|Delegations to El Salvador, Paraguay, Chile and the border|
Join SOA Watch on one of our 2013 delegations For more information, contact Lisa Sullivan at
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U.S./Mexico Border: May 19-27Join SOA Watch Founder Roy Bourgeois and SOA Watch Latin America Liason Lisa Sullivan on a delegation to the U.S./Mexico border at Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora. Since the 1994 passage of the free-trade agreement, NAFTA, the U.S. has increased their southern Border Patrol by 500%. The US spends over $90 billion a year to "secure" the southern border and arm a para-military force that spends 80% of its time confronting political and economic refugees (fleeing US-backed military and economic policies) and those seeking to reunite with their families. Over the past decade the "Drug War" has left 100,000 dead and a had a zero impact on the availability of illegal drugs in the US. Human rights organizations have documented the use of torture and enforced disappearances and executions by Mexican military and police, many trained in the US. The delegation will visit Tucson and both of the towns of Nogales on either side of the border. Delegates will have the opportunity to experience programs that directly serve migrants at the border, and meet with organizations that directly aid migrants in the desert. We will also meet with human rights organizations, immigrant advocates, and faith-based groups.Together we will explore ways in which we can help change this untenable and deadly US immigration policy.
The delegation fee of $1,300 includes all meals, lodging, transportation, and materials within the country. It does not include travel to and from Tucson.
Chile: September 6-14, 2013.For Chile, September 11th has a very different meaning. On that date in 1973, General Augusto Pinochet orchestrated a coup against socialist president Salvador Allende, with ample help from the United States. Join SOA WATCH Latin America coordinator and torture survivor Pablo Ruiz, along with tens of thousands of Chileans, in commemorating the 40th anniversary of the martyrs whose lives were lost by this dictatorship, including that of singer/songwriter Victor Jara whose death was caused by SOA graduates. From these ashes of the past, a new Chile is arising, thanks to the valiant efforts of Chilean students and Mapuche people who refuse to accept the the neo-liberal model imposed by Pinochet and designed by US economists. Join us in showing concrete solidarity for their struggle. The delegation fee of $1,350 includes all meals, lodging, transportation, and materials within the country. It does not include travel to and from Santiago, Chile.
Join our partner organizations on their delegations to Panama, the US Border at El Paso, and Honduras.
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