Closing the School of the Americas/Planting the Garden: What can we do in Oklahoma City?

Thursday, November 8th, 7 PM, in the Fellowship Hall of Epworth United Methodist Church, 1901 N. Douglas Avenue, in the Gatewood neighborhood of Oklahoma City, sponsored by the Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House, call 405-557-0436 for more info.

A presentation on US foreign policy and the role of simple living and gardening for those who want to take personal responsibility for peace. Participants are invited, but not required, to bring seeds to give or exchange with others.

Who:

Peg Morton, a member of the Eugene Friends Meeting, will carry a travel minute from North Pacific Yearly Meeting of Friends. A frequent visitor to Central American zones of "low intensity conflict," she will be showing an excellent 20 minute Maryknoll video about the School of the Americas, Guns and Greed.

Nick Rutledge, a member of the Food Not Lawns avant-gardening collective in Eugene, will share news and views, and seed gathered from Gardens.

Bob Waldrop, of the Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House, will speak on what we can do (and are doing!) in Oklahoma City and the importance of energy conservation..

Barbara Hagen and Bruce Johnson, of the Homestead School in Spencer, Oklahoma, will have a display regarding alternative solar energy projects for homes.

For more information contact Bob Waldrop, 405-557-0436,

Sponsored by:

The Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House, in honor of the 104th birthday of Dorothy Day, co-founder (with Peter Maurin) of the international Catholic Worker movement, which supports peace, simple living, and solidarity with the poor. Our local community is named after the Archbishop of San Salvador, who was murdered by his own government, while saying mass, on March 24, 1980, shortly after he sent a letter to President Carter asking that the US government stop its program of military assistance to the El Salvadoran government.

Background:

The movement to close the School of the Americas began 11 years ago. It has its roots in the Catholic Church, especially among Jesuit and Maryknoll Priests and nuns, who have lived among the poor and oppressed in Latin America, and who, like them, have been tortured and murdered by School of the Americas graduates. Since then, the movement has spread hugely.

It remains a movement rooted in the nonviolent philosophy of Mohatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Dorothy Day. We take suffering upon ourselves, rather than afflicting it on others. We treat others, including our opponents, respectfully, while we act as firmly and imaginatively as we are able to reform US policies that inflict injustice upon the poor of this world.

More than 50 people have spent more than 30 years in prison as a result of their SOA actions. Fifteen people are currently serving prison terms. Others have engaged in lengthy fasts. Over 10,000 individuals have been present at each of the past two Fort Benning rallies and solemn funeral processions honoring the hundreds of thousands of people who have been killed in Latin America due to the foreign policies of the United States. More information about Peg, Bonnie, and Nick can be found at http://www.foodnotlawns.com/pilgrim.html Food not Lawns Pilgrimage.

Contact information: Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House, 1524 NW 21, Oklahoma City, 73106, 405-557-0436, rmwj@soonernet.com.

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