Statement of SOA Watch Delegation to US Embassy in Honduras
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.
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.
"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."
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."
On Sunday, April 10, hundreds marched to the White House, where 27 human rights activists were arrested when they staged a die-in on the White House sidewalk to call attention to thousands of Latin Americans who were murdered by graduates of the U.S. Army School of the Americas.