|Solidarity & Sanctuary: The 2016 Spring Days of Action|
Keep up the pressure on the powers that be! Join us from April 14-18 in Washington, DC for School of the Americas Watch’s Spring Days of Action (SDOA)! We will continue the tradition of combining direct action, art, workshops, and lobbying to confront U.S. imperialism and xenophobia in the Belly of the Beast!
This year there will be actions in the streets and a ruckus in the halls of Congress to demand that the U.S. cease it's funding of the Drug War in Mexico and Central America, including the "Southern Border Plan" that is being utilized to further militarize the region while terrorizing vulnerable refugees in Mexico. We will also demand sanctuary for Latin American refugees in the U.S. and an end to the militarization of our own police force in the U.S.
A key to social change is grassroots power, so we'll be having a welcome party, congressional visits, demonstrations, art-building, border vigil planning, and more! (see below and click on the registration form)
Schedule of Events
Thursday, April 14 - Opening Celebration & Art Build (5 PM - 9 PM, 1211 Delafield Pl. NW, Washington, DC)
Monday, April 18 - Flyering at Columbus Circle near Union Station (8am - 9am)
Rest in Struggle, Berta Cáceres and Nelson García
We have been devastated by the assassination of last year’s Spring Days of Action featured speaker, Berta Cáceres, on March 3, 2016. Berta was a long-time social movement leader, co-founder of COPINH (Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras), an anti-imperialist deeply involved in the struggle to stop the displacement of Lenca communities by mega-projects in Honduras. Unfortunately we just received the awful news that another member of COPINH, Nelson García, was assassinated at his mother-in-law's home yesterday. We are awaiting further details, but suffice to say that the situation in Honduras is dire and we must continue working in solidarity with these brave activists.
Last year in DC, Berta called on U.S. social movements to join together and demand an end to U.S. imperialism as well as the accompanying structural adjustment programs and destructive "development projects" imposed upon the global South by international banks. Let her words remind us of the importance of every voice in the resistance:
"Let us wake up! Let us wake up, humankind! We’re out of time. We must shake our conscience free of the rapacious capitalism, racism and patriarchy that will only assure our own self-destruction. The Gualcarque River has called upon us, as have other gravely threatened rivers. We must answer their call. Our Mother Earth, militarized, fenced-in, poisoned, a place where basic rights are systematically violated, demands that we take action. Let us build societies that are able to coexist in a dignified way, in a way that protects life. Let us come together and remain hopeful as we defend and care for the blood of this Earth and of its spirits.". - Berta Cáceres
The freezing of part of U.S. military aid to Mexico in 2015 after the Ayotzinapa disappearances was a restult of public protests, lobby efforts, and media work, which showed us that grassroots power can make a difference. We must continue pushing forward for many reasons. Solidarity with the people of Honduras, and honoring the example of struggle that Berta left us are two of them.
Together We Will Demand
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Washington, DC 20011