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Call to Action: The Repression Continues so the Resistance can't Stop!

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Saturday, November 19, 2016: Converge in your community and at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia.

SOA Watch 

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Fr.%20Roy%20Protests%20SOA%20at%20Ft.%20Benning.jpgSOA Watch has organized protests against the training of repressive militaries at Fort Benning since 1983, when three activists - Father Roy Bourgeois, Linda Ventimiglia and Father Larry Rosenbaugh - scaled a tree next to the El Salvadoran troop barracks and blasted Archbishop Oscar Romero’s last homily with a portable sound system into the night. Starting in 1990, on the one-year anniversary of the killing of 16-year-old Celina Ramos, her mother Elba Ramos, and six Jesuit priests at the University of Central America (UCA) in San Salvador, El Salvador, SOA Watch has stood vigil at the gates of Fort Benning to demand the closure of the SOA-WHINSEC and remember the victims of US militarization in the Americas.

This year, we moved our annual mobilization to the US/Mexico border, to take a stand against the militarization of the border, to shine a light on the connection between US militarization abroad and the forced migration of thousands who are fleeing North, as well as racist immigration laws. The Convergence at the border took place in October to commemorate the 4th Anniversary of the killing of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez by a US Border Patrol agent in Nogales. Over 1,000 people came together, raised their voices for justice, and the convergence at the border was big success for our movement. Click here for videos and photos, check out the media coverage, and see the list of participating groups, speakers and musicians

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As we approach the weekend in November where we have traditionally gathered at Ft Benning, members of SOA Watch will once again bear witness.  The gates of Fort Benning remain sacred ground for our movement, where we have shed tears, celebrated the successes of movements for justice, mourned the dead, spread the ashes of our friends, crossed the line, been arrested, booked, tried, and sentenced, and taken a stand for justice the past 26 years. A small group will gather this year at the main gates of Fort Benning on Saturday, November 19 at 12noon. We won't build the big stage that we had in past years, and there won't be workshops or concerts at the Columbus Convention Center, just a presence at the gates with a speak out and vigil, where we will hold banners and the posters with the faces of the victims of US militarization. This year we will especially call out Presente for those who have been murdered this year in Honduras and demand an end to US military funding and training in Honduras. There will also be a presence at the Stewart Detention Center at 6pm on Saturday, November 19, which going to be organized by our friends from the Interreligious Task Force (IRTF). IRTF is organizing a Caravan for Justice from November 17-20.

Help us make that demand heard loud and clear -- and you do not need to travel across the country to do so.  We are asking communities across the country to hold your own actions to speak out against US military training and funding in Honduras.  Here are a few action ideas:

• Hold a Vigil in your community on Saturday, November 19th, to remember those murdered as a result of US-sponsored violence in Honduras and throughout Latin America.  Find posters here with the faces and stories of some of the countless people who have been killed as a result of the US sponsored violence in Honduras and beyond to use in the vigil or paste in public spaces.

• Organize a visit to your House Member or Senator's office the week before or after November 19th and ask them to do everything in their power to cut US security aid to Honduras.  (To find out who your Representative is, click here. To find out if your House member has already sponsored HR 5474, the Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act, click hereIf so, visit their office to thank them).

• If your Representative refuses to cosponsor HR 5474, believes a bigger border wall is the solution, or is otherwise hostile to U.S. accountability in Latin America, perhaps it it is time for a Vigil outside of their offices. Please contact us at info@soaw.org if you are interested in helping to organize a local action on or around 11/19

Despite international condemnation of the murder of visionary Indigenous leader Berta Caceres, the military, paramilitaries, and hitmen continue to target land activists, Indigenous leaders, journalists, lawyers, and many more.  Thousands more flee the country every day, headed north to escape the widespread violence.  Following the US State Department's bogus certification that Honduras was making progress just a month ago, Jose Angel Flores and Silmer George of the Unified Campesino Movement of the Aguan were assassinated and this week the son of a prominent activist in the Aguan Valley was also killed.  Not to mention, state security forces aggressively repressed a protest full of children and even babies, and other activists have been shot at.  We need to take direct action to demand the US stop sponsoring bloodshed and murders in Honduras.  Let us know if you can organize a Vigil or an action on November 19th!


Thank you for your ongoing work for justice. peace and struggle,

SOA Watch

 

Missing from election debate: Unions key to economy, democracy

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  • Unfortunately, once the election season began, no candidate has stressed how central building union bargaining strength is to the solving of many problems facing America.
  • Related: What Punch Pizza learned from raising its wages

Larry Rubin, People's World

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http://www.peoplesworld.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/nocontractnopeace960.jpg "Unionists point out that Trump's claim that he will make America great again is hypocritcal; he is refusing to bargain with the union that legally represents his hotel workers in Las Vegas. Decent wages that result from unionization, workers point out, would boost the entire economy. In addition, they note, Trump is ignoring the results of a democratic election. | John Locher/AP

November 3, 2016 |  About a year ago, at the White House Worker Voice Summit, Vice President Biden cited the most powerful engine driving progress in America. “It’s a simple proposition,” he said. “With the ability [of workers’ unions] to sit on the other side of the table with employers and collectively bargain, [working people] have some power. At the end of day, that’s how progress is made.”

