Honduras and the School of the Americas Delegation, November 8th-18th, 2012
Witness for Peace Northwest, Southeast, and Upper Midwest, along with the School of the Americas Watch and the Friendship Office of the Americas, are excited to invite you on a delegation to Honduras from November 8th-18th, 2012 to explore U.S. militarization, the drug war, and the School of the Americas. The delegation will spend 8 days in Tegucigalpa in the community of Esperanza, and will work primarily with COPINH, an indigenous group who has been doing human rights work in Honduras for decades. There is then the option of continuing on with Witness for Peace to the SOA vigil in Ft. Benning. This annual vigil is an amazing gathering of thousands of peace activists from across the globe who come together for one weekend of workshops, direct action, non-violent civil disobedience, marches, rallies, concerts, and celebrations. It's a chance to take what you learned in Honduras and put it into action!
When: November 8th-16th (in Honduras) + 16th-18th (if you go on to Ft. Benning)
How much: $960 for the Honduras portion; add $200 for Ft. Benning portion
We can help you fundraise!
Application & $150 deposit due: October 8th
More information and to apply: Go here.
About the School of the Americas
The School of the Americas is a US taxpayer funded combat training school for Latin American soldiers. (It was renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) in 2001, but is often referred to as SOA). Since 1946, it has trained over 60,000 soldiers in counterinsurgency techniques, sniper training, commando and psychological warfare, military intelligence and interrogation tactics. SOA graduates have led military coups and are responsible for massacres of hundreds of people. Notorious dictators who are graduates of SOA include Manuel Noriega and Omar Torrijos of Panama, Leopoldo Galtieri and Roberto Viola of Argentina, Juan Velasco Alvarado of Peru, Guillermo Rodriguez of Ecuador and Hugo Banzer Suarez of Bolivia.
If you have any questions, please contact Amy Truax, Witness for Peace Northwest Field Organizer, at 206.787.0657 or firstname.lastname@example.org