[HCCN] Looking to Latin America -- Blue Hill Sept 16
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Fri Sep 9 17:01:03 EDT 2011
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Talk: Somos Una America: Looking to Latin America to Save Ourselves
BLUE HILLOn September 16, at 7 p.m., Peninsula Peace and Justice will host
two speakers: Lisa Sullivan, the Latin America Coordinator for School of the
Americas Watch (SOAW), and Ken Jones, a professor of teacher education at
the University of Southern Maine. Sullivan will share insights on how people
in the US may learn from the people of Latin America. Jones will report back
on his delegation to Honduras earlier this year. They will be speaking at
the Blue Hill Public Library.
Lisa Sullivan has lived in Latin America for more than three decades. She
has visited 17 Latin American countries in the past five years, meeting with
leaders, including country presidents, to discuss the US-military-run School
of the Americas/WHINSEC, based in Columbus, Georgia. These meetings led to
the withdrawal of four of these countries from the combat training school.
Graduates from WHINSEC have been convicted for involvement in massacres,
rape, forced disappearances, and torture.
Ken Jones traveled to Honduras on a SOAW-delegation this May, during which
he met with human rights workers struggling against repression, teachers
striking against the privatization of education, and small family farmers
trying to hold onto their land. For more information, call 326-4405 and
visit www.soaw.org. All welcome.
Ken and Lisa will also be in Rockland on Thursday, Sept. 15
Update - Lisa Sullivan and Ken Jones - Honduras / School of the Americas
Thursday, September 15 at 7:00 PM at the Universalist Church on 345 Broadway
Good News!! Lisa Sullivan from School of the Americas Watch will be in Maine
in mid September and she's coming to Rockland.
Ken Jones our scheduled speaker for the evening will shorten his
presentation to give Lisa plenty of time to discuss Honduras and other
projects of the SOAW
Lisa Sullivan is the Latin America Coordinator for School of the Americas
Watch. She has lived in Latin America for 34 years where she worked for many
years as a community organizer with Maryknoll Lay Missioners, raising her 3
children in the barrios of Barquisimeto, Venezuela. Together with SOAW
founder Fr. Roy Bourgeois, Lisa has visited 18 Latin American countries over
the past five years, meeting with leaders - including eight presidents - to
discuss the School of the Americas. These visits, along with pressure from
partners in Latin America, led Venezuela, Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay and
Costa Rica to announce they will no longer send troops for training to the
SOA/WHINSEC. She and Fr. Roy were recently the only two North Americans
invited to accompany President Mel Zelaya back to Honduras.
Ken Jones will share what he learned on a recent School of the Americas
Watch delegation to Honduras. Video clips and pictures taken during the
visit will also be shown.
Ken's delegation was "in country" at an extremely turbulent time in that
The group met with human rights workers, leaders of a growing resistance
movement, teachers and rural families fighting back against repression.
They learned first hand that Honduras, a victim of a U. S. approved military
coup almost two years ago, is living through bloody struggle. Large
landowners are pushing small farmers off tiny holdings, teachers are
striking against plans for school privatization modeled on post Katrina New
Orleans. Under the new regime, backed by a heavy U.S. military presence,
fourteen have been killed and hundreds jailed. Ten journalists have been
Ken Jones is a professor of teacher education at the University of Southern
Maine. In recent years, he has been an active participant with School of the
Americas Watch (SOAW) delegations to El Salvador and Honduras. In October,
he will be part of a SOAW delegation to Haiti. He has also traveled to
Venezuela, Cuba, and India.
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