Protester at the School of the Americas to speak on experiences
(April 9, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.–Last year, thousands of protesters descended on Fort Benning, Ga., to protest the continued operation of the military School of the Americas (SOA). Among them was Shirley Way, a resident of nearby Stanley, N.Y., who is a practicing Quaker and peace activist.
Way will detail her experience at the protest and explain her reasons for supporting legislation to close SOA at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, in Gulick Hall, Room 100, on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. The talk is free and the public is invited to attend.
The School of the Americas trains military personnel from southern hemisphere nations in counter-insurgency tactics and low intensity warfare. Among those trained at SOA have been military leaders in highly oppressive governments who have been accused of murder and other serious civil rights abuses.
This event is sponsored by Finger Lakers for Peace and the HWS Human Rights and Genocide Forum.