|SOA Watch Youth Encuentro|
In July 2014, young activist leaders from across the Americas will gather in the majestic hills of Sanare, Venezuela to share stories of resistance, inspiration, and to ORGANIZE! Organize to continue the resistance against militarism and the ways it affects our communities. Organize to close the School of the Americas that has brought death and devastation to our continent. Organize to continue building alternatives for and by our people with our rights, dignity, and sovereignty at the forefront!
We come from long histories of resistance and each of us represents a unique story of resilience -- whether it be combating police brutality, mass incarceration, criminalization of migrants, repression of social movements, disappearances, displacement, the plundering of our natural resources, the so-called War on Drugs, or violence against LGBTQI people. We will share our valiant struggles and see how they interconnect in order to build an international network and strengthen our collective movement.
SOMOS UNA AMERICA!
While the leadership and needs of our local communities shape our strategies, we are all part of One America and are all in one way or another working in community to shape our present and our future for the better. In Sanare, we will share the multiple expressions of that otro mundo posible
that we are currently creating -- mural cooperatives, hip hop collectives, tamunangue troops, guerrilla gardens, alternative schools and radios, and so much more. We will learn from one another to be more effective in transforming our communities and our Americas.
This is the first gathering of young leaders organized by the Youth Collective at SOA Watch and follows in the footsteps of the first Encuentro that occurred in 2010. It reflects a commitment by SOA Watch to support youth leadership within our movement, and to fortify the international bonds that will continue moving our work forward to close down the SOA and build a culture of justice and peace. This cannot happen without all of our support!
Please consider making a donation to support the Youth Encuentro. To donate by check or money order, please make payable to “SOA Watch Educational Fund” with Youth Encuentro in the memo line and mail to: SOA Watch,
5525 Illinois Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20011.
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The Spring issue contains mobilizing information for the SOA Watch Border Convergence, which is taking place from October 7-10, 2016 at the US/Mexico border in Nogales, and also focuses on recent developments in Latin America and within the SOA Watch movement.
Click here to download a PDF version of the Spring 2016 issue.
As this issue of Presente went to print, our hearts were heavy. The assassination of our dear friend and comrade Berta Cáceres, and the increased repression against social movement groups, have left us shocked and saddened. SOA Watch Latin America liaison Brigitte Gynther traveled to Honduras the morning after she learned about the assassination and has been coordinating SOA Watch’s response together with our partner groups on the ground. If you do not already receive Urgent Action emails from us, please click here to sign up now.
The recent decision by the U.S. judge in North Carolina to extradite one of the perpetrators of the 1989 massacre at the University of San Salvador gives us hope that justice will prevail in the end. It will take all of us to create change! Please join us as we mobilize to the U.S./Mexico border from October 7-10, 2016!
Other articles in this issue cover a protest by SOA Watch in Chile against US bases in Latin America, the FBI surveillance of SOA Watch, updates from Colombia and Mexico, news about the first Border Patrol agent to receive training at WHINSEC, background information about Direct Action, the Youth Encuentro in Guatemala, and more.
Download this issue of Presente here.
Interview with Father Fausto Mila in Honduras
SOA Watch participated in the International Human Rights Encuentro in Honduras in February 2012. Laura Jung spoke with Father Fausto Milla, a religious leader in the Honduran movement who has been persecuted by the State of Honduras.
By Pablo Ruiz, Equipo Latinoamericano of SOA Watch
SOAW Chile achieved an important victory; to declassify the names of over 760 Chilean soldiers who took courses at the School of the Americas/WHINSEC during the past decade.
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None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free.
A challenging new documentary has quickly become one of the
widest-reaching films to encapsulate the history of the SOA Watch
An in-depth look at the torture practices of the United States in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, focusing on an innocent taxi driver in Afghanistan who was tortured and killed in 2002.