TradeJustice NY Event

By admin on August 21, 2013

This invite just in from TradeJustice NY–check out their website for more info:

Thursday, August 22, 7-9pm
Meeting of TradeJustice NY and Park Slope Food Co-op Members Against Trans-Pacific Partnership
Working on the campaign to defeat the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the TTIP and against all commercial “free trade’ agreements, which place corporate profit-taking above the protection of people and the planet. Snacks & Beverages welcome.
Please RSVP: 718 636 9089 or spmetz@earthlink.net
Location: 409 Park Place (b/w Underhill & Washington Aves), Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

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Roy Bourgeois Coming to Long Island and NYC in May

By admin on April 15, 2013

Mark your calendars, New Yorkers! SOA Watch cofounder Roy Bourgeois will be in town from May 2 to 4, and there are plenty of chances to hear him speak:

Thursday May 2 7:30 PM
Poke the Bee Hive, Rock the Boat, Cross the Line, Speak Truth to Power: Roy Bourgeois and CODEPINK and Global Exchange cofounder Medea Benjamin

Roy will report back from his recent trips throughout Latin America, and update us on the latest developments in the 22-year struggle to close the School of Americas. He will explain how his activism lead him on another related path: standing up for the rights of women in the Catholic Church. Medea will enlighten us with excerpts from her explosive new book Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control, and relate some of her daring exploits with CODEPINK: at the US Social Forum in Tunisia, within the U.S. Senate Chambers and throughout the world.
Join the resistance and learn how to become part of the solution.
The Brecht Forum 451 West Street, New York City
Suggested donation: $15
RSVP to annedwl@aol.com or 917-860-1794
For more info: SOAW.org / CodePink4Peace.org

Friday, May 3, 2013, 7 p.m.
My Journey From Slience to Solidarity
An evening with Roy Bourgeois

Unitarian Universalist Congregation Church
48 Shelter Rock Rd, Manhasset, NY
Sponsored by SOA Watch NYC, SOAW Long Island, and Pax Christi Long Island
Suggested donation: $15
RSVP to Anne Dowling, NYC SOAW: annedwl@aol.com

Saturday, May 4, 2013, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Church vs. Conscience: How Do We Advance Justice for Women?

Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South, New York City

Church vs. Conscience: How Do We Advance Justice for Women?

Symposium featuring Roy Bourgeois, who after 40 years as a Maryknoll priest was excommunicated by the Vatican for advocating the ordination of women
Suggested donation: $10
For more info, email: pideritvotf@piderit.com

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National SOA Watch Speakers Coming to Brooklyn & Freeport, Long Island!

By admin on March 14, 2011

Thursday night, March 17, come over to the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture for a discussion with SOA Watch activists Nico Udu-gama, field organizer for the national SOA Watch, and Gabriela Uassouf from SOA Watch Latin America, who are on an East Coast speaking tour.

Join them in a thought-provoking discussion about current issues of militarization. Nico and Gabi will be sharing a little bit of each of their own stories and direct experiences with militarism, providing harrowing accounts that you will not want to miss. They will also be discussing the April Days of Action and how YOU can get involved.

Nico and Gabi will also appear next Tuesday at the South Nassau Unitarian Universalist Church in Freeport, Long Island, with music by Ronald Duncan and an introduction by Bill McNulty, coordinator of Long Island SOA Watch West. Bill was an SOAW prisoner of conscience who served six months in a federal prison for taking part in a nonviolent civil disobedience action at Ft. Benning, Georgia, in 1998.

  • Thursday, March 17, 6:30pm: Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, 3 Prospect Park West
    For more information, please contact Andy: 201-207-1493
  • Sunday, March 20, noon: The Left Forum 2011, Pace University, One Pace Plaza
  • Tuesday, March 22, 7pm: South Nassau Unitarian Universalist Church, 228 South Ocean Ave, Freeport
    Join us at 6.30pm for light food and refreshments
    Presented by SOA Watch Long Island and South Nassau UUC
    For more information: 516-379-8522 or 516-795-1085

Gabriela Uassouf is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Gabi Uassouf is a long-term SOA Watch Latin America intern. As a daughter of the neoliberal crisis that exploded in December 2001 in her home country, her activism started in the local neighbors’ assemblies movement. She is also an activist at a community TV station and a progressive women’s group in Venezuela.

