Georgia Peace and Justice Walk

Saturday, April 26, 2014 to Saturday, May 3, 2014

The 120-mile "Right to Peace” walk will culminate with a rally at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta. The rally will draw attention to the connection concerning the research and development of the next generation of autonomous killer drones by Georgia Tech; their partnership with the Maneuver Battle Lab at Fort Benning, where Georgia Tech conducts drone flight testing, and the training of Latin America's police, and military forces at Ft. Bennings School of the Americas (SOA/WHINSEC) in the use of the tools and tactics of oppression.

The movement to close the SOA has been tremendously successful in educating broad sectors about the reality of U.S. foreign policy towards Latin America. While SOA Watch started out with a narrow focus of ending the training of repressive Latin American military forces and the closure of the School of the Americas, the scope of our work has broadened over the years.

The SOA and the use of killer drones are both part of a broader system of militarism. The institute and the remote control killing are not aberrations of U.S. foreign policy, but clear examples of it.

The walk will also stop at the Stewart Detention Center, the largest immigrant prison in the United States, to point out the obvious connections between the U.S.’s military-driven foreign policy, forced migration, and the shameful treatment of immigrants in the U.S. These interlocking systems of oppression require a multi-faceted resistance to all forms of oppression: racist criminalization and fear-mongering, economic exploitation, and state-sponsored violence.

If you are interested in participating in the march, or for more information, please email Kevin at kevin@soaw.org.

Goals of the walk – The Right to Peace

Raise public awareness to inspire specific calls to action by attracting mass media exposure to:

  • Call for an immediate moratorium on the research and development of autonomous drones by Georgia Tech as recommended by the U.N.’s Special Rapporteur on Summary Executions, Christof Heyns.
  • Call for an immediate closure of the SOA, a U.S. military training school for Latin American security personnel located at Ft. Benning, GA, by demanding congressional support of passage of H.R. 2989 the Latin American Military Training Review Act – the bill to suspend and investigate the School of the Americas.



The Right to Peace Walk Schedule & Outline

Saturday, April 26: Mass Rally atNoon at the Gate to Ft. Benning, Featured Speaker: Father Roy Bourgeois, Walk begins 1 PM to Flatrock Park, Columbus, Georgia 

Sunday, April 27: Alterna Community Forum, LaGrange, Georgia. Walk begins at EL Refugio, Lumpkin to Stewart Detention Center

Monday, April 28: Walk begins at LaGrange to Hogansville

Tuesday, April 29: Walk begins at Hogansville to Newnan

Wednesday, April 30: Walk begins at Newnan to Peachtree City

Thursday, May 1: Walk begins at Peachtree City to Jonesboro

Friday, May 2: Walk begins at King Center, Atlanta to Federal Prison, Georgia State University, Georgia State Capitol Press Conference, Atlanta City Detention Center, ICE Building Immigration Court, Federal Prison 

Saturday, May 3: Walk begins at Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Center, Atlanta to GA Tech 2:00–3:30 Mass Rally with feature speakers: Father Roy BourgeoisMedea Benjamin, renowned activist from CodePink, as well asAzadeh Shahshahani, President, National Lawyers Guild; National Security/Immigrants' Rights Project Director, ACLU of Georgia.

More information about the walk will be posted at http://GeorgiaPeace.org