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Thousands Converged on Fort Benning PDF Print E-mail

Click here to read the Media Release: SOA Watch Activist Arrested by Military Police While Thousands Gather

Remembering the Victms of SOA Violence and Celebrating the Resistance

From November 16-18, 2012, over two thousand students, prison abolitionists, teachers, nuns, migrants, musicians, farmers, activists and workers from across the Americas mobilized to the gates of Fort Benning, to once more express our humanity and solidarity against the school of death and destruction. This year, we were fortunate to have so many activists from Latin America and the Caribbean who shared their stories with us and walked with us. It was a true manifestation of the saying: "Somos Una América! We are One America!"

(Photo by Ann Dowling, NYC SOAW - click here to view more photos)

Also, check a report back from Father Melo about his experience at the gates. Nina spoke of her first trip to Fort Benning, as did Dominique, who rode on the Veterans for Peace bus from Minnesota. From Ft Benning to Cairo, Eva reports on her views of militarism. Also, Rebel Diaz rapper Rodstarz wrote of his encounter with undercover police. Check the reports out!

We marched to the Stewart Detention Center to protest unjust immigration laws; we connected our issues during caucuses and workshops; we remembered the names of the victims; and one of us took our collective message over the fence. We left with the renewed knowledge that our struggle did not begin or end at Fort Benning, but that we will continue to build a just and peaceful world in our communities every single day of the year!

Check out the Photos from the November Vigil from the Columbus Ledger-Enquierer (click here).

Mobile Broadcast News live streamed the events this weekend. Watch the footage from Saturday's rally at the gates:

SOA Watch Met with the White House

After protests and nonviolent direct actions, thousands of petitions, and letters from religious leaders and Members of Congress, the White House finally sat down with an SOA Watch delegation to discuss the School of the Americas / Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. Click here to read the report back from the White House meeting.

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