The 25th Vigil, One Struggle - TAKE ACTION Online and in the Streets! Print
Written by Arturo J. Viscarra   
Saturday, 15 November 2014 00:35

We are days away from the 25th November Vigil in Columbus and Lumpkin, Georgia! This week also marks the 25th anniversary of the UCA massacre in El Salvador, the atrocity that involved at least 19 SOA graduates and prompted the 1st November Vigil. We will honor the martyrs from years past, but our hearts will also be heavy due to the continued ravages of U.S.-led militarization in the Americas.

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The enforced disappearances of 43 students from Ayotzinapa, Mexico once again proved that the disastrous results of U.S. military aid and training in Latin America are ongoing. As the U.S. stubbornly imposes the Drug War on the rest of the hemisphere, the line between police and military inside the U.S. is also being blurred. Ferguson has reminded us that police militarization and the treatment of some communities as internal enemies are also major problems in the U.S., while putting into context what militarization looks like on the ground for so many in Latin America and beyond. Come out for the Vigil and meet residents of Ferguson, activists from Mexico, and thousands of others joining in the call for accountability and justice. Book your hotel now!

SOA Watch has taken the decision to not only support legislation to combat the U.S. role in the militarization of Latin America, but to also support legislation to combat the rapidly increasing militarization of the U.S.

Please email your Representative to let them know that thousands will soon converge in Georgia, and that you want them to go on record against militarization at home and abroad by cosponsoring HR 2989, The Latin America Military Training Review Act, and HR 5478, the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act.

It is important to not only pressure your Members of Congress to act justly, but to emphasize the connections between militarization, immigrant detention, and mass incarceration to them. Despite the sad state of U.S. politics, we cannot give up the legislative strategy as one tool in our collective arsenal. Of course, we must continue to physically make the connections and agitate in the streets as well!

This week, SOA Watch and Georgia Detention Watch will  further emphasize the connections between forced migration and militarized foreign policy after moving the 8th"Shut Down Stewart Detention Center Vigil" from the Friday to the Saturday (11/22 from 9:30 AM - 12:15 PM) of the Vigil weekend so that more Vigil-goers can participate. For more information on the Stewart Vigil, including how one official is connected to both the SOA and Stewart, please visit http://soaw.org/november/stewart-detention-center-vigil/

Recent migrants are being fed to the criminal injustice system that has for so long decimated the Black and Brown communities of the U.S. We must loudly denounce this intertwined system of militarization and mass incarceration at home and abroad.

Contact your Representative now, and hope to see you at the gates! For more information click below!

2014 Vigil Weekend Schedule of Events: "http://soaw.org/november/weekend-schedule-of-events/

Shut Down Stewart Detention Center Vigil: http://soaw.org/november/stewart-detention-center-vigil/

SOA Watch Article after 2013 Vigil Weekend: "The Stewart Detention Center and the School of the Americas: Imperialism and Pain Profiting in Georgia"

Additional Articles on Roots of Migration: http://soaw.org/rootsofmigration

Op-Ed by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), sponsor of HR 5478, "The Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act": "The Failed 'War on Drugs' Is Militarizing Law Enforcement, Fueling Police Violence"

2014 SOA Watch Conference Schedule: http://soaw.org/november/workshops/

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 17:29