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Convergence of Hope and Resistance 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Liz Albanese   
Wednesday, 01 September 2010 18:52
Organizers for justice in the Americas have been gathering at the gates of Fort Benning since 1990, and as our demonstration against the SOA has evolved into one of the most vibrant anti-militarization convergences in the United States, we continue to learn from one another's stories, tactics, ideas, information, theater, trainings, workshops, films, and more. See the 2010 schedule of events below! (en español)


Schedule of Events

[Please Note: This is not a complete schedule of events -- stay tuned for updates!]

The SOA Watch Translation and Interpreation Working Group is providing simultaneous Spanish language interpreation through headsets, which will be available at no cost near the stage.

Note: The following abbreviations signify different event spaces. Click on the link below to see where the spaces are located in Columbus.

CC (Columbus Convention Center, 801 Front Avenue)

QI (Quality Inn, 1325 Veterans Pkwy)

Warehouse (Puppetista Warehouse, 1353 23rd Street)

For a complete map of Columbus, Georgia, click here

***Bilingual workshop

Monday - Wednesday [11.15-11.17]

Puppet Building, Warehouse


Thursday [11.18]

Puppet Building, Warehouse

1-7:30PM Organizers' Strategy Conference on U.S. Militarization (www.lasolidarity.org), QI

7pm Former Prisoners and Probationers of Conscience Dinner, Locos Amigos Cantina (1030 Broadway, Columbus, GA 31901)

7:30-11:30pm Atlanta Benefit Concert to Close the SOA, Eyedrum Gallery


Friday [11.19]

9am-11pm Event Registration Table: Stop by to pick up your vigil program! Any weekend schedule changes will be posted at this table, CC Lobby

9am-11pm Tabler and Vendor Space, CC Riverside Lobby

9am-8pm Silent Auction by the SOAW Latin America Office, CC Riverside Lobby

9:30am-12:30pm SOA Watch Nonviolence Training: An Introduction, CC 201

9:30am-12:30pm SOA Watch Nonviolence Training: Nonviolent Action Preparation, CC 207

10am-12pm Immigrant Rights Rally at the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia (45 mins from Columbus). Meet at the Convention Center at 8:15AM to find a ride or join the caravan led by a member of Georgia Detention Watch.

11am-12:30pm Film Screening: South of the Border, CC 101

12:15-1:45pm A Biblical Vision of Economic Justice: A Call to Live Jubilee!, CC 210

12:30-2pm Latin America Solidarity Coalition presents: Building a Movement Against U.S. Militarism, CC 207

1-2:30pm Film Screening: Ending U.S. Sponsored Torture Forever, CC 101 ***

1-3pm Anti-Oppression Training, CC 201

2-5pm SOA Watch Nonviolence Training: An Introduction, CC 207

2-5pm Entrenamiento en No-Violencia: La Preparacio´n para la Acci?n No Violenta, CC 208

2-5pm SOA Watch Nonviolence Training: Nonviolent Action Preparation, CC 210

2:30pm Puppetista Building and Rehearsal, warehouse

3-5pm Film Screening: Pink Smoke Over the Vatican, CC 101

3-5:30pm Colombia Teach-In (Hosted by Witness for Peace), CC Sycamore Room

3-6pm SOA Watch Peacemaker and Guide Training, CC 201

3:30pm Puppetista Drum Circle Rehearsal, warehouse

5:30-7:30pm The Gaza Flotilla - Citizens Challenging Israeli and U.S. Policies, CC 210

5:30-7:30pm Witness Against Torture: Mobilizing to Shut Down Guantanamo, Bagram, and Other Detention Sites, CC 208

5:30-7:30pm Return to El Salvador documentary, narrated by Martin Sheen & Faces of Witness: Portraits of Salvadorans in their own words, CC 101

6-8pm Inclusive Catholic Eucharist, CC Sycamore Room A/C

6:15-8pm Pax Christi USA Annual Gathering at the SOA, CC Sycamore Room B/D

6:30-7:30pm Legal Observer Training (contact Nikki at nikkithanos[at]gmail.com with questions about what it means to be a legal observer), CC 201

