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Protest the Republican National Convention (RNC) in New York City PDF Print E-mail
Community Events, Marches and Nonviolent Direct Action
August 27-September 2

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Call attention to the continuing atrocities by SOA-trained militaries and remind George W. Bush that ?all terrorist training camps must be shut down.?

On Sunday, August 29, SOA Watch activists from around the country joined 500,00 people in the streets of New York City in an energetic and colorful display of resistance to the policies of the Bush administration! Many SOA Watchers marched with large signs and banners demanding the closure of the SOA/WHINSEC.

Monday, August 30, SOA Watch activists marched with two poor people's marches: the Still We Rise Coalition March and Rally and the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign March for Our Lives.

Tuesday, August 31, as part of the Day of Direct Action, a few thousand activists marched in protest of the School of the Americas/WHINSEC and the war in Iraq. Immediately after starting the march from Ground Zero, more than 350 of the marchers were arrested by police. The march continued to just a few blocks from Madison Square Garden, where 54 activists conducted a "die-in" on Broadway and were arrested. Many were held overnight, and some of these people of conscience were held for 48 hours, despite NYC regulations. By Friday night, all of the 2,000 protesters who were arrested had been released, after the City of New York was found in contempt of court for not getting people into court with 24 hours of arrest, and defying an order to release everyone by 5pm on Thursday.

New York Indymedia for up-to-date information and pictures of the week's events.
Democracy Now! Click on ?Listen/Watch entire show.? The coverage includes an interview with SOA Watch Events and Outreach Coordinator, Eric LeCompte. The segment about the SOA Watch action begins at 13 minutes.
CBS News For a web stream video that includes footage of the die-in and an interview with Eric LeCompte, go to www.cbsnews.com and enter ?Making Themselves Heard? in the search box.

Since 1990, student, religious, labor, veterans, human rights, and social/global justice groups have been converging every November at the gates of Fort Benning, GA to speak out in solidarity with the people of the Americas and to engage in nonviolent direct action. Before we converge on Ft. Benning this year, we have an opportunity to use our collective power to confront the Republican Party at its own convention to make a bold call for Peace with Justice and the closure of the School of Assassins.

As the administration and the New York police continue to issue politically-motivated terror alerts related to the upcoming protests, we are hearing from a broad spectrum of SOA Watch activists ? including families, students, veterans and nuns ? who are committed to raising a cry of resistance in the streets of New York City!

SOA Watch Community Day of Planning and Preparation: Join us in New York on Saturday, August 28th, as SOA Watch activists gather at St. Vincent Ferrer?s Parish in Brooklyn for a community day of planning and preparation from 12-6pm. There, we?ll offer brief ?know your rights,? media and civil disobedience trainings, along with signmaking, strategizing for the week and community sharing time.

Marches and Direct Action: SOA Watch has endorsed and will be supporting and participating in demonstrations on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday during the Convention. Here`s a listing of events that are being planned to take place during the RNC in New York City:

  • Friday, August 27 Immigrant Workers SpeakOut!
  • Saturday, August 28 SOA Watch Community Day of Planning and Preparation and the Books Not Bombs Youth Convergence
  • Sunday, August 29 The World Says No to the Bush Agenda March
  • Monday, August 30 Poor Peoples Marches
  • Tuesday, August 31 Day of Nonviolent Direct Action

    For a full schedule of events visit the CounterConvention website

    For logistical information, check out the RNC not welcome Visitors Guide

    The Latin America Solidarity Coalition (LASC) is also mobilizing for the protests against the RNC as well as for the November vigil and direct action. The LASC states "We have a lot to learn from our brothers and sisters throughout Latin America who have been fighting oppression for the past 510 years and who have recently ousted unjust corporate controlled presidents in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, etc. ... Increasingly citizens are joining the grassroots movements to stop US militarization and intervention in Latin America and worldwide, and to voice that this will not happen in our name."
    (Click on the image to download the bilingual LASC poster)

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