Social Justice Event

"Stop the Killing" a presentation by Fr. Bourgeois

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Father Roy Bourgeois protesting to Stop the KillingLongtime peace activist, founder of SOA Watch, and more recently, a supporter of ordination of women in the Catholic Church, Fr. Roy Bourgeois presented "Stop the Killing" at UUCCH on May 5, 2012. Sanctuary South Jersey, a group of interfaith social activists, organized the event.

A Maryknoll Missionary priest since 1972, Fr. Bourgeois worked for five years with the poor in Bolivia before being arrested and forced to leave the country. He became an outspoken critic of US policy in El Salvador in 1980 after the rape and killing of four US churchwomen by American-trained Salvadoran soldiers. Out of this tragedy sprang SOA Watch, whose primary goal is to close the School of the Americas (SOA) and end the training of Latin American soldiers. 

"The U.S. taxpayers should not be funding programs that train special forces of authoritarian Latin American governments to assassinate the leaders of poor people's movements," said Francis Conroy, an organizer of Sanctuary South Jersey.

Walking the Walk

Peaceworker Fr. BourgeoisIn addition to leading SOA Watch, Fr. Bourgeois has produced two Oscar-nominated documentaries: "Gods of Metal", about the nuclear arms race (1983) and "School of Assassins" (1995). A recipient of the 1997 Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace Award and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Bourgeois has faced censure by the Vatican and his own order for refusing to be silent concerning the ordination of women in the Catholic Church. The leadership of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers voted recently on whether or not to dismiss him from the order, but the majority voting abstained. 

As a result of his non-violent protest actions, Fr. Bourgeois has spent more than four years total in US Federal prisons.

To find out more about the talk, contact: Karen Lawrence. Social Justice Chair, at karenslawrence@verizon.net. To learn more about  Sanctuary South Jersey, contact: Linda Hayes at lhayesesl@comcast.net. To know more about SOA Watch, visit soaw.org.