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LOCAL EVENTS IN SUPPORT OF THE NOVEMBER VIGIL

CALIFORNIA

Bay Area: This year as many from the Bay Area travel back to Fort Benning, to stand in soldarity at the gates of the SOA, we will have two actions in San Jose to support the action in Georgia and to remember all the victims of the SOA. Please plan to be with us.
The first event is on Saturday November 18th in the Bellarmine Library. The program will run from 7-9 PM. We will have speakers, films, and shared prayer and reflections.
On Sunday the 19th, there will be a march form the First Christian Church, 80 S. 5th Street to the Federal Building on 2nd and San Carlos from 1:30 to 3:30 PM.  For more information please call 408-294-9224 ex.288

GEORGIA

Atlanta:
Friday, November 10, 2000 1:30-4:15 PM- Amnesty International USA march to close the SOA.
Purpose: To make a public statement showing Amnesty's support of the closing of the School of the Americas.  Plan: To march from the AI office to the State Capitol carrying silhouettes representing those people who have been tortured, raped and/or murdered at the hands of graduates of the SOA.  For more details see:  http://www.patweb.com/amnesty/index.cfm , Group #75 page or contact: Fred: 770-864-4492,  email: freddyb@atl.mediaone.net 
Agenda:
1:30 Meet at College Park Marta Station to travel to North Ave Marta Station (Shuttles to and from hotel will be provided.)
 2:00 Assemble at the AO office's parking lot, 131 Ponce de Leon Ave., (2.5 blocks east of station) to begin march.
2:45 Arrive at State Capitol.  (Approx. 1.8 miles)
3:00 Speakers, learn about SOA Watch
4:15 Walk to Five Points Marta Station and head back to hotel for opening reception of the Southern Regional Conference.

KANSAS

Topeka: A local event in support of the Nonviolent Vigil and Action at Ft. Benning is planned for Thursday, November 16 in commemoration of the 11th anniversary of the Jesuit massacre at the University of Central America. Meet at Topeka High School' s Classical Room at 3:30 PM to make signs and banners and for the showing of the video "SOA: Guns and Greed." After that, the group will march to the South Steps of the Capital building where the vigil will take place. The vigil will start at 4:30 PM. For more information contact Markus Weyel at SOA Watch Kansas 785-232-4388 or soawatchks@hotmail.com

MASSACHUSETTS

Amherst, Hampshire College: Pat Humphries and Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, two folk musician/activists are doing a concert on November 3rd at 8:00 PM at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. It is in Franklin Patterson Hall. Admission is free. For info, contact Kitama Jackson-Seeger at 413-559-4649 or Kitama@aol.com

MISSOURI

St. Louis:  Events leading up to and in support of the November Vigil
November 11 - 6:00 p.m
. IFCLA Annual Membership Meeting and Dinner--Commissioning of those going to Ft. Benning. First Congregational Church of St. Louis, 6501 Wydown. Dinner $12, Call 721-2977 for reservations.
November 12 - 10:00 p.m. Mass for Jesuit Martyrs. St. Francis Xavier College Church (at Grand and Lindell).
November 16 - St. Louis University reenactment and prayer service to commemorate the Jesuit martyrs. Time and place to be announced. Call 977-1516 for information.
November 18 - Vigil/prayer service in solidarity with the people at Ft. Benning. Time and location to be announced. Call 314/721-2977 for more information.

NEW YORK

Two Important CISPES Solidarity Events:
Wednesday, November 15th at 6:30pm "Cross-Border Solidarity Takes on Corporate Globalization," at DC1707 union auditorium 75 Varick St, 14th floor (take 1/9 train to Canal. exit on Varick.  In El Salvador, unions along with the organized social movement and the FMLN (former guerrilla movement, Left political party currently governing over 60% of the population), are on the forefront of the struggle to guarantee basic human rights. They are fighting against corporate-controlled globalization while creating an alternative economic model based on social justice. Come hear these dynamic activists speak about the struggles in El Salvador and how cross-border organizing can help strengthen the social movement in this country. The Tour Speakers: Roger Blandino Nerio
Blandino is an organizer with the FMLN and activist in the movement to create an alternative economic model based in social and economic justice. Elsa Miriam Linares de Quintanilla is a teacher, member of ANDES (militant teachers union) and leader in the anti-privatization struggle to guarantee the right to basic services.
Thursday November 16th at 4:30pm - "US Out of El Salvador!" Protest US militarization of El Salvador under guise of "Drug War."
Demonstrate! at The Salvadoran Mission to the U.N., 46 Park Ave. (Park & 36th) A Coalition representing students, unions, clergy and activists will hold a commemoration and demonstration on the date of the death squad murders at the UCA (Catholic University in San Salvador). This is the day of the murdered priest by US "School of the Americas" trained military in 1989, now the United States is trying to build a military base at the national airport of El Salvador. This murder case has Never been adequately
investigated. Show your outrage at the recent innocent verdict of the
Salvador Generals in Florida!!
Part of a national day of action - with demos in other major cities sponsored by Sister Cities, SHARE, CISPES, the Religious community, the fmln Committee, SOAW and others..

