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Nashua Faces 6 Months in Prison...
Update: Nashua's Trial Scheduled for March 2013

On Wednesday morning, January 9, Nashua Chantal appeared in front of Magistrate Judge Stephen Hyles, to face charges of misdemeanor trespass. His charges stem from his November 18, 2012, nonviolent action of crossing over the fence at Fort Benning to protest the continued existence of the School of the Americas (SOA/WHINSEC).

After entering a plea of not guilty, the prosecution - led by Captain West - agreed to go to trial in March. Nashua is content and ready to speak truth to power. Following his arraignment, he said: "I feel confident to be together in solidarity with so many supporters as i wait to go to trial in March."

As Nashua faces 6 months in federal prison for his act of protest, we remember that not one person responsible for the torture manuals used at the SOA or for teaching the human rights abusers and torturers has faced justice. Last month, 4 SOA graduates were among 8 Chilean officers charged with the murder of Chilean singer and activist Victor Jara.

We will not stop! It's time once again to take our message of hope and justice to Congress this April in Washington DC.

We need your support to help us continue. Your donations will help with Nashua's trial support and with future actions in Washington, DC.


Guantánamo:11 Years Later

January 11, 2013 marks the 11th anniversary of the arrival of the first transfers of detainees to the U.S. detention centre in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Scores of men - including over 80 cleared for release - remain in Guantánamo with no charges against them. President Obama recently passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which, among other things, will keep the prison open for at least another year.

From Guantánamo to the School of the Americas, we demand an end to US militarization. We stand with our sisters and brothers of Witness Against Torture as they bring our message to Washington, DC. From January 6-11, Witness Against Torture activists carried out a fast and series of nonviolent actions to call attention to Guantánamo. SOA Watch South Florida participated in a protest at the headquarters of the U.S. Southern Command in Miami this morning.

Toss the SOA off the Fiscal Cliff

The campaign to close the SOA has a multi-pronged approach. While we are out in the streets, engaging in direct action, and building grassroots power in our communities, we are also keeping an eye on what is happening in the halls of Congress, and we are leveraging the public opposition to the SOA, to put pressure on Members of Congress to do the right thing. From April 9-10, we will flex our grassroots lobbying muscle on Capitol Hill - set up a meeting with your Representative today! http://soaw.org/take-action/april

Now let's show Congress and the White House that public opinion wants education, health, environmental safety, and care for our elderly over military spending. Tell them to cut the Pentagon budget and to close the SOA: http://SOAW.org/takeaction Don't let them redirect military spending cuts towards domestic spending cuts.

SOA Watch is Looking for Amazing Interns!

Are you ready to get involved in the international movement to close the SOA? Our Washington, DC, office is currently looking for dedicated and fun people to work with us in the lead up to the April Days of Action - and beyond! All internships are unpaid, though stipends are available for transportation and some costs of living. If you can dedicate 6 months to one year of your life to working to end militarism, we want you! If you are interested, send a cover letter and resume to Nico at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ASAP!

Our SOA Watch Chile office is looking for dedicated, bilingual activantes, working side by side with Pablo Ruíz in Santiago, from March to May or September to November. Please email your cover letter and resume in Spanish to Pablo at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . _________________

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