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2009 School of the Americas Protest

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One of the CIA's atrocities is its establishment of a torture and genocide training facility at Ft. Benning, GA, where tyrants and their minions across Latin America have been and still are trained, including the killers of Archbishop Oscar Romero and the Martyrs of El Salvador. Every November, there have been protests by left-leaning Roman Catholics and many others. This show features photos of the 2009 protest taken by Paul Crum of Pax Christi Memphis.

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2009 School of the Americas Protest

  1. 1. Annual Demonstration at the “School of the Americas” (or whatever they’re calling it this week) Ft. Benning, GA, Nov. 2009 Photos by Paul Crum of Pax Christi Memphis
  2. 2. What Is the School of the Americas? <ul><li>One of the CIA atrocities Steve Kangas mentions in his article “Origins of the Overclass” featured on the Articles page was its establishment of a torture and genocide training facility for fascists at Ft. Benning, GA. This is where tyrants and their minions across Latin America have been and are still trained, including the killers of Archbishop Oscar Romero and the Martyrs of El Salvador. This is why so many Roman Catholics who identify as Left participate in the annual protest each November. The facility was “closed” and then renamed to a pathetic euphemism in a failed attempt to stop the demonstrations, which attract about 10,000 protestors each year. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Mrs. Crum before brave stilt-walking musicians <ul><li>I’d like to go myself someday </li></ul>
  4. 4. Frankly, it’ll never happen <ul><li>Pope John Paul I was poisoned by conservatives shortly after his election because he was about to ordain women. </li></ul><ul><li>That’s one reason why I’m an Episcopalian! </li></ul>
  5. 5. I prefer the one in the background <ul><li>At age 7, I had declared that cartoon programming was for babies and decreed, “Give me live action or give me death” </li></ul>
  6. 7. Haven’t shopped there since 1989 <ul><li>My gay choir director sports a variation of the one in the background </li></ul>
  7. 8. The one barely visible in the background is just as urgent, especially considering the propaganda <ul><li>plastered on so many license plates nowadays </li></ul>
  8. 11. Sadly, this also applies to Obama <ul><li>As the Everly Brothers might’ve said, we’re in trouble deep </li></ul>
  9. 12. Where the speeches were made <ul><li>As well as music acts </li></ul>
  10. 14. Mr. Crum at the entrance <ul><li>Note the multiple gates. If I remember correctly, I believe Kathy Kelley served time for scaling one of those. Note the loudspeakers at far right, which have been known to blare loud military music. </li></ul>
  11. 15. Portrayal of genocide enabled by the facility
  12. 16. Not everyone there was Roman Catholic <ul><li>These are in almost as hopeless a situation, unless they’re from Texas, where progressives and liberals split from the Southern Baptist Convention. Why don’t the Texans just join the American Baptists? </li></ul>
  13. 17. We still have to study its dynamics to learn how to stop it (i.e. its propping up of a failed economic theory) <ul><li>Especially its domestic forms (e.g. see the Anesthesia Reform page) </li></ul>
  14. 20. These are in a hopeless situation <ul><li>Fortunately, monastic orders exist in the Episcopal Church, and new ones are always welcome </li></ul>
  15. 21. The white crosses each bear the name of a victim and the person’s country
  16. 23. A blurred picture of Jacob Flowers <ul><li>Director of the Midsouth Peace and Justice Center and a non-Catholic </li></ul>
  17. 24. A better view of Jacob
  18. 31. Jacob is at far right
  19. 33. The Crums holding the Pax Christi Memphis banner <ul><li>Gerry Vanderhaar, its founder, is with them as a saint from the hereafter </li></ul>
  20. 37. <ul><li>The Crums own a printing business called Bartlett Arts. I plan to use their services to print my manuscript Bad Connections: The Evolution of Racism when it is finished, as well as future manuscripts, e.g. anesthesia reform. </li></ul>
  21. 38. UNTIL NEXT YEAR… <ul><li>Thank God it didn’t exceed the 30 MB file size limit for uploading! </li></ul>

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