The Latin@ Coalition for Peace with Justice will be having its next
organizer's meeting this Thursday October 25th at 6pm at I.S. 164 on
w164th-w165th St. and Edgecombe Avenue (Take the A,1,9 to w168th St. and
Columbia Presbyterian and walk up from Broadway to Edgecombe Avenue).
We are calling on LATIN@ organizations and individuals to join us to build
this Anti-War and Anti-Racist coalition.
For more information please contact 718-601-4751 or email
The Latin@ Coalition for Peace with Justice is a coalition of different
organizations, individuals, churches, political organizations, and youth
have come together to educate, organize, and mobilize the Latino Communities
in New York as an effort to support the current Anti-War and Anti-Racist
movement.� We recognize that this war is racist and imperialist.��We
exist as a coalition to address the direct impact that this war is having
and going to have in the Latino Community of New York.
Already, we have seen that the $40 Billion that is going to finance this war
is coming from youth service agencies, GED/Public education programs, Public
Assistance Programs, and Public Afterschool/Day care funds.� These cuts in
the funds allocated to Community Based Organizations and Public Service
groups are having a negative effect in the Latin@ community.� We have young
people being denied the right to receive their educational equivalences,
working parents have no place to send their children after school, and
working class people are being denied access to public funds to buy food.
The Latin@ Coalition for Peace with Justice recognizes that the U.S.
Military Recruitment drive and Police Academy Recruitment in the Latin@
community has risen by nearly 35%.� By taking away educational funds from
high schools and GED programs, our youth have no choice but to seek
employment in the Armed Services or Police Academy.� The Military is
recruiting youth from Latin@ working class communities because they see this
as an excellent opportunity to fill their ranks with people who will be the
first to enter war zones and die.� The Police also sees this as an
opportunity to gain more recruits to help- oppress social justice and
anti-war activists who will be hitting the streets protesting and organizing
against the war.� Our youth are being turned into soldiers to support
American imperialism and Police men to help oppress their own communities.
The Latin@ Coalition for Peace with Justice also exists to combat the
message that the mass media has been promoting since Sept. 11th.� This
indirect and pro-war message that Arabs and Islam are to blame for the war
has manifested itself in Latin@s engaging in acts of violence against Arab
youth in the Bronx and Brooklyn.� The Latin@ Coaltion for Peace with Justice
sees these acts of violence as our communities expressing their
media-inspired fear, confusion and vicitimization.� Therefore, the Coalition
will be focusing in on educating our community about the current war crisis,
the need for international solidarity and peace among all oppressed peoples.
This coalition is also going to address the plight of the many undocumented
Latin@s in our communities who have become the victims of increased INS
raids that have ended with the brutalization and death of many these
hard-working immigrants.� This war has become an opportunity to fuel
xenophobia and mistrust of immigrant communities.� This xenophobia has made
the Pro-Amnesty movement for undocumented workers very difficult.� Many
undocumented people in Latin@ communities have become fearful for their
safety and have been forced to live under even worse living conditions then
The Latin@ Coalition for Peace with Justice believes in the need to
prioritize in the education and mobilization of the Latin@ community.� As a
working class people of color community, we are directly impacted by the
negative repercussions of this war.� We see it as our duty to address these
issues in our communities; and do what we can to promote peace and
solidarity among all communities.
The Latin@ Coalition for Peace with Justice:
ProLibertad Freedom Campaign
The Vieques Support Campaign
The Working Group On Puerto Rico/Frente Socialista
La Iglesia San Romero de Las Americas
La Iglesia San Juan Bautista
Bronx Community College's Student Government
Casa Atabex Ache
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