Friday Sept 16 7 p.m. Blue Hill Library: talk with Lisa Sullivan and Ken Jones of School of the Americas Watch (soaw.org)
Talk: Somos Una America: Looking to Latin America to Save Ourselves
BLUE HILL-On 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.
Here is a favorite quote by Laura Carleson, who has been about the same amount of time in Latin America as I (in Mexico). I keep it taped to my computer:
“We no longer look to Latin America to save it; we look to Latin America to help save ourselves. This completely changes the way we think about solidarity. It’s not about us helping them. It’s about joining forces to help all of us. It’s about linking lives and minds to conceive of life-sustaining alternatives and to make space for ourselves to build them, creating physical spaces and political spaces in the all-enveloping global system"