The No Soy El Army Tour is on its way! The Tour will be in stopping in 12 different communities in Oregon, from August 26-30 and September 26-Oct 1. Full Tour schedule is below.
Latino veterans and youth activists will dialogue with community members about the connections
between the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the war on immigrants here in the US. This tour is the
first Spanish-language tour in Oregon that focuses on the experiences of Latino veterans and shares specific alternatives to military enlistment for youth after high school!
No Soy El Army is not simply about peace – it’s about lack of economic opportunity for youth,
increased military recruitment in our schools, an ongoing costly war, controversial funding of needed
services like unemployment and tension around increased immigration in rural Oregon.
“We are concerned how in the last ten years Latino immigrants have been on one hand equated
with terrorists and cast as an “invasion” or threat to our country, but on the other hand are
asked to make the ultimate sacrifice, as Latino youth are prime targets for military recruiters,”
says Allen Hallmark, veteran and leader with Citizens for Peace and Justice in Medford.
We want you to be a part of the conversation, join us for a stop in your town!
Maricela began her adulthood as a highschool drop out from an immigrant family in working-class Los
Angeles. She went on to be a decorated US Navy veteran, leaving the military after being sexually assaulted, and coming to terms with her growing discomfort of the military’s treatment of indigenous people in countries where she was stationed.
She returned to LA and co-founded SWAN, Service Women’s Action Network to support & empower military women who have been victimsof assault. Maricela is a part of the Women of Color Resource
Center in the LA area. She specializes in working with women to expose the truth of the military’s
history of harrassment, assault & intimidation of women, also sharing the effects of service on
young women today.
Jesus is a student and an organizer with the Youth and Militarism project and Truth in Recruiting program with the American Friends Service Committee in Illinois. He is involved with the National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth, a counter-recruitment organization working to keep the military out of our schools.
Jesus specializes in working with youth, especially Latino & immigrant youth to discover opportunities to thrive without enlistment.
August Tour Schedule
Aug 26, 9pm-midnight, Portland,
Rotture, 315 SE 3rd
Aug 27, 4-7pm, Bend,
Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas
Aug 28, noon-3pm, Hermiston,
Victory Square Park, 10th & Orchard
Aug 29, 12:30-3pm, Newport,
Atonement Luthern Church, 2315 N Coast Hwy
Aug 29, 5-8pm, Corvallis,
1st United Meth Church, 1165 NW Monroe
Aug 30, 6-9pm, Eugene,
Whiteaker Comm Center, Clark & Jackson St
September Tour Schedule
Locations details TBA
Sept 26, 6-9pm, Medford
Sept 27, evening, Forest Grove
Sept 28, 6-9pm, Woodburn
Sept 29, 6-9pm, Independence
Sept 30, 6-9pm, Salem
Oct 1, afternoon, Newberg
Oct 1, evening, Portland
For Tour resources check out No Soy El Army Resource Page