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4 arrested for murder of Berta Cáceres in Honduras PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brigitte Gynther   
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 15:50

On Monday morning, the Honduran authorities arrested 4 men in relation to the murder of internationally renowned activist Berta Cáceres -- 2 are retired or active members of the Honduran Armed Forces and 2 have ties to DESA, the company building the Agua Zarca hydroelectric project that Berta was campaigning against. With even the Honduran government investigators now admitting the assassins have ties to the Honduran Armed Forces, it is time once and for all for the United States to end financing and training of the Honduran security forces. Berta's family and COPINH continue to call for the Inter-American Human Rights Commission to investigate the case.  It is hard to believe that the Honduran government has the political will to investigate the higher-ups who may have helped plan or known about Berta's murder; as Berta's daughter Laura Zuniga Cáceres told The Guardian, “The Honduran state is too closely linked to the murder of my mother to carry out an independent investigation.”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 May 2016 15:52
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We are moving our annual convergence this Fall from the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia to the militarized US/Mexico border. The Border Convergence is going to take place from October 7-10, 2016 in Nogales, Arizona/ Sonora. The change of the location goes along with the broadening of the issue and our expanded fight against U.S. militarization at home and abroad.

The convergence is taking place right before the November election. To generate the biggest possible impact, we need to build a strong coalition of groups to make the convergence a success. We hope that you would consider to mobilize your community the Border Convergence.

We need your support to help us raise $125,000 in the coming months to ensure a well organized, successful convergence. Please click here to make a donation.

Visit SOAW.org/border for more information.
 
Protests for #JusticeForBertaCaceres in Congressional offices on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC PDF Print E-mail
Written by Hendrik Voss   
Tuesday, 19 April 2016 12:41

On Monday, April 18, the final day of SOA Watch's Spring Days of Action, human rights activists disrupted the Congressional offices of three U.S. House Representatives who enthusiastically supported the 2009 military coup in Honduras (Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, from Florida; Dana Rohrabacher, from California) and who continue to fund death squads and human rights abuses (latter two offices and Kay Granger, from Texas). As grassroots activists from across the United States called Congress to register their opposition to the American policy towards the Central American country, and others protested outside of the Congressional office buildings, SOA Watch activists took over the three Congressional offices.

Those in the U.S. government (including Hilary Clinton), who are responsible for the militarized U.S. policy in Honduras, need to be held accountable. Rep. Kay Granger (chair of important committees that fund the Drug War in Latin America) wants to deport Honduran children yet continues to arm the criminal Honduran regime they are fleeing; Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen has been one of the most aggressive proponents for the coup regime in Honduras; Representative Dana Rohrbacher not only denied that a coup had even taken place, but sent a letter of support to the coup President of Honduras, Roberto Micheletti, a man who had been implicated in corruption and narco-trafficking. Feel free to follow up with their offices. You can get connected via the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

Watch a video clip of the protest inside the Congressional office of Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX), a lackey of the arms industry, her office is covered in proof of where her allegiances lie: https://www.facebook.com/Schooloftheamericaswatch/videos/10153851849616130/ (please share the video with your friends on facebook, twitter etc.)

Photos from the protest outside of the Congressional office buildings: https://photobyted.smugmug.com/SOAW/Justice-for-Berta-Cáceres/n-hkvd6M/i-qZ8K5sK/A

Please stay tuned for an update from Honduras from SOA Watch's Latin America Liaison Brigitte Gynther, who currently accompanies COPINH at this difficult time.

If you support the work of SOA Watch, please consider making a donation: http://SOAW.org/donate


Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 20:06
 
Join National Call-In Day on Monday April 18, the Last Day of 2016 Spring Days of Action! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Arturo J. Viscarra   
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 23:46

We kick off our 2016 SOA Watch Spring Days of Action on April14! On Monday, April 18 during the finale of our events & actions, we want you to strenghten our protest in DC by participating in our National Call-In Day! As we pressure Congress and protest on Capitol Hill in honor of Honduran indigenous and environmental activist Berta Cáceres, murdered just over one month ago, you will echo and amplify our voices by flooding the phone lines. Your voice does make the difference! Please see details below.

This year's theme for the Spring Days of Action is Solidarity with Communities in Resistance and Sanctuary for Refugees. Increasing militarization and violence in Central America and Mexico is leading to an increase of asylum-seekers looking for refuge in the U.S. While some try to scapegoat them for all of our problems, we must stand up and demand accountability from the U.S. government and respect for the people of the region, whether they are in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, or in the U.S. We recognized and answered this call in the 1980s, and it is time for us to do so once again.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 April 2016 12:55
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Solidarity & Sanctuary: The 2016 Spring Days of Action PDF Print E-mail
Written by Hendrik Voss   
Friday, 18 March 2016 02:12
Keep up the pressure on the powers that be! Join us from April 14-18 in Washington, DC for School of the Americas Watch’s Spring Days of Action (SDOA)! We will continue the tradition of combining direct action, art, workshops, and lobbying to confront U.S. imperialism and xenophobia in the Belly of the Beast!

Click here to Register & Join us in DC April 14th - 18th, 2016

This year there will be actions in the streets and a ruckus in the halls of Congress to demand that the U.S. cease it's funding of the Drug War in Mexico and Central America, including the "Southern Border Plan" that is being utilized to further militarize the region while terrorizing vulnerable refugees in Mexico. We will also demand sanctuary for Latin American refugees in the U.S. and an end to the militarization of our own police force in the U.S.

