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Home News Organizing Updates 7 days from now: Join me the gates of the SOA
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Dear Friends,
I invite you to join me a week from today at the gates of Fort Benning to stand with the 99% across the Americas, whose dreams and hopes are being suppressed by the School of the Americas.

We are gathering with a renewed sense of hope and possibility. We are inspired by the Resistance of Honduras, by the students of Chile, by union workers in Colombia, by Haitians standing up for sovereignty, by immigrants who fight for their dignity, by all who occupy the neoliberal places that oppress, to replace them with spaces of resistance and hope. The surge of social justice activism is fueling the call for justice and the closure of the SOA/ WHINSEC.

And last Friday, our allies in Congress introduced HR 3368, the Latin America Military Training Review Act, which is calling for the suspension of the School of the Americas and an investigation into the connection between U.S. military training and human rights abuses in Latin America.

Come to Georgia, together we can make a difference.

Father Roy Bourgeois, M.M.

Read the November Vigil article that just came out in the Ledger-Enquirer and prepare for the weekend by reading the important information below - find out why you should arrange your plans to be in Georgia next weekend!

There is one week left until the SOA Watch Vigil, November 18-20, at Fort Benning to take a stand for JUSTICE in the AMERICAS. People are gathering from all over, including Canada and Colombia, Haiti and Honduras, Venezuela and Virginia, Maine and Mexico!

Join the Momentum and Occupy Fort Benning

This vigil weekend will be filled with education, music, puppets, and civil disobedience, in order to connect struggles across the Americas.

1. Rally at the Gate with Music and Speakers!
Join inspiring people like Jimena Paz Oliva, a youth leader in the Honduran Resistance and former activante in Venezuela,on Saturday, November 19th, starting at 11:30am, along with speakers from the Georgia Undocumented Youth Alliance (GUYA) and Southerners on New Ground (SONG). We will also be joined by Edward DuBose, president of the Georgia National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). On Sunday, November 20, we will hold a solemn funeral procession to commemorate the martyrs and victims of the SOA.

Learn more about the struggle, through resistance art including puppetistas pageantry and musicians like Llatasujyo, a musical group based in Atlanta playing the Andean music they grew up with and Quinto Imperio, a Chicago South-side cumbia group.

Join the General Assembly at 4pm on Saturday at the gates to connect with local Occupy organizers.

2.Conference with Workshops, Films, and Concerts

There are numerous workshops about Haiti, Colombia, Honduras, Mexico, and Immigrant Rights to choose from throughout the weekend, the premiere showing of the SOA Watch documentary Somos Una America: Shut Down the SOA, as well as concerts Friday and Saturday nights.

Also, don't miss the featured Panel: Somos Una América! Connecting Our Struggles Across the Hemisphere, which will bring together leaders from the Americas to talk more in-depth about their struggles, and how we are all connected, from Haiti to Honduras to Georgia.

For a full schedule of the weekend, click here!

3. No More Profits Off Our Pain! Stewart Detention Center Vigil V

Arrange your travels plans to join us in taking a stand for immigrant rights, Friday November 18 from 10am-NOON. Georgia Detention Watch, a coalition of activists, community organizers, persons of faith, lawyers, and many more, will hold a vigil at the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, GA.

We will be caravaning from the Columbus Convention Center (801 Front Avenue) at 8:30am.
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4. Get involved during the weekend!

It's not too late to arrange your travel plans and make your hotel or camping reservations. Other ways to prepare for the weekend include checking out the Organizing Packet and contacting Nico at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to volunteer during the vigil weekend. Want to engage in direct action? Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information. If you can help with interpretation at the vigil, please email Jenny Dillon at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Your continuous support is needed in order to SHUT DOWN the SOA and create a culture of justice throughout the Americas! Please forward this to your lists, send out a press release, and spread the word through your communities.

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