TASSC Attends the Annual 'School of the America's' demonstration

TASSC survivors traveled to Columbus, GA for the annual 'School of the America’s' demonstration at Fort Benning. They returned rejuvenated and recommitted to being a force in the struggle to rid our world of torture and to resist the nearly world-wide addiction to militarization. We sang, marched, shared food and email addresses, saw friends and made many new ones with whom we intend to form closer bonds in the coming months, strengthening our work with survivors and offering to provide our resources to add that dimension to their work.
Representing Bolivia, Ethiopia and Sudan we spread out to attend as many workshops as possible in the time that we had. On Friday, shortly after arriving, some of us joined the discussion on the massacres in San Fernando and Ayotzinapa, Mexico and heard of the work of the peoples’ movements to spotlight these outrageous tragedies and make it impossible for the government of that country to deny its responsibility in the murder of these innocent, unarmed people. Likewise the United States cannot escape indictment as active agents in these crimes by its policy of supplying the arms used by the police and military - which find their way into the hands of the vicious drug cartels - and by its commitment to train the armed forces of various Central American countries either on their own soil or now in Columbia, S.A. which welcomes the US military bases on its sovereign territory.
Some of our group remembered sharing the lunch offered at the TASSC office with the families of the Ayotzinapa students when their caravan arrived in DC last April. We also joined with SOA Watch and the local Black Lives Matter organization to sponsor a program at Howard University that evening to demonstrate the need for uniting our resistance to a militarized police force that is claiming so many young lives.
On Saturday morning we joined with some 1400 marchers walking from the town center of Lumpkin, Georgia to the site of the Stewart detention center which is in the poorest county in the state, and has a majority of African American residents.