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.