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Order your box of the Spring 2011 issue of Presente today! PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 23 January 2011 00:00
Are you willing and able to order a box of Presente with 150 or 75 copies to spread the word in your community?

The Presente Activist Distributor Network is a testament to the grassroots power of the movement to close the SOA. As a grassroots movement without the backing of big foundations, the work of SOA Watch is being largely carried out and financed by volunteer activists and organizers across the Americas.

The ¡Presente! distributors are raising the $27 to cover the cost of printing and shipping and take responsibility for distributing the newspaper to friends, neighbors and strangers, at community centers, coffeehouses, universities, progressive bookstores and other places in their communities.

SOA Watch is grateful to all the ¡Presente! distributors and to everyone who made this issue possible. The bilingual and union printed Spring 2011 issue contains an interview with Argentinian anti-militarization activist Rina Bertaccinni, a report back from the SOA Watch November Vigil and lots of updates about the campaign to shut down the School of the Americas and to resist U.S. militarization. Presente also serves as a tool to mobilize people for the April Days of Action in Washington, DC. The cost per box of 150 copies (printing, shipping and handling in the U.S.) is $27, the cost of a box with 75 copies is $19.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 January 2011 22:32
Justice Denied: Activists Imprisoned, SOA Remains Open PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 19:54

Watch a news segment about the arrests from WRBL news

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Once again, the justice system's complicity with the abuses taught at the School of the Americas was exposed today at the trial of anti-militarism activists Nancy Smith and Christopher Spicer. Nancy, from New York, changed her plea to no contest and was immediately sentenced to 6 months in prison by Magistrate Judge Stephen Hyles. In the SOA Watch tradition of using the courts to put a spotlight on the SOA/WHINSEC, Nancy affirmed that she "felt a strong moral imperative" to carry out her nonviolent act of civil disobedience "on behalf of those who have suffered so terribly".

Christopher, from Illinois, plead not guilty but was declared guilty by Judge Hyles and sentenced likewise to 6 months. In his closing statement before sentencing, Christopher addressed the ongoing human rights abuses in Latin America carried out by graduates of the School of the Americas, and his need to confront the "paralysis of fear" to act that has gripped the country in recent times.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 February 2011 18:46
Opportunities at SOA Watch PDF Print E-mail
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 18:53
Breaking the Silence: LAWG/USOC report on Colombia's disappeared PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nico Udu-gama   
Thursday, 09 December 2010 16:12

The Latin America Working Group Education Fund (LAWG) and the U.S. Office on Colombia (USOC) released a new report today Breaking the Silence: In Search of Colombia’s Disappeared revealing official figures that more than 50,000 people have been disappeared in Colombia and telling the stories of the victims’ families’ search for truth and justice.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 December 2010 16:20
Invitation to Reflection PDF Print E-mail
Written by Liz Albanese   
Friday, 03 December 2010 21:31

An Interactive Reflection Guide for those who attended the 2010 SOA Watch Vigil in Columbus, Georgia

SOA Watch invites those who attended this year's Vigil in Columbus, