Archbishop Oscar Romero
Memorial and Film

By admin on March 25, 2008

Archbishop Oscar Romero 1917-1980
Archbishop Romero

NYC SOA Watch and NYC CISPES will hold a memorial on Thursday, March 27, in honor of Salvadoran Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was killed 28 years ago by graduates of the School of the Americas while he was celebrating mass. He was assassinated because he spoke out against state violence and injustice. One day before he was killed, he addressed the country’s repressive army: “I beg you, I beseech you, I order you, in the name of God, stop the repression!”

The service will be followed by a screening of the award-winning Voces Inocentes, a film about children growing up in the midst of the civil war in El Salvador.

In 1993, the United Nations Truth Commission Report on El Salvador cited the officers responsible for the worst atrocities committed during that country’s brutal 12-year civil war. Over two-thirds of those named were trained at the School of the Americas.

Above photo from Creighton University Collaborative Ministry Office

Archbishop Romero Memorial and Voces Inocentes Screening
Thursday, March 27, 2008, at 7pm
Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew
263 W86th St (at West End Ave), NYC
For more info, call Wendy: (917) 400-0185

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March 22 “River to River”
Antiwar Protest in NYC

By admin on March 20, 2008


See you there!

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Events to Mark the 5th Anniversary
of the Iraq War

By admin on March 16, 2008

The Long Island SOA Watch supports all the following events and invites you to participate on the 5th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. To remember all the dead, our soldiers and the Iraqi and Afghani people. And to call for the immediate withdrawal of the U.S. troops. Share with us our protest against this unjust war.

Tuesday, March 18, 7:30pm
Mass offered by Fr. William Brisotti, to pray for an end to the war, for the return of our soldiers and for the suffering of the Iraqi people. Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, 1434 Straight Path, Wyandanch. Contact: Pax Christi LI, 631-427-5823

Wednesday, March 19, 5-6pm
Stop the war – Bring all troops Home. Vigil to mourn 4,000 U.S. and 1 million Iraqi deaths. Gather on the NE corner of Old Country & Glen Cove Roads, Garden City. Across from the main entrance to Roosevelt Field Mall. Coordinated by the Stop the War Coalition. Contact: LI Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives: 516-741-4360. Note: MoveOn is calling for a vigil in the same place at the same hour.

Saturday, March 22, 12-1pm
Human chain for Peace along 14th St. from Avenue A to 11th Ave. Gather along 14th St at noon; march to Union Square for a short rally ( permit pending). Contact: United for Peace and Justice/NYC 212-868-5545. Bus from LI. Departs 10 am.,returns by 5 p.m., UU at Shelter Rock parking lot. $ 15/person. Contact: Sharyn Esposito, 516-627-6560, ext 160. Sposored by Social Justice Committee of the UUCSR.

Demonstration to mark the 4,000th U.S. casualty in Iraq. On the first Saturday following the day that the 4,000th Americans death is reached. Suffolk Peace Network and other groups will stand as a presence of peace on the sidewalk on Rte. 25 in front of the Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove, from 2-4:30 p.m. Contact: Suffolk Peace Network, 631-424-4647

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March 2008 Action Alert on Iraq War

By admin on March 16, 2008

* End the occupation of Iraq.
* Vote NO on Bush’s request for $102 Billion.
* NOT to vote anymore $ for the War: Fund only the withdrawal of our soldiers and medical care for returning veterans.

CD1 Tim Bishop: 631-696-6500
CD2 Steve Israel: 631-951-2210
CD3 Peter King: 516-5414225
CD4 Carolyn McCarthy: 516-739-3008
CD5: Gary Ackerman: 718-423-2154
Senator Clinton: 631-249-2825
Senator Schumer: 631-753-0978

Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121
Toll Free: 1-800-828-0498

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Meeting Thursday March 6, Ed Lewinson update

By Andy on March 3, 2008
There will be a meeting on Thursday March 6 at 7:30pm at St. Mary’s Church, 521 W. 126th St. Manhattan.  Take the 1/9 train to 125th St.
We will discuss doing jail solidarity for Ed Lewinson and the other prisoners of conscience, having a return party for Ed, supporting HR 1707 to close the SOA and the upcoming SOA Watch strategy meeting.
The potluck dinner and party for Ed this past Saturday, organized by his NJ supporters, was very spirited.  Ed received many acolades and encouragement from the many organizations and people he has worked with and inspired over the years.  It was attended by about 60 people and raised $650 for SOA Watch.  Ed expects to learn when and where he should report for the 90-day prison sentence in the next couple weeks.  We will provide that information when it is available as well as where to write and/or how to visit.
Here is an article from the Newark Star Ledger about Ed:


For more info, call Andy at: (201) 207-1493

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