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Over the past two years, delegations to 14 Latin American countries connected with social movements and requested government officials sever their ties to the School of the Americas.

Venezuela, Argentina, Uruguay and now Costa Rica have all denounced the SOA/WHINSEC and commited to stop sending students to the school.


Here is what delegation participants say about the project:

Pablo Ruiz


Pablo Ruiz
Observadores, Chile

"To truly be what it claims, the movement needs to be deeply connected with the voice of the oppressed, and of those who were tortured and assassinated by the SOA."

 

Lisa Sullivan-Rodriguez

 Lisa Sullivan
SOA Watch Latin America Coordinator

"I think that perhaps the most important part of the work ... has been the connections with organizations in Latin America. We have established connections with groups in 14 countries."
Father Roy Bourgeois

Roy Bourgeois
SOA Watch Founder

"We have a lot to learn from our Latin American sisters and brothers. The delegations were very rich experiences and the great outcome has energized the movement"

Julio Yao


Julio Yao
SERPAJ, Panama

"The Project has been useful in building relationships with  grassroots groups in Latin America because we do not normally perceive U.S. citizens as opposed to their own government."

 

Linda Panetta
Linda Panetta
SOA Watch Northeast

"The level of solidarity we received was humbling. Together we laughed, cried, protested, strategized, broke bread, inhaled tear gas… redoubled our commitment to closing the SOA." 

Carlos Mauricio

Carlos Mauricio
Stop Impunity Project

"By building a coalition of forces in these countries we can advocate a movement against militarization, military bases and impunity, and seek justice to keep the memory alive."
  
  

For delegation reports, visit www.SOAW.org/LAProject 

 

Published in the Fall 2007 issue 

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