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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


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
SOA Watch remembers Óscar Romero and Argentina PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 March 2017 22:45

(Español abajo)

Today, March 24, SOA Watch remembers the 37th anniversary of the 1980 assassination of Archbishop Óscar Romero in El Salvador. Mayor Roberto D'Aubuisson, a 1972 graduate of the School of the Americas, was identified as the person responsible for ordering his murder. The United Nations also identified D’Aubuisson as responsible for organizing death squads responsible for the deaths of thousands of Salvadorans. As we add our voices to the demands of justice for his murder, we honor his struggle for the Salvadoran people and his demands for peace in Latin America.

In the same way, 41 years after the civil and military coup in Argentina, we remember the demands for memory and truth.  We add our voices to our Argentine sisters and brothers' demands for justice. We do not forget that Emilio Massera, Jorge Rafael Videla, Roberto Viola, and Leopoldo Galtieri, among others responsible for the coup, were trained at the School of the Americas. We do not forget that the United States also bears responsibility for the more than 30 thousand detained-disappeared during the military junta that governed Argentina between 1976 and 1983.

Honoring the memory of Monsignor Romero and the memory of the 30 thousand detained and disappeared Argentineans goes hand in hand with a call for attention today: The same US intervention, policies, military training, and financing that are implicated in the murder of Oscar Romero and in the coup in Argentina continue today. This is the same system that killed Berta Cáceres and more than 120 others in Honduras since 2010.

9One of the ways to honor the legacy of Romero is to demand the closure of the School of the Americas and the end of US support to repressive regimes as in Honduras and Mexico. We invite you to be part of the Spring Days of Action 2017 April 11-21, lobbying with Congress to demand their support for HR 1299, which would cut off military aid to the Honduran regime. The second request during lobby days will be to reject Trump’s supplemental budget that asks for more taxpayer money to build the US-Mexico Border wall and which increases the persecution, detention and deportation of migrants and refugees.

Óscar Romero, Presente!

30 thousand detained-disappeared in Argentina, Presentes!


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Este 24 de marzo SOA Watch se une a la conmemoración del 37 aniversario del asesinato de monseñor Óscar Romero en El Salvador, en 1980. El mayor Roberto D’Aubuisson, graduado de la Escuela de las Américas en 1972, ha sido señalado como el responsable de ordenar su asesinato y el de cientos de miles de personas salvadoreñas mediante la organización de una Red de Escuadrones de la Muerte, de acuerdo a un informe de las Organización de las Naciones Unidas. Mientras sumamos nuestra voz a las demandas de justicia ante su asesinato, honramos su lucha por el pueblo salvadoreños y sus demandas de paz en América Latina.

En otras latitudes, después de 41 años del Golpe Cívico y Militar en Argentina, las demandas de memoria y verdad siguen presentes este 24 de marzo y nos sumamos al clamor de justicia de nuestras hermanas y hermanos argentinos. No olvidamos que Emilio Massera, Jorge Rafael Videla, Roberto Viola, y Leopoldo Galtieri, entre otros responsables del golpe, fueron entrenados en la Escuela de las Américas. No olvidamos que Estados Unidos también es responsables por los más de 30 mil detenidos-desaparecidos durante la junta militar que gobernó Argentina entre 1976 y 1983.

Nuestro saludo a la memoria de Monseñor Romero y a la memoria de los 30 mil argentinos detenidos-desaparecidos va de la mano con un llamado de atención a la gente de los Estados Unidos: Las fuerzas estadounidenses cómplices en el asesinato de Óscar Romero y en el Golpe de estado argentino continúan ahora. Estas fuerzas son las mismas que asesinaron a Berta Cáceres y a más de 120 ecologistas hondureños desde 2010.

Desde este espacio creemos que una de las maneras para honrar el legado de los pueblos latinoamericanos es seguir demandando el cierre de la Escuela de las Américas y el fin del apoyo estadounidense a regímenes represivos como en Honduras y México. Le invitamos a formar parte de los Días de Acción de Primavera 2017, entre el 11 y 21 de abril, cabildeando con sus miembros para exigirles su apoyo al HR 1299, que cortaría la ayuda militar al régimen hondureño. La segunda demanda será la de rechazar el presupuesto suplementario propuesto por Trump, el cual pide más dinero de impuestos para construir el muro y que aumenta la persecución, detención y deportación de personas migrantes y refugiadas.

Óscar Romero, ¡Presente!

30 mil argentinxs detenidxs-desaparecidxs, ¡Presentes!


SOA Watch

Last Updated on Saturday, 25 March 2017 03:22
Take Action for Honduran Refugees & Berta Cáceres PDF Print E-mail
Written by Arturo J. Viscarra   
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 16:34

March 2nd marked the anniversary of the assassination of the visionary leader Berta Cáceres, as well as the reintroduction of the bill named in her honor, the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act (HR 1299). A few weeks ago it was reported that two of those charged with Berta’s murder were trained by the United States in Ft. Benning, Georgia, home of the School of the Americas (SOA-WHINSEC)

Ask your Representative TODAY to co-sponsor HR 1299, the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act!

