What role did U.S. policy play in the Honduras coup?


Lisa Sullian (center) meets with Honduran President Manuel Zelaya following the military cour that forced him from power.

When: Tuesday, September 15, 7:00 p.m.

Where: First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor, 120 S. State St.

How much: Free and open to the public. Donations accepted.

Lisa Sullivan, Latin America Coordinator for School of the Americas Watch, lives and works in Venezuela. Sullivan has recently returned from Honduras, where the elected president was ousted in a military-led coup this summer. The leader of the Honduran coup was trained at the U.S. Army School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Georgia. Honduras has been in turmoil since June.

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On Tuesday, September 15, Lisa Sullivan will be here in Ann Arbor to discuss how U.S. policies including our policy of training Latin American soldiers at the U.S. Army School of the Americas affect human rights, democracy and economic opportunity in Honduras and in other parts of Latin America. She will explain what people throughout the hemisphere are doing to promote justice.

“… my mind swam with images of faces of Hondurans in their cars passing by our little vigil outside the U.S. embassy yesterday… people pause to read our signs, calling on our country to match their words with actions: to insist upon the immediate and unconditional return of Zelaya, to recall the ambassador and U. S. troops at Palmerola. Many honked in support, flashed a peace/victory sign, and many smiled broadly calling out “gracias!,” Even the Honduran guards at the embassy shook each of our hands when we left. What they couldn’t say was silently passed on in the firmness of their grasp.” -Lisa Sullivan