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Fasts Across the Country and Latin America PDF Print E-mail
The SOA Watch Spring Fast was a great success!

On April 25-27, 2007, thousands of SOA Watch activists from across the United States and Latin American took part in the three day Fast to Close the SOA/WHINSEC. Public fasts, individual fasts and events were held in front of Federal buildings, congressional offices and university campuses to raise awareness of the victims of SOA/WHINSEC sponsored violence and express support for HR 1707.

Below is a list of fasts, actions, and events that took place across the country and in Latin America over April 25-27


Arizona

Tempe
The folks of Phoenix SOA Watch held a fast and tabled on the campus of Arizona State University. From this effort, "we have started a Phoenix chapter of the SOA Watch. We are co-sponsoring one of the local talks by Father Vitale, who will stand trial in June for his protest at Ft. Huachuca last November."
Contact email is - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

California

Chico
Eighteen people fasted in Chico, and kept a presence from 11 am to 7 pm during the three days at the downtown plaza park.

We had our big “1000 Grandmothers” banner, and a big poster of Cathy Webster going through the fence and being arrested, as well as literature and two women knitting booties.

Cathy had another 18 people fasting with her at the jail as well.

Then on the 29th, which was Cathy’s birthday, we went to our Congressman’s office and had a birthday cake for Cathy on the lawn. We sang Happy Birthday to her in her absence, and then delivered a letter to Herger’s staff about the SOA/WHINSEC.

Contact: Leslie Johnson - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Elk Grove
POC Cathy Webster fasted in prison. Visit our Prisoners of Conscience page for information on writing to Cathy in prison.

Taft
POC Josh Harris fasted in prison. Visit our Prisoners of Conscience page for information on writing to Josh in prison.

Cal State, San Marcos
Contact: Cheyenne Barr - (706) 468 2358

Oakland
Location: Oakland Federal Bldg. 1301 Clay Street, City Center Bart


Los Angeles
SOA Watch South Los Angeles organized a fast in downtown LA which began with a communal "last supper" on Tuesday, April 24th at Dolores Mission Church.
Find out more about SOA Watch Los Angeles at - http://www.myspace.com/soawsouthlosangeles
Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Santa Barbara
Contact: Craig - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Colorado

Denver
Members and supporters of Rocky Mountain SOA Watch took part in the three day fast.
Contact: Kathleen McCarron - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Connecticut

Danbury POCs Alice Gerard and Valerie Fillenwarth fasted in prison. Visit our Prisoners of Conscience page for information on writing to Alice and Valerie.

Fairfield
Contact: Kristin Villanueva - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Florida

Tallahassee
POC Sheila Salmon fasted in prison. Visit our Prisoners of Conscience page for information on writing to Sheila in prison.

Contact: Mary Miller - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Tampa/St Petersburg
Dwight Lawton - Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it / Phone: (727) 864 1535


Illinois

Chicago
POC Don Coleman fasted in prison. Visit our Prisoners of Conscience page for information on writing to Don in prison.

University Church, Chicago
Contact: Charlie Havens - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Pekin
POC Melissa Helman fasted in prison. Visit our Prisoners of Conscience page for information on writing to Melissa in prison.

Springfield
Presence outside Rep. Shimkus's office with signs imploring him to close the School. Activists presented Rep. Shimku's aide with a letter before the day-long presence.
Contact: Diane Lopez Hughes - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Indiana

Indianapolis
Contact: Diane Schultz - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Iowa

Iowa City
Contact: Carol Tyx - (319) 351 0995
Contact:Evalee Mickey - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Des Moines
Iowa Peace Network held a public fast in Des Moines, IA, on April 25-27, 2007. For more information visit: http://home.earthlink.net/~ipnet


Kentucky

Ashland
POC Nathan Slater fasted in prison. Visit our Prisoners of Conscience page for information on writing to Nathan in prison.

Louisville
KY JWJ staff members Attica and Dana joined with organizations and activists around the nation in a three-day juice fast to raise awareness about “one of the great evils our government” supports: The School of the Americas.

