12 April 2011, PUERTO RICO- San Juan

Citizen’s Coalition Against Militarism

“Citizens Coalition Against Militarism is a group of Puerto Rican organizations whose objective is to coordinate the efforts of all Puerto Rican organizations and individuals working on demilitarization in Puerto Rico to carry out a national campaign to end militarism in schools and other institutions in the country. On April 12, we hosted a forum titled ‘$1.6 Trillion: For Peace or for War?’ at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico School of Law. Speakers included: Jorge Colón of Puerto Rican Citizen’s Coalition Against Militarism; Theo Roncken of Acción Andina (via videoconference from Cochabamba, Bolivia); Ana Irma Rivera-Lassén, VicePresident of the Puerto Rican Bar Association; and Wanda Colón-Cortés, from the Caribbean Project for Justice and Peace. All the organizations will be part of our annual Opt-out efforts in August and September to convince high school students and their parents to not allow the school principals to give the students’ personal information to military recruiters.”