Collective bargaining is the only way to insure that employers will balance their need to make profits with the right of the workers who create those profits to have a decent, secure standard of living.

Unfortunately, once the election season began, no candidate has stressed how central building union bargaining strength is to the solving of many problems facing America.

Larry Rubin has been a union organizer, a speechwriter and an editor of union publications. He was a civil rights organizer in the Deep South and is often invited to speak on applying Movement lessons to today's challenges.

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What Punch Pizza learned from raising its wages, Ibrahim Hirsi, MinnPost

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  • For Punch co-owners Soranno and John Puckett, however, the decision to raise pay wasn't political. It was simply a strategy to attract and retain quality workers who would, in turn, create a better experience for customers.
  • Related: Reframing the Minimum-Wage Debate

Freedom Rider: Organizing in the Age of Hillary

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  • The resistance to a Hillary Clinton presidency has already begun. Activists gathered in Chicago “to strategize the fight against police violence, neoliberalism and imperialism,” all of which promise to be hallmarks of her administration. 
  • The Black Misleadership Class plays its usual, toadying role. “The liars who said they would hold Obama’s feet to the fire are repeating their empty words and hoping no one pays attention.”
  • Related: Dissent: A History of American Revolutions

Margaret Kimberley, Margaret Kimberley's blog / Black Agenda Report

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The Hillary Clinton administration, Slick Willie part II, will bring catastrophe unless there is constant agitation waged against it. The same woman who bragged that her party platform was progressive now brags that Republicans endorse her. The situation is urgent but there is no need to despair or to reinvent the wheel. There are groups across the country engaging in protest and they show a clear path for a liberation movement.

This columnist joined with 200 activists in Chicago for the Right to Exist, Right to Resist conference organized by the International League of Peoples’ Struggles (ILPS USA). The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Police Oppression, Michigan Emergency Committee Against

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 War and Injustice, Peoples Organization for Progress, Bayan USA, Chicago Teachers Union, US Palestinian Community Network, Committee to Stop FBI Repression and others met to strategize the fight against police violence, neoliberalism and imperialism.

Margaret Kimberley: Black Agenda Report (BAR) editor and senior columnist 

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Dissent: A History of American Revolutions, Ralph Young, Utne Reader

  • Over the course of American history there has not been just one American Revolution, but rather many American revolutions. From women's suffrage to the civil rights movement America has been forever changed.
  • Excerpt from Dissent: The History of an American Idea (NYU Press, 2015) by Ralph Young 

 

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Don’t Want To Vote For Clinton Or Trump? There Are Other Options

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  • Just because the two most publicized nominees aren’t your cup of tea, doesn’t mean you should skip the polls this fall. Doing your civic duty is one of the best things about #adulting.
  • Related: Series | Presidency 2016, Part 1: All Third Party & Independent Candidates

McKenna Moore, The lala

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Vote.jpg  July 17, 2016 | You hear it all the time swirling around the water cooler in your office, among your friends over a bonfire, and even when you call home to catch up with your parents; this election is messy with a capital “M.” Many people are so unhappy with the two major party nominees that they’re thinking about not voting in November at all.

Stop right there. Back it up. Not voting is the best way to watch this race get messier and to set yourself up for more discontent and complaints after the election. We are super lucky to live in a country that gives every adult a say in our representation. So let’s use that. You don’t want to vote for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump? That doesn’t mean that you are out of options.

McKenna Moore: Editorial Contributor, Syracuse University, Major: Newspaper and Online Journalism. Her heart belongs to: the color black, her laptop, lipstick, and Rihanna. Her guilty pleasures: Ben & Jerry’s, 6 hour naps, and the musical stylings of Soulja Boy

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Series | Presidency 2016, Part 1: All Third Party & Independent Candidates, Ron Gunzburger, Politics1.com

  • President Obama is barred by constitutional term limits from seeking re-election in 2016. A large crowd of candidates will likely compete for the Democratic and Republican nominations. Plus there are LOTS of likely third party and independent P2016 hopefuls. So, if a person is running, or thinking of running -- regardless of party, ballot status, or chances of winning -- we have him or her listed below. Incumbent party first, following by the main opposition party, then the third party candidates, and finally the independent and write-in hopefuls.
  • First in a series

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