Monday, October 28, 2013

Shut Down the SOA and Change U.S. Foreign Policy! Nov.22-24: Justice Not Impunity! Join us at the gates of Fort Benning

We mobilize for the right of our communities to exist in the face of the greed of capital and the misery of war. Nov. 22-24: Converge on Fort Benning, Georgia - Shut Down the SOA and Change U.S. Foreign Policy. We mobilize for another world - JOIN US!

Click here [] for more information about the November Vigil at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia, home of the School of the Americas, the notorious training ground for the likes of Efraín Ríos Montt, Hugo Banzer Suarez, Jorge Rafael Videla, and many many more whose crimes have so far been concealed by the cloak of secrecy. Mobilize your community and join thousands of students, torture survivors, migrants, people of faith, union workers, veterans, artists, and families from across the Americas.
The November 22-24, 2013 Vigil weekend includes:
 * Massive rally at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia, with amazing musicians and speakers from across the Americas
 * Procession to Commemorate the Martyrs
 * Colorful and Creative Puppetista Pageant and Street Theater to Celebrate the Resistance
 * Conference, Strategy Sessions, 50+ workshops and a Peoples' Movement Assembly at the Columbus Convention Center
 * Protest at the largest private, for-profit immigrant prisons in the United States
 * Reports from human rights activists in Honduras following the elections process on November 24th
 * A special concert to honor Father Roy Bourgeois and pay homage to musician Jon Fromer
 * Nonviolent Direct Action + Concerts + Film Screenings + Trainings + more

End Impunity!
This November, when we gather at the gates of Fort Benning, it is with hope in our hearts, and it is so much more. It is with the righteous anger of those who can no longer face injustice with resignation. It is with the determination demanded of us, if we hope to live in a more just world. This year, when we mobilize, it will be a commitment to future generations, and honor of those who have passed.
We derive our strength from our hearts, from each other, from the Earth, and from that great story of human hope and courage of which we are all a part. That story, of how we struggle and may triumph, is the never-ending glow of justice. Our movement is in step with each stride toward that light. For when those who have suffered and who are still suffering empower themselves, when self-determination is restored, when their stories reach us, then it is our victory too.
Today we can also look toward the Mayan Q'eqchi' people of Lote Ocho, Guatemala, who have filed a court case against Canadian mining giant Hudbay Mining, Inc, and their Guatemalan subsidiary for abuses against the community committed by security personnel working for Hudbay's subsidiary. In April of this year, when former Guatemalan dictator (and SOA graduate) Ríos Montt was put successfully put on trial for genocide, those who suffered in that country's 36-year civil war held the public's attention. Though the conviction was overturned one week later, the struggle for reparations has not lost momentum.
Join us in celebration of resistance. Join us to learn of how people are standing up to Empire in other parts of the Americas. Join us to learn how you are a part of the same struggle.
Hasta la victoria siempre,
-SOA Watch

Please join the mobilizing efforts, download, print and distribute the November Vigil Flyer [].

Click here [] to order a batch of full color, union printed palm cards for your outreach work in your community

See you at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia!

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