April 26 - May 3: The Right to Peace Walk
THE GEORGIA PEACE AND JUSTICE WALK
SOA Watch founder Father Roy Bourgeois, Field Organizer Maria Luisa Rosal, and our newest Council member Kevin Moran will take part in a walk from Fort Benning, Georgia to Read more ...
They are participating in the 120 mile "Right to Peace" walk, which will culminate with a rally at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta. The Georgia Tech rally will to draw attention to the connection concerning the research and development of the next generation of autonomous killer drones by Georgia Tech; their partnership with the Maneuver Battle Lab at Fort Benning, where Georgia Tech conducts drone flight testing, and the training of Latin America's police, and military forces at Ft. Bennings School of the Americas (SOA/WHINSEC) in the use of the tools and tactics of oppression.
The movement to close the SOA has been tremendously successful in educating broad sectors about the reality of U.S. foreign policy towards Latin America. While SOA Watch started out with a narrow focus of ending the training of repressive Latin American military forces and the closure of the School of the Americas, the scope of our work has broadened over the years.
The SOA and the use of killer drones are both part of a broader system of militarism. The institute and the remote control killing are not aberrations of U.S. foreign policy, but clear examples of it.
The walk will also stop at the Stewart Detention Center, the largest immigrant prison in the United States, to point out the obvious connections between the U.S.'s military-driven foreign policy, forced migration, and the shameful treatment of immigrants in the U.S. These interlocking systems of oppression require a multi-faceted resistance to all forms of oppression: racist criminalization and fear-mongering, economic exploitation, and state-sponsored violence.
If you are interested in participating in the march, or for more information, please email Kevin at email@example.com.
GOALS OF THE WALK - THE RIGHT TO PEACE
Raise public awareness to inspire specific calls to action by attracting mass media exposure to:
Call for an immediate moratorium on the research and development of autonomous drones by Georgia Tech as recommended by the U.N.'s Special Rapporteur on Summary Executions, Christof Heyns.
Call for an immediate closure of the SOA, a U.S. military training school for Latin American security personnel located at Ft. Benning, GA, by demanding congressional support of passage of H.R. 2989 the Latin American Military Training Review Act – the bill to suspend and investigate the School of the Americas.
WALK SCHEDULE AND OUTLINE
Saturday, April 26: Mass Rally at Noon at the Gate to Ft. Benning, Featured Speaker: Father Roy Bourgeois, Walk begins 1 PM to Flatrock Park, Columbus, Georgia
Sunday, April 27: Alterna Community Forum, LaGrange, Georgia. Walk begins at EL Refugio, Lumpkin to Stewart Detention Center
Monday, April 28: Walk begins at LaGrange to Hogansville
Tuesday, April 29: Walk begins at Hogansville to Newnan
Wednesday, April 30: Walk begins at Newnan to Peachtree City
Thursday, May 1: Walk begins at Peachtree City to Jonesboro
Friday, May 2: Walk begins at King Center, Atlanta to Federal Prison, Georgia State University, Georgia State Capitol Press Conference, Atlanta City Detention Center, ICE Building Immigration Court, Federal Prison
Saturday, May 3: Walk begins at Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Center, Atlanta to GA Tech 2:00–3:30 Mass Rally with feature speakers: Father Roy Bourgeois, Medea Benjamin, renowned activist from CodePink, as well as Azadeh Shahshahani, President, National Lawyers Guild; National Security/Immigrants' Rights Project Director, ACLU of Georgia.
More information about the walk will be posted at
RIGHT TO PEACE walk from Fort Benning, Georgia to Atlanta, Georgia.
The walk will also stop at the Stewart Detention Center, the largest immigrant prison in the United States, to point out the obvious connections between the U.S.'s military-driven foreign policy, forced migration, and the shameful treatment of immigr Read more ...
ants in the U.S. These interlocking systems of oppression require a multi-faceted resistance to all forms of oppression: racist criminalization and fear-mongering, economic exploitation, and state-sponsored violence.