Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Stopping the Tortures

From November 22-24, 2013, SOA Watch will carry their protest to the place where the killers are still being trained: the School of the Americas (renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation), a U.S. military training school for Latin American soldiers at Fort Benning, Georgia. Join social movement activists from Chile, Guatemala,Mexico, El Salvador, Colombia and from across the Americas and take a stand against the SOA/WHINSEC,U.S. militarization, and oppressive U.S. foreign policy.

The November Vigil has grown from a handful of people into one of the largest and most dynamic multi-generational annual gatherings against militarization. Thousands have been educated and mobilized to take a stand against Pentagon-driven U.S. foreign policy and to engage in nonviolent direct action. 

New layers of activists are joining the movement, including numerous youth and students from multinational, working-class communities. Thousands will converge at the gates of the SOA, where we continue to reaffirm life and our creativity in the face of Empire. We will come together as a community to mourn, resist, learn, heal, and celebrate. We need everyone’s energy and creativity. 

The ongoing repression in Honduras following the SOA graduate-led military coup, the expansion of U.S. military bases in Colombia and Panama, and the militarization of the U.S./Mexico border are grim examples of what we are up against. We must come together to reaffirm our commitment to ending militarization and injustice. We see hope as movements throughout the hemisphere are standing up for dignity and self-determination. The Syria crisis showed that the American people are decisively rejecting the “military solutions” approach of the Pentagon- driven U.S. foreign policy.

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