Opposing US Militarism on “Columbus Day”

The following alert was originally circulated by our friends at SOAW.

October, 8-10-2011: National Action at the U.S. Southern Command, Doral (Miami), FL

“We’ll renew the base on one condition: that they let us put a base in Miami — an Ecuadorean base,” – Rafael Correa on keeping the U.S. airbase in Ecuador.

For over 200 years the United States, with its military, has been interfering in the internal affairs of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. We want that to end! So on Invasion Day (Columbus) Weekend we will hold a series of events and actions centering around the U.S Southern Command in Doral Florida, just to the west of Miami Florida.

We are inviting groups and organizations to co-sponsor and participate in this national event. This weekend of education, entertainment, and protest, with groups from all over the country, grew out of last April’s conference on Latin America that was held in Washington DC.

People from all over the Americas know the role the U.S. Southern Command has played in the U.S. intervention, militarism, and economic domination of the region. It is time to show the U.S. Government and the military that people in the United States will no longer tolerate a boot to the neck foreign policy towards Latin America and the Caribbean. From Free Trade agreements to immigration, U.S. policy has had a devastating effect on the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean. This must end!
The weekend of October 8-10, Invasion Day (Columbus Day), we will gather in South Florida to demand an end to repressive U.S. polices! Our demands include: an end to U.S. militarization of Latin America & the Caribbean (close all U.S. bases and deactivate the 4th fleet), stop the criminalization of immigrants and people of color, close the SOA/WHINSEC, and abolish the economic embargo of Cuba.

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In Columbus’ Words

“They… brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for glass beads and hawk’s bells. They willingly traded everything they owned… They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features… They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane… They would make fine servants… With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.”

– A log entry by Christopher Columbus, on his first encounter with the native peoples of this hemisphere (As represented in Howard Zinn’s, People’s History Of The United States)