Student and Youth Organizing
Written by Becca Polk
Sunday, 03 October 2004 00:00
Youth have always played a crucial role in the movement to close the School of the Americas. We use a variety of tactics and strategies to make the resistance visible and bring la lucha to the streets of our communities. We organize in their schools and communities, lead delegations in support of the vigil, become Prisoners of Conscience by crossing the line onto Ft. Benning, and we lobby Congress to close the SOA/WHINSEC.
The spirit and dedication of students and youth strengthens the SOA Watch movement. As so, we must continue to build leadership and community among youth in our movement and ensure that others join us in resisting U.S. military and economic domination.
What is the SOA Watch Student/Youth Collective?
We are a collective of young people from across the Americas who are concerned with closing the SOA/WHINSEC. We seek to end U.S. military and economic domination while connecting struggles across the hemisphere to strengthen the resistance and to build a culture of justice. We are campus and community organizers who collaborate via technology and face-to-face meetings to strengthen youth power within SOA Watch and in society as a whole. We are young people dedicated to social justice who have a vision for a more just world.
Join us on Facebook!
- Join the Student and Youth Collective. This group will
work as a collective body on planning for the vigil, staying connected with the 2014 Youth Encuentro planning commiittee, engaging in campaign
work, and strengthening youth leadership within the movement. We will also come together during the vigil to strategize together and adopt an agenda of empowerment to move the movement forward!
- Start a campus or local SOA Watch chapter, or plug into one that already exists, to continue the work and the spirit of the November Vigil year round.
- Have SOA Watch come do a workshop or training on your campus or in your commmunity contact
for more information.
- Educate, inform and inspire your teachers, administrators,
friends, family and peers, and tell them why you are passionate about
closing the SOA/WHINSEC and the movement to end militarization and
create a culture of peace
- Screen a documentary! We have a number of amazing videos about the movement to close the SOA, including a new documentary produced by our youth activante, Gabriela “Gabi” Uassouf, to be released in October 2011
- Become an intern with SOA Watch. contact Kat Henao (
For more information on organizing within your community, visit here.
Organize your community! There is a great primer on local organizing available here
Your feedback is important as we are building leadership within the student/youth organizing of SOA Watch. Please email Dominique at
or Rachel at
with questions or ideas that you have for the building of student/youth participation in the SOA Watch movement.
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