Fifty Groups Endorse the LASC Conference on Confronting US Militarism

Education and Strategy Conference on US Militarism
Washington, DC – April 8-10, 2011
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Sponsored by: Latin America Solidarity Coalition
in Conjunction with School of the Americas Watch Days of Action
April 4-11, 2011

Register now to help build a larger movement to end US militarism and the militarization of US relations with Latin America and the world. Join Latin America solidarity activists, people of faith, academics, youth and students, anti-war and immigration activists, labor, women, and all sectors which are working to build a better world. See below for the list of endorsers. If your group would like to endorse, send an email to AFGJ@AFGJ.org. Endorsing groups are invited to submit workshop proposals to stansfieldsmith@yahoo.com.

The United States is at a crossroads. Down one road lies permanent war, a stagnant economy and loss of liberty. Down the other lies a new world of cooperation, prosperity and freedom. This conference is all about how we can work together to travel on the road to a new and better world.

Please join us for a weekend of plenary meetings and workshops to educate and inspire each other and to plan actions, strategies, and organizing tools to build a greater movement to overcome US militarism. Participate in SOA Watch’s Days of Action including lobbying and direct action to shut down the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, better known as the School of the Americas. Agitate for closing US military bases in Latin America and for an end to US militarization throughout the Americas and the world.

US militarism affects both the entire world and everything about our daily lives. If you are working to end US wars, morally stand in favor of peace, are in solidarity with the oppressed, are working to end racism and the criminalization of immigrants, stand solidly in favor of our First Amendment freedoms, or are working to create new economic models that defend the interests of workers and farmers over those of corporations and bankers – then you should attend this conference to build a strong and unified movement against US militarism.

Some topics covered by this conference will include: US military bases, military spending, immigration and border militarization, coups, war profiteers, privatization of war, closing the School of the Americas, foreign military and police aid, growing our skills in media, research, and other organizing, counter recruitment and support for active duty resisters, US relations with Cuba, Venezuela, Colombia, Haiti, Mexico, Honduras, etc., organizing within sectors to resist militarism, cross movement organizing, domestic costs of militarism, direct action, skills building and much more.

Register by clicking here and visit the LASC web page for low-cost and free housing options. Visit the web page frequently to see updates on workshops, plenary speakers, direct actions and other preparatory information. Visit SOA Watch’s website for details on actions scheduled from April 4-11, 2011. We recommend that you plan your trip to participate in SOA Watch’s activities before the conference and direct action on April 11.

    Endorsing Groups

Alliance for Global Justice
All African Peoples Revolutionary Party (GC)
Baltimore-Washington Area Peace Council
Beehive Collective
Bend-Condega Friendship Project
Bring Our War $$ Home
Campaign for Labor Rights
Casa Baltimore/Limay
Center for Constitutional Rights
Chiapas Support Committee
Chicago Religous Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN)
Christian Peacemaker Teams Colombia
Code Pink
Colombia Action Network
Colombia Human Rights Committee
Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador
Committee to Stop FBI Repression
DeKalb Interfaith Network for Peace and Justice
Fellowship of Reconciliation
Fox Valley Citizens for Peace & Justice (IL)
Freedom Road Socialist Organization
Global Exchange
Guatemala Human Rights Commission
Haiti Action Committee
Honduras Solidarity Network
Hondureños por la Democracia
Kwame Ture Institute and Library
Marin Task Force on the Americas
Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
Media Island International
Mexico Solidarity Network
NACLA
Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA)
Nicaragua Center for Community Action
Nicaragua Network
No Private Armies
Office of the Americas
Pan-African Roots
Pax Christi USA
Peace Brigades International
Proyecto Hondureño–MA
Rochester (NY) Committee on Latin America
SOA Watch
St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America
Students for a Democratic Society
Tikkun
US-El Salvador Sister Cities
Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice
Witness for Peace
Ya Ya Network