School of the Americas, 2003
prison for peaceful protests [4-7-04]
School of the Americas Watch reports that many of those who
demonstrated against the "School of the Assassins" last November are now
entering federal prisons, mostly for terms of six months.
And we have a special report on
Beisswenger, as he began his six-month term at
the Federal Prison at Manchester, Ky.
and the New American Empire
David McPhail takes a careful look at the
School of the Americas -- where it came from and how it works today -- as a
window into the workings of U.S. power in Latin America.
|Don Beisswenger sentenced to 6 months for SOA protest
|Witherspoon member Don Beisswenger heads to trial for
Don Beisswenger issued a
statement on January 16th, the day before leaving for his trial in
Federal Court on January 26th on charges of criminal trespass for his
participation in the Nov. 23rd demonstration at Fort Benning, GA, to protest
the human rights violations that have been supported by training at the
School of the Americas.
For background, see
our earlier report.
|40 protesters arrested at demonstration against School
of the Americas [12-2-03]
Nonviolent protest met with US military violence
Fellowship announces events at SOA protests in Columbus, Georgia
The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship invites Presbyterians and friends to two
events in Columbus, Georgia
Saturday, November 22, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30
Presbyterian Delegation Breakfast
Holiday Inn North Azalea A room
2800 Manchester Expressway
(Exit 7 - I-185 South or Exit 7B I-185 North)
Cost: $10 for full breakfast buffet
Meet other Presbyterian Peacemakers; everyone welcome
RSVP: Marilyn White, firstname.lastname@example.org
In Columbus: 713-299-4811
Sunday, November 23, 8:15 a.m.
Presbyterian Presence at SOA vigil
Meet in the Piggly Wiggly parking lot, 3741 Victory Drive
and Fort Benning Road
(Near vigil parking areas)
Look for the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship banner
We will march together to the vigil site at the gates of
Fort Benning, where we will join the Fellowship of Reconciliation and other
religious peace fellowships in the memorial procession. During the vigil,
PPF will hold a brief prayer service at the gate, on Fort Benning property.
The SOA Watch website
provides full information about the plans for the vigil and protests.
Witherspooners Jane Hanna and Betty Kersting plan to be at
the protest. Anybody else?
Send a note and let us know!
decries US military in Latin America
Amnesty International has condemned
the growing presence and influence of US security forces in Latin America.
According to a report titled
"The Human Rights Implications of US Training of Foreign Military and Police
Forces," each year the US trains 100,000 police and soldiers from 150
countries, a significant increase since 9-11. Mexico is the second leading
recipient of military training, trailing only Colombia. In 1999, Mexico
received US$918 million for advanced combat training and arms.
The School of the Americas at Fort Benning,
Georgia, is one of the principal training facilities. The School of the
Americas Watch (SOA Watch) is planning a massive peaceful demonstration in
front of Fort Benning on November 21-22.
For more information, see
Thanks to the
Mexico Solidarity Network
ratified (or not) by the presbyteries
A number of the most important actions of the 219th
General Assembly are now being sent to the presbyteries for their
action, to confirm or reject them as amendments to the PC(USA) Book
We're providing resources to help inform the
reflection and debate, along with updates on the voting.
Our three areas of primary interest are:
which would remove the current ban on
lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender persons being considered as
possible candidates for ordination as elder or ministers.|
which would add the Belhar Confession to our Book of
10-1, which would adopt the new Form of Government
that was approved by the Assembly. |
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