Border Convergence Media Contacts:
Mexico and US Media Contact: Eduardo García, firstname.lastname@example.org, (+1) 484-663-1163
United States Media Contact: Hendrik Voss, email@example.com, (+1) 202-425-5128
Latin America Media Contact: Pablo Ruiz, firstname.lastname@example.org, (+56) 961-785-634
Photos of Sunday’s nonviolent direct action at the US Border Patrol interior checkpoint
Photos by Steven Pavey, Hope in Focus Photography. High Resolution upon request.
Media Release: October 7-10 SOA Watch Vigil at the US/Mexico Border
The demands of the convergence:
- An end to the destructive U.S. military, economic, and political interventions in the Americas.
- Demilitarization of the borders. We need to build bridges with our neighbors, not walls.
- The dismantling of the racist and sexist systems that steal from, criminalize, and kill migrants, refugees, natives, gender non-conforming people, communities of color, and others throughout the hemisphere.
- Respect, dignity, justice and self-determination for all communities, especially the poor and most vulnerable
- No more profits over people! Private military, prison, oil, mining, and other corporations should not determine our future or that of the earth, the people should.
Articles and coverage:
SOA Watch focuses on the same message through a new lens
by Soli Salgado, National Catholic Reporter
Wife of Use-of-Force Victim Advocates to Hold Border Officials Accountable
by Alexa Mencia, Medill Reports Chicago
Border Convergence: Challenging the School of Americas State-Sanctioned Violence
by Love (and Revolution) Radio
Mexico Does US Dirty Work Detaining Central American Children
Activists Shut Down Border Checkpoint
Rallying for an End to Detention
School of the Americas Watch Convergence at the Mexico/US Border: The Migrant Quilt Project
Humanizing Our Militarized Border
by John Grant, CounterPunch
Policies of Exclusion Challenged Across the Board and Across the Border
by Buddy Bell, CommonDreams
2016 border convergence says “no” to border militarization
by Joe Bernick, People’s World
Models of Resistance
by Maria Benevento, America Magazine
Solidarity with migrants at U.S./Mexico border
by Monica Moorehead, Workers World
Hundreds protest immigration prisons and militarized border in Arizona
by FightBack! News
Anniversary Of Teen Fatally Shot By Border Patrol Honored In Nogales
by Jude Joffe-Block, KJZZ
Border Report: Protesters Want a Kinder, Gentler Border
by Brooke Binkowski, Voice of San Diego
Immigrant detention object of demonstration
Event at prison one of several in state
by Tanner Clinch, PinalCentral
Immigrant rights groups protest outside Eloy prison
Mass action at U.S./Mexico border strengthens solidarity
By Liberation Staff
The hope rock
by Julia Walsh
School of the Americas Watch Moves Annual March to US Border
by Rising Up with Sonali
Out-of-town demonstrators bring ‘new dollars’ to Nogales
by Kendal Blust, Nogales International
At US-Mexico border, SOA Watch focuses on the same message through a new lens
by Soli Salgado, Global Sisters Report
Binational vigil at US-Mexico border protests US state violence
by Sarah Aziza
The World We Want: An Activist Dispatch From the SOA Watch Convergence
Gus Bova, Speakout
Enough! A Report Back From the Border Vigil Against US State Violence
Steve Pavey, Truthout
Activists on Both Sides of US-Mexico Border Converge Against US State Violence
Steve Pavey, Truthout
Arizona: Hundreds Rally at US-Mexico Border Demanding End to Border Checkpoints
Democracy Now, October 11, 2016
‘Encuentro at the Border’ fills city with voices of protest
Johnathan Clark, Nogales International, October 10, 2016
Protesters converge at border checkpoint
AZ Central, October 9, 2016
Anniversary of Teen Fatally Shot by Border Patrol Honored in Nogales
Jude Joffe-Black, KJZZ, October 10, 2016
Sisters, Advocates gather at US-Mexico border to call attention to immigration policies
Soli Salgado, Global Sisters Report, October 9, 2016
Activists on both sides of US-Mexico border converge against US state violence
Steve Pavey, Truthout, October 8, 2016
SOA Watch moves annual protest to militarized US-Mexico border
teleSUR, October 7, 2016
The Nation Report will maintain a live blog straight from the School of the Americas Watch Convergence at the Mexico/US Border
The Nation Report, October 6, 2016
SOA Watch to hold border demonstration against ‘militarization’ of region
Nancy Wiechec, Catholic News Service, October 3, 2016
Join the Vigil
Richard Boren, Nogales International, October 3, 2016
Franciscans to protest School of the Americas
The Adviser-Tribune, October 3, 2016
Watchdog group planning first ‘Encuentro at the Border’ in Nogales
Nogales International, September 13, 2016
Thousands Expected For Mexico Border Action
Modern Times Magazine, September 23, 2016
Appeals Court denies SOA Watch names of students at Fort Benning
Ben Wright, Columbus Ledger, October 5, 2016
Students of Military’s “School of the Americas” Successor Can Remain Secret, Appeals Court Rules
Sam Knight, District Sentinel, October 4, 2016
Identities of Foreign Military Leaders Enrolled in Controversial U.S. Army School May Be Kept Secret, Rules Court
Philip A. Janquart, Courthouse News Service, October 4, 2016
Court refuses to release names of US-trained military leaders
Bob Egelko, San Francisco Gate, September 30, 2016
Court: U.S. does not have to disclose Army school trainees
Sudhin Thanawala, The Associated Press, September 30, 2016
Court overrules disclosure of US ‘School of Assassins’ graduate names
RT, October 1, 2016
US Court Protects ‘School of the Assassins’ Graduates
teleSUR, October 1, 2016
US-trained Peruvian officers convicted, sentenced for 1985 massacre of villagers
Linda Cooper and James Hodge, National Catholic Reporter, September 8, 2016
US Should Worry Over Lawsuits for Sponsoring Terrorism
teleSUR, September 29, 2016
Victims of State Sponsored Terror Deserve Justice, Sponsors of Terror Need to be Held Accountable
CommonDreams, September 28, 2016
88,000 Americans Demand Congress Investigate FBI Political Spying
Bill of Rights Defense Committee, September 20, 2016
ACLU asks for G-8 ‘spying’ records
Brett Bell, Savannah Now, June 16, 2016
75,000 Americans Have Stood Up to the FBI. Will you Join Them?
