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SOAWatch
ONE BY ONE: SOA WATCH Nov. 2003, "Stop Killing our Brothers & Sisters - Close the SOA" said a labor representative referring to fellow union members killed in South/Central America by graduates of the SOA/WHISC.  Featuring the music of Pat Humphries and Kathy O. Converge on Ft. Benning, GA: November 19-21!  Join thousands of people from around the nation working to shut down the SOA/WHISC.  The Saturday and Sunday events this year will be preceded by teach-ins, trainings, and caucuses on Friday, November 19. www.soawatch.org 
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KATHY KELLY: PRISON FOR CROSSING THE LINE: Kathy Kelly spoke at Sheboygan Wi. to Sheboygan Peaceseekers about crossing the line at SOA/WHISC, Ft. Benning Georgia, and the treatment she received for questioning the dehumanizing of prisoners.  Sentenced 3 months in federal prison she also talks about the hypocrisy of pre-emptive strikes against terrorism vs. arrests of those who protest terror training camps. www.vitw.org jan22 2004, 10 min, quicktime 4.4megs - thanks to ChicagoIMC
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KEEP ON WALKING FORWARD
10,000 people gathered at Ft. Benning, Georgia to say no to war, and no to the US training camp for terrorism, the US Army’s School of the Americas, (Western Hemisphere Institute for the Security Cooperation) in Columbus, GA. Graduates of the school are trained that obedience is the only proper response to authority and that disobedience, civil or otherwise, is illegitimate – and must be repressed.
The graduates of the SOA become the enforcers against those populations which oppose deregulation, privatization and oppression (Nov. 17-18, 2001)
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SILENT OR INVISIBLE NO MORE: VETS FOR PEACE: Voices of 17 vets from across the US, marching to the gates of Ft. Benning and the SOA Watch protest, Nov. 23, 2003. Vets include Woody Powell (St. Louis): We are training people in the black arts of counter-insurgency. The record shows it’s just a lot of murder. Dick Underhill (Austin): This is the only country in the world that wants war. Dave Arnolds (Denver): I thought we’d learned about the abuse of power in Vietnam. Jack Gilroy (Binghamton): Five of my students came home in body bags…that’s the motivating factor. John Amidon (Albany): We’re defending our rights to assemble, speak, demand justice. Hervie Harris (Albany): Stop supporting assassinations and murder, stop exporting it. I can’t be silent and invisible any more. - 28 min.
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JENNIFER HARBURY: SOA WATCH, Ft. Benning Nov. 22, 2003 
Jennifer Harbury, a human rights attorney, whose four-year quest to find her kidnapped and murdered Guatemalan husband, Efrain Bamaca Velasquez (Comandante Everardo), revealed high-level involvement between the SOA, the CIA and the Guatemalan army. Pointing to the gates of Ft. Benning, Harbury said, "This school is not just a training center. It's where we pick up our death squad partners for the CIA. This is where they link. This is where all roads cross on the way to Rome." www.eecs.umich.edu/~pavr/harbury  - 8 min. - quicktime file is a 23 meg download - published at MichiganIMC 
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TO BE SILENT IS TO BE COMPLICIT WITH EVIL ITSELF (PART1)
68 ARRESTED IN DC (3/26/03) Religious, human rights, and peace activists commit non-violent civil disobedience at the White House. "Militarism and war is legalized killing...and it is evil..." -- Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire (1976). "Individuals have international duties which transcend national obligations of obedience. Therefore, individual citizens have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity..." -- Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Jody Williams1997. Other speakers (and lawbreakers) include Daniel Ellsberg, Fr. Roy Bourgeois, Bishop Thomas Gumbleton (Detroit, RC), Bishop C. Joseph Sprague (United Methodist, Chicago); Rabbi Arthur Waskow (Shalom Center, Philadelphia), Patricia Clark (Fellowship of Reconciliation), Dave Robinson (Pax Christi).
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TO BE SILENT IS TO BE COMPLICIT WITH EVIL ITSELF(PART2)  
human rights leaders arrested in DC -PART 2 -Civil disobedience, March 26, 2003, Washington, DC Some of the voices of the 68 religious, human rights and peace group leaders arrested: Fr. Roy Bourgeois: We speak for the many who will be killed; we are here to say Not In Our Name...Bishop Gumbleton to the US military: Do not fight, do not do the killing of an unjust war... Dave Robinson to the corporate press: show the pictures of the Iraqi civilians being killed... Daniel Ellsberg: the war is in violation of international law. The government is lying our young people and the Iraqi people to death...

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TO BE SILENT IS TO BE COMPLICIT WITH EVIL ITSELF(PART3) the arrest of 68 rights leaders March 26, 2003 Lafayette Park, Washington, D.C. Before they are arrested many of the 68 human rights and religious leaders and activists speak and sing, saying non violent civil disobedience is an appropriate and necessary step to stop the US slaughter of the innocents and to stop the continuing war on the poor in the US and worldwide. 
