Wednesday, July 22, 1998

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  • School of the Americas Protestors to Be Sentenced

    Tomorrow a Catholic nun, a Jesuit priest and three other anti-war activists will be sentenced in Columbus, Georgia for transforming a sign at the main gate of nearby Fort Benning. Fort Benning is the host of the School of the Americas, a U.S. training center for the Latin American military. In their September 29, 1997 public protest, the five pried metal letters off of the entrance sign, replacing them with ten words stenciled in red paint: "Home of School of Americas/ School of Shame," and "SOA = torture."

  • Puerto Rico: Reflections On the Oldest Colony

    From San Francisco to Minneapolis, from Boston to Orlando, Puerto Rican rights activists from all over the country will be gathering in Washington D.C. this weekend to mark the 100th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Puerto Rico and to mobilize around the issue of the island’s status. Just four months ago, the controversial Young Bill was passed by the House of Representatives. Once again, the bill has drawn attention to the debate over statehood, independence, or an advanced form of commonwealth for Puerto Rico. The bill, sponsored by Alaska Republican Don Young, calls for a plebiscite to be held in Puerto Rico later this year to determine the island’s future status.

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