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Home News Organizing Updates Get ready for November - Exciting new resources available - News
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SOA Watch Update
September 14, 2004

1. Get Ready for November 19 - 21!
2. New Books About the SOA and SOA Watch
3. Film and Radio Resources Available
4. SOA In the News
5. Sign-on Letter Calling for New Colombia Policy



1. CONVERGE AT FORT BENNING NOVEMBER 19-21 TO CLOSE THE SOA!

** You will receive the November CALL TO ACTION in a separate email following this email. Please forward it widely to your friends and family! **

Download flyers, see a schedule of events, learn organizing tips and MORE

Read more about what to expect this year at Fort Benning

Read and download the ?Legal Briefing for People Considering Civil Disobedience? at Ft. Benning



2. NEWLY PUBLISHED BOOKS ABOUT THE SOA AND SOA WATCH

~*~ BOOK: The School of the Americas: Military Training and Political Violence in the Americas by American University anthropology professor Lesley Gill.

In this monumental work, Lesley Gill, granted an unprecedented level of access to the SOA, presents a comprehensive portrait of the notorious institution. The book, published by Duke University Press, is 296 pages long and is available from SOA Watch for $20 (plus $3 shipping/handling).

~*~ BOOK: Disturbing the Peace: The Story of Father Roy Bourgeois and the movement to close the School of the Americas by James Hodge and Linda Cooper.

This book by veteran reporters tells the inspiring journey of a prophetic priest and the campaign to close the Army school responsible for training dictators and death squad leaders. Published by Orbis Books, the 240-page paperback is available from SOA Watch for $20 (plus $3 shipping/handling).

To order, contact SOA Watch at 202-234-3440 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Click here to learn more about these and other books offered by SOA Watch.



3. FILM AND RADIO RESOURCES AVAILABLE

~*~ FILM: One by One: SOA Watch by Snowshoe Films. Featuring the music of Pat Humphries and Sandy Opatow, this 8-minute film chronicling the November 2003 gathering at Fort Benning is available for download at www.snowshoefilms.com, and can be a great organizing resource for this year?s November vigil. Additionally, consider having the film aired on your local cable access channel. Snowshoe films will provide a tape (mini dv or VHS), an mp3 or a DVD to any interested channel.

~*~ FILM: Convictions: Prisoners of Conscience. Directed by Robert Richter, this 20-minute video brings to life the thoughts and challenges of those who faced arrest in November of 2003 for their acts of nonviolent civil disobedience calling for the closure of the SOA/WHINSEC. This moving film, available this fall, will be an excellent resource for groups attending the Vigil, those considering civil disobedience actions and those supporting prisoners of conscience.

~*~ RADIO REPORT: ?Documenting Torture: Holding the United States Accountable.? Produced by Making Contact, a weekly series from the National Radio Project, this 29-minute in-depth report traces the seeds of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal to 9/11 and earlier. You?ll hear from Carlos Mauricio and Father Roy Bourgeois among others. The piece discusses US involvement in torture in Central and South America and torture training at the School of the Americas.

You can listen to, download and order this exciting radio report at www.radioproject.org. Let your local non-commercial radio station know that they can download a broadcast-quality mp3 or order a CD from www.radioproject.org. Additionally, stations can tape the show off of public radio satellite channel A71.9 M each Wednesday at 12 noon Eastern Time. The show is FREE to all noncommercial stations.



3. SOA AND SOA WATCH IN THE NEWS

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ran an article about Cynthia Brinkman, currently serving a six-month sentence at Pekin Federal Prison Camp for her act of nonviolent civil disobedience calling for the closure of the SOA/WHINSEC in November of 2003. The article, ?Behind bars, nun embarks on spiritual journey? is written by Ron Harris and begins:

"PEKIN, Illinois - On a cold, overcast day in early April, Cynthia Brinkman, 68, a nun from the School Sisters of Notre Dame in St. Louis, stepped through the teal green metal and glass doors of a red and gray brick building here and surrendered herself to federal authorities at the Federal Correctional Institution.

Brinkman was to begin a six-month sentence for trespassing at Fort Benning, Ga., during a protest rally at what until recently had been known as the School of the Americas, a controversial Department of Defense-run facility that trains Latin American and South American military personnel for free. ..."

Click here to read the whole story

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4. LETTER TO THE CANDIDATES: PEOPLE OF FAITH ASK FOR A NEW POLICY FOR COLOMBIA

The Ecumenical Working Group on Colombia is leading an effort to ask that both major presidential candidates re-envision US policy toward Colombia with special attention to the plight of the internally displaced, the protection of human rights, and attacks against religious leaders.

HOW TO ADD YOUR VOICE BY SIGNING THE LETTER:
All U.S. religious and faith-based organizations are invited to sign this letter, including local congregations, or their social action committees and faith-affiliated community groups. We also invite religious leaders to add their names.

To read and sign the letter, go to http://www.catholicrelief.org/get_involved/advocacy/grass_roots/semana_letter_intro.cfm.

Leaders from the faith community will present the completed letters to the Kerry-Edwards and Bush-Cheney campaigns at the end of September, so act quickly.

Communities need one another, here and around the world ?- please pass this onto another community who may want to add their voice to this effort towards peace in Colombia.
 

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