From the School of the Americas to the Border

Converge on the U.S./Mexico Border this Fall!

This October 7-10 converge in Nogales, Sonora/Arizona at the U.S./Mexico border to demand a fundamental shift in U.S. foreign policy.

At a time when refugees who are fleeing U.S.-sponsored violence are being branded as criminals, rapists and terrorists, and as anti-immigrant rhetoric continues to poison the public discourse in this election year, it is important for people of conscience to take a stand and to offer a different narrative.

As politicians build walls, we must build bridges.

We need to build grassroots power to challenge the racist status quo and we need to take action. Immigration has been the biggest issue so far in the 2016 presidential election campaign, yet every major candidate has remained silent about the connections between militarized U.S. foreign policy and the reasons why people flee here for their lives.

Instead of welcoming refugees as required under international humanitarian standards, the U.S. is treating them as criminals and imprisons them for profit. Moreover, the U.S. “solution” to the so-called child migrant crisis has been to further militarize the borders of Mexico and Central America. Mexico now deports more Central Americans than the U.S. – with our tax dollars. Enough is enough! We must answer the call for solidarity, speak truth to power, and demand an end to the manifestations of U.S. violence in the Americas and beyond!

After consulting with communities and organizers on the front lines of resistance along the U.S./Mexico border, SOA Watch decided to move its annual convergence to the border. We are expanding our focus, and we will shine a light on the many human rights violations caused by destructive U.S. foreign policy that the SOA represents.

The SOA Watch movement began as a response to what was happening in El Salvador in the 1980’s when many people joined the solidarity movement. The patterns of violence and forced migration established during the dirty wars of the 20th century have continued unabated as a direct result of U.S. economic and security policies in Mesoamerica as well as the U.S.-led Drug War. How do we respond to this current reality in the same way we responded to the violence in the 1980’s? Where should our energies lie?

This year’s vigil in Nogales, Arizona is a response to the present-day call to solidarity.

The border mobilization in Nogales is one more way to fight for the closure of the School of the Americas, and to work towards a world that is free of suffering and violence. We cannot forget that many of our immigrant brothers and sisters are survivors of U.S.-sponsored atrocities in Latin America. In calling attention to the militarization of the border, we continue to demand an end to state-sponsored terrorism and violence against our communities on both sides of the border.

Join us! Organize your community to join human rights activists, torture survivors, union workers, veterans, community organizers, migrants, faith communities, students and educators from across the Americas.

5 thoughts on “From the School of the Americas to the Border

  1. Hello,
    I am interested in attending the convergence on the US / Mexican border this fall and am making plans to fly from Louisville, KY to get there. I suppose I will need to fly to Tucson and arrange transportation to the border. Will there be any buses organized for transporting protesters, or should I plan to rent a car? Also, are any hotels or other lodging available in Nogales that you are aware?
    Thanks in advance for any helpful advice you can give me.
    In solidarity,
    Dave Cooper

  2. Hi Roy and All,
    Tell me what you have planned…I’m hoping to come but walking is a challenge these days.
    What will you folks be doing and are there places to stay or will it be camping out? My daughters are interested in going as well and we will probably drive.
    Pace e Bene,
    Kris Sonnleitner

  3. I am interested in coming but not for the whole time. When will you be telling us what is happening on each day? I’m very excited.

  4. Dear SOAWatch. Thank you for coming to the border and exposing the root causes of migration to the nation and the world, one of which is clearly the SOA. We remain hopeful that the efforts of caring people like SOAWatch will succeed in closing the SOA very soon. We have been living 45 miles from the border since moving to Green Valley, Arizona, 15 years ago, from Massachusetts. On March 18, the first Border Patrol agent was among 24 people who completed the Intelligence Analysis of Transnational Operations (IATO) course at the SOA, the rest being from Mexico and Central America. It is not enough that the tactics taught at the SOA are used to oppress the peoples living south of the border. We on this side are also in their sights.

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