For more information on the SOA, the fast, or KYJWJ, visit our myspace page blog - www.myspace.com/kentuckyjwj or call us at - 502-582-5454
Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Maryland

Baltimore
Ellen Barfield, Veterans for Peace, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Howard County
Members of the Howard County Friends of Latin America fasted on Thursday, April 26th. HoCoFoLA is also engaging in legislative work to close the SOA.
Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Massachusetts

Dedham
This was the first time our Peace and Justice Outreach group proposed anything like a fast to the St Susanna community in Dedham, MA. A notice was put in the bulletin and an informational flyer was available with ways in which those (not fasting) might support the effort through prayer and calls to legislators. Names and addresses of those recently incarcerated were made available for letter writng. Accompanying the fast was a second letter to Cardinal Sean O'Malley from our group requesting that the archdiocese take a public stand against torture, support the closing of the SOA, and agree to a meeting with us. (We had sent a first letter in the fall after showing Hidden in Plain Sight.)

Only 3 fasted for the entire three days, but many did a portion of the time. On Saturday, 7 of us had a Break-Fast together at which time we distributed the names and addresses of the November 2006 SOAW protesters (and now detainees) among ourselves, and signed and sent cards with notes of support. Everyone felt that though the effort was small, each of us benefitted enormously. We were able to explain to others what we were doing and why, and laid the groundwork for future efforts which we believe we are called to as followers of Jesus.
For more information contact Pat Ferrone - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Worcester
Pax Christi Holy Cross in Worcester, MA will observed a fast from Wednesday, April 25th to the morning of Friday, April 27th to accompany on-campus letter writing and phone call campaigns advertised in the student center.



Missouri
St. Louis
St. Louis IFCLA (Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America) organized a FAST to close the SOA in solidarity with POC Tina Busch-Nema.
Friday, April 27th: 5-7pm - Pot luck dinner at the Center for Theology and Social Analysis.
Contact - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


New Mexico

Las Cruces
Video screening about SOAW efforts and a "break the fast together" celebration took place on the evening of Friday the 27th.
For more information contact Chris - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Chloe - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Meghann - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


New York

Albany
Contact: Jeff Turner - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Syracuse
Contact: Meme Woolever - Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it / Phone: (315) 446 1693


North Carolina

Ashville
SOA Watch and Codepink activists fasted for the closing of the SOA on april 25-27. Activities were intended to reach Heath Shuler, the western NC representative. A group of 5 fasted for 3 days while writing letters to the editors of local newspapers. There was a presence outside Rep. Shuler's office where they distributed information on the SOA/WHINSEC. Contact: David Williams - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Charlotte
Contact: Victoria Yeghoyan - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Raleigh
Contact: Virginia Ward - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Ohio

Cleveland
The InterReligious Task Force on Central America organized an all day fast on April 26th, 2007 on Public Square. The event was followed by a rally with music, speeches, and memorial.
Contact- Chris Knestrick - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Cincinatti/Fairfield
Contact: Mary Ann Bowling - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Oregon

Eugene
Daily vigils at the Federal Building; film screening and vigil at the University of Oregon—organized by CISCAP (Committee in Solidarity with the Central American People).
contact Scott Miksch - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Lane County
- Wednesday, April 25th - 4:30 to 5:30 pm - Vigil at new federal building.
- Thursday, April 26th - 4 pm - Commemoration for Ben Linder who was assassinated by the Contras in Nicaragua was held at the Linder Room at the EMU.
- Friday, April 27th - 4-5 pm - Vigil on Lillis Lawn at the University of Oregon. Screening of Hidden in Plain Sight at 5:30 pm at the Lawrence Hall of the U of O.
Contact Jessie at the Bosco House- This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Pennsylvania

Philadelphia
POC Martina Leforce fasted in prison. Visit our Prisoners of Conscience page for information on writing to Martina in prison.

Pittsburgh
"Don't Tolerate Torture, Tim" was the theme of the Vigil-fast at Rep. Tim Murphy's (R-PA) district office in Mount Lebanon-Pittburgh, PA - April 25-27th. Pax Christi Pittsburgh held it's monthly meeting Wednesday evening at the site.
Contact: Bernie Survil This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

South Carolina

Charleston
Several members of Charleston Peace took part of the fast. On April 27, 7:30-8:00pm there was a Candlelight Vigil at Marion Square (near the big fountain at the corner of King & Calhoun). The event was sponsored by Charleston Peace and Thinking People. More info at http://www.charlestonpeace.net


Texas

Fort Worth
POC Tina Busch-Nema fasted in prison. Visit our Prisoners of Conscience page for information on writing to Tina in prison.

