Highlights from the November 2000 Vigil
Despite new challenges this year in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks and the war in Afghanistan over 10,000 people traveled to Columbus for November 17 & 18 to speak out against the terror training that takes place at the SOA.
Local SOA Watch Events
Father Roy Bourgeois's Speaking Schedule
Hear Fr. Roy Bourgeois, founder of SOA Watch, speak powerfully and from personal experience about why the SOA must be closed.
November Vigil 2005
Thousands held vigil at the gates of Fort Benning to stand up for justice and human rights.
2007 Lobby Days
Grassroots power within the United States unseated 34 Members of the House of Representatives who voted against the McGovern-Lewis amendment to cut SOA/WHINSEC funding, drastically heightening our chances to close the SOA/WHINSEC through legislative action.
November Vigil 2006
November 17-19: 22,000 Gathered to Demand Closure of the SOA/WHINSEC. Coordinated actions in 10 different countries.
Strategy Meeting 2007
Activists representing groups from around the country will come to Washington, DC for a day of reflection, discussion, and strategizing around the campaign to close the School of the Americas (SOA/WHINSEC) and building a more just world.
April Fast 2008
April 23-26, 2008 will be a time of fasting for SOA Watch.; a time to organize fasts in your community to bring attention to SOA/WHINSEC victims and an opportunity for each of us to commit ourselves to closing this place of injustice. Local fasts nationwide will educate the public about the School of the Americas / WHINSEC and the reality of U.S. foreign policy towards Latin America.
To assist you in planning, creating, and executing your April fast or event, the SOA Watch staff has compiled an Organizing Packet, similar to the one used for last year's November Vigil. The April Fast Organizing Packet is a great resource for you and your community as you spread the word about the SOA/WHINSEC and as you plan your own fast or event.
Below, you'll find suggestions for possible fast locations and actions, instructions on how to fast safely, media, legislative, fundraising and outreach tips and resources, and flyers you can reproduce and use in your community.
If you are going to organize a public fast, e-mail Simon Albrecht at
April Fast Organizing Packet
- Fast Instructions
- How To Do a Juice Fast
- Legislative Actions During Your Fast
- Sample Letter to Your Member of Congress
- Calling Your Member of Congress
- Media Tips for Promoting Your Fast
- Sample Letter to the Editor
- Sample Press Release
- Fast Ways to Fundraise
Close the SOA Fast!
When we fast in front of Federal buildings, we can raise awareness about one of the great evils that our government sustains. We can invite those who witness our fast to thank their local Member of Congress for their support, help educate a new member with a phone call or express their concern that their member supports oppression in Latin America. When we fast in front of local congressional offices- that have always voted against human dignity and to support the school of shame- then we can use our fast to show the media and the public that this representative needs to be held accountable.
You can participate in this three day fast by organizing a place for you and friends to fast together, by joining one of the fasts that will be taking place nation wide or by fasting individually.
Click here for a complete list of upcoming fasts and events!
On the weekend of November 16-18, thousands will gather at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia for the Vigil and the Nonviolent Direct Action to Close the School of the Americas. Take a Stand for Justice!