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Resisting Violence, Building Peace: Join SOA Watch at the Ecumenical Advocacy Days PDF Print E-mail


The Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) are taking place from March 21 - March 24, 2014 in Washington, DC.  EAD will focus on the ways various forms of and policies promoting violence can be transformed to policies which enable peace


Friday, March 21 - Monday, March 24, 2014
Doubletree Hotel, Crystal City, Virginia | Washington, DC

At Ecumenical Advocacy Days this year, you'll have the chance to hear from extraordinary presenters from Haiti, Mexico, Colombia, and Central America who have dedicated themselves to building peace on the ground and campaigning for a world with peace and justice for all. You will learn from visionary peacemakers in Colombia building communities of peace in the midst of an internal armed conflict. We'll have conversations with brave migrant rights defenders who protect and defend the rights of Central American migrants from organized crime and corrupt officials in Mexico. Central American activists will give you their accounts of the human cost of the militarized war on drugs and propose alternatives focused on prevention, rule of law, and human rights. You'll learn about the struggles of Haitian migrants in the Dominican Republic. And after taking all this in, EAD will arrange for you to talk with your member of Congress about how they can resist violence and build peace--both here in the United States and around the world.

Click here to sign up for an inspiring weekend in Washington, D.C. March 21st - March 24th!

You won't want to miss out on this great lineup of workshops:

  • Converting a Militarized Economy and Alternatives for Reducing Violence
  • Exploitation and Migration in Haiti and the Dominican Republic
  • Peace Walks and Peace Talks: Building Peace in Colombia from the Ground Up
  • Perilous Journey: An Epidemic of Violence against Central American Migrants in Transit through Mexico
  • U.S. Militarization of the Drug War in Mexico and Central America
  • Communities of Faith Uniting to Reduce Gun Violence in the U.S. and Mexico

Converting a Militarized Economy and Alternatives for Reducing Violence

This workshop will look at military spending as a part of the Federal Budget, and shifts toward reducing violence. Miriam Pemberton is an expert on Department of Defense funding and conversion to a peace economy. She will contextualize U.S. military spending globally and in relation to non-defense spending. Then she will lay out a comprehensive strategy for linking action at the federal, state and local levels to build an economic foundation that is not dependent on producing weapon systems we don't need.

The School of the Americas Watch (SOAW) continues to reduce the impact of U.S. on violence in Central and South America. Arturo Viscarra will address the work to close the Western Hemispheric Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), through legislation, vigils, and work with Southern leaders to withdraw their military from the school.

 
Show the Pentagon the Red Card PDF Print E-mail

Love Football, Resist Empire! SOA Watch Anti-Empire Cup: This Summer in Washington, DC. GET YOUR TEAMS READY and stay tuned for updates about the 6v6 tournament. The Cup is for like-minded people who enjoy some competitive fun without taking it too seriously, regardless of gender or skill/experience.

every goal you score
every laugh you share
every dollar you raise
HELPS TO CLOSE THE SOA



Follow @AntiEmpireCup on twitter and send a message to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to receive updates about tournament registration once the date and location are set.

Tournament Details (so far):

  • Tournament will be held in June 2014
  • Game location - TBD
  • 2 members of the opposite sex must be on the field at all times.
  • Coed 6v6 teams.
  • Each team is raising funds for SOA Watch.
  • Each team Guaranteed 3 games.
  • Each team receives jerseys for all players.
  • Pre- tournament party TBD.
  • Prizes for
    • winner of the tournament, semi-, and quarter finalists
    • best team spirit (goal cheer, and creativity)
    • best team name
    • first, second and third team who has 6 team members signed up
    • first team that passes the $500 fundraising goal
    • team that raises the most money for the cause

Articles about Football and Resistance in Honduras, Argentina, Iran, Egypt, Germany:

Soccer, Imperialism, and Resistance in Honduras
by Tyler Shipley
After Honduras surprised everyone by earning a berth in the World Cup, the regime engineered a parade through the capital for the team, with a strategic stop at the Presidential Palace. Guevara was expected to present his sweater to the President and, no doubt, the endorsement of a national hero like Guevara would have buoyed the strength of the illegal regime. But Guevara, like most Hondurans, insisted that his President was in exile and that the man sitting in his seat, Roberto Micheletti, was a usurper. He sent his sweater to deposed President Manuel Zelaya instead - a bold and courageous action that gave a jolt of support to the resistance in a moment when its peaceful demonstrations were being shot at with tear gas, pepper spray and even live ammunition.
http://lefthookjournal.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/soccer-imperialism-and-resistance-in-honduras

Argentina's Soccer Passion
by Marie Trigona
At the turn of the 20th century, Anarchists and Socialists founded many of Argentina's first soccer clubs. They sought the need to use soccer as a social and political tool for organizing.
http://mujereslibres.blogspot.com/2010/06/argentinas-soccer-passion.html

