September 6-14: Delegation to Chile
October 14: March on the U.S. Southern Command, Miami, Florida
November 1-3: Tear Down the Walls National Gathering, Tucson, Arizona
November 22: Justice for Migrants Now – Shut Down the Stewart Detention Center, Lumpkin, Georgia
November 22-24: Convergence to Close the SOA and to Resist U.S. Militarization, Ft. Benning, Georgia
November 24: Honduras Election Monitoring Delegation
U.S. intervention in the Americas continues and it’ll take all of us to push back, and to create the culture of justice and peace. The backbone of the Latin America Solidarity movement is made of small groups of people in many different places working locally. These groups organize carpools and caravans to national mobilizations, coordinate local legislative work, conduct outreach campaigns to educate their local communities about the issues and more. If you are looking for a way to deepen your involvement in this struggle in 2013, connecting with or starting a local group in your area is a good way to begin.
We have a lot to learn from our brothers and sisters in Latin America and the Caribbean who have been fighting oppression for the past 510 years. To do so, we must come to grips with our own privilege and recognize how it shapes our assumptions about struggle, organizing and the future. Learn first hand about organizing efforts throughout the Western Hemisphere, and about the reality of U.S. foreign policy towards Latin America. Join one of the delegations, form new friendships, lay the groundwork for further victories, spark creative ideas that help peace-making efforts of both sides of the border. Groups of the Latin America Solidarity Coalition offer delegations to Colombia, Chiapas, Chile, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay and to the U.S./Mexico border in 2013.
January 11, 2013 marks the 11th anniversary of the arrival of the first transfers of detainees to the U.S. detention centre in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Protests are taking place in Washington, DC, at the headquarters of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), and throughout the world.
Latin America Solidarity Coalition Calls for Closing Guantánamo and Returning it to Cuba
The Latin America Solidarity Coalition (LASC) demands that occupied Guantánamo, including its prison torture center, be shut down. Guantánamo is occupied against the will of the Cuban people, is used as a military base against Cuba and other Caribbean countries. LASC calls for shutting down not just the Guantánamo prison camp, but also demands the shutting down of the entire illegal Guantánamo US military base, and its return to Cuba.
The Latin America Solidarity Coalition has endorsed the November Vigil to Close the SOA and Resist Militarization from November 18-20, 2011 at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia. We are calling on solidarity activists to converge at the gates of Fort Benning to speak out against oppressive U.S. foreign policy.
Click here for more information about the vigil, workshops, nonviolent direct action and more.
For over 200 years the United States, with its military, has been interfering in the internal affairs of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. We want that to end! So on Invasion Day (Columbus) Weekend we will hold a series of events and actions centering around the U.S Southern Command in Doral Florida, just to the west of Miami Florida.
We are inviting groups and organizations to co-sponsor and participate in this national event. This weekend of education, entertainment, and protest, with groups from all over the country, grew out of last April’s conference on Latin America that was held in Washington DC.
From SOA Watch
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. The march to close the SOA and to resist militarization included torture survivors, union workers, educators and students from across the Americas. Marchers carried banners, flags and large puppets, including a 14-foot tall Mother of the Disappeared with them to the White House. Check out the photos of the march to the White House and the Nonviolent Direct Action by Ted Majdosz and by Linda Panetta.
LASC Anti-Militarism Conference at a Glance
Below is the full conference schedule including plenary speakers and workshops. Some workshop titles may change. Visit www.lasolidarity.org before the conference to see any last minute changes.
Friday, April 8
3-5pm Special delegate reception hosted by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (RSVP required to Chuck@AFGJ.org)
6-9pm Opening Plenary, American University Ward Circle Bldg.
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