Latin America Solidarity Committee

a task group of the WNY Peace Center

       
     
 

Mission & History of the Latin American Solidarity Committee

LASC is a Western new York community-based group committed to promoting human rights and social and economic justice in Latin America. LASC began in Western New York in the 1980s as part of the Pledge of Resistance, with members committed to non-violent civil disobedience if the United States invaded Nicaragua. Members had a shared concern about human rights abuses in Central America and our government's support of repressive regimes. When the open warfare phase of those conflicts shifted to traditional oppression, the organization broadened its scope to include activites in solidarity with peace and social justice movements all over Latin America. It also joined the Western New York Peace Center and became a task group of that organization.

     
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Activities of the Latin American Solidarity Committee

Coffeehouses and Yearly Events (schedule on facebook here) are held on the 4th Monday of most months, usually at the Network of religious Communities, 1272 Delaware Avenue. The public is cordially invited. Speakers are persons who have recently visited the country or, in some cases, human rights workers from the countries themselves. Recent and upcoming speakers and topics topics include:

• Fr. Roy Bourgeois on SOA and Latin American Social Justice
• Ecological destruction and related damage to indigenous societies
• Honduran Elections and intimidation by the controlling elite
• U.S. policy of returning Central American children fleeing for their lives
• Asylum seekers from Mexico and U,S, immigration
• Women leaders in Latin America and a progressive agenda

Meetings with legislators and with editorial boards and campaigns to influence legislators and media

LASC frequently meets with our U.S. and NYS Senators and Representatives to give them background which will help them to understand countries in Latin Amerca and vote for more enlightened policy towards them as well as for immigrants and farmworkers here. Recent meeting were with U.S. Representative Brian Higgins and with Marc Panepinto just before he was elected State Senator. LASC also meets from time to time with the editorial board of the Buffalo News and other local papers to argue for editorial policies that give space and enlightened coverage to social justice movements in Latin America.

LASC co-ordinates petitions, letter writing campaigns and call ins to legislators on specific issues such as military aid to Columbia and funding of the School of the Americas, where so many Latin American military human ritghts abusers have been trained. It also encourages letter to the editor campaigns.

Collecting and distributing local, national and international humanitarian aid

LASC works with Pastors for Peace caravans to send aid to Central America and the Caribbean. It contributes funds that it raises through the Annual Latin America Event and private contributions to local social justice activists, disaster relief in Central America and international organizations like the Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras.

Solidarity work with local and national groups

Local:
• Coalition for Economic Justice
Vive La Casa , a refugee aid center
Rural and Migrant Ministry
• The Hispanic Woman's League
• The Latin American Cultural Association

National:
Pastors for Peace
Nicaragua Network
Mexico Solidarity Network
SOA Watch
• Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras
NISGUA (Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala)
Latin American Working Group