Latin America Task Force
This group devotes itself to education and action on Latin America concerns, especially U.S. policy in that region. It stands in solidarity with the movement to close the U.S. Army’s Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (formerly the School of Americas), as it’s graduates have committed atrocities across Latin America, leading many to consider it to be a “School of Assassins.” The task force also organizes educational programs about the U.S. military presence in Colombia and Honduras and how corporate globalization affects the poor in Latin America.
Latin America Task Force meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month, at First Baptist Church, 512 E. Huron, Ann Arbor. Please call 734-663-1870 in advance before each meeting to ensure that we are meeting at our normal time and place.
2012 Focus Areas:
- Close the School of the Americas (April Lobby Days in D.C. and SOAW Vigil at Ft. Benning, GA in November)
- Fair Food and Immigration
The War for Our Lands and Lives
Tuesday, October 30th, 7pm – Guest speaker, Francia Marquez, an Afro-Colombian woman from the Cauca region of Colombia, risks her life to defend the gold-rich land that has sustained her community through small-scale mining for centuries. Join ICPJ’s Latin America Task Force to hear from Francia about the women leading the resistance, the paramilitaries and private foreign mining companies that threaten their lives, livelihood, and the environment, and how justice for her people can be achieved. Canterbury House (721 E. Huron, Ann Arbor, MI 48104). Parking available on the street and at the Liberty Plaza on Washington (~3 blocks from venue). Refreshments will be served. Open to the public. Please contact Grace Kotre (firstname.lastname@example.org, 734-663-1870).
Support Human Rights and Democracy in Honduras, End US Military support!
- Learn about the coup in Honduras, repression of the Honduran people, and US military aid here.
- News update: Fr. Milla, Commission of Truth activist, flees Honduras for safety concerns
- Take action for justice in Honduras: sign an advocacy letter for Julio Benitez
2012 Join ICPJ’s Delegation to Ft. Benning to Close the SOA!
The School of the Americas/SOA (renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation in 2001) has trained some of the worst human rights abusers in Latin America. On November 16-18, thousands will gather at the gates of Ft. Benning to stand up for justice, to shut down the School of the Americas/SOA and to end the oppressive U.S. foreign policy that the school represents. Join us as we take a delegation to the annual vigil in Ft. Benning, GA to say no to militarism in Latin America and Yes to human rights and justice.
Why you should attend the School of the Americas Watch vigil
The History of SOA/WHINSEC
The School of the Americas was established in 1946 in Panama as a combat training school for Latin American soldiers. It has trained over 60,000 Latin American soldiers in counterinsurgency techniques, sniper training, commando and psychological warfare, military intelligence and interrogation tactics. Graduates of SOA have consistently used their training to wage war on their own people. Common targets include, educators, union leaders, religious workers, student organizers, and others working for the rights of the poor.
Hundreds of thousands of Latin Americans have been tortured, raped, assassinated, “disappeared”, massacred, or forced to become refugees by those trained at the School of the Americas.
In 1984 it was kicked out of Panama under terms of the Panama Canal Treaty. Former President of Panama, Jorge Illueca, stated that the SOA was the “biggest base for destabilization in Latin America.” Since being removed from Panama, the SOA has been relocated to Fort Benning, Georgia.In 2001, the SOA was renamed “The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation”, but it largely remains the same organization.
ICPJ sent delegates to lobby our elected officials in Washington, D.C. in April 2010 on Colombia and the School of the Americas. Read more…
Read recent Latin America notices from ICPJ
- We Remember Romero
- Join ICPJ's Delegation to Ft. Benning to Close the SOA!
- The War for Our Lands and Lives
- Join ICPJ's delegation to Close the SOA!
- Atrocities in Honduras: A Talk by Mary Anne Perrone
- abUSed: the Postville Raid
- Economic Root Causes movie series - AbUSed: The Postville Raid
- NOW Celebrates Women Peacemakers: Colombia
- Get on the bus! Join ICPJ for the Annual Vigil/Rally to Close the SOA/WHINSEC.
- What does Murder in Colombia have to do with Job Loss in the US?
- A Critical Moment in Honduras: Repression, Resistance and the Role of the US
- D.C. Trip to Lobby against militarism in Latin America
- State of the Movement Forum
- Reason 5 to donate to ICPJ: Solidarity with Latin America
- What you need to know about the SOAW Trip 2010
- Join ICPJ to Close the SOA/WHINSEC - Get on the bus!
- Colombia: Building Peace in a Country at War
- Colombia - Background and Action
- STAND UP against the 7 new military bases in Colombia!
- Lobby Days in D.C. to Close the SOA/WHINSEC!
- State of the Peace Movement Panel
- Dessert and a Movie--On the Line
- What you need to know about the SOA Vigil Trip 2009
- What role did U.S. policy play in the Honduras coup?
- New Hope in El Salvador
- Ernesto Cardenal in Ann Arbor
- "Who Shot My Brother" Dessert and a Movie April 14th
- Donate to the SOA Vigil Scholarship Fund
- Video of Fr. Roy Bourgeois in Ann Arbor
- SOA Vigil Trip 2008
- Dinner and Movie: On the Line
- Uncommon Courage: A Torture Survivor Speaks
- Get on the Bus! Join ICPJ for the SOA Watch rally and vigil
- SPEAKING OUT AGAINST TORTURE: The Latin America - United States Connection talk on September 9
- Latin American Social Movements in the Twenty-first Century: Resistance, Power, and Democracy
- HUMAN RIGHTS IN MEXICO presentation by Tanja Markus
- Dinner and Movie: Grain of Sand
- Film Showing: A Little Bit of So Much Truth
- Human Rights in Colombia
- Get on the Bus: Trip to vigil for peace at Ft. Benning, GA
- Human Rights in Colombia
- New Workshop: The Crisis of Human Rights Abuses in Colombia
- Dinner and a Movie: Confronting Torture in Latin America.
- Better World Breakfast: Justice in Latin America
- What's happening in Oxaca--These 2 Films Will Tell You
- Now is the time: Call Congress to Close the SOA/WHINSEC
- Demand Accountability: Extradite "Goni"
- Nonviolence as a way to justice in Latin America--June Dinner and a Movie
- Goni: Accused of Crimes Against Humanity. Why is the US denying justice?
- ICPJ Member Analizes "Structural Violence"
- The Beehive is coming! The Beehive is coming!
- Action Alert: stop threats against the "Dialogue for Oaxaca"
- Ft. Benning Trip Itinerary
- Scholarships Available for SOA Rally and Vigil
- Down below and to the left, where the heart is
- Immigration: Then and Now
- Urgent Vote This Week For Human Rights in Latin America
- Latin America: Suggested Reading
- At the Edge of the Storm: A Film of Survival and Recovery
- Vote to Close the SOA in Early June
- Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform
- Human Rights Lobbying--The Power of Truth
- Call Congress now for Justice in the Americas.
- Crossing Borders for Justice—Grassroots Progress for Human Rights
- By the Sword
- ICPJ Keynote Speaker, Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer
- Urge Secretary Rice to Promote Human Rights in Colombia