop Oscar Romero of El
Salvador,was targeted and assassinated by graduates of the U.S. ArmySchool of the
Americas (SOA) - located at Fort Benning, GA andrenamed the Western Hemisphere
Institute for Security Cooperation(WHISC)).
Join with labor, students, people of faith,and peace activists from around
the region to commemorate hislife, to remember all victims of terrorism and
oppression, and todemand an end to all forms of violence!
Let Your Voice Be Heard… No More Victims! No to Impunity! Ya Basta!
Yes! to Closing Down the US Terrorist Training Facility - the SOA/ WHISC!
What a line-up we have thus far!!!
R & B sensation the Chestnut Brothers will have you singing and dancing to
many oftheir great hits, including "Stop the Violence"! Ollin Yoliztli (meaning
the blood moving through the heart), an Aztec Dance Troupe comprised of
immigrant workers, will perform traditional and sacred dancesfrom Mexico, and a
Mayan Blessing will be offered by Genaro Jacinto Calel.
Fr. Roy Bourgeois: Founder of School of the Americas Watch. Vietnam Veteran,
recipient of the Purple Heart. He has spent over four years inU.S. federal
prisons for nonviolent protests against the training of Latin American soldiers
at Ft. Benning, GA.
Bishop Tom Gumbleton: (Detroit, MI) Served as the President of Bread for the
World for 8 years and is thefounding President of Pax Christi, USA. He travels
extensivelyworking on human rights issues, including 8 trips to Iraq, arecent
trip in December to Colombia, and repeatedly serves as anexpert witness
defending civil/human rights.
Michael Hoffman: Recently returned from serving in Iraq with the Marines.
Current member of Veterans forPeace; is a student activist and outspoken critic
of the war inIraq.
Maria Lemos: A native of Colombia she worked with homeless children in a
recovery program designed to reduceviolence and drug/alcohol addiction. In
Guatemala, sheinterviewed Queqchi communities collecting testimonies ofmassacres they
Dr. Denise Michultka: A licensed psychologist, she has worked with survivors
of war trauma & torture for 16 years. She is currently the Director of Liberty
Center for Survivors of Torture in Philly and the co-coordinatorof the
Corazon de Quetzal/Int'l Mayan League (Philly).
Linda Panetta: Founder of SOA Watch/NE and is an accomplished
photojournalist. She has been working on issues in Latin America for the past 17 years and
recently traveled to Afghanistan (2002) , jungles of N. Colombia (Dec. 2003) and
Iraq (Jan 2004) to document and expose the US exploits of the "War on
Sheila Webb-Halpern: Regional student outreach coordinator. This past
November Sheila helped tocoordinate dozens of students from the Philly region to go
to theFt. Benning protest.
Wendell Young III: President of UFCW Local1776. Mr. Young has been a vocal
critic of US foreign policy. He has for years defended the rights of workers
regionally, nationally, and throughout Latin America.
NotYet A Co-Sponsor? Please let us know if your group, or an affiliate
organization would like to become asponsor for the event. Contact SOA Watch/NE:
215-477-5892 or 215-473-2162.
Partial List of Co-Sponsors:
Brandywine Peace Community
Bryn Mawr One World
Call to Action
CATA/Farmworkers Support Committee
Catholic Coalition for Justice and Peace
Central Jersey Coalition forPeace and Justice
Delaware County Pledge of Resistance
El Salvador Sister Cities- Los Amates and the Garden State
Guatemala Support Network
House of Grace Catholic Worker
International Mayan League
Jean Donovan Community Peace Center
Jobs with Justice
Martha House Catholic Worker
Maryknoll Lay Missioners
Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary
Pax Christi - Monmouth County
Peacekeepers Action Network
Philadelphia Catholic Worker
Progressive Student Alliance of New Jersey
Romero Interfaith Center
St. Anselm's Church- SocialJustice Committee
Sisters of St. Joseph's
Sisters of Mercy
UFCW Local 1776
U.S.- El Salvador Sister Cities
Veterans For Peace
White Dog Café
For more information visit: http://soawne.org/March27Philly.html
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