Join Tens of Thousands in Wash. DC 09.29 To Say NO to Plan Colombia

The U.S. government is continuing its legacy of intervention in Latin America and the Caribbean by imposing pro-corporate, anti-people economic
policies, by providing military aid and training to repressive governments, and attempting to crush any movements that support alternative models. We must stop these policies and stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers throughout the Americas. They are at the forefront of opposition
to these policies, and are creating alternatives that place human need above corporate greed.

Join tens of thousands in washington DC on Saturday, September 29 to say:
NO to Plan Colombia
NO to the FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas)
U.S. Bases OUT of Vieques and all of Latin America & the Caribbean
CLOSE the School of the Americas / WHISC
STOP the Direct Assault Against People of Color and the Poor in the Americas through the Phony War on Drugs.

The U.S. government is continuing its legacy of intervention in Latin America and the Caribbean by imposing pro-corporate, anti-people economic
policies, by providing military aid and training to repressive governments, and attempting to crush any movements that support alternative models. We must stop these policies and stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers throughout the Americas. They are at the forefront of opposition
to these policies, and are creating alternatives that place human need above corporate greed.

The U.S. government is using its armed forces to push through economic policies that only serve to make the rich richer and the poor poorer. This
war system works hand in hand with the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The U.S. government is using the production of narcotics in the southern part of the American continent as an excuse to militarize the
Americas. There are currently military bases in Cuba, Ecuador, and Puerto Rico and a strong military presence in Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Peru.

Current U.S. policy towards Colombia is a failed policy which is inflaming a violent conflict and contributing to increased human rights abuses.

We call for an end to all military aid to Colombia and for an end to U.S. funding of fumigation in Colombia and the Andean region. We recognize that U.S.-funded fumigation of coca crops is destroying critical biodiversity throughout the Amazon region and is creating health and food-security crises among the local populations.

At the same time – with the excuses of the “drug war, ” and “illegal” immigration – the U.S. has militarized its border with Mexico. It is also increasingly militarizing the police forces in urban and rural areas and is brutalizing the people of color who live there.

We know that all this repression has the same root and the same purpose: to maintain U.S. economic control, and to concentrate wealth in even fewer hands.

Challenges to this anti-people model – especially those rising from democratic processes and civil society- are a tremendous threat to US control in the region.

We who live in the United States must realize the responsibility of the U.S. government in creating and maintaining inequality in the Americas. We
must work to end all U.S. military aid and training to the region, to stop the blockade of Cuba, to end the continued colonial exploitation of Puerto
Rico and its use as a giant military base from which invasions to other countries are rehearsed.

We propose alternatives to the pro-company, anti-people economic model – alternatives that overcome repressive structures in our own countries, as well as the existence of the same structures elsewhere. We propose alternatives that include real community building, fair economics, and self-determination.

We call on people of conscience around the world to join us on September 29 in our protest against US military and economic intervention in Latin
America and the Caribbean. We are organizing a massive protest in Washington DC as part of the week of action against the World Bank and
International Monetary Fund.

We call for people to organize local demonstrations on the same day. We are also coordinating with movements throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to make this an International Day of Action Against U.S. Military and Economic Intervention in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Contact Cherrene at CISPES 212.229.1290 or Chuck at NicaNet 202.544.9355

Signed:
Nicaragua Network
CISPES – Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador
NISGUA – Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala
Colombia Action Network
Witness for Peace
Latinos and Latinas for Social Change
Chicago Nicaragua Solidarity Committee
Guatemala Human Rights Commission – USA
Rights Action

[ also see related items:

The Real Effects of 1,300,000,000 US Tax Dollars in Colombia – http://www.theexperiment.org/articles.php?news_id=1419

UN Confirms “Plan Colombia” as Baseless – http://www.theexperiment.org/articles.php?news_id=1345

Top Ten Reasons to Oppose the Free Trade Area of the Americas – http://www.theexperiment.org/articles.php?news_id=1210

Unveiling ‘NAFTA for the Americas’: An FTAA primer – http://www.theexperiment.org/articles.php?news_id=1200

OAS / FTAA 101 – http://www.theexperiment.org/articles.php?news_id=1104

WTO 101: A dissident overview of the World Trade Organization – http://www.theexperiment.org/articles.php?news_id=927 ]

Author: Nicaragua Network, CISPES, NISGUA, Colombia Action Network, Witness for Peace, Latinos and Latinas for Social Change, Chicago Nicaragua Solidarity Committee, Guatemala Human Rights Commission – USA, Rights Action

News Service: Latino Humanists Digest Number 261