The Georgia Peace and Justice Walk: The Right to Peace

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The The “Right to Peace” walk will take place from April 26-May 3, from Ft. Benning to GA Tech

The “Right to Peace” walk will be a 120 mile peace procession from Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia, culminating with a rally at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta. The walk will draw attention to the link between the research and development of the next generation of killer autonomous drones by Georgia Tech and their partnership with the Maneuver Battle Lab at Fort Benning where Ga Tech conducts drone flight testing. Then we export trained police and military forces of Latin America despotic regimes at Ft. Benning’s School of the Americas (SOA/WHINSEC). These forces return home trained in the use of killer drones and other tools and tactics of oppression.

What are the goals of the walk - The Right to Peace?

Raise U.S. 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. Army 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.

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Walk Schedule & Outline

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

Sunday, April 27: Alterna Community Forum, LaGrange, GA.  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 Bourgeois, Medea Benjamin, renowned activist from CodePink, as well as Azadeh Shahshahani, president of theInternational Lawyers Guild and Immigrants’ Rights Project Director of the ACLU

More information about the walk will be posted later on.

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