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Home News Organizing Updates Info for this weekend's vigil - what you need to cross the line - legislative action - news
Info for this weekend's vigil - what you need to cross the line - legislative action - news PDF Print E-mail
November 18, 2004

1. Congressional action before & after the vigil
2. What you need to cross the line this weekend
3. Premiere of new SOA Watch video at this year?s vigil
4. SOA and SOA Watch in the news


Congress returned Tuesday for a brief ?lame duck session.? While they are in Washington, we have one last opportunity to add co-sponsors to HR 1258, the bill to close and investigate the SOA/WHINSEC. Assure your Representative that we WILL be introducing legislation in the next congress, but you, their constituent, want to see them vocally supporting accountability in foreign military training NOW! There are already two new co-sponsors that have been added; can you help add more?

There is a very small window of opportunity, so there is no time to waste. Call, write, meet, organize...do whatever you can.

Visit http://www.soaw.org/index.php?option=com_content&id=96 for all the resources you?ll need to lobby Congress like tips, sample letters, and talking points. Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121.

Congressional Action DURING the SOA Watch Vigil

If you are coming to the convergence in Georgia, check out the legislative activities like:

~~ TAKE ACTION TABLE ? Send a post card to Congress and pick up new, post-election info. Look for the SOA Watch section.

~~ TRAININGS ? we will be conducting three different legislative trainings on
Saturday the 20th:

1. Sat. 9-11, Convention Center Ballroom: Plenary training featuring the Legislative Working Group. This is a great workshop to attend for newcomers as it will orient folks to the week and discuss some key areas of the SOA Watch Movement.
2. Sat. 4:30-6:30 pm, Convention Center Ballroom: Lobbying 101 with the basics of how to lobby and how to talk about closing the SOA/WHINSEC more effectively.
3. Sat. 7-9 pm, Convention Center Room 211: Lobbying 102 will discuss more about messaging, organizing and escalating tactics. A great next step for activists of all experience levels.

Visit the website for more info: http://www.soaw.org/index.php?option=com_content&id=852


In solidarity at the gates of Fort Benning we will gather to close the SOA/ WHINSEC. Your presence at the gates makes a difference as we stand up to be counted to fight oppression and win justice.

As you prepare to join thousands of nuns, students, unionists, anarchists, anti-corporate globalization activists and friends from myriad faith traditions and walks of life to protest the SOA, we want you to be prepared as you discern to cross the line.

To cross the line, to say no to terror and yes to a foreign policy where all human beings live with dignity, you will need:

- A driver's license or other valid government-issued photo ID
- The government may impose a cash bond for those seeking to be released from jail. Last year bond was set at $1000 for most people arrested. Make plans to have someone post bond for you. This money will eventually be returned to the person who posted it. (If you don't have the money or a portion of the money please ask your local supporters, friends and family to give you the returnable money to post. If you still have trouble raising funds please contact SOA Watch at 706-593-5332.) Visit http://www.soaw.org/index.php?option=com_content&id=885 for more info.
- Arrange support people (cell phone accessible if possible) in Georgia to be in contact with our legal office (706-507-3776) and to post your bond.
- Attend an Affinity Group Formation and Orientation Meeting if you want to be a part of nonviolent direct action. (See below for schedule)
- Discuss with your community family and friends your willingness to risk arrest, take the SOA to court and risk time in prison.
- Contact your local media and speak to the local news or metro desk and ask them to report on your act of conscience. Contact the SOA Watch media office with questions at 706-507-4860.
- Check out the Updated Legal Briefing for People Considering Civil Disobedience here: http://www.soaw.org/index.php?option=com_content&id=845.

Orientation, Training and Direct Action Schedule
FRIDAY, November 19

9am ? 12pm: Nonviolence Training (Howard Johnson Inn, Presidential Room)
1pm - 4pm: Nonviolence Training (Convention Center, Room 211)
6pm - 9pm: Affinity Group Orientation and Formation, Direct Action Planning and Preparation (Howard Johnson, Carter Room)
6pm - 9pm: Nonviolence Training (Convention Center, Room 211)

SATURDAY, November 20

9:00-11:00am: Morning Plenary (Convention Center, Ballroom)
6:30-8:30pm: Affinity Group Orientation and Formation Session, Direct Action Planning and Preparation (Convention Center, Room 205)
8:30pm ?10:15pm: Spokescouncil and Direct Action Planning for Individuals and Affinity Groups (Convention Center, Room 205)

SUNDAY, November 21

8:30-4pm Vigil and Nonviolent Direct Action at the gates and on the grounds of Fort Benning, Georgia

For a full schedule of events including video showings, teach-ins, concerts and meetings visit http://www.soaw.org/index.php?option=com_content&id=822

For general information, housing information, transportation information and outreach materials visit http://www.soaw.org/index.php?option=com_content&id=763


?Convictions: Prisoners of Conscience,? a new film by Bob Richter, will make its debut in Columbus, Georgia this weekend! This movie follows SOA Watch activists as they choose to cross the line onto Fort Benning in November of 2003 and features interviews with many SOA Watch former ?prisoners of conscience.? See it on Saturday from 8 ? 9 pm in the Ballroom of the Convention Center.


The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer has begun its annual coverage of the SOA Watch vigil. Check out the following articles, and keep an eye on the SOA Watch Newsroom for breaking news: www.soaw.orgsroom

Tim Chitwood?s regular column featured a piece about the Columbus police recently buying 250 gas masks. The article pokes fun at not only the outrageousness of the timing of the purchase, but at Lee Greenwood as well! Check out the article here: http://www.soaw.org/newswire_detail.php?id=576.

This morning?s paper ran an article by Richard Hyatt entitled ?Divided by more than fences? and it features interviews with SOA Watch?s Eric LeCompte and Christy Pardew. Read the article here: http://www.soaw.org/newswire_detail.php?id=577.

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