A key to social change is grassroots power, so we'll be having a welcome party, congressional visits, demonstrations, art-building, border vigil planning, and more! (see below and click on the registration form)

Schedule of Events

Thursday, April 14 - Opening Celebration & Art Build (5 PM - 9 PM, 1211 Delafield Pl. NW, Washington, DC)

Friday, April 15 - Lobby Training: Talking Points & Role Play (This workshop will be repeated Sunday morning, you only need to attend 1 of them if lobbying - 9 AM - 11:30 PM, Jubilee USA offices, 212 East Capitol St. NE, Washington, DC 20003)

As the Brazilian Congress kicks off an illegitimate impeachment process that threatens Democracy, let's stand together with the Brazilian people as they take the streets against the coup! (5:30pm to 7:30pm in front of the Brazilian Embassy 3006 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20008)

Friday, April 15 - Funk the War Tax Dance Party (8 PM - 1 AM, 1809 Monroe Street NW, Washington, DC)

Saturday, April 16 - Workshop: Pressure Biden to Close the SOA & Scrap the "Alliance for Prosperity" (9:45 AM - 11:15 AM, Shaw Neighborhood Library, WTD Meeting Room - 1630 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001)

Saturday, April 16 - Workshop: Nonviolent Direct Action (12:30 PM - 3:30 PM, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, MLK Room A-3, 901 G St NW, Washington, DC 20001)

Saturday, April 16 - Peace, Life, & Justice Caravan from Latin America and U.S. Youth present "Creative & Courageous Resistance to Militarism & State Violence" (5 PM - 8 PM, Bolivarian Hall, 2445 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC)

Sunday, April 17 - Lobby Training: Talking Points & Role Play [repeat of Friday's workshop] (10 AM - 12:30 PM, La Casa, 3166 Mt. Pleasant St. NW, Washington, DC)

Sunday, April 17 - 2016 Border Convergence Planning & Discussion on Root Causes of Migration (2 PM - 5 PM, La Casa, 3166 Mt. Pleasant St. NW, Washington, DC)

Sunday, April 17 - Art Build Part II - Drum, banner, & sign-making in Mt. Pleasant for next day's action! (5 PM - 7pm, La Casa, 3166 Mt. Pleasant St. NW, Washington, DC)

Sunday, April 17 - SOAW Social/Dinner at Haydee's (5 PM - ?, Haydee's Restaurant, 3102 Mt. Pleasant St. NW, Washington, DC)

Monday, April 18 - Morning Coffee Meetup on the Hill (8 AM -10 AM, Longworth House Cafeteria 24 Hour Vending)

Monday, April 18 - Flyering at Columbus Circle near Union Station (8am - 9am)

Monday, April 18 -
Immigration Rally at the Supreme Court, 9am - 12pm

Monday, April 18 - Protest in Honor of Berta Cáceres in front of the Cannon House Office Building at 12:30pm (Independence Ave & First Street SE)

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Rest in Struggle, Berta Cáceres and Nelson García

We have been devastated by the assassination of last year’s Spring Days of Action featured speaker, Berta Cáceres, on March 3, 2016. Berta was a long-time social movement leader, co-founder of COPINH (Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras), an anti-imperialist deeply involved in the struggle to stop the displacement of Lenca communities by mega-projects in Honduras. Unfortunately we just received the awful news that another member of COPINH, Nelson García, was assassinated at his mother-in-law's home yesterday. We are awaiting further details, but suffice to say that the situation in Honduras is dire and we must continue working in solidarity with these brave activists.

Last year in DC, Berta called on U.S. social movements to join together and demand an end to U.S. imperialism as well as the accompanying structural adjustment programs and destructive "development projects" imposed upon the global South by international banks. Let her words remind us of the importance of every voice in the resistance:

"Let us wake up! Let us wake up, humankind! We’re out of time. We must shake our conscience free of the rapacious capitalism, racism and patriarchy that will only assure our own self-destruction. The Gualcarque River has called upon us, as have other gravely threatened rivers. We must answer their call. Our Mother Earth, militarized, fenced-in, poisoned, a place where basic rights are systematically violated, demands that we take action. Let us build societies that are able to coexist in a dignified way, in a way that protects life. Let us come together and remain hopeful as we defend and care for the blood of this Earth and of its spirits.". - Berta Cáceres

The freezing of part of U.S. military aid to Mexico in 2015 after the Ayotzinapa disappearances was a restult of public protests, lobby efforts, and media work, which showed us that grassroots power can make a difference. We must continue pushing forward for many reasons. Solidarity with the people of Honduras, and honoring the example of struggle that Berta left us are two of them.

Questions? Suggestions? Ideas? Please contact Arturo at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (202) 234-3440.

Together We Will Demand

  • ¡Justicia para Berta! Justice for Berta! Berta was assassinated to strike fear among her organization (COPINH), the Lenca, and the entirety of the Hoduran Resistance. We stand in the memory of Berta and oppose mega-projects that seek to own the rivers and trees!
  • The defunding of Plan Frontera Sur or the Southern Border Plan which is further militarizing Mexico and fostering death, disappearances, and other human rights abuses of Central American refugees.
  • Free the refugees from Immigrant Prison! Mesoamerican "immigrants" are asylum-seekers & refugees of the Drug War and its accompanying state violence. We will demand TPS for all Refugees already in the U.S. and their release from private detention centers NOW!
  • End militarization of the police in the US! Pass the "Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act"! Our communities in the US are also not battlefields! The Pentagon must stop sending "free" military weapons to police forces.
  • Tell Biden & Obama to close the School of the Americas! It’s been too long. The time to act is now! We also do not want the "Alliance for Prosperity" or Biden Plan in Central America, new name, same destructive policies.


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