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SOA "White House 15" Trial Victory!
See below for more information on Continuing the Legacy of Nonviolent Direct Action

We did it! The SOA Watch “White House 15” scored a victory yesterday, September 12, when the government dropped its case against our activists for the die-in on the White House sidewalk during the April Days of Action.

We have an obligation to stand up to the repressive policies of our government. The SOA Watch movement has long used our bodies – and the courts – to expose the crimes of the SOA. When the 15 activists decided to take the battle to courts, the government added a second charge in a weak attempt to intimidate us. The prosecution claimed that its witnesses – the National Park Police – were unavailable to testify against us and the case was subsequently dismissed by Judge Frederick Sullivan. In truth, the system is overwhelmed with the suppression of dissenting voices.

Click here to see news coverage of the trial.

We must fight back. We understand the risks of expressing dissent in this country; federal law enforcement agencies like the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have a dark history of targeting radical and progressive movements. Some of the dirty tricks they use against these movements include: the infiltration of organizations to discredit and disrupt their operations; campaigns of misinformation and false stories in the media; forgery of correspondence; fabrication of evidence; and the use of grand jury subpoenas to intimidate activists.

Our arrests were nothing compared to the violence and brutality exacted upon the poor people and communities of color by tools of oppression such as graduates of the School of the Americas. As we speak out against oppressive US foreign – and domestic – policies, we know that those in power will use police, jails and the media to stop us.

We defy. Our hearts and voices join in solidarity with our other sisters and brothers in this hemisphere as we continue our struggle to close the SOA and break this culture of militarization.

Join the SOA15 in calling on Obama to close the SOA: click here to send a message now!

Continuing the Legacy of Nonviolent Direct Action

We are influenced and inspired by those who came before us, like the White House 15, who put their bodies in line with their convictions. Taking action is indeed the only way to change the current system of domination and oppression. Our brothers and sisters throughout the world are putting their lives on the line in order to create change. Consider Chile, for example, where students, workers, environmentalists, and citizens are actively and continuously taking to the street in order to demand change in the neo-liberal policies that were installed under the Pinochet dictatorship. We, too, must take bold and courageous action in opposition to the US hegemonic domination polices.

“We who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive.”
-Martin Luther King Jr.

There is a long tradition in the SOA Watch movement of nonviolent direct action because it is both necessary and effective. Members of the SOA Watch community will again be building our collective power through non-violent direct action. There are many ways that you can be involved from "crossing the line" onto Fort Benning, to banner drops, sit-ins, and various other actions.

**We pledge to you that we will work to protect the people in our movement. We are examining what happened at last year's vigil and will do whatever is in our power to make sure that next November arrests of innocent people will not happen again.**

Because of the actions of the police last year including infiltration and unjust arbitrary arrests, we are asking those who are considering low-risk direct actions to form affinity groups ahead of time, to participate in a nonviolence training and coordinate with the direct action team. Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with any questions or ideas for action.

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