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The SOA Legal Collective and the National Lawyers Guild will be training all people interested in being Legal Observers at the Vigil this year. Legal observers are the eyes and ears of vigils and mass mobilizations. They work to counter the criminalization of dissent by recording and documenting violations of civil and human rights. Throughout the weekend of the Vigil, we will document any bad behavior by police or other state actors. No legal experience is necessary to be a legal observer, but the ability to act as an objective observer is important. If you would like to be a Legal Observer please read and fill out the information on the Legal Observer Form below and email your information to Sara Denny at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Alternatively, you can bring the form to the Legal Observer Training on Friday November 18, 2005, at 8 pm in the Days Inn on Victory Drive.

In preparation for the training please review the NLG Legal Observer Manual available in PDF format here.

If you have any questions please email Sara Denny at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Dan Gregor at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Quick Reference Form for Legal Observers

Thank you for agreeing to be a legal observer for this weekend?s Vigil and Nonviolent Direct Action to shut down the US Army School of the Americas.

1. Eyes and Ears
a. Document everything the police, protesters and counter protesters do as thoroughly as possible. This includes notes, photos, video etc. Clarify any quickly written notes as soon as possible afterwards.
b. Please report any arrests you become aware of to the legal collective as soon as possible.

2.You are a legal observer, not a peace maker.
a. We are providing legal support to demonstrators as part of coordinated effort with others- there are collectives organized to deal with the media, act as peace makers, liaison with the police etc.

3.Take detailed notes
a. Focus in particular on what the police are doing. It may not be clear on the spot what information will be crucial later. Did the police offer a warning? An alternative to arrest- (stand here, not there), Where exactly were police and protesters standing, What were conditions- weather, noise etc.

4.Please put your name on your notes and turn them into the SOA Watch Legal Collective as soon as your shift is over.

You can reach the SOA Watch Legal Collective at South Gate Apt. 2301. After this weekend if you need to speak with the legal collective, contact Audrey Stewart, 122 Cleveland Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14850, 607-277-8962, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . It is very important that we receive your observations. Please include details on how to reach you over the next few months, in case we have any questions.

Your Name:______________________________________________________

Permanent Address:________________________________________________

City:______________State:_____Zip:__________________

Home Phone:___________Mobile phone:________________

Other:_____________________________

 

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733 Euclid Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

phone: 202-234-3440
email: info@soaw.org