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Carta Abierta en apoyo al Proyecto de Ley “Berta Cáceres” para los derechos humanos en Honduras PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pablo Ruiz   
Friday, 21 July 2017 15:52

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Hace 8 años, el golpe de estado militar, realizado por la oligarquía hondureña en complicidad del gobierno de los Estados Unidos, instauró un periodo de represión y terror con el propósito de profundizar en grado extremo el saqueo y la venta del país a empresas privadas y el control del mismo por parte de una pequeña élite. Desde el 2009, mediante el apoyo y financiamiento de los EEUU, se ha implementado una agenda de muerte: privatización, neoliberalización extrema, militarización y represión en contra de los pueblos hondureños.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 July 2017 16:27
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Colombia: In Solidarity With Political Prisoners PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pablo Ruiz   
Friday, 14 July 2017 11:23

This past June 20 to 25, I had the opportunity to participate in a Human Rights Mission to Colombia organized by Fundación Lazos de Dignidad and the Coordination for Human Rights in the Americas.

Among the activities we carried out was the visit to political prisoners of the Sixth Pavilion in the Chiquinquirá prison, whom today are staging a hunger strike, alongside over 1,500 organized political prisoners in different jails throughout Colombia. They demand the fulfillment of Law 1820, or the Amnesty and Pardon Law. This law will allow them to be free again. However, the judges arbitrarily, by hate and revenge, refuse to apply the law.

The political prisoners are members of the FARC-EP that signed the Peace Accords with the Colombian government, whom last June handed in the the UN their remaining arms. Today, the only arm they wish to hold onto is their word. It is necessary to say that the FARC-EP wants to transform itself into a movement or legal political group, and from there it will continue to fight for a more just Colombia.

At the Chiquinquirá Prison with the FARC-EP political prisoners

We visited the “Mariana Páez” and “Simón Trinidad” Concentration Zones located in Buenavista, of the Mesetas Municipality, in the Meta department located in the Colombian mountains. On one side there are the guerrillas, and on the other, a group of political prisoners that have been brought to this place in compliance with the Peace Accords. Both Concentration Zones are in the process and transition towards a definitive standardization.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 July 2017 15:57
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8 Years after the US-backed Military Coup in Honduras, the Restistance Continues: Inland Empire Special Event with Alfredo Lopez of Honduran Garifuna Organization OFRANEH PDF Print E-mail
Written by Arturo J. Viscarra   
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 12:10

En español a continuación

Come out for a evening of honoring the Honduras Coup of 2009 hosted by School of the Americas Watch. This June 28 marks the 8 year anniversary of the Honduran military coup, which was facilitated and protected by the U.S. Hillary Clinton was then Secretary of State, and for her role in upholding the coup, she was repeatedly accused of having "killed Berta" last year.

When:     June 28th 2017

Time:      6:30-8:30 pm
Where:   CASA Ontario
200 S Euclid Ave Suite B
Ontario CA 91762
Map:
https://goo.gl/maps/qo36Jgid8st

We seek to not only have an event in commemoration of all of the victims of the coup and the resulting Honduran regime, but also to highlight the beautiful resistance that continues in Honduras. COPINH, Berta's organization led by the Lenca people, and OFRANEH, the true defender of the rights of the Garifuna are some of the most inspirational groups not only in Honduras, but throughout the Americas. Alfredo Lopez of OFRANEH will join us to discuss the coup, it's aftermath, and the Garifuna's continued resistance against land theft, forced migration, and other forms of state violence.

We hope to not only contribute to popular eduction, but to explore different ways to take action against US imperialism/militarization in Honduras and connect the struggle there with our struggles against oppression in the US.

We will also have a special performance by local musician Jag- War

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Este 28 de junio se conmemora el 8º aniversario del golpe militar hondureño, que fue facilitado y protegido por los EE.UU. Hillary Clinton fue entonces Secretaria de Estado, y por su papel en la defensa del golpe, fue acusada repetidamente de haber "asesinado a Berta Cáceres" durante la campaña presidencial el año pasado. Nuestra gente migra de Centroamerica y Mexico por esta constante violencia estatal e imperialista. YA BASTA!!

Patrocinado por SOA Watch:

Cuando:   28 de junio
Tiempo:    6:30-8:30 pm
Lugar:      CASA Ontario
200 S Euclid Ave Suite B
Ontario CA 91762
Mapa:
https://goo.gl/maps/qo36Jgid8st

Buscamos no sólo tener un evento en conmemoración de todas las víctimas del golpe y el régimen hondureño resultante, sino también resaltar la hermosa resistencia que continúa en Honduras. COPINH, la organización fundada por Berta Cáceres y dirigida por el pueblo Lenca, y OFRANEH, el verdadero defensor de los derechos de los garífunas son algunos de los grupos más inspiradores no sólo en Honduras, sino en toda América. Alfredo López de OFRANEH estará con nosotros para discutir el golpe de estado, sus consecuencias y la continua resistencia de los garífunas contra el robo de tierras, la migración forzada y otras formas de violencia estatal.

