|Bring a SOA Watch Speaker to Your Community!|
Educate and Organize your Community!
Hosting a speaker in the lead-up to national SOA Watch gathering, mobilizing your friends to a speaking event that is already planned or organizing a film screening is a great way to educate and activate community members in your area. Check out the list of speakers below. If you would like to host one of the speakers/performers listed below, please contact them with your interest.
If you are a student or teacher, consider having a SOA Watch speaker as part of your curriculum!
Don't forget to have sign up sheets available during the event, and send it back to us, in order to connect your attendees with future SOA Watch information!
Contact SOA Watch at 202-234-3440 for more help and information.
Hector is a native of Medellin, Colombia and currently lives in California. Hector is a long time SOA Watch activist, who has been part of the Puppetistas for several years. His commitment to the human rights work forced him to leave his country in 1989 due to death threats. He is an actor and a practitioner of the techniques known as Theater of the Oppressed.
Rev. Luis Barrios, SOA Watch Prisoner of Conscience
Rev. Luis Barrios is speaking to communities about the School of the Americas and the SOA graduate led military coup in Honduras. He also talks about his experience crossing the line at Ft. Benning, being convicted of trespassing and becoming a prisoner of conscience. The Rev. Luis Barrios, Ph.D., is a professor at John Jay College in New York. He is also the chair of the Department of Latin American & Latina/o Studies. Since 1988, Dr. Barrios is a columnist of El Diario La Prensa in New York City, one of the oldest Spanish newspapers in the United States. In addition, Rev. Barrios is an associate priest at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in West Harlem, New York City. He is an active member of IFCO-Pastor for Peace Board of Director.
Father Roy has spent over four years in US federal prisons for nonviolent protests against the training of Latin American soldiers at Ft. Benning, Georgia. His talks have inspired thousands to take action for social justice. Click here for a bio of Father Roy.
2015 FALL SPEAKING TOUR DATES
September 23: Washington, DC
To set up an event with Fr. Roy, contact the SOA Watch office in Columbus at 706-682-5369
Jack Gilroy, SOA Watch Prisoner of Conscience
Gilroy is a full time human rights/peace activist and former Prisoner
of Conscience for the School of the Americas Watch. Gilroy’s two novels
of young men who refused to be part of the United States military,
"Absolute Flanigan" and "The Wisdom Box", received gold medal awards by
OMNI Center for Peace & Justice.
Becca Polk, SOA Watch Student and Youth Coodinator
Want to mobilize students on your campus to build and strengthen the movement to shut the SOA and U.S domination in Latin America? There are many ways to bring the SOA to your campus or community. Becca Polk, SOA Watch Student and Youth Coordinator, is traveling around, leading popular education style workshops to create awareness and commitment to building a strong movement to oppose US interventions in Latin America, whether it be military, economic or political. Whether your group is well versed in SOA Watch and militarization on the continent or are new to this area of organizing, a workshop or event can be adapted to your needs and interests.
Simon is a community rights defense organizer and film maker. He has spent the last 8 years documenting, producing and teaching community based video documentation in Mexico and the US. Through lectures, workshops, and short films, Sedillo breaks down the effects of neoliberalism, the North American Free Trade Agreement, and militarism on indigenous communities, immigrant communities, and communities of color in the US and Mexico. Through collaborative media projects, Sedillo’s work has contributed to a growing network of communities whose primary objective is to share, teach, and learn from one another, about community based media production and the collective construction of horizontal networks of community rights defense. Sedillo is also an active member of the campaign to close the U.S. Army School of the America’s, at Fort Benning, in Columbus, GA. You can find him at the gates of the U.S. Army base every November along with the folks from The School of the America’s Watch at www.soaw.org.
Based in Richmond, CA, Stephania is a youth organizer and prisoner's rights educator. As an activist trained and educated at the Evergreen State College, she first developed a passion for popular education and criminology while working and co-learning with incarcerated youth in Centralia, WA. She has her degree in Political Economy with a focus on the Prison-Industrial Complex and is currently an intern at HEPPAC (HIV Education and Prevention Project of Alameda County) serving marginalized communities in the Bay area by helping increase participation in preventative care.
Lisa Sullivan, SOA Watch Latin America Liaison
Lisa went on a month-long speaking tour in 2009. Lisa visited Honduras and was able to attend a meeting with President Zelaya a few weeks prior to the coup of June 28 and returned to Honduras shortly after the military coup to accompany human rights organizers in the streets. Lisa has lived in Latin America since 1977. She worked for 21 years as a Maryknoll lay missioner in Venezuela and Bolivia, and currently lives in Barquisimeto, Venezuela.
As the Latin America Coordinator, Lisa has led numerous delegations to Latin American countries to meet with political officials and social movement leaders throughout the region.
Cecilia Zarate-Laun, Colombia Support Network
Cecilia was a member of the SOA Watch Advisory Group. She was born and raised in Colombia and graduated from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in 1966. She co-founded the Colombia Support Network (CSN) in 1988 to address U.S. foreign policy toward the war in Colombia and to help foster a national solidarity movement in the U.S. with the Colombian people. She has been active with CSN since its inception and has been the Program Director since 1997. Throughout that time, she has spoken and written extensively on the violence in Colombia.
Maria Luisa Rosal, SOA Watch Field Organizer
Our movement's newest hire works out of the Washington, DC office as our Field Organizer. Born in Guatemala during the worst intensification of the internal armed conflict, she and her family fled into exile to the United States, where they received political asylum. Her father was disappeared by the Guatemalan state on August 12, 1983. Under the conviction that without truth, there can be no justice, she in enthusiastically committed to contributing to the growth of this continental movement!
Sept. 24 - Oct. 3, Bay Area, California
Mobilize your community for the November Vigil to Close the School of the Americas
Organize a film screening in your community.
The following films are on the compilation DVD:
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