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Fall 2007
The Fall 2007 issue marked cover of the fall 2007 issue of presentethe first time that the print-run of ¡Presente! exceeded 100,000 copies! The increase was made possible by hundereds of grassroots activists throughout the U.S., Canada and beyond, who paid for the printing of extra copies and ordered ¡Presente! in bulk for outreach work in their communities. A testament to the grassroots organizing power of our movement.

The print was delayed one day because just as the electronic files arrived at the printer, Vera in the SOA Watch office in DC received a call from John Lindsay-Poland. John, who works with the FOR Task Force on Latin America and the Caribbean alerted us to the fact that instructors and students of the School of the Americas had just been arrested in Colombia for their involvement in the Colombian drug mafia. We stopped the printer from creating the print plates and included the breaking news into the newspaper. The arrests illustrate that the SOA rethoric about their role against drugs and for democracy is just that, only rethoric, especially given that the arrested SOA instructors were teaching "democratic sustainment" at the school...

The content of the fall issue focusses on the upcoming November vigil and the nonviolent direct action at the gates of Fort Benning, on the heels of a narrowly defeated Congressional vote to defund the SOA. An article by cover of the fall 2007 issue of presente Guadalupe Chavez and Tiel Rainelli of SOA Watch Los Angeles addresses the connection between Gangs, SOA violence in Latin America and the racist system of violence and domination. Liz Deligio and Charity Ryerson who attended the Ethic Commission meeting of SOA Watch's partner organization Justicia y Paz wrote a report back , Vera Leone wrote about her experience in federal prison as a prisoner of conscience after being sentenced for "crossing the line" at Fort Benning. Other news included the announcement by Costa Rica's president Oscar Arias that his country would sever its ties with the School of the Americas, short reports about Repression in El Salvador, Oaxaca Solidarity, Ecuadorians aginst U.S. Base in Manta, Justice for the Jena 6, and Ant-War Protests at Fort Benning, Georgia

The Spanish language section included information about the November vigil, an article about special security considerations for people without U.S. citizenship, and an article about the campaign to close the SOA by Pablo Ruiz, who is part of the Latin America Project of SOA Watch.

The cover photo of the women with the recuerda/remember candel signs was taken by Andi Gelsthorpe . pdf icon

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