Esperamos no solo contribuir a la educación popular, sino también explorar diferentes maneras de actuar contra el imperialismo y la militarización en Honduras y conectar la lucha allí con nuestras luchas contra la violencia estatal y opresión en los Estados Unidos.

También tendremos una actuación especial del músico local Jag-War

En Solidaridad,

SOA Watch
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 June 2017 20:25
 
Save the Date! Convergence in Nogales this November 10-12! ¡Aparta la Fecha! ¡Encuentro en Nogales del 10 al 12 de noviembre! PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 21:06

We are still moved and humbled by the energy and power from those who attended the first SOA Watch Border Convergence. After 26 years of history at the gates of Ft. Benning, SOA Watch held its' first Convergence in Tucson andambos Nogales, in order to respond to the present-day call to solidarity with Latin America.

This November 10-12, join us in ambos Nogales for our second bi-national convergence at the militarized U.S./Mexico border, to build the grassroots power necessary to challenge the racist status quo and push back against U.S. intervention in Latin America.

As we call attention to the militarization of the border and Latin America, we also call for an end to state-sponsored terrorism and violence against our communities inside the United States. Similarly, the mobilization at the border in Nogales is one more way to fight for the closure of the School of the Americas/WHINSEC and put an end to U.S. intervention in Latin America.

So join us! Organize your community to join human rights activists, torture survivors, union workers, veterans, community organizers, migrants, faith communities, students and educators from across the Americas.

You can look forward to receiving more information about the Convergence in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please check our SOA Watch Convergence website for important legal and travel information.

See you at the border!

In solidarity,
SOA Watch

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Seguimos conmovidos y honrados por la energía y el poder de quienes asistieron al primer Encuentro en la Frontera organizado por SOA Watch. Después de 26 años de historia en las puertas de Ft. Benning, SOA Watch celebró su primer Encuentro en Tucson y en ambos Nogales, con el fin de responder al llamado actual de solidaridad con América Latina.

Este 10 al 12 de noviembre, únete al movimiento en ambos Nogales para celebrar nuestro segundo Encuentro binacional en la frontera militarizada de Estados Unidos y México. En conjunto podremos construir el poder popular necesario para desafiarlo.

Al llamar la atención sobre la militarización de la frontera y de América Latina, también exigimos el fin del terrorismo de Estado y de la violencia en contra de nuestras comunidades fuera y dentro de los Estados Unidos. Asimismo, la movilización en la frontera de Nogales es una manera más de luchar por el cierre de la Escuela de las Américas/WHINSEC y de demandar el fin a la intervención estadounidense en América Latina.

¡Únete! Organiza a tu comunidad para ser parte de los activistas de derechos humanos, sobrevivientes, trabajadores sindicales, veteranos, organizadores comunitarios, migrantes, comunidades de fé, estudiantes y educadores de las Américas.

Espera a recibir más información sobre el Encuentro en las próximas semanas. Mientras tanto, visita nuestro sitio web del Encuentro de SOA Watch para tener más información legal y de transportación.

¡Nos vemos en la frontera!

En solidaridad,
SOA Watch


 
Join the 2017 Spring Days of Action! PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 April 2017 04:50
SOA Watch's 2017 Spring Days of Action are now through May 12, 2017! During the next month, we want you to contact your Representative and/or take part in actions in honor of Berta Caceres and in support of Central American asylum-seekers.

Register here, if you are interested in planning an action and/or lobbying your Representative. Once registered, we will follow up with you individually to make sure you are prepared to effectively participate in the Days of Action in the next month!

What are ways that you can participate in SOA Watch's Spring Days of Action?

1) Schedule an "in district" meeting near your home with your Member of Congress. Ask them to co-sponsor the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act, HR 1299, and to oppose using your tax money for Trump's Border Wall and more persecution of Migrants and asylum-seekers. Here are the simple steps that you need to take in order to schedule and prepare for your meeting.

2) Visit the Town Hall Project to find out if your Member of Congress is having a Town Hall in the coming month. If you want to attend, let us know and we can send you flyers and other materials to take to your Town Hall. See video here of supporters effectively bird dogging their Representative at a recent Town Hall.

3) Plan an event/vigil/action in honor of Berta Cáceres and the people of Honduras. This could be at your Representative's office or a public space. No more tax money funding and training the corrupt and repressive Honduran government! Let us know what you need to prepare your own event, or support the April-May tour of two Honduran feminists traveling through the U.S.

4) Participate in local organizing supporting migrants and asylum-seekers. There are networks and organizations all over the country doing great work supporting migrants' rights. Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC), trains volunteers to visit and otherwise support detained migrants. Visit their website to find out how to get involved: http://www.endisolation.org/ Just today in Virginia, a new group, La ColectiVa, organized folks to go to an Immigration Court Hearing in support of Cesar, a young Guatemalan asylum-seeker. Contact us if you need help locating your local migrant rights' organizations/networks.

5) Email your Representative to ask them to support the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act and stay tuned for our call in day to oppose the Border Wall and more migrant detention and deportation next week!

We are here to support your participation in SOA Watch's Spring Days of Action. Register here and/or email our Advocacy Coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

In Solidarity,

SOA Watch

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 April 2017 05:15
 
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