Sunday, July 4, 2010
The Encuentro of Peoples: Resisting Militarism and Promoting a Culture of Peace.
For me the gathering was an amazing time and opportunity. We talked about many different topics but mostly connected US Militarization in Latin America. For those of you that speak spanish, I invite you watch how US militarization is repressing the people of Haiti, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Dominican Republic.
We left the gathering with a great sense of connectedness and a desire to work together from the South to the North on Ending US Militarization in Latin America. We also recognized the current situation in Colombia, Honduras, and Haiti should be priorities in the movement. along with the need to act collectively in our movement with simultaneous actions.
Colombia because they are currently the center of U.S. militarization with Plan Colombia and 7 new U.S. military bases.
Honduras with the U.S. backed Coup, which represents a "Yellow Card" for other countries that are attempting to seek a new way living outside U.S. imperialism.
Haiti for the long history of U.S. imperialism and the most recent militarization of humanitarian aid and current occupation by the U.S. Military.
As we said in the gathering, As activist today, "we need our south to become our north"
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