Father Roy Bourgeois is a founding member of the School of Americas’ Watch organization and vigil. His presentation will be a great introduction to the School of Americas, the intersection of U.S. militarism in South America, which fuels the influx of people immigrating north, and the militarization of the police in North America. Since 1990, in Ft. Benning Georgia FR. Roy and others have been joined by thousands of people from all over North & South America to peacefully shut down the school, and end militarism every November.
WHINSEC (formerly known as the School of Americas) is a military training facility in Ft. Benning Georgia where members of South/Central militaries, paramilitaries and other violent organizations are taught violent tactics used to silence peaceful uprisings.
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“We don’t like to learn things in this country, we just like to make the same mistakes, over and over and over again” Kevin Wordelman said.
We know, at the Kalamazoo Peace Center and among the progressive movement in Kalamazoo and this country, there are alternatives to war. We can learn from our mistakes of the past and invest our resources into waging peace.
Below is a statement condemning the proposed violence, and suggesting some alternatives, written by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.
We are horrified by the unfolding events in Iraq and Syria: beheadings of non-combatants – including American journalists – mass executions, and the rape and enslavement of women. These actions deserve a strong response from the international community. However, we are deeply concerned about the prospect of another protracted war.
It would be naïve to think that the overwhelming power of the U.S. military will lead to a solution. On the contrary, American firepower will only serve to broaden and deepen the war. Airstrikes and military intervention will surely further inflame and energize the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and sharpen their anti-American focus. The possibility for political solutions will shrink as war expands and the hope of building a sustainable peace becomes more remote. Meanwhile the United States will become more embroiled in a war with costly sacrifices in blood and treasure.
Instead, what is needed are strong international efforts engaging the United Nations and international and regional partners focusing on unified economic and diplomatic strategies that include working to cut off funding and weapons flow to ISIS; addressing root causes of unrest in society in order to stem popular support of ISIS; increasing humanitarian assistance; and working within the region to establish political solutions.
In addition, any response must take women’s needs into account. It is also crucial for the international community to recognize the role that women in the region have played in combating extremism, and to ensure that women are a part of any processes to bring peace to the region.
We’ll be hanging outside right by the Wesley Foundation of Kalamazoo screen printing tee shirts, giving away educational literature, smiling, hula hooping, having insightful conversations, and telling you about our organization. Wanna see our office? Now’s the time! We’ll bring you downstairs to check it out.
Come stop by!
oin us for out first meeting this evening at 6:30 pm 2101 Wilbur Ave. We will share on how our summers were, give report backs, establish when our meeting time will be and brainstorm for the coming semester. For folks who can’t make it to the meeting this evening, feel free to join us tomorrow at noon.