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.

For more information contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it and visit SOAW.org/encuentro
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