LI SOA Watch 10/30/08

Long Island School of the Americas Watch

Presents an Informative Conference for People of Goodwill

Why the SOAR/WHINSEC’s Days Are Numbered

The Legacy of Bishop Gerardi

Thursday, October 30 , 7 PM

At St. Brigid ’s Church, St. Anthony Society Hall

(85) Post Ave. Westbury, NY

(Across the street from the Church)

Speaker Fr. Bernard Survil Chaplain at Clelian Heights School for Exceptional Children, Greensburg, PA

Last April Fr. Survil led a pilgrimage to Guatemala for the 10 th Anniversary Memorial Mass for Bishop Juan Gerardi, who was assassinated by graduates of the SOA in 1998. He will share with us his experience and information about Guatemala.

From 1974 to 2002, Fr. Survil did pastoral work in war-torn El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala, and was expelled from each of those countries and from Honduras . During his detention in El Salvador ’s National Guard barracks, he suffered psychological torture in the presence of an unidentified American. In 2003, during the annual vigil to close the SOA at Ft. Benning, GA, he, together with 27 other people, “crossed the line” and was found guilty of criminal trespass, and served 3 months in Federal Prison. He was an active opponent of the invasion of Iraq .

Co-sponsors: (List in formation ): Code Pink LI, Five Towns Forum, FMLN-NY, Great Neck SANE/Peace Action, IFCO/Pastors for Peace, L.I. Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives, L.I. Immigrant Alliance, LI South Country Peace Group, New York City SOAW (NYC-SOAW),   North American Congress of Latin America ( NACLA ), Pax Christi L.I., PeaceSmiths, St. Brigid’s Casa Mary Johanna, Suffolk Peace Network, Suffolk Progressive Vision, T he Great South Bay Forum, Veterans for Peace L.I., Workplace Project , Working for Justice in Guatemala (NISGUA),

Directions to St. Brigid ’s St. Anthony Hall : Take the Meadobrook Pkwy to Exit M1 ( Old Country Rd.). Make right onto Old Country Rd. Go about ¼ of a mile and make a left on Post Ave. ( you will see Holy Rood Cemetery at the corner). The church is ½ block away and St Anthony Hall is across the Church. Parking available in front of the Church   and at the cemetery side too.

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