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Fall Tours Coming Your Way -- Work at SOA Watch -- More! PDF Print E-mail
SOA Watch Update
October 6, 2005

1. Fall Speaking Tours to Get Ready for November!
2. Work & Intern at SOA Watch
3. Puerto Rican Independence Leader Killed by FBI
4. Truth, Torture and the American Way
5. From the Conquistadores to the SOA...
6. New Email Format

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1. FALL SPEAKING TOURS TO GET READY FOR NOVEMBER!

A number of speakers and speaking tours will be traveling across the country this fall towards the Vigil to Close the SOA. Catch an event and spread the word about the SOA in your community!

--> FATHER ROY BOURGEOIS <--
Hear Roy Bourgeois, founder of SOA Watch, speak powerfully and from personal experience about why the SOA/ WHINSEC must be closed. Roy will be in Georgia, Iowa, California, South Carolina and Pennsylvania. Click here to see Roy?s full speaking tour schedule: http://www.soaw.org/index.php?option=com_content&id=412.


--> BUS TOUR: JOURNEY FOR JUSTICE <--
Carlos Mauricio, who along with two other torture survivors successfully sued two Salvadoran generals for torture and human rights abuses, is organizing a bus and speaking tour. This 2nd annual tour will start in San Francisco in early November and travel through the Southwest, arriving in Georgia on November 18 to participate in the vigil at Ft. Benning. If you?re interested in hosting the tour or would like more information about the event, contact Carlos at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 415-314-0389. For more information visit http://www.soaw.org/index.php?option=com_content&id=1172


--> EAST COAST PUPPETISTA TOUR: ?WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS? <--
Once again Cardboard Chaos hits the road in its annual tour to help shut down the SOA. This November, Cardboard Chaos presents a brand new circus, "When the Levee Breaks." The show features Uncle Sam's Little Global Circus and their provocative mix of circus, puppetry, political satire and original music. "When the Levee Breaks" looks at the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Katrina in the context of race, class, the war in Iraq and the lies of the Bush administration.

The traveling road show plans a short East Coast tour on November 10-15. For more information or for booking ? or if you have a small van or bus that these hardworking but underpaid Puppetistas might use for their journey ? please contact Jake Weinstein at 203-562-1471. For more information, visit http://www.soaw.org/index.php?option=com_content&id=1179.


--> ECONOMIC JUSTICE & GRASSROOTS DEMOCRACY TOUR <--
:: Nov 2-20, 2005 :: Putting food on our tables sustainably today and tomorrow, without exploitation or repression. Globalize abundance!

Agricultural Missions, together with the Presbyterian Church USA Hunger Program and the Beehive Collective, is organizing two teams of speakers who will be touring from November 2-20, 2005, converging at the SOA Watch Vigil. Selfa Sandoval, a banana worker union organizer from Honduras and Alfonso Morales Jimenez, an agrarian organizer against free trade and commodity dumping in Guatemala, will be joined by US-based farmer and farmworker representatives. Connections will be explored between corporate-led policies that dominate domestic agricultural and the link between SOA-style violent repression of peoples' movements. To host an event or receive info about tour stops, contact Stephen Bartlett by calling 502-894-9308 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more info visit http://www.soaw.org/index.php?option=com_content&id=1173.


--> BEEHIVE DESIGN COLLECTIVE?S FALL 2005 CROSS-POLLINATION TOUR <--
The Beehive Collective is a wildly motivated all-volunteer, art-activist workshop that has gained international attention and participation for its collaboratively produced graphics campaigns.

With a huge portable mural of an elaborately illustrated poster, a six foot tall fabric storybook, and an engaging narrative, the Bees will take you on an interactive visual tour of the connections between COLONIZATION, MILITARIZATION, and RESOURCE EXTRACTION in the Americas. The Bees will expose the agendas of the Free Trade Area of the Americas and Plan Colombia, and celebrate resistance in Mesoamerica to Plan Puebla Panama. Help bring the Bees to your town! Contact them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 207.255.6737. For more information visit http://www.soaw.org/index.php?option=com_content&id=1180

For more info about November 18-20 Vigil: http://www.soaw.org/index.php?option=com_content&id=999

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2. WORK OR INTERN AT SOA WATCH

JOIN THE SOA WATCH STAFF: School of the Americas Watch is hiring an Operations Coordinator to be based in Washington, DC. The position is full-time with health benefits, paid vacation and holiday time. Salary is negotiable, and there are opportunities for skills development. To learn more, visit http://www.soaw.org/index.php?option=com_content&id=1158.

INTERN AT THE SOA WATCH OFFICE: SOA Watch is accepting applications for full-time Spring Internships. These positions can be focused on a particular area of work or more general in nature. For more information, visit http://www.soaw.org/index.php?option=com_content&id=756 or contact SOA Watch at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 202-234-3440.

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3. PUERTO RICAN INDEPENDENCE LEADER KILLED BY FBI

Filiberto Ojeda Rios, 72, a veteran fighter against U.S. colonial rule over Puerto Rico, was killed Sept. 23 in a massive raid by the FBI near the Puerto Rican town of Hormigueros.

For the past four decades Ojeda Rios had been a leading figure in the fight for Puerto Rican independence and against U.S. colonial rule. He was wanted by the FBI for his role in a 1983 bank heist.

The FBI carried out its raid on the date of the Grito de Lares, the annual pro-independence celebration of the 1868 anticolonial revolt in Puerto Rico. An Associated Press article two days after the murder revealed that an autopsy performed on Ojeda Rios' body indicated that he did not die immediately. The Justice Department statement fueled criticism of the FBI for waiting almost 24 hours to enter the farmhouse where the Ojeda Rios lay wounded.

For more information, visit http://www.soaw.org/index.php?option=com_content&id=1190

Images from memorial marches in Puerto Rico: http://pr.indymedia.org/news/2005/09/10193.php

Text of his last speech (Spanish):
http://www.redbetances.com/articulo.php?id=755

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4. NEW BOOK --> TRUTH, TORTURE AND THE AMERICAN WAY: The History and Consequences of U.S. Involvement in Torture

Long-time SOA Watch activist Jennifer Harbury has written a new book that offers both well-documented evidence of the CIA?s continuous involvement in torture tactics since the 1970s and moving personal testimony from many of the victims. Jennifer's investigation into torture began when her husband Everardo was disappeared, tortured and killed by graduates of the School of the Americas (SOA) in Guatemala.

For more information and to order the book visit: http://www.beacon.org/catalogs/f05/harbury.html


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5. FROM THE CONQUISTADORES TO THE SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS:
513 Years of Repression, 513 Years of Resistance

October 12 is recognized internationally as the anniversary of the landing of Christopher Columbus in the Americas. It is also an international day of mobilization for indigenous people to protest the legacy of colonialism and continued repression of indigenous rights, as well as celebrate their ancestors and vibrant cultural traditions.

Find out about and join Columbus Day Protest activities in your community. Use the day to educate people about the continuing legacy of repression and exploitation in the Americas.

Download and distribute fliers about the SOA: http://www.soaw.org/sub.php?id=29


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6. NEW SOA WATCH EMAIL FORMAT: WHAT DO YOU THINK?

If your email program allows you to view emails in HTML format, you?ve probably noticed that this email looks different than other emails you?ve received from SOA Watch in the past. What do you think about it? Did you have any problems? Anything you liked? We?d love your feedback. Please send comments and suggestions to Christy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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