October 30: Close the SOA Fast Print
October 30, 2012 will be a day of fasting for SOA Watch; a time to organize fasts in your community to bring attention to SOA/WHINSEC victims and an opportunity for each of us to commit ourselves to closing this place of injustice. Local fasts nationwide can educate the public about the School of the Americas / WHINSEC, the reality of U.S. foreign policy towards Latin America, and the upcoming November Vigil at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia.

If you are fasting as part of a group or by yourself on October 30, please click here to pledge your participation in the 2012 Fast to Close the SOA: http://SOAW.org/fast

Below you will find a few suggestions of possible public fast locations or events you could plan in your community on or around Tuesday, October 30, 2012. We encourage you to be creative in planning your fast or events, and keep us informed of what's going on out in your region! Some fast or event locations could include:
  • Outside a district Congressional office that has not supported legislation to close the SOA/WHINSEC
  • On your university's campus
  • At a community center

Other ideas for events:


Good luck with your planning! If you have questions or suggestions, please call the DC SOA Watch Office at 202-234-3440

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Close the SOA Fast!
When we fast in front of Federal buildings, we can raise awareness about one of the great evils that our government sustains. We can invite those who witness our fast to thank their local Member of Congress for their support, help educate a new member with a phone call or express their concern that their member supports oppression in Latin America. When we fast in front of local congressional offices- that have always voted against human dignity and to support the school of shame- then we can use our fast to show the media and the public that this representative needs to be held accountable.


You can participate in this one-day fast by organizing a place for you and friends to fast together, by joining one of the fasts or by fasting individually.

If you are fasting as part of a group or by yourself on October 30, please click here to pledge your participation in the 2012 Fast to Close the SOA: http://SOAW.org/fast