Wednesday, December 22, 2010
SHUT DOWN THE SOA! by Karla Rodriguez
On the weekend of November 19-21, 2010, people from all over the U.S. gathered at Fort Benning, Georgia to demand-- through peaceful protest-- that the U.S. government shut down the School of the Americas, recently renamed, The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. Many of this school's graduates have committed some of the most heinous human rights offenses in the world.
RDACBX and our fam Da Urban Butterflies took 15 folks out there from NYC. Rev. Claudia de La Cruz from DUB and RDACBX was a featured speaker throughout the events, due to her work with La Iglesia San Romero de Las Americas, and Rebel Diaz, IntiKana and Dj Charlei Hustle brought the cultural entertainment throughout the weekend. As you see in the video, one of the more memorable moments was the fact that Mario Venegas, G1 and RodStarz father spoke as well. He is a survivor of torture, as he was a political prisoner under the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship in Chile. He was tortured by SOA trained Chilean military officers.
RDACBX member Karla Rodriguez threw down and filmed and edited this video for a project she did while getting her Masters degree at The New School. Fresh!