7:30-8:30pm TASSC International Presents: Torture and Accountability, CC 208

7:30-9:30pm Direct Action: All Risk Levels and Creative Nonviolence, CC 207

8-10pm Solidarity Does Make the Difference: Demilitarization of Latin America, CC 210

8-10pm Life in Cuba Today and the 5 Cuban Political Prisoners Held in the U.S., CC 201

8-10pm Film Screening: Burma VJ (academy award nominee), CC 101

8:30-11:30pm The Peacemonger's Song Swamp: A Benefit Concert to Close the SOA, CC Sycamore Room

10-11:30pm Why Lie (I Want a Beer): How We Can Better Serve, Love, and Understand the Homeless in Our Midst, 207

10pm-12am (Still) Organizing After the Earthquake: Movement Building in the Caribbean and Beyond, 208

10:30-11:30pm "Must we starve our children to pay our debt?" Updates on the IMF and Economic Violence; Jubilee USA's Fight for Economic Justice, CC 201


Saturday [11.20]

7 am - 9 am Presbyterian Breakfast, Holiday Inn North, Reservations required. $10 for a full breakfast buffet. Speakers - Susana Pimiento from the Fellowship of Reconciliation Colombia program and Rick Ufford-Chase, director of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship
For reservations, contact Marilyn White at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

8-11am Peace Walk to Close the SOA: Join the 11th Annual Peace Pilgrimage to Close the SOA at the Columbus Civic Center (intersection of Veterans Blvd. and Victory Dr.) to walk the final 4.5 miles of a 100-mile pilgrimage. Hosted by Nipponzan Myohoji (Buddhist order) and Alterna Community.

8-11:30am Tabler and Vendor Space, CC Riverside Lobby

8am-11pm Event Registration Table: stop by to pick up your vigil program! Any weekend schedule changes will be posted at this table, CC Lobby

8:30-11am Labor Caucus: hosted by the UAW, USAS, US LEAP, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, and USW, CC 212***

9-10:30am Spontaneous choir / band rehearsal for anyone interested in playing or singing at the 6:30pm liturgy in the Convention Center North Hall -- All are welcome!, CC 205

9am-7pm Silent Auction by the SOAW Latin America Office, CC Riverside Lobby

9:00-10:30am MORNING PLENARY! Learn about SOA Watch's 2010 campaign! All attendees are encouraged to attend for important weekend logistical, direct action, nonviolence, and legislative information. CC Ballroom***

10-11am Kids Learn SOA Songs to Close the SOA, CC 103

10-11am Middle School Teach-In, CC 104

10:45-11:15am Direct Action: All Risk Levels and Creative Nonviolence, CC Ballroom

1:30pm Gather for Nonviolent Action Preparation last minute training in English and Spanish near the entrance to the rally on Ft. Benning road. ***

11:30am-4:30pm RALLY AT THE GATES OF FORT BENNING*** (Click here for information regarding accessibility)

2:30pm Puppestistas Rehearsal, Ft. Benning Rd.

5pm-12am Tabler and Vendor Space, CC Riverside Lobby

5-6:30pm Making Space for Peace: Protecting Human Rights Activists and Communities in Resistance in Latin America, CC 213

5-6:30pm Emancipación: Un Camino a la Liberación de los Inmigrantes, CC 212***

5-6:30pm Venezuela 101 -- 21st Century Democracy, CC 202

5-6:30pm Film Screening: Pink Smoke Over the Vatican, CC 103

5-6:30pm Haiti, the SOA Connection, and the Ongoing Repression of the Majority, CC 207

5-7pm Demilitarizing Your Campus: Presented by the American Friends Service Committee, CC 208

