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Home Action Statements of Support & Solidarity In Honor of the Victims ~ ?No M?s! No More!
In Honor of the Victims ~ ?No M?s! No More! PDF Print E-mail
Today we are privileged to stand in the traditions of Gandhi, Aun San Sui Kyi, Dorothy Day, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and all those who have gone before us in the way of justice. We can name only some victims here, but they call to memory the other hundreds of thousands who have suffered and died. May our witness honor them all.

SOA violence and the racist system of domination it represents are a continuation of the ?trail of tears? that ravaged the indigenous people of this country. We hold up the memory of our Native American sisters and brothers who first lived on this land. We cry . . .

  • In Guatemala, last week a court ordered the capture of the SOA graduate Angel Anibal Guevara, the former Defense Minister, and for SOA graduate German Chupina, the former head of the feared National Police, for their involvement in homicide, terrorism and kidnapping during Guatemala?s civil war. The brutal School of the Americas counterinsurgency strategies that were implemented in Guatemala left over 200,000 people dead and no SOA official has ever been held accountable. We cry . . .

  • In Mexico, a repression campaign is being unleashed against the people of Oaxaca who are struggling for direct democracy and justice. At least 18 high-ranking SOA graduates have played key roles in civilian-targeted warfare against indigenous communities in the states of Chiapas, Guerrero and Oaxaca. We cry...

  • In Colombia, the largest customer of the SOA, 2,000,000 people have been killed or displaced by massacres and assassinations carried out under the direction of SOA graduates. Earlier this year, General Montoya Uribe was named the head of the Colombian military. Gen. Montoya has a history?dating back 30-years?of collaborating with the paramilitaries in killing innocent peasants, massacring villages. He was also a student, and later, in 1993, a teacher, at the SOA. The killing in Colombia continues. We cry . . .

  • In Argentina, when SOA graduate Leopoldo Galtieri headed the military, 30,000 people were killed or disappeared. And in Chile, 10 of the officers indicted with Pinochet for crimes against humanity were trained at the SOA. We cry . . .

  • In Honduras, 19 of the ranking officers of the notorious Battalion 316 death squad were SOA-trained. And in Nicaragua, over 4,000 soldiers were trained at the SOA for Somoza?s National Guard death squads. We cry . .

  • In El Salvador, SOA-trained soldiers massacred over 900 men, women and children in the village of El Mozote, assassinated Archbishop Oscar Romero, raped and murdered four U.S. church women and massacred 14 year old Celina Ramos, her mother Elba and six Catholic priests, professors of the University of Central America in San Salvador. We cry . . .

  • In the U.S., over a thousand people died as Hurrican Katrina hit Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The overwhelming majority were poor people and people of color?those left behind who did not evacuate because they did not have the means or ability to do so. 36 million people inside our borders do not have enough to eat, three million are homeless and over two million people are imprisoned, while the government spends billions on war. We cry...

  • In Venezuela, in April 2002, graduates of the School of the Americas were key players in an attempted coup against the democratically elected government. Democracy prevailed as the people took to the streets. One hundred people died in the violence during the coup attempt. We cry . . .

  • In Bolivia, people across the country protested in October 2003 against unjust economic policies. The government responded by sending the troops - many under the command of SOA graduates to suppress the dissent. The people stood strong and prevailed. The president fled to the United States. Eight-five people were killed in the preceding repression campaign. We cry . . .

  • In Iraq, U.S. war and occupation have caused the deaths of over 100,000 people. We cry . . .

  • For all of the labor organizers, students, religious leaders, educators, farmers and countless others who have borne SOA violence, and for all who have suffered from repression, we cry . . .
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