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Nation Wide Protest to Close Down Guantanamo and End War in Iraq PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 January 2007 00:00

SOA Watch Action Alert
January 10, 2007

In this email, you'll find:

  • Jan 11: International Day to Shut Down Guantanamo
  • Nationwide Protests Against Troop Escalation in Iraq

  • January 11: International Day to Shut Down Guantanamo

    The connections between the SOA/WHINSEC and the accounts of torture and prisoner abuse in Guantanmo and Abu Ghraib are no coincidence. They are evidence of a larger pattern of abuse and torture at the hands of U.S. soldiers, U.S.-trained soliders, ?independent contractors? and intelligence agents around the world. U.S. Army intelligence manuals advocating torture were used for decades in the training of Latin American soldiers at the SOA/WHINSEC.

    Guantanamo, Abu Grahib and the SOA/WHINSEC are the embodiment of a flawed U.S. foreign policy which advocates the use of violence and imposes military solutions to social, political and economic conflicts.

    10 AM, Thursday, Jan. 11th - Washington, D.C.

    Thursday, January 11, 2007 Marks the 5 year anniversary of the first prisoners being brought to Guant?namo. Come to Washington, D.C. and participate, either as an individual or as part of an affinity group. If travel is not an option, join or plan an action in your own community. Around the country, groups are planning vigils and actions at courthouses, federal building and public squares. In other countries, the focus will be on U.S. Embassies and military facilities.

    Click here for updates and to view a full list of both National and International actions.

    Nationwide Protests Against Troop Escalation in Iraq

    Americans who oppose the escalation of the war in Iraq will join together in emergency protests throughout the nation this January 11th. Events will take place in Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; Washington, D.C.; New York, NY; Minneapolis, MN; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Seattle, WA; Atlanta, GA; Cleveland, OH; Houston, TX; and at the gates of Ft. Benning in Columbus, GA.

    On the heels of new poll results showing that a majority of Americans do not believe escalation will achieve any of Bush?s goals, the President is widely expected to announce plans tonight to send more troops to Iraq. He has apparently dismissed the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group, which recently called for increased diplomatic efforts and gradual military withdrawal.

    ?Continuing the war in Iraq will only bring more death and suffering? said Fr. Roy Bourgeois, founder of SOA Watch and a Vietnam veteran. ?If we want lasting peace and security we need a foreign policy that reflects our values of justice, democracy and dignity.?

    Coinciding with President George W. Bush?s visit to the Ft. Benning Military Reservation in Columbus, GA on Thursday January 11, protestors will begin assembling at noon at the Fort?s gates to protest the Bush administration?s plans to send more troops to Iraq.


    Emergency demonstrations on Thursday will demand: U.S. Out of Iraq Now!

    A troop increase or what is labeled a "surge" will only bring more death and destruction. Already 655,000 Iraqis and over 3,000 U.S. soldiers have died as a result of the war. The number of dead and injured is mounting each day.

    United for Peace & Justice has posted a complete list of events taking place throughout the country. Join with your fellow peace activists near you!

    Click here to view a list of events or submit an event.

    The folks at Faithful America have created an online petition calling for the new Congress to passlegislation requiring the prompt removal of all US troops from Iraq and discontinue funding for military purposes in Iraq except the safe withdrawal of all U.S. forces.

    Click here to read and submit the online petition to you representative in Congress.


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