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Mar 20th
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cover of the winter 2007 issue of presenteThe Spring 2007 issue puts a spotlight on the Mexican state of Oaxaca, where violent SOA methods of population contol are being used to brutally repress social discontent in the population. The People's Popular Assembly of Oaxaca (APPO) had organized a series of direct actions after Oaxaca's Governor Ulises Ruiz sent over 1,000 state police to break up a teachers' protest using tear gas and clubs.
The article Blacked Out made it an issue that the SOA refused to comply with Freedom of Information Act Requests (FOIA) to release the names of the soldiers who receive training at the institution. The sudden refusal came after SOA Watch was able to proove with previous released graduate lists that the school continues to train known human rights abusers despite their claims that they installed a stellar vetting process. [Editors note: in a great victory for our movement, grassroots pressure was able to move the U.S. Congress to include report language in the FY 2008 Defense Appropriations bill that directs the School of the Americas (renamed Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation) to release the full name, rank, country of origin, and dates attended for each student in FY 2005 and 2006. For every year after that, WHINSEC has 60 days to release the names to the public at the close of that fiscal year. The Congressional directive to WHINSEC to release the names of its graduates is a victory and a steppingstone in SOA Watch’s legislative campaign to close this notorious school.]
In countless hours of work, César Maxit created a bilingual broadsheet cover of the bilingual broadsheet that was created by Cesar Maxitwith basic information about the SOA/WHINSEC, the movement to close the School of the Americas, a listing of notorious SOA graduates and SOA targets, the basics about grassroots lobbying and nonviolent direct action, and a list of books and videos about the issue. The broadsheet was included as a pull-out into the newspaper. Several tenthousand additional copies have been distributed by local organizers around the country.
Other artists who contributed their work to the Spring issue of ¡Presente! include Barucha "Calamity" Peller, Mona Caron, Ted Stein, Peter Kuper, Linda Panetta , Al Viola, Andi Gelsthorpe, Rini Templeton, Khalil Bendib , and others. We are grateful for their support in the struggle to close the SOA and to change in U.S. foreign policy.
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