Bill of Rights Defense Committee, September 16, 2016
Voices from the Border / Voces de la Frontera
En Español: (Click here for videos in English language)
Seven Steps to Local Media Coverage
As your group organizes car caravans, buses, and plane rides to travel to the Convergence at the Border this October, think and plan ahead about how to educate people in your community about border militarization, the School of the Americas, and the root causes of migration. How will you let people know why you are going to the border, and why they should get involved. One useful tool for getting the word out and working to frame the issue is the media.
Media coverage of abuses at the border, the refugee crisis, and the immigration issue during the presidential election campaign is providing an opening for us. Organizing media work the SOA Watch Convergence at the Border is a popular way of using the print, radio, and television outlets to get the word out. In order to do this, we need to first assess where we are and then strengthen local media work.
Below are seven steps for your group to consider:
1) Assess where you are now. What has been your track record of local print and broadcast coverage? Do you need to learn or brush up on media skills? Who has been your spokesperson/s so far? Have new people become involved who could take on that role? Is everyone prepared to make a statement about why s/he is participating in this movement to the border? Who are sympathetic editors and reporters? Which print and broadcast editors and reporters need some education?
2) Find a local “hook.” What is it about your group that is connected to the local community? If you are involved in a local group/organization it is important to mention your involvement in that group. An example would be: A Rosa House Peace Community/ Fellowship of Reconciliation delegation’s press release identified the members as educators (in schools and community-based) who carried signs that urged “Teach Peace” and “Close this School,” and they were quoted as linking violence in schools with US government violence. If your group has been involved in attempts to get your local police departments to stop cooperating with ICE deportations of migrants, you can draw the connections between racist immigration laws in the U.S. and U.S. supported military repression abroad, that forces people to flee their countries.
3) Use independent, alternative and social media. Are there alternative newspapers and/or radio programs in your area? Does your information appear in religious, labor and community newsletters? This requires some research on your part to search for those local media outlets that would be most likely to cover your story. Also use social media channels like blogs, facebook, and twitter to get the word out to your networks.
4) Tie in with national media. List the SOA Watch national office phone number (202-234 3440) underneath a local phone number at the top of your press releases, and cite www.soaw.org/border as a source for more information.
5) Varied and simultaneous submissions. All of your media work doesn’t need to be a major press release or statement. Submit regular, brief announcements of organizing meetings, bus or van trip availability, educational resources (speakers’ bureau or videos). Send to city desk, community news and religion editors. Remember weekly bulletins of houses of worship, union publications and community newsletters.
6) Some go, some stay. It is important to develop a comprehensive list of everyone from your area who is traveling to Nogales for the Convergence at the Border with their names, ages, occupations and religious affiliations to attach to your press release. People who can’t go to border should organize a support event and have media spokespeople available (and be pro-active, making press calls) throughout the week to increase your chances of local coverage of the national action.
7) Call home! Don’t lose the story after the trip and actions. As you set out for home, your local media outlets are getting the story from our media team over the network feeds and wire services. Plan to call them with news of your local group and increase your chances for a longer, more accurate story. You can arrange for this before you leave, or (even better!) your stay-at-home media support team can set up interviews.
Planning Your Media Work
The schedule for your work will depend on local plans and progress, but a suggested timeline is:
- July: assess media work to date, where you have had coverage and where you need further outreach. Develop a comprehensive list of media outlets and be sure to note copy deadlines.
- Late August and early September: announce local participation in the national action; how to contact your local SOA Watch group; road shows, speakers, videos.
- Late September: keep your organizing newsworthy by hosting a speaker, creating a mock border wall, puppet parade or other visual event. Announce additional local/regional organizational endorsements and growing travel plans. Seek out a related feature story on nonviolence training, puppet or banner making.
- Early October: build the momentum by releasing numbers of citizens traveling to the border, some key or influential people in your local delegation, and the comprehensive list. Finalize plans for getting the news back home. And do it!
Contact Hendrik Voss in the SOA Watch DC office with questions, feedback or to volunteer as part of the Communications Collective during the Border Convergence weekend. Email hvoss @ soaw.org or call 202-425-5128.