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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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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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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Movie, Talk & Music at Cinema Arts Centre on Nov. 5, 2009

By admin on October 22, 2009

In preparation for the annual vigil at Ft. Benning, Georgia, SOAW LI and Cinema Arts Centre host a film and talk with SOA prisoner of conscience Father Luis Barrios

On Thursday, November 5, Cinema Arts Centre will screen the documentary The New Patriots, a documentary by renowned filmmaker Robert Richter, about five U.S. military veterans who speak about their transformation from warriors to peace activists. Among the featured vets are SOA cofounder Fr. Roy Bourgeois and SOA prisoner of conscience Charlie Liteky (pictured below, left), who won the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroism in the Vietnam war.

Following the film, Fr. Luis Barrios of IFCO / Pastors for Peace will speak, and The Last Internationale will perform. Barrios (below, right), who is also a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, was profiled last week in a New York Times article, “Theology from Classroom to Jailhouse.”


Photos, from left: Paul Phillips; Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

Screening of The New Patriots, by Robert Richter
Thursday, November 5, 2009, at 7:30 p.m.
Film followed by a discussion and reception
Tickets: $12
Buy tickets at the CAC Box Office, through CinemaArtsCentre.org, or by calling 800-838-3006.

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NYC SOA Watch Meeting Nov. 5 / Planning for Protest at SOA/WHINSEC

By admin on October 21, 2009

There will be an NYC SOA Watch meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 5, 2009, at John Jay College, 445 W. 59th St., Room #4115-N. We will discuss our trip to the vigil and direct action at Fort Benning, November 20 to 22.

Please attend this meeting if you plan to go to the protest, especially if you want a place in the vans we’ll be driving to Ft. Benning. To reserve a spot, e-mail Andy Kafel at akafe@earthlink.net.

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Documentary Screening and Honduras Talk at Cinema Arts Sept. 20

By admin on September 8, 2009

SOAW Latin America Coordinator Lisa Sullivan to report on Honduras after the coup

Cinema Arts Centre and SOA Watch are teaming up to screen the critically acclaimed 2008 documentary Our Disappeared (Nuestros Desaparecidos) on Sunday, September 20.

Scene from Our Disappeared

In the film, writer-director Juan Mandelbaum returns to his native Argentina to search for old friends who were among the 30,000 “disappeared” (kidnapped and killed) by the military dictatorship from 1976 to 1983. Through rare archival footage and personal interviews, the film explores what happens when brutal regimes attack a country with impunity.

The film’s composer, Argentine musician Gustavo Moretto, will speak after the screening. He is currently a professor in charge of the instrumental program at LaGuardia Community College in New York City.

Moretto will be joined by Lisa Sullivan, coordinator of SOA Watch’s Latin American office, who will report on the situation in Honduras. She visited the country immediately after the coup with a delegation from SOA Watch, working with human rights activists in Tegucigalpa. Sullivan 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 Venezuela.

Screening of Our Disappeared (Nuestros Desaparecidos) (99 min.)
Sunday, September 20, 2009, 2:30pm
Panel Discussion and reception following film.
Tickets: $15 (includes reception)
Advance tickets available at CinemaArtsCentre.org, or Brown Paper Tickets (800-838-3006)

Part of the proceeds will be contributed to human rights organizations in Honduras.

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Father Roy Bourgeois in NYC and Long Island April 2 & 3

By admin on March 24, 2009

Come out and meet SOA Watch founder Father Roy Bourgeois on his visit to Long Island and NYC! The Maryknoll priest and Vietnam veteran will talk about the 17-year history of the movement to close the SOA. He has served prison time for his nonviolent protest of the SOA/WHINSEC and continues to travel the country speaking out against it and similar programs. Last year, a measure to close the SOA lost by only six votes. Fr. Roy is a great example of faith in practice. Sadly, the Catholic Church recently threatened to ex-communicate him for his support of women priests.

Thursday, April 2
NYU Law School

“Building Justice Through Solidarity and Direct Action”: A talk with Father Roy Bourgeois and fellow former prisoner of conscience Ed Lewinson, Professor Emeritus, History, Seton Hall University
New York University Law School
Furman Hall,
245 Sullivan St., Room 216
Picture ID required
Subway: A, B, C, D, E, F, V to W. 4th St.
Flyer: Father Roy NYU

Friday, April 3
Cinema Arts Centre

Catch a screening of the Academy Award nominated documentary School of Assassins, followed by a talk with Father Roy.
Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Avenue
Huntington, NY
Sponsored by SOAW Watch Long Island, Veterans for Peace Chapter 138, Pax Christi, North Country Peace
Flyer: Father Roy Cinema Arts

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Benefit for Radio Payu’mat

By admin on February 13, 2009

SOA Watch West and Cinema Arts Centre invite you to brunch and a movie. For a good cause.

Cinema Arts will screen the documentary We Are Raised With the Staff of Authority in Hand, about Colombia’s indigenous population’s resistance to the repressive government of President Uribe. The station Radio Payu’mat has played a major role in this resistance, including the large nonviolent protest in northern Cacua in October 2008, when marchers spoke out against the militarization of their territories and the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement.

Minga Popular

Let’s keep them on the air!

Guest speakers:
Tiokasin Ghosthorse, WBAI Producer of First Voices: Indigenous Radio, will talk about the media solidarity amongst indigenous communities.
Mario Murillo, back from six months in Colombia, will introduce the film and give the background about the causes of the mobilization of the indigenous people.

  • Cinema Arts Centre
  • 423 Park Ave.
  • Huntington, NY 11743
  • Sunday, February 15
  • Brunch at 11:00 am (doors open at 10:30)
  • Film at 11:30 am
  • Price: $25
  • For tickets: 1-800-838-3006 and ask for event 54041, or go to: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/54041
  • For tickets at the door, no credit cards accepted.

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