Our 2017 Spring Days of Action will honor Berta's tremendous legacy by calling for an end to U.S. military aid to Honduras, as well as demanding that the Trump administration respect the rights of Central American refugees, too many of whom have been forced to flee their homes due to U.S.-led militarization. But we are doing things a bit differently this year. Instead of asking supporters to travel to Washington, DC, we are asking you to lobby or protest your members of Congress in your home districts between April 11 - April 21, when Congress will be "in district". Please stay tuned for more details about our 2017 Spring Days of Action 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.

For now, we need to keep the momentum going on HR 1299! 38 Members of Congress have already officially co-sponsored HR 1299, the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act!

Email your representative today to ask them to co-sponsor this important piece of legislation (or thank them for already having done so), which would suspend US military/security aid to Honduras pending credible and complete investigations into the murders of Berta and other Honduran Human Rights Defenders. We see the campaign around this bill as part of our support for Central American asylum-seekers, as an important way to address the real root causes of migration.

Please take action for justice and accountability in Honduras today!

In Solidarity,

Arturo, Brigitte, Eduardo, Katherine, Roy, and the rest of SOA Watch

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 March 2017 17:47
Press Release: Protest as Scandal-Ridden President of Honduras Meets with Members of U.S. Congress PDF Print E-mail
Written by Arturo J. Viscarra   
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 15:25

For immediate release
March 21, 2017

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Family members of the slain Honduran environmentalist and Indigenous leader, Berta Caceres, and other activists confront President of Honduras during meeting with Members of U.S. Congress
In wake of serious controversies, JOH asks U.S. Representatives for continued aid

For more photos and video of the protest in Cannon House Office Building, click here

Washington, DC – Protestors, including a sister and niece of the late Berta Caceres, blocked the door to the room where Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez was meeting with members of the House Central America Caucus today. President Hernández’s meeting is at the invitation of Central America Caucus founder and co-chair Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA), and follows Rep. Torres response to Caceres’ family members declining their request that she cosponsor the HR 1299, the “Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act.” Caceres’ family members had sent Rep. Torres an open letter urging that she cosponsor HR 1299, citing ongoing murders and threats to social leaders and activists and the flawed investigation into Caceres’ murder. The bill would suspend U.S. support for Honduras’ security forces “until such time as human rights violations by Honduran security forces cease and their perpetrators are brought to justice.” Leaked court documents indicate that at least two of those indicted for Ms. Caceres's murder received extensive U.S. military and intelligence training, including at the infamous School of the Americas.

“A government that fails to protect its citizens and whose security forces are implicated in attacks and killings of activists should not be receiving security funding and training from the U.S. government,” the family’s letter states.

President Hernandez’s visit to DC to meet with the Caucus also comes amidst controversy in Honduras over his intention to run for re-election. Under the Honduran constitution, presidents are limited to one term, but the Supreme Court is allowing Hernandez’s run in 2017. The Honduran Congress removed several Supreme Court judges in 2012 in a “technical coup,” however, after ruling a police reform law unconstitutional. Hernandez was the president of the Congress at the time.

Another scandal looms impicating Hernandez's family, party, and cabinet in drug trafficking. A DEA informant and former member of the Cachiros cartel, Devis Leonel Rivera Maradiaga, testified in a New York court last week that he had discussed a bribery scheme with President Hernandez’s brother, Congressman Antonio “Tony” Hernández. The hearing was about former president Porfirio Lobo's son, Fabio Porfirio Lobo, who plead guilty to trafficking drugs last year. Rivera Maradiaga has also testified that former President Lobo took bribes from the Cachiros, offering protection from authorities, and from extradition, in return. President Hernández is from the same political party, the National Party, as former president Lobo.

Rivera Maradiaga testified that he provided a recording of his meeting with Tony Hernández, in which Hernández requests a bribe, to the DEA. Rivera Maradiaga has also provided courtroom testimony that ties current Honduran Security Minister Julian Pacheco to the Cachiros cartel.

Ms. Caceres's niece stated, "One of my questions to the U.S. government is why are we giving secuity aid to a corrupt government, a government that is protecting narco-traffickers?". She also yelled to President Hernandez as he left the meeting amid heavy security, asking why he refuses to allow an international investigation into the murder of her aunt. She was ignored.

For more information: bertacaceres.org

Sources: The Guardian: Berta Caceres court papers show murder suspects' links to U.S.-trained elite troops; InSight Crime: Another Day, Another Damning Testimony of Elites by Honduras Trafficker; AFP: Honduras vows fight against drug gangs after narco-chief testimony

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