Disturbing the Peace: The Story of Roy Bourgeois and the Movement to Close the School of the Americas
Disturbing the Peace tells the amazing story of Maryknoll Father Roy Bourgeois, who achieved national attention for leading the campaign to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas. From his Cajun roots in Louisiana and his stint as a Navy officer in Vietnam, we follow the route that led Bourgeois to Maryknoll and to the work in Latin America that awakened his conscience. Appalled by the U.S. role in supporting oppression, he followed the trail of atrocities back to the School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Georgia, attended by many of the hemisphere's most notorious violators of human rights.Since 1983 Father Bourgeois has campaigned against the School, serving years in federal prisons as a result of his civil disobedience. His witness has turned the spotlight on a record of shame and helped arouse the conscience of the nation.
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A very well written biography of Father Roy Bourgeois and his spiritual journey from Cajun football hero in Louisiana bayou country to founder and leader of the School of the Americas Watch, an organization that shares his dedication to exposing the role of the United States military supported by U.S. taxpayers in the training of Latin American troops to support the oligarchical elites in Latin America through counterinsurgency techniques (including torture, terrorism against unions, press, and other civil institutions). In a very readable format that helps us identify with Father Bourgeois, we see him grow from a naval officer to working with orphans in Vietnam to choosing to pursue a career as a Maryknoll priest serving the poorest of the poor in Latin America. We learn with Bourgeois of the atrocities committed by US trained military and paramilitary forces and grow in anger with him as he finds his work in countering nonviolently but vehemently the School of the Americas and educating US citizens and the U.S. Congress about the crimes against humanity committed by its graduates.
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Far from being just a book that preaches to the choir, I found this work to be informative, unsettling, and inspiring. Even though so much of my personal and professional life is devoted to resisting ... Read full review
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