¡Celebremos la Resistencia! November 21-24, 2014 Converge on Fort Benning
Mary McNellis, Veterans for Peace Chapter 27 (Twin Cities, MN)
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May 7, 2014 | For the 24th year now, the School Of America Watch is again preparing the annual protest and vigil to close the SOA/WHINSEC at Fort Benning, Georgia. This convergence of anti-militarization activists, labor unions, solidarity groups, torture victims, immigrants and allies, radicals, progressives, faith communities, students and many more relies on the participation of all to make it a space for all of our movements to grow. The rally and Vigil at the gates of Fort Benning is a valuable place for groups to network, organize, and mobilize as well as for personal learning and growth.
The purpose of the vigil is to put pressure on our government to close the school (formerly called School of Americas, known by some as School of Assassins, now officially called WHINSEC - Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation). This school, funded by US taxpayers, trains foreign military personnel – mostly Latin America - in subjects like counter-insurgency, military intelligence and counter-narcotics operations. SOA graduates have included some of the worst and most notorious human rights abusers in Latin American history, have led military coups and are responsible for massacres of hundreds of people.
Veterans For Peace is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to educate the public, advocate for a dismantling of the war economy, provide services that assist veterans and victims of war, and work to end all wars by using our experiences and lifting our voices.
SOAW, founded by Maryknoll priest Fr. Roy Bourgeois in 1990, is an independent organization that seeks to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas, under whatever name it is called, through vigils and fasts, demonstrations and nonviolent protest, as well as media and legislative work.
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