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Home News Organizing Updates August 31 Day of Nonviolent Direct Action: March and Civil Disobedience
August 31 Day of Nonviolent Direct Action: March and Civil Disobedience PDF Print E-mail

On Tuesday, August 31st, a variety of groups including School of the Americas Watch, War Resisters League, A31 Action Coalition, RNC Not Welcome, Shout Heard Round the World, and others are organizing nonviolent direct action and civil disobedience around Madison Square Garden and Manhattan.

SOA Watch will be part of the War Resisters League cluster on Tuesday. We call for people to gather wearing white (representing mourning)at 3 pm at the site of the World Trade Center (west side of Church St. at Cortlandt St., near the ?Cortlandt St.? stop on the R train) for a vigil. At 4 PM we will walk in a solemn procession north toward the Republican National Convention at Madison Square Garden. Those who cannot walk the entire distance are asked to join us at 5:30 pm at Union Square (NW corner, 17th St. & Broadway) for the last leg of the procession. By 7 PM we will reach Madison Square Garden and, when stopped, we will ?die-in? as a way to graphically represent all those who have been killed by the government?s wars, interventions and ecomonic policies.

We March Demanding:

  • Closure of the School of the Americas and an end to US foreign military training.

  • An end to current US military intervention in the Middle East and Asia.

  • Economic systems that value justice and fundamental human needs.

This nonviolent march and direct action may result in our arrest and may block or inconvenience Republican delegates and others. We think this is a small price to pay to dramatize and call attention to the enormous horrors inflicted on the world by the U.S. government and to make a bold call for the closure of the School of the Assassins, whatever name they give it.

August 28th SOA Watch Day of Preparation: Please join us as we gather atSt. Vincent Ferrer Parish 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.

March Route and Map To see a map of the March Route to Madison Square Garden click here.

Police Barricades To see a map of the current information on police barricades and restricted zones around Madison Square Garden, click here.

SOA Watch Call for Nonviolent Direct Action:
Call to Action in English, Call to Action in Spanish

For more information, contact the SOA Watch office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 202-234-3440.

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phone: 202-234-3440
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