Iran's Football Revolution
When the Iranian football team narrowly defeated Australia in the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification on November 29, 1997, millions of Iranians celebrated the victory by dancing and singing in the streets, despite multiple government warnings against any secular-type celebrations. The most notable event on that day was that women breached the police barrier and entered the stadium, from which they were banned. The Western press saw these events as a message to Islamic fundamentalists in Iran. Journalist Franklin Foer compared the football revolution with the Boston Tea Party.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Football_revolution

Soccer clubs central to ending Egypt's 'Dictatorship of Fear'
by Dave Zirin
Over the decades that have marked the tenure of Egypt's "President for Life" Hosni Mubarak, there has been one consistent nexus for anger, organization, and practical experience in the ancient art of street fighting: the country's soccer clubs. Over the past week, the most organized, militant fan clubs, also known as the "ultras," have put those years of experience to ample use.
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/dave_zirin/01/31/egypt.soccer/index.html

FC Sankt Pauli, the counter-culture of European football
FC Sankt Pauli became the "anti" club : anti-racism, anti-fascist, anti-sexism, anti-homophobia, anti-capitalism. To sum up : anti-system. In a time struck by the plea of hooliganism, Sankt Pauli became the first club to officially ban far-right individuals from its stands.
http://aworldoffootball.com/2013/05/fc-sankt-pauli-the-counter-culture-of-european-football/
http://youtu.be/4gkqL0I20sI

Soccer Vs. The State
Tackling Football and Radical Politics
by Gabriel Kuhn
Soccer has turned into a multi-billion dollar industry. Professionalism and commercialization dominate its global image. Yet the game retains a rebellious side, maybe more so than any other sport co-opted by money makers and corrupt politicians. From its roots in working-class England to political protests by players and fans, and a current radical soccer underground, the notion of football as the "people's game" has been kept alive by numerous individuals, teams, and communities.
http://www.akpress.org/soccervsthestate.html


Why the Far Right Hates Soccer
by Dave Zirin
Every World Cup, it arrives like clockwork. As sure as the ultimate soccer spectacle brings guaranteed adrenaline and agony to fans across the United States, it also drives the right-wing noise machine utterly insane.
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/06/14-2


 
April Days of Action Report Back
SOA Watch rocked the house at Haydee's Restaurant on Sunday night! After a few initial days of creating cardboard cut-outs, banners, and signs, we let loose with the amazing local musical talent of Tierra Morena and Seven Jackson. We came together as a community to rock out against the oppression, share a laugh, a dance-step and build up our collective energy to chip away at the crumbling Empire! Thank you to the talented musicians, Haydee's staff and all the great SOA Watch activists - who came from Oregon, Washington, California, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Connecticut, Iowa, Minnesota, Virginia and many more places - for the memorable night!
On Monday, we started out the morning with a training from the Legislative Working Group, about upcoming legislation in Congress, and how to meet with a member of Congress. Grassroots lobbying may not have the money that Pentagon lobbyists have, but they sure do have the heart! The training gave activists the tools to convey a powerful message of truth to those in power, and many took off directly to meet with their legislators. Following lunch, we prepared for the rally, and discussed possible direct action scenarios.
Later in the evening, SOA Watch activists channeled the energy of the day and that of our compañer@s from across the Americas through the streets and over to the Capitol South metro station, where a die-in representing the thousands of victims of SOA graduates and destructive US economic policies was re-enacted. Despite heavy police presence, surveillance and harassment, the die-in attracted the attention of hundreds of Capitol Hill staffers, who were encouraged to take the message to their bosses.

On Tuesday, April 9, SOA Watch activists kept up the pressure, staging another die-in and holding up signs in front of the US Capitol. Activists also unfurled a 50-foot banner along the Connecticut Avenue bridge during the evening rush hour. The banner, which hung over the Park Police training center, read "Close the SOA" and was seen by hundreds of drivers before it was cut down by police 45 minutes later.

Then on Wednesday (the 94th anniversary of the assassination of Mexican Revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata!), after more intense lobbying, thousands of people braved the 90-degree heat to demand comprehensive immigration reform. SOA Watch activists and allies joined the rally with a march through Capitol Hill that refused to stay on the sidewalks, and wove through police lines. The message was loud and clear: "Immigration's not a crime! Stop the Pentagon, now's the time!"

We are grateful to our brothers and sisters struggling for a dignified life for all immigrants, and we will continue to speak out and act out in our just struggle.

VENCEREMOS!

 
Call for the Closure of the SOA/ WHINSEC at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions 2012 PDF Print E-mail

In August and September of 2012, the Republican Party and Democratic Party will converge on Tampa, Florida, and on Charlotte, North Carolina, for their respective party conventions, where they will select their presidential candidates and drum up the support of their bases. Both parties are responsible for the interventionist U.S. policies that have militarized the Americas, and for the continued operation of the School of the Americas (SOA/ WHINSEC). They claim to represent the people of the United States, and we won't let them pull off their dog and pony shows without us. We will be there to engage them, and to communicate a clear message for justice, peace and self-determination to the people of the Americas. Join the protests, and get together with people in your community to plan and organize creative actions to to educate the candidates and the public about the reality of the militarized U.S. foreign policy.

**DOWNLOAD THE SOA WATCH 2012 RNC-DNC FLYER!**

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