Nico Udu-gama was schooled in resistance by the campesinos and campesinas of Colombia. He spent one year in the Peace Community of San Jose de Apartado, and three years with the communities in the Magdalena Medio, Arauca, Catatumbo and Bogota. Nico currently works for SOA Watch as the field organizer.

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Breakfast and a Movie Fundraiser for Cinema Arts and SOA Watch This Saturday!

By admin on November 5, 2010

Have a hunger for breakfast *and* a hunger for justice? Fill up on this:

SOA Watch Long Island invites you to breakfast and a movie!

“We Are Not Afraid: Honduras Under the Military Coup,” a documentary by director Katia Lara, shows us the reality of the summer 2009 coup d’etat in Honduras, and the ensuing repression. The film is testimony of the violation of human rights that took place in the wake of the coup, and a testament to the courage of the people who continue to oppose it.


The guest speaker will be Lucy Pagoada-Quesada, a New York City high school Spanish teacher who was born and raised in Honduras. She is a coordinator of the group Honduras USA Resistencia, whose goal is to reveal the truth of what went on and is still going on in Honduras, and a member of the Honduran Solidarity National Network, which works with Hondurans around the U.S. She is also a member of the May 1st Coalition for workers and immigrants rights.

This gathering is a benefit for Honduras as well as for the wonderful Cinema Arts Centre and for college students who are planning to attend the November Vigil to close the SOA.

Long Island SOA Watch and CAC present:
Saturday, November 6 at 9am
“We Are Not Afraid: Honduras Under the Military Coup”
Breakfast, Film and Discussion at Huntington’s Cinema Arts Centre

Members $12 / Public $15
Tickets can also be purchased at the box office during theatre hours or
by calling Brown Paper Ticketstoll free at 1-800-838-3006. No refunds.
Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Ave.
Huntington, NY 11743

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SOA Watch Vigil Speakers From Honduras and Costa Rica Are Denied Visas

By admin on November 4, 2010

Two men who are supposed to speak at the November Vigil at Fort Benning are being denied entrance to the U.S. Visit the SOAW national site for more info and to take action:


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Long Island Activists Attend SOA Watch Conference in Venezuela

By admin on June 22, 2010


On June 21, Long Island SOA Watch activists Mara Bard and her husband, Enzo Bard, joined leaders of 20 social movements from the U.S., Canada, and Latin America at a conference where they will share strategies to resist the increase in U.S. military intervention in the region, as well as strategies to close the infamous School of the Americas, which continues to train Latin American military.

The Encuentro of the Americas, which was convened by SOA Watch, is taking place in Sanare, Venezuela, and will continue until June 25. Among the delegates are educators, lawyers, priests, nuns, and human rights activists. SOA Watch founder Fr. Roy Bourgeois explains, “We have a lot of hope in this gathering, in coming together to work for peace, for the closing of the military bases and of the School of the Americas, things that do nothing positive for our people…. The poor need hospitals, food, medicine, and this is what the United States should share with our brother-sister countries.”


Mara and Enzo were exiled from Argentina in the late 1970s. Enzo, an SOAW board member and treasurer of the Freeport Community Worklink Center, was part of Argentina’s La Plata student movement, which was often targeted by the country’s military in the “dirty war.” He says, “Being originally from Latin America, expressing solidarity with the South is natural for me.”


Mara’s hope is that “Encuentro will teach us how to help the resistance in Latin America to the oppressive U.S. foreign policy and increase the understanding between people.” She has already been doing this work for years as co-coordinator of Long Island SOA Watch, taking part in the annual SOA protest at Fort Benning (since the movement began in the early 1990s), and reaching out to local communities, inspiring and coordinating them to work toward shutting down the SOA and improving U.S. relations with Latin America.

We are proud to be represented by Mara and Enzo at this incredible conference and look forward to hearing about their trip.

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SOA Watch Founder Fr. Roy Bourgeois in Manhasset on May 13, then Brooklyn on May 15

By admin on May 5, 2010

Next Thursday, Father Roy Bourgeois, founder of School of the Americas Watch, will give a talk on President Obama’s Latin American Policy, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Manhasset. He’ll also report on his recent trip to El Salvador, where he led an Oscar Romero Legacy Delegation in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the archbishop’s assassination at the hands of SOA graduates.

