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|What is the School of the Americas and Why Should We Be Concerned?|
|Date||Monday June 28|
|Time||7:00 PM - 9:00 PM|
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701 Suisun Street,
Downtown Suisun City
(Suisun-Fairfield United Church of Christ)
SPJC is not affiliated with the United Church of Christ
Directions to 701 Suisun Street: Take Interstate 80 to Hwy 12 East towards Rio Vista/Suisun City. Go straight through several lights. As you go over an overpass take the “Civic Center Blvd” Exit towards downtown Suisun. Bear right just before the stop sign at end of exit ramp (sign says "Business District"). Go one block. Turn left onto Main Street. Continue past four streets and turn left in the middle of the block to park in the lot you will see there. To reach the church, turn left at the entrance to the parking lot and walk along Main Street to Solano Street, then walk up Solano Street one block to the corner of Solano and Suisun Streets.
A Night with Fr. Roy Bourgeois
Vietnam Vet, Purple Heart Recipient, and Founder of the School of the Americas Watch
Sponsored by the Solano Peace and Justice Coalition
Is Abu Graib an isolated incident? In Latin America there is a similar pattern…
The SOA/WHINSEC is a US Military training school whose graduates have been trained in the use of torture and implicated in some of the worst human rights abuses and acts of terror in Latin America.
§ Over 64,000 Latin American soldiers have been trained in combat skills and psychological warfare at the U.S. Army’s School of the Americas (now called WHINSEC).
§ Graduates of the school have been consistently involved in human rights abuses and atrocities in Latin America.
§ Manuals used for at least a decade to train Latin American soldiers advocated torture techniques and methods for circumventing laws on due process, arrest and detention.
§ The manuals recommended the imprisonment of family members of those who support “union organizing or recruiting,” those who distribute “propaganda in favor of the interest of workers,” those who “sympathize with demonstrations or strikes,” and those who make “accusations that the government has failed to meet the basic needs of the people.”
According to Fr. Roy Bourgeois of SOA Watch, “As in Latin America, officials claim the soldiers involved in torture in Iraq are ‘just a few bad apples,’ but as instances of human rights violations continue to grow around the world, a much larger picture of systematic abuse becomes clear.”
There is a growing movement both to close the SOA/WHINSEC and to confront human rights abuses.
For more information on the SOA Watch go to http://www.soaw.org
Free admission. Donations to benefit the School of the Americas Watch gladly accepted.
For more information go to http://www.solanopeaceandjustice.com or call 707-980-1688