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Looking to Latin America — Blue Hill Sept 16

Fri, Sep 9, 2011

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Looking to Latin America — Blue Hill Sept 16
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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.

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Ken and Lisa will also be in Rockland on Thursday, Sept. 15
Update – Lisa Sullivan and Ken Jones – Honduras / School of the Americas Watch

Thursday, September 15 at 7:00 PM at the Universalist Church on 345 Broadway in Rockland.

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 country’s history.
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 killed.

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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