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LET US SPEAK FOR THE VOICELESS: Father Roy Bourgeois, founder of SOAWatch  speaks in Milwaukee (sept 20, 2003) about the School of Americas (now called WHISC) training camp at Ft. Benning GA, Latin American soldiers are trained on counter-insurgency tactics used for repression by brutal dictators throughout Latin America. Fr. Bourgeois reminds us of the Nov. 22-23 Vigil coming up and the bill in Congress, HR 1258, which needs our support to shut the camp down. 12min 
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IN REMEMBRANCE AND RESISTANCE: SOAWatch Voices  " In the face of what seems to be insurmountable odds, ...all across the world, the spirit of hope and liberation is rising up in the people. We are part of a global movement for justice and peace that can never be stopped." observes SOAWatch staff member Jeff Winder at the 13th annual week-end of celebration, teach-ins, protest, and non-violent civil disobedience at Ft.Benning, Ga. Nov. 16 -17, 2002.
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SOMEONE IS ACCOUNTABLE: ADRIANA BARTOW placed the photos of her nine and ten-year-old daughters on the gates of Ft. Benning -- 21 years after her daughters were taken by Guatemalan military forces. “Nobody 'disappears,'” she says. “Somebody knows what happened to them...someone is accountable…Those who killed my children were trained here, at the School of Americas.” (special thanks to Richter Productions for contributing footage). click to play media file
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SR.CARYL HARTJES CROSSES FT BENNING LINE - SOAWATCH
Sr. Caryl Hartjes, Sister of St. Agnes, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, was one of 86 who on Nov. 17 walked onto Ft. Benning,GA, home of the notorious training school for terrorism, SOA/WHISC. With their actions, surrendering their freedom, the 86 hope to expose the consequences of the heinous institution and its policies.
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PRESENTE! In Remembrance and Resistance - Roy Bourgeois
THIS MUST STOP -  Vietnam Veteran, Maryknoll priest, and founder of SOAWatch, speaks to the thirteenth SOAWatch vigil at the gates of Ft. Benning, Georgia, home of the notorious School of the Americas. "Our movement is rooted in non-violence, expressing hope and joy and peace.".
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AT THE GATES OF FT. BENNING: WE’RE HERE TO SAY NO TO THE GLOBAL BULLY Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer (Nov. 16, 2002) Author of School of Assassins: Guns, Greed and Globalization, as part of a week-end of teach-ins and rallies (culminating with Nov. 17th solemn procession, and music) spoke to thousands at the gates of Ft. Benning, the Columbus, GA-based Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHISC), formerly SOA. Asst. prof of justice and peace studies (U. of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN)), Nelson-Pallmeyer called for disciplined, active, non-violent civil resistance, and added, “Do not fight in the upcoming unjust wars. Do not fight!”
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GUILTY OF TELLING THE TRUTH: SOA Watch Prisoners of Conscience: imprisoned Sept 10, 2002 for opposing the teaching of terrorism at the US Army School of the Americas, Ft. Benning, Ga. to Latin American military to be used against civilian populations.
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A note to the peace and justice movement from Fr. Roy Bourgeois
Fr. Roy Bourgeois, founder of the SOAWatch, talks to the peace and justice movement about destructive anger, the exploitation of religion, the current window of opportunity to understand our foreign policy (why others hate us), and the necessity of holding on to hope and joy - not letting anger consume us, and so better assist profound change that is occurring from the bottom up.

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“Afro-Colombians are the worst hurt by the war in my country – thank you for your acts of solidarity; your efforts to make visible the tragedy we are living today gives us great hope…”
-- Marino Cordoba at the SOA Watch Lobby Day rally, April 22, 2002 Washington DC.   Cordoba’s message is basic: "War is not good; only a few people take advantage of conflict; it will solve nothing; we don’t believe in war – and neither do you.  We are looking for a peaceful solution..."  Colombia the third largest recipient of US military aid.  Cordoba has worked for the inclusion of Afro-Colombians in social and political life and leads a displaced Afro-Colombians organization. click here.
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SOA - SHUT IT DOWN!
APRIL 22  D.C. MONDAY MORNING RUSH HOUR:  Colombia Mobilization Peace March and Nonviolent Direct ActionWhy do they do this?  To interfere with Capitol/capital business-as-usual; to call public attention to murderous US/corporate policies and the laws that force nations to privatize, deregulate, militarize; and to oppose the surrender of the commons to corporate power and the wealthy.  They deliberately and publicly put themselves in harms way, through non-violent direct action, to express their profound opposition to legalized injustice.
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updated Feb 2004