PENNSYLVANIA

Philadelphia:
Upcoming Potluck Presentations at the Jean Donovan Community Peace Center (formerly
called the Maryknoll House) -- for directions, contact SOA Watch Northeast 212-472-2162.
Saturday, November 4 ~ Potluck: 6:30 / Presentation: 7:30 PM.   Daniel Mutul ~ Director of the International Mayan League (of Quetzaltenango, Guatemala) & Filipe and Elena Ixot, Directors of the International Mayan League, USA will give a presentation on Mayan Spirituality, Culture, and Human Rights in Guatemala.
Tuesday, November 14 ~ Potluck: 6:00 / Presentation: 7:00 PM.   Alberto Climaco, Vice President of the Directorate of Las Anonas. He was involved in the revolutionary process in El Salvador throughout the war. Five of his children were killed by Salvadoran security forces. Gloria Vilma Ortiz Nunez, has worked extensively with regional women organizations and literacy
programs. Together they will discuss the effects of the civil war, as well as the present situation in El Salvador. This event is in collaboration with the Romero Interfaith Center who is responsible for bringing the speakers to the region.

WASHINGTON

Seattle: Stop the U.S. militarization of Latin America: Gathering to Close the School of the Americas
Thursday November 16, 2000, from 7 p.m. to 8 pm At University Friends Meetinghouse, 4001 9th Avenue NE, Seattle
From 45th St. in the University District turn south onto Roosevelt. Just before the University Bridge and after 42nd, you will see a small alley-like, unnamed, one-way street. At the end of this 1 block alley, directly ahead, is the building. All University District buses run near.
For the past ten years growing numbers of us have been saying ?No M?s! No More! to the S.O.A. on this anniversary. Last year over 12,000 gathered at the gates of the school. We can build this powerful movement for peace by adding our voices in Seattle this year. We plan a brief and moving gathering, with song, symbol and personal testimonies from compa?eras who have experienced the impact of U.S. militarization of Latin America firsthand. Won’t you please join us as we gather to express our grief and outrage at the crimes committed in our name at the School of the Americas?
For information or to help put on the event call Sara 206-324-3546 or: spanish@drizzle.com


WISCONSIN

Milwaukee: Local vigil in support of the vigil at the gates of Fort Benning will be held at the School Sisters of St. Francis, Orchard and S. Layton Blvd. on Sunday, November 19 from 1-3 p.m.  Contact Joyce Ellwanger at jellwang@execpc.com for information.

CANADA

Toronto: SOA WATCH-CANADA AND FOOD FOR CHIAPAS PRESENT SOLIDARITY VIGIL TO SHUT DOWN THE SCHOOL OF ASSASSINS; Where: U.S. CONSULATE, UNIVERSITY AND DUNDAS ST. When: FRIDAY NOVEMBER 17, 6 PM
The U.S. Army School of the Americas (SOA) at Fort Benning, Georgia, has trained 60,000 Latin American soldiers in counterinsurgency techniques which include murder, torture and kidnapping. Graduates of the School have been
responsible for many massacres and thousands of assassinations, disappearances and rapes. On October 17-19, 2000, thousands of people will demonstrate at Ft. Benning for the SOA's closure. Last year there were 12,000 protestors. Join our vigil to show solidarity with the Ft. Benning protest and to close the School of Assassins. AFTER THE VIGIL WE PRESENT THE Canadian premiere of the new video "SOA: Guns and Greed." At International Student Centre, University of Toronto, St. George and College St. 7:30 PM For more information contact SOA Watch-Canada: (416) 920-8331 or Food for Chiapas: (416) 410-3713 E-mail: chulel@foodforchiapas.org

Ontario,
Group wanting to organize around the SOA issue, including action in solidarity with November vigil at Ft. Benning. Contact: Almonte United Church, Phyllis Drennan 613-256-0059.