An update from Johnny Devlin is always a treat, you can read what he's been up to lately starting below this sweet photo. The above edit was filmed during a Shadow team visit to Atlanta and we were lucky enough to hit the streets during a bit of free time he had away from his many responsibilities.
Well howdy friends, I hope everyone is enjoying the last little bit of fall. I had a really busy but also really great fall here in Atlanta. The month of November is probably busiest time of the year here at the community that I'm apart of. As the weather gets colder, the immediate needs of our homeless sisters and brothers in our broader community for food, clothing and warm/safe shelter becomes greater, and so our call to solidarity with, and advocacy on behalf of the poor and oppressed becomes even more clear and present and necessary.
A couple weeks ago roughly 15 thousand people from around the world converged on to a US military base called Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia for a weekend to protest the School of Americas (AKA School of Assassins). The community I'm apart of as well as some folks from our sister communities were apart of that as well. Over its 59 years, the SOA has trained over 60,000 Latin American soldiers in counterinsurgency techniques, sniper training, commando and psychological warfare, military intelligence and interrogation tactics. These graduates have consistently used their skills to wage a war against their own people. Among those targeted by SOA graduates are educators, union organizers, religious workers, student leaders, and others who work for the rights of the poor. Hundreds of thousands of Latin Americans have been tortured, raped, assassinated, “disappeared,” massacred, and forced into refugee by those trained at the School of Assassins.
A couple of our community members and extended community members were arrested during the protest, and one of them (our dear brother, David) is serving a six months sentence in federal prison. If interested, you can find more info about the SOA at www.soaw.org. Please keep our brother David and all political prisoners around the world in your thoughts and prayers.
In the midst of this often intense and extremely busy time in the life and work of our community, I've been able get a decent amount of riding in, surprisingly. With the exception of being off my bike for about a week just recently after I was hit by a car while riding my road bike home, I've gotten quite a few opportunities each week in the evenings to cruise around the city. Here are a few photos from a couple of our sessions.
Peace and Justice,