Father Roy Bourgeois in Los Angeles

SOA Watch-LA & UULAMOR (Unitarian Universalist Latino Americano Monsignor
Oscar Romero)

Invite You To a Special Afternoon With

Father Roy Bourgeois
Founder Of The School of the Americas Watch
Sunday, June 1st  -  2:00 to 4:30 PM
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Los Angeles
2936 West 8th Street, Los Angeles 90005
(On 8th Street, Just East of Vermont)

Music By
Andrea Zuniga & Christian Estrada

*This is a Bilingual Event.

There Is No Charge for this Event but Donations to SOA Watch Are Greatly

Contact Sandra Sunshine Williams: 310-345-4883 - sandrasdelmundo@gmail.com
Or Martha Cintigo:  323-770-3097

SOA Watch-LA: www.facebook.com/SoaWatchLA

www.soaw.org <http://www.soaw.org/>

Father Bourgeois has been a priest since 1972 and is best known for his work
with the School of the Americas Watch (SOA Watch), a nonviolent organization
that exposes the U.S.-based school, once called School of the Americas, and
its role in training Latin American soldiers in repressive tactics and
deploying them throughout the region. Father Roy founded the SOA Watch in
1990 after witnessing the killings of thousands in Central America in the
1980's, but his conscious awakening and calling to priesthood happened
immediately after his experience serving in Vietnam. He joined the Maryknoll
Society, an American Catholic organization, and traveled to La Paz, Bolivia,
where he was ordered to leave the country after speaking out against the
oppressive government of General Hugo Banzer Suarez, which arrested,
tortured and killed many dissidents. From there he went to El Salvador.
After witnessing numerous human rights abuses that the Salvadoran
government, with the financial support and military tactical aid of the
United States government, committed against its own population and fellow
members of foreign religious organizations, Bourgeois focused on where these
soldiers were receiving their training: the School of the Americas.

The SOA Watch grew from a handful of protesters to hundreds, and eventually
into thousands today - with international recognition. Bourgeois and SOA
Watch were nominated as a candidate for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. The
School of the Americas, feeling national and international pressure, changed
its name in 2001 to the Western Hemispheric Institute for Security
Cooperation (WHINSEC). Graduates of the school include former Bolivian
dictator Hugo Banzer Suarez, and Honduran General Romeo Vásquez Velásquez,
who was a vital player in the recent coup there that ousted President Manuel
Zelaya in June 2009. The coup not only brought an end to a democratic
government, but it has also turned Honduras into a nightmare, with the
highest homicide rate in the world. Political repression is among the worst
in the hemisphere: journalists, opposition activists, and LGBT activists
have been murdered with impunity. Graduates of the SOA, who head state
security forces under the illegitimate post-coup regime of Porfirio Lobo,
work in complicity with private security forces to repress small farmers and
cooperatives from defending the lands that provide their sustenance.
Repression by SOA graduates also continues today in Colombia, Mexico, and
throughout the Americas.

Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) introduced the Latin American Military Training
Review Act." The bill seeks immediate suspension and investigation of the
school. Efforts to move the Obama administration to close the school by
executive order are underway as well.

In 2012, Father Roy traveled to Ecuador and Nicaragua, where he met with
President Correa and President Ortega, who announced during their respective
meetings that Ecuador and Nicaragua will no longer send soldiers or police
to be trained at the School of the Americas/ WHINSEC. Ecuador and Nicaragua
join Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay and Venezuela, who are also no longer
sending troops to the SOA/WHINSEC.

Father Roy is also an outspoken proponent of women's ordination since "There
will never be justice in the Catholic Church unless women are allowed to be
ordained." "Who are we to say that a woman's call to priesthood isn't
valid?"  said Father Roy. "God initiates the call to priesthood, and like
racism, sexism is a sin", he added.

June 01, 2014 at 2pm - 4:30pm
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Los Angeles
2936 W 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90005
United States
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