MAY 2014

School Of The Americas Watch-Los Angeles,
Office of The Americas,

Invite You to Hear

Father Roy Bourgeois,
founder of the School of the Americas Watch

Saturday, May 31st

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

All Saints Episcopal Church

132 N. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena 91101

No Charge at the Door!
Donations will gladly be accepted to support
the School of The Americas Watch:

Guest Speaker Blase Bonpane
Co-Hosted by Theresa Bonpane & Frank Dorrel

Free Admission, Open to All.

Music by Fidel Sanchez

Questions? Contact Frank Dorrel at: 310-838-8131


SOA Watch-LA & U.U.L.A.M.O.R
(Unitarian Universalist Latino Americano Monsignor Oscar Romero)

Invite You to Hear

Father Roy Bourgeois,
founder of the School of the Americas Watch

Sunday, June 1st

2:00 PM to 4:30 PM

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Los Angeles

2936 West 8th Street, Los Angeles 90005

(On 8th Street, Just East of Vermont)

Music By Andrea Zuniga

*This is a Bilingual Event.

There Is No Charge for this Event but Donations to SOA Watch Are Greatly Appreciated!

Questions? Contact Sandra Sunshine Williams: 310-345-4883
Or Martha Cintigo: 323-770-3097

SOA Watch-LA:

School of the Americas Watch:

Father Roy Bourgeois was a naval officer in Vietnam. After he returned home, Roy joined the Maryknoll Society (in 1972) an American Catholic organization and went to La Paz, Bolivia, where he ministered to the poor. He was ordered to leave the country after speaking out against the oppressive government of General Hugo Banzer, which arrested, tortured and killed many dissidents. From there he went to El Salvador.

After witnessing numerous human rights abuses that the Salvadoran government committed against its own population (with the financial support and military tactical aid of the United States government) Roy focused on where these soldiers were receiving their training: The School of the Americas, located within the US Army training base at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Roy founded the School of the Americas Watch in 1990. The SOA Watch exposes The School of the Americas and its role in training Latin American soldiers in repressive tactics and deploying them throughout the region. The School of the Americas changed its name in 2001 to the Western Hemispheric Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC).

In 2012, Father Roy traveled to Ecuador and Nicaragua, where he met with President Correa and President Ortega, who announced that Ecuador and Nicaragua will no longer send soldiers or police to be trained at the School of the Americas/WHINSEC. Ecuador and Nicaragua join Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay and Venezuela (other countries that Roy visited) who are also no longer sending troops to the SOA/WHINSEC.

Roy is also an outspoken proponent of women's ordination to the priesthood. “There will never be justice in the Catholic Church unless women are allowed to be ordained.” For this, Roy was excommunicated from the Catholic Church.

Here is a great talk Father Roy gave in Portland, Oregon in 2008:

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