Then on Saturday, May 15, Fr. Roy will be the keynote speaker at the sixth annual Brooklyn Peace Fair.


Fr. Bourgeois on “Obama’s Latin American Policy”
Thursday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, in the Social Hall
48 Shelter Rock Rd, Manhasset
$5 suggested donation
For more info: Shelter Rock Forum, 516-6560, ext. 122

Brooklyn Peace Fair 2010
Saturday, May 15, noon to 5pm
Brooklyn College Arts Lab and Student Center
2900 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn

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Protest Troop Escalation in Afghanistan–Wednesday, Dec. 2, Times Square

By admin on December 1, 2009

On Wednesday, December 2, United for Peace & Justice will hold a silent vigil in Times Square, joining with many other groups around the country that are speaking out against continuing this war that is having devastating affects on the Afghan people, the troops, and people here at home.

From UFPJ: Join United for Peace & Justice, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Peace Action New York, and CodePink NYC for a silent vigil at the Times Square Recruiting Station. We will have coffins and some signs and encourage you to bring your own signs. The starkness of hundreds of silent people in the chaos of Times Square will be cause for pause, conveying the solemnity of war.

No Escalation in Afghanistan–Bring All Troops Home
Silent Vigil
Wednesday, December 2, 2009, 6pm
Times Square Recruiting Station

Spread the word!

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NYC and Long Island Residents Join
Thousands in Georgia Calling for
Closure of the SOA

By admin on November 20, 2009

More than 100 people from Long Island and New York City are outside the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia, for the 20th annual vigil and direct action (see photo below, taken today by SOA Watch’s Linda Panetta) to protest the School of the Americas (now called WHINSEC), the notorious training facility for Latin American soldiers. Yesterday, a group of Long Islanders protested outside the office of Rep. Peter King, a big SOA supporter.


They groups include students from Hoftstra University and members and friends of SOA Watch and NYCISPES.

The vigil began 20 years ago, after a death squad that was trained at the SOA murdered six Jesuits, their housekeeper, and her 15-year-old daughter in San Salvador. SOA grads have been implicated in many other massacres and tortures and disappearances since the school’s inception.

In the recent coup in Honduras, the major players that ousted President Zelaya are two well-known graduates of the SOA: General Romeo Vasquez, the head of the military, and General Luis Suazo, a 1996 graduate, the head of the air force.

This school is well known in Latin America as a school of coups. The school has trained over 60,000 soldiers from 15 countries in Latin America in combat skills. And it’s all paid for by U.S. taxpayers.

It’s time to shut down the SOA.

For more information on the local groups, contact Bill McNulty of SOA Watch Long Island.

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Local and National SOA Protests November 20-22, 2009

By admin on November 19, 2009

Please join the annual local protest of the School of Americas in front of the office of Rep. Peter King in Massapequa Park.

King supports the SOA/WHINSEC, and has even said that “the School of the Americas has advanced democracy in Latin America.”

The protest began 20 years ago, shortly after a death squad murdered six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper, and her 15-year-old daughter in San Salvador. The priests were killed for their outspoken stance in defense of the poor. Of the 24 assassins, 19 were trained at the School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Georgia.

The Long Island protest, organized by the South Country Peace Group and SOA Watch Long Island, will coincide with the SOAW’s yearly Vigil and Direct Action outside the gates of the SOA at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Thousands are expected to coverge for the Georgia event, especially because it is the 20th anniversary of the vigil and because the recent military coup by SOA graduates in Honduras has once again exposed the deadly effects that the SOA has on Latin America. A large New York City/Long Island contingent is heading to Georgia this year. (Contact Andy at NYC SOAW for details.)

Despite the long history of human rights abuses associated with the graduates of this institution it continues to exist and has never been investigated–only given a name change.

Saturday, November 21, 2009, at 1:00 PM
In front of Rep. Peter King’s office
1003 Park Blvd, Massapequa Park

Directions: Sunrise Hwy to Park Blvd (House of Pancakes is on south side of Sunrise), turn north. King’s office is just north of Sunrise/RR Station. There is parking available behind the stores if there is no space on the street.

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