As we prepare for the 2018 SOA Watch Border Encuentro on November 16-18, we continue to draw inspiration from those who have accompanied SOA Watch for almost three decades through vigils, protests, speaking out in the halls of Congress, and disrupting the system through civil disobedience and nonviolent direct action. For 26 years we were present at the gates of Ft. Benning, Georgia, and for the past two years we have been in ambos Nogales, Arizona/Sonora, to continue our work to close the School of the Américas (SOA) / Western Hemisphere Institute for Security and Cooperation (WHINSEC) by shining a spotlight on the disastrous effects of US intervention at the US/Mexico border.
Our move to the borderlands responds to our present-day call to solidarity with Latin America. The legacy of US militarization and intervention are intimately linked to the root causes of migration. We recognize the devastating impact US security, political, and economic policies, and the current Border Imperialism strategies, have on migrants, refugees, indigenous communities, and communities of color across borders. Now in its third year, the SOA Watch Border Encuentro seeks to increase awareness of the militarization and expansion of borders throughout Mesoamerica and throughout the world.
From Hondurans suffering mass political repression, murder, and disappearances as a US-backed and SOA grad-led coup regime seeks to retain power, to the Internal Security Law passed in Mexico that guarantees impunity to the Mexican security forces, or the culture of impunity that has allowed the killing of at least 97 people at the hands of the US Border Patrol, we maintain our commitment to active solidarity with the communities in resistance all over the Americas.
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