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SOA Watch 2014 Delegations PDF Print E-mail
Travel with SOA Watch to El Salvador (Jan. 27 - Feb. 4, 2014) to observe the presidential elections, and to Guatemala (Feb. 15 - 23, 2014) to visit indigenous communities who brought SOA graduate Rios Montt to trial on charges of genocide. Learn about the reality of U.S. foreign policy in Latin America. 
Sing it Down: Songs to Close the SOA PDF Print E-mail
SOA Watch just released Sing it Down: Songs to Close the SOA, a brand new CD with inspiring songs from some of the movement's leading musicians.
Call on the State Department to stop legitimizing fraudulent Honduran elections PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 20:55
On Sunday, November 24, Hondurans went to the polls in record numbers to vote in their presidential elections. In the country with the highest murder rate in the world and targeted repression of the opposition and social movements, many Hondurans voted for change, including for Xiomara Castro, the candidate for the new LIBRE party which was created out of the resistance to the 2009 SOA-graduate led coup that ousted her husband, President Mel Zelaya. Despite outright vote buying, vote counting problems, selling of election credentials, irregularities in posted voting certificates, discrepancies in the results released by Honduras' Electoral Tribunal (TSE) and those received by the parties, and other signs of fraud, Juan Orlando Hernandez of the ruling (National) party was declared the winner. Libre and PAC, another new party running on an anti-corruption platform, have refused to accept the TSE's results, citing widespread fraud, but the US has supported the ruling party, calling the elections "transparent." Call on the U.S. to stop legitimizing fraudulent elections in Honduras!
Last Updated on Friday, 06 December 2013 05:24
The Stewart Detention Center and the School of the Americas: Imperialism and Pain Profiting in Georgia PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 December 2013 16:15
From November 22 through the 24, we held the 23rd annual School of the Americas Vigil in Columbus, Georgia. November 22 also marked the 7th annual Shut Down Stewart Detention Center Vigil in nearby Lumpkin, Georgia. It was the sixth year in which large numbers of SOA Watch activists have participated in the Stewart Vigil, which has become the first event during the School of the Americas Vigil. This year once again saw a moving rally, march, and vigil in which the reprehensible treatment of migrants in the U.S. was made painfully evident to the over 300 protesters in attendance. We sang, we laughed, we cried, and we raised our voices in unison to say "!Ya Basta!" "Enough!" to the incarceration of migrants.

Corrections Corporations of America (CCA) is the largest for-profit prison company in the U.S. CCA is the owner of the Stewart Detention Center, which is the largest immigrant prison in the country. The fact that CCA and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) warehouse almost 2,000 men in Stewart simply for seeking a better life for themselves and their families is infuriating enough. That they do so for profit is immoral. But that is only the tip of the iceberg of the injustice occurring in Lumpkin and other private and public immigrant prisons across the country.

2013 Honduran Presidential Elections PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 20:58

While thousands gathered at the gates of Fort Benning for the November Vigil, updates from Honduras were read from the stage. A delegation of SOA Watch activists was on the ground in Honduras, to observe the presidential elections, which took place on November 24, 2013. Here is the report:

The SOA Watch delegation to Honduras observed numerous irregularities and problems during the elections and vote counting process that cause us not to trust the electoral results released by Honduras' Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE). In additon to what we directly observed, the control of the TSE by the ruling parties provided opportunity for significant manipulation of the results and fraud after the polls closed and information was transmitted to the TSE. Two new parties, LIBRE and PAC refuse to recognize the TSE's results and both report significant discrepancy between the results they received from the voting stations and the results reported by the TSE.

The TSE has reported that the ruling party's candidate, Juan Orlando Hernandez of the National Party, is leading LIBRE's Xiomara Castro. The National Party is currently in control of the government and LIBRE is a new political party created out of resistance to the 2009 military coup that removed President Zelaya and unleashed widespread repression across the country. The Anti-Corruption Party (PAC), whose presidential candidate is Salvador Nasralla, has also challenged the TSE's results.  LIBRE and PAC are calling for the TSE to release results voting table by voting table so that they can be verified.

Listed below are a few examples of the irregularities and problems that our small delegation observed. The Honduras Solidarity Network also has a preliminary report on the elections here.

In El Paraiso, a woman who was signing her name in the voter rolls as part of the voting process, reported that her uncle's name and photo was listed near hers with a signature indicating he had voted.  He has been dead since 1998.  She found him again on the voter list posted outside the polls and pointed him out to one of our observers as shown in the picture posted here.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 December 2013 05:25
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