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23rd August: Day of action in solidarity to women and people from Americas against militarization

The Women and People’s Summit of the Americas Against Militarization takes place in Colombia, between the 16th and 23rd August, 2010. The meeting will take place in the context of an imperialist offensive from United States in the Continent, visible in the expansion of the north-american army forces in Colombia and Panama, the coup d’Etat in Honduras, the threats of a coup in Paraguay and the military occupation in Haiti, taking advantage of the natural disaster, among many other examples.

The Meeting will take place in a country which government holds a history of 40 years of military cooperation with the United States that – under the discourse of the fight against drugs, drugs trafficking and terrorism that’s been an excuse for the persecution and stigmatization of the social protest – hides the real economic interests in the Colombian conflict: the control of natural resources, territories and population.

Between the 16th and 23rd August, more than 1.000 women and men, activists of social and political organizations, popular movements of Latin America and worldwide will be in Colombia to see the effects of the militarization in humanitarian commissions in different regions of the country. We’ll work on the building of a common agenda and strategies for a joint work, with emphasis in the military bases. We’ll also have a protest vigil against the militarization and the presence of foreign military forces in the territory.

We call all the social, political and popular movements of Latin America and worldwide to be alert and get organized during all the period of the Meeting, mainly on 23rd August, an international day of solidarity with the women and people of Colombia and of Americas that fight against the militarization, with many activities, such as the following:

-  Vigils or acts in front of Consulates and Representative agencies of Colombia in the United States on August 23.

-         Street actions with distribution of flyers around the militarization in places with intense movement as malls, bus stations, train stations, subway, etc.

-          Pronunciations and videos in support of the people from Colombia and America.

-          To call your congressmen to argue that the government must stop military spending and the allocation of those resources to social services and employment and income generation

-          Seminars, conferences, flyers and other materials launching, film and video exhibitions, and other cultural events, aiming to discuss the meeting and raise awareness of the impact of militarization in women’s and people’s lives, and to denounce the multinational, armament industry as well as governments interest around the world in supporting wars and conflicts

-          Call the media or organize press releases in the week from the 16th to 23rd August to talk about the meeting in Colombia and about the situation in which women and people in conflict zones live.

·         We ask you to send us an email to with the complete details of the actions and events preparations (type of event, name, place, date, hour, and main contact). We will organize this information and we’ll spread it widely at the meeting’s website ( ) and at our movements websites as well.
Last modified 2010-08-17 05:00 AM
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