5-7pm Roots of Migration Workshop (Hosted by Witness for Peace), CC 211

5-7pm Film Screening: The Coca Cola Case, CC Ballroom

5-8pm Maryknoll Gathering, CC 104

5:30-7:00pm HONDURAS: 510 Days of Impunity - 510 Days of Resistance. CC 205 ***

5:30-7:30pm Christian Peacemaker Teams Gathering: Join in for a time of prayer, song, and story-telling in preparation for Sunday's vigil. All are welcome!, CC 201

6:30-8:30pm Students for a Democratic Society Gathering, CC 213

6:30pm Catholic Liturgy: This year's Eucharistic Celebration is being planned by students, liturgists, campus ministers, musicians, and activists. Bishop Thomas Gumbleton will preside, CC North Hall

7-8:30pm After the Election: Working Together to Create Economic Survival for All, CC 207

7-9pm Veterans for Peace Gathering and Sharing, CC 208

7-9pm Simón Sedillo presents: The Demarest Factor, U.S. Military Mapping of communal indigenous lands in Oaxaca, Mexico, CC 103

7-9pm SOA Watch Legislative Training, CC 212

7:30-8:30pm Roy Bourgeois and Lisa Sullivan Report on Bolivia's "Get Goni" Campaign / Followed by LIVE AUCTION!, CC 205

7:30-9:30pm Live Performance: Sentenced to Death for Not Killing - The Story of Ben Salmon, CC 211

8-10pm The Coalition of Immokalee Workers: Fighting for Fair Food, CC 201

8-10pm Job, Intern, Volunteer and Religious Vocations Fair (Hosted by SOA Watch). Interested in Making Social Justice Your Career? Stop by and visit tables hosted by groups including the Christian Peacemaker Teams, AFSCME, and Pax Christi. CC Ballroom A

8-11pm The Swords Into Windmills: A Benefit Concert to Close the SOA, CC Ballroom

8:30-9:30pm South/North Youth Organizing to Close the SOA (ALL Youth and Students are Welcome and Encouraged to Come!), CC 213

8:30-10:30pm Return to El Salvador documentary, narrated by Martin Sheen & Faces of Witness: Portraits of Salvadorans in their own words, CC 104

9-11pm The Militarization of Costa Rica: U.S. Warships and the SOA, CC 205 ***

9-11pm Colombia Support Network presents: A Powerful Connection: Linking Peoples and Communities, 202

9:30 pm - 11:00 pm Presbyterian Peace Fellowship gathering for seminary and college students
@Holiday Inn North. For information, contact Marilyn White at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

9:30-11pm The "New Penitentiary Culture": How the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, USAID and the School of the Americas are Sowing Terror and Political Repression in Colombian Prisons, CC 208

9:30-11pm Film Screenings: Children of the War and Children and Migration, CC 207

9:30-11pm Emancipation: A Path to Immigrant Liberation, CC 212

9:30-11pm No to U.S. Intervention in Colombia! Stop FBI Repression! A Presentation by Fight Back! Newspaper, 213

9:30-11:30pm Film Screening: Quién Dijo Miedo / We are Not Afraid (Inside the Coup in Honduras), CC 103 ***

10-11:30pm Film Screening: Breaking the Silence: Torture Survivors Speak Out, CC 211

10:30pm-12am The Campaign to Stop Killer Coke, CC 201

10:45-11:45pm The Roots of War: The World Bank and IMF's long history of economic violence, CC 104


Sunday [11.21]

7:45am Veterans for Peace March from the Columbus Inn (formerly the Days Inn) to Fort Benning Road. If you cannot do the full walk, please meet at the end of Fort Benning Rd at 8am to join marching to the gates, although we highly encourge people who are able to meet at Columbus Inn.

8:45am-2:00pm Memorial Service, Solemn Funeral Procession and Puppetistas, Fort Benning Rd. ***

2:00pm Stage Breakdown. Volunteers needed! Meet at the stage!


Monday [11.22]

8:15am-12pm Biggest SOA Watch Mailing Party of the Year! Volunteers Needed!, QI

Last Updated on Friday, 19 November 2010 16:35
 

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