El Paso
Video screening about SOAW efforts and a "break the fast together" celebration on the evening of Friday the 27th.
Close the SOA Fast!- April 25th-27th
We broke the fast with a vegetarian soup communal dinner on Friday the 27th at 6:30 p.m. at 1704 Sequoia Ave.
Contact: Chris - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Vermont

Burlington
Pax Christi Burlington fasted during the three days. For more information contact Marmete Hayes at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Virginia

Arlington
Contact: Judith Kelly - Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it / Phone: (703) 536 3564


Wisconsin

Madison
Contact: Sr. Maureen - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Fr. Jim Murphy - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Milwaukee
The Milwaukee 2007 public fast to close the School of the Americas/Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation was a success. The three day fast had over fifty participants including students, professional, clergy, white collar, and blue collar professionals with individuals choosing to do either water, juice, Ramadan style, or abstaining from a particular item fast. Throughout the three days individuals participated in various public witnesses outside the federal building and on the campuses of Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Participants distributed over 1,600 flyers and 750 stickers to the public urging people to take action to close the SOA/WHINSEC. On the last day of the fast participants hand delivered a letter to Senator Herb Kohl’s office asking him to introduce companion legislation in the Senate. Each night of the fast their were reflections for the participants held at Casa Maria Catholic Worker and a day after the fast participants celberated their success with a BBQ at the worker. The fast motivated the Marquette University Student government to pass a resolution in support of closing the SOA/WHINSEC. The fasters also gained a personal audience with Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner that will take place on Sunday, May 6, 2007.

It should also be noted that the fast was covered by the Marquette student newspaper, the Marquette television station, and followed by the U.S. government. Lee Rials from the western hemisphere institute for security cooperation wrote a response objecting to the papers coverage of the fast. The Department of Homeland Security also attempted to dissuade fast participants from distributing information on the SOA/WHINSEC outside the federal building by claiming on the first day that a permit was necessary and being a presence at each event while taking notes. Homeland Security also insisted on escorting fasters when they entered the federal building a requirement not made for non-fasters wishing to enter the building. These tactics did not dissuade any participants and all scheduled activities took place as scheduled.

For more information contact Patrick Kennelly - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Waukesha
Contact: Judith Williams - (262) 524 8278


Washington

Bothell
Contact: Marie Hedden - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Seattle
We met each day in front of the Federal Building in downtown Seattle from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The first day we had approximately 25 people in attendance, the following two days, 15 to 20. We had a table with various handouts, distributing 250 or 300 handouts. One of them was a flyer asking for cosponsorship by our Federal Representatives - giving phone numbers for their District and DC offices. We had a good number of folks pledging to make those calls.

We had our own SOAW Puget Sound Banner, and two Catholic parishes brought banners. St. Mary's brought five huge banners - one perhaps eight feet by four feet on poles calling for the closing of the SOA. We had crosses with names of victims lining the steps. We had a battery powered megaphone. We read names from El Mozote for extended periods of time, and tolled a bell. At some points members of our group took the megaphone and announced the sins of the SOA to all the world. SOAW Puget Sound activists read the names of slain Latin American activists at Wednesday's three-hour demonstration/fast at the Jackson Federal Building in downtown Seattle.


District of Columbia

SOAW DC staff, supporters in the area, and partners in the struggle maintained a presence at the Cannon House of Representatives and the Capitol South Metro station throughout the three days.


International Fasts

Guatemala
H.I.J.O.S. Mural painting with SOA as a theme , rally at the U.S. Embassy.
Contact: Paco - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it / Oliverio Sosa Lima - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

El Salvador
On April 26, 2007 different human rights organizations who are part of the "Comision de trabajo en Derechos Humanos Pro Memoria Historica de El Salvador" (Human Rights Commission ) held a 12 hour long demo in solidarity with the Fast to Close the SOA/WHINSEC.
For more information contact Guadalupe Mejia Delgado - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Freddy Benitez, of the FMLN has indicated that they will incorporate the campaign against the SOA into their upcoming public events.
Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Panama
Julio Yao, president of SERPAJ, will organize a solidarity event on a later date.
Contact: http://www.serpajamericalatina.org

Colombia
Contact: Eder Sanchez (Putumayo) - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Argentina
Rina Beraccini, MOPPASSOL - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Chile
Rally outside of U.S. Embassy denouncing the SOA/WHINSEC. SOA Watch Chile delivered a letter to the U.S. ambassador in Chile in support of shutting down the SOA/WHINSEC. Pablo Ruiz, Kamarikun - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Venezuela
Ledys Navas, Centro Cultural San Juan, video de Escuela de Asesinos - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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