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SOA WATCH UPDATE
July 6, 2005

1. Prisoner of conscience updates
2. November Organizing Packets now available!
3. Internship opportunity at SOA Watch this fall
4. ?Many Stories, One Vision for a Nuclear Free World? ? August 6, 2005

1. TWO PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE

We are happy to announce that imprisoned SOA Watch activists Brian DeRouen, of Fairfield, California and Dayton, Ohio, and Aaron Shuman of Oakland, California will be released from federal prisons over the next few days after completing four-month sentences!

We also received the exciting news today that after the completion substantial community service requirements, Magistrate G. Mallon Faircloth has dismissed the cases against Alex McCann and another minor, both arrested and tried for their acts of nonviolent civil disobedience at Fort Benning last November.

These four human rights activists are among the more than 230 people who have been sentenced for civil disobedience calling for the closure of the SOA/ WHINSEC.

We join with the communities, families, supporters and SOA Watch activists around the world in celebrating the witness to truth of these peacemakers ? and their releases from prison!

Two individuals ? Alice Gerard and Sr. Lil Mattingly ? remain in prison, completing six month sentences, and two people ? Mike Ring and Mary Vaughn ? remain on probation. You can support these peacemakers!

Click here for prison addresses: http://www.soaw.org/index.php?option=com_content&id=322

Click here to learn about other ways to support prisoners: http://www.soaw.org/index.php?option=com_content&id=129

2. NOVEMBER ORGANIZING PACKETS NOW AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH

Are you and others in your community beginning to think about how you?ll travel to Fort Benning this November 18-20? Have you started brainstorming creative fundraising possibilities? Are you planning a public video showing to tell others about what their tax money?s being used for? Have you wished for a resource to help you get you and your local group down to Columbus, Georgia?

If your answer to any of these questions was yes, then we?ve got a great resource for you! Our 2005 edition of the November Organizing Packet is chock-full of logistical information, fundraising tips, organizing ideas, flyers and much more! And the great news is that it?s free!

The Organizing Packets are available in either English or Spanish, and there are two ways that you can receive one:

-- The packets are available for downloading from our website here:
English: http://www.soaw.org/index.php?option=com_content&id=1086
Spanish: http://www.soaw.org/index.php?option=com_content&id=1090

-- Contact the SOA Watch office with your mailing address, and we?ll put one in the mail to you right away. You can reach us by email at info(at)soaw.org or at 202-234-3440.

Take advantage of this great, free resource today!

3. INTERN THIS FALL AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

SOA Watch is seeking a full-time intern for a three to four-month period this fall. The autumn season is an exciting and busy time in the DC office as we prepare for the November Vigil to Close the SOA/ WHINSEC.

Being an intern at SOA Watch means becoming part of the staff, which is made up of paid, unpaid, full-time and part-time activists who are all dedicated to the work of the organization: standing in solidarity with the people of the Americas, working to close the SOA/ WHINSEC and changing US foreign policy.

Interns have input into their job descriptions and work. The internship program is generally very flexible and can be shaped for each person. An important part of the work environment is participating in the collective process and supporting each other in our work. A little less than half of the intern?s time will be spent doing the general administrative work that all office staff participate in. These duties include answering the phone, responding to e-mail requests, going to the post office, etc. The intern?s share of these duties will be no more than any other staff member.

A stipend will be available for this internship position. For more information, contact John Stith in the SOA Watch at 202-234-3440 or jstith(at)soaw.org.

Please share this message with anyone you think might be interested in dedicating a few months to working with SOA Watch!

4. "MANY STORIES, ONE VISION FOR A NUCLEAR FREE WORLD" NATIONAL CONFERENCE THIS AUGUST
Pax Christi USA and the Nevada Desert Experience Commemorate 60th Anniversary of the US Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki


Join actor and activist Martin Sheen and former Senator of the Republic of Marshall Islands and advocate for indigenous peoples Tony deBrum this August 4-7 in Las Vegas Nevada at the "Many Stories, One Vision for a Nuclear Free World" national conference. Sponsored by Pax Christi USA and the Nevada Desert Experience, the conference features not only Martin Sheen and Tony deBrum, but Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Janet Chisholm, Frida Berrigan, Dave Robinson and dozens of additional speakers and presenters.

All will gather to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the founding of the United Nations, and to challenge the dangerous moves being made by the Bush administration toward new nuclear weapons production and testing.

? For a downloadable registration form go to: http://www.paxchristiusa.org/OnlineReg Form.pdf

? For a complete schedule of events, including information on workshop presenters, nonviolence trainings, musical and dance performances and more, visit: http://www.paxchristiusa.org/news_eve nts_more.asp?id=735

On Saturday, August 6, demonstrations will also take place in Oak Ridge, Tennessee (http://www.stopthebombs.org/), the Lawrence Livermore Lab in California (http://www.trivalleycares.org/aug6-2005.asp) and at Los Alamos, New Mexico (http://www.lasg.org/Hiroshima60.htm).
 

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