School of the Americas Watch is mobilizing this April for our Spring Days of Action. The 2015 theme is "Growing Stronger Together - Resisting the 'Drug War' Across the Americas". Will you take the message to Washington, DC?
Can't make it to Washington, DC? BRING THE SOA WATCH SPRING DAYS OF ACTION TO YOUR COMMUNITY!
Join actions in the streets and in the halls of Congress to hasten the end of the Drug War and its accompanying destruction. Part of social change is grassroots power, and we'll be having a welcome party, congressional visits, concert, movement strategy session, and more! Register to join us in D.C. April 22-25
Schedule of Events
Wednesday, April 22
6pm-8pm Simon Sedillo Speaks! He is an independent journalist and a documentary film maker. Event will be held at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St NW, Washington, DC.
Simón Sedillo will be presenting new material from various struggles for dignity and self determination taking place in Mexico today. Sedillo will be presenting an insightful breakdown on the supposed "war on drugs", with updates from Michoacán and Guerrero as well as a broader analysis of the the effects of the U.S. military political economy on Mexico and the Mexican people. The story in the news today is about Mexican crime and corruption, but what about the role of crime and corruption in the USA? Sedillo's presentation includes community based video productions.
8pm Opening Celebration at Haydee's Restaurant (3102 Mount Pleasant St. NW)
Thursday, April 23
9am - 12pm Lobby training at Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church at 201 4th Street S.E., Washington, D.C. 20003.
12pm - 4:30pm Lobbying. Please call your representatives to schedule appointments in the afternoon. For assistance, call (202) 234-3440.
6pm Social gathering at Casa Ponderosa, 1211 Delafield Place, NW, Washington, DC 20011 (about a mile away from the Georgia-Petworth Metro stop; close to 14th St buses and Georgia Ave buses).
Friday, April 24
Grassroots Lobbying and action on Capitol Hill.
7pm Rally and Concert at Lamont Park (17th and Lamont Street NW), after-party at Don Juan's across the street.
Saturday, April 25
8:30 am - 4:30 pm SOA Watch Forum and Strategy Session. University of District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW.
Growing The movement's continued commitment to justice has only made our roots deeper and our reach towards the sun lengthen. More recently, SOA Watch's partnership with groups protesting the U.S. funding and militarizing of the Drug War in Mexico, have made seedlings whispering in the wind take root and cultivate in our shared communities. This April we continue in this same tradition of growing by challenging the Drug War in Mexico, Central America, Colombia, and in the U.S.
Stronger Change occurs over time, sprouting from the seeds planted by those who have come before us. Now, it is our job to continue to grow the movement, push for greater change, and continue building an alternative to war and empire, state violence and impunity, Mass incarceration, the root causes of migration, the criminalization of dissent - the greatest social struggles we are currently resisting in the hemisphere are linked by the disastrous "Drug War".
Together We are many communities in resistance, in Mexico, the U.S. and throughout the Americas, working for self-determination, justice, and an end to the violence of the Drug War. We are taking our message to Washington, DC not as individuals, but as a collective, echoing the millions of voices speaking truth to power and telling our own histories and herstories so that the powers that be cannot claim ignorance of the truth, and make a decision whether or not they will be part of the change for a better, more peaceful world.
Confronting The War on Drugs
The "Drug War" is militarizing, incarcerating, and killing communities in Latin America and in the U.S., especially traditionally oppressed peoples. Let's join join together this Spring to tell Congress the War on Drugs must end. Register for Spring Days of Action today!
The enforced disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa, Mexico proved once again that the disastrous results of U.S. military aid and training in Latin America are ongoing. Similarly, in Ferguson and other U.S. cities have reminded us that police militarization and the treatment of black and brown people as internal enemies are also major problems in the U.S., while putting into context what militarization looks like on the ground for so many in Latin America and beyond. Check out the video above of Arturo, SOA Watch's Legislative Organizer, work with others in the movement to confront Congressional Representatives about the War on Drugs in Mexico in January, 2015.
How to get to DC
Where to stay in DC
Questions? Suggestions? Ideas? Please contact Arturo arturo @ soaw.org or call (202) 234-3440.