Maryknoll priest Roy Bourgeois has achieved national attention for leading the campaign to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas. From his Cajun roots in Louisiana to his stint as a Naval officer in Viet Nam, we follow the route that led Bourgeois to Maryknoll and his work in Latin America that awakened his conscience to the U.S. role in supporting oppression there.
Since 1990 Father Bourgeois has campaigned against the School. He has served several years in federal prisons for civil disobedience and his witness has turned a spotlight on a record of shame and aroused the conscience of the nation. The protest every November attracts more than 10,000 people from around the country.
James Hodge, a longtime writer and editor with the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Louisiana, has written for years about Roy Bourgeois, the SOA and Latin American issues.
Linda Cooper, an ESL instructor at Tulane University in the early 1990s, has extensively researched the SOA and written stories for the National Catholic Reporter.