Friday, February 3, 2012

School of the Americas Watch to gather, vigil at US-Mexico border

Mexican children stand at the Anapra border fence.
The School of the Americas Watch (SOAW) will convene and lead a delegation of activists in El Paso-Ciudad Juarez from February 12-19. The group intends to experience the reality of this particular segment of the border. After spending three days in Ciudad Juarez, the delegation will learn about issues during a weekend in El Paso, February 17-19 in a segment of the gathering co-sponsored by El Paso-based Project Puente.

SOAW Founder Fr. Roy Bourgeois is expected to participate in the delegation and address a human rights conference Saturday morning. Other scheduled events include a march for immigrant rights, a conference on immigration and a vigil at the border fence to honor the victims of repressive immigration policies.

Why would SOAW, an organization dedicated to closing a military school, bring a delegation to the border? From their website:
For 60 years numerous graduates of the School of the Americas have returned to their countries to torture, disappear, and massacre fellow citizens in efforts to impose economic policies that benefit US corporations. As a result: tens of thousands of Latin Americans lost their lives, and even greater numbers lived in fear of such repression. Many had no option but to flee their homeland in search of safety and survival. This situation was compounded by the implementation of NAFTA in the 1990’s, forcing millions of migrants and refugees to cross the border, looking to escape the ravages of savage capitalism. 
But today, as these same voracious economic policies are being rejected by many nations south of our border, they have turned around to devour the people of our own nation. As U.S. citizens lose homes and jobs, a scapegoat must be found. Not surprisingly, it is found in the immigrants, those who were pushed away from their homeland by the same economic and military system of domination. The result is an increasing militarization of the border between the United States and Mexico, the world's longest contiguous international divide between a superpower and a developing nation. Today there are more than 20,000 Border patrol agents patrolling the 2,000 mile long border with Mexico.
In his State of the Union address, President Obama said he had sent more “boots to the border” than any other administration. Record numbers of immigrants are being deported, tearing tens of thousands of families apart, leaving children without parents, sending promising students back to a home they never knew. We may actually come to lament the success of these efforts, recent studies show more Mexicans are returning to their country than coming here, opening up an economic void.
Just as the School of the Americas is a concrete expression of the injustice of our nation towards Latin America, so is the border today. [BE: emphasis mine] And, just as we gather every November at the fence of the SOA to say “no mas, no more,” we will be gathering at the border to say "no mas, no more" to immigration policies that use military muscle to criminalize the very people who have kept the wheels of our economic motor running for decades.

The public is invited to attend any or all of the weekend’s events with delegation members. Those who participate are asked to offer a $20 collaboration fee to cover rentals and expenses.

Friday, Feb. 17, at Sacred Heart Parish Gym, 231 Father Rahm the Segundo Barrior

5:00 pm Registration for Weekend Conference

6:00 pm Dinner

7:30 pm Opening ceremonies, Welcome by SOAW, short talk by Perla de la Rosa

8:00 pm Music group

Saturday, Feb. 18, Mercado Mayapan, 2101 Myrtle

9:30 am Gather and participate in the Human Rights Conference opening march

10:00 am Participate in “Opening Ceremonies” of HRC. Roy gives words of solidarity and invites to
Action on Sunday morning.

Re-gather at Cristo Rey Iglesia Luterana, 1010 E.Yandell

11:00 am Update on immigration situation nationally

12:30 pm Lunch

2:00 pm Ruben Garcia, founder and director of Annunciation House

3:30 pm Break

4:00 pm Mexicans in Exile, Mexicans who have fled the violence in Mexico

6.00 pm Dinner

Sunday, Feb. 19, Sunland Park–Anapra Fence

9:00 am Gather at Sunland Park-Anapra fence

10:00 am Ritual and Action


anonblog said...

Nice blog!

Vicente Duque said... - Patriots for Self-Deportation - Self-Deport yourself if any of your ancestors came illegally to the USA and you are an anchor baby - Tea Partiers that want to purge America of Criminals by self-deportation

When Mitt Romney was asked in a Republican Debate how he would handle illegal immigrants living in the United States, he said, “Well, the answer is self-deportation.”

Hundreds of People are self-deporting themselves to Italy, Poland, etc for a new "Morning in America" and "America the Beautiful"...... Seriously, this is no joke. Many people want to commit suicide to purge America.

Rick Santorum in a Republican Debate, belittling Newt Gingrich’s expressed concern for grandmothers who are longtime residents, offered a novel legal theory. “You can’t be here for twenty years and commit only one illegal act,” he told a group in Iowa. “Because everything you’re doing while you’re here is against the law.”

Read many anguished testimonials from conscience-stricken young white people heading off to Italy and Poland to atone for their ancestors’ misdeeds.

So you may be a super criminal illegal of many generations and you have to self-deport immediately or commit suicide if you prefer as the best method to clean America.

Read here the "Republican Candidates Race to the Bottom on Immigration and other Human Topics", a wonderful article of the New Yorker ( always a top intellectual and intelligent magazine ) criticizing the Superb Imbecility of the Republican Debates on Immigration ( Solutions that are impractical, impossible, illusory, anti-economic, racist, bigoted, prejudiced and idiotic )
Is this Republican Self-Deportation or Self-Degradation ??

Patriots for Self-Deportation

The New Yorker Magazine :
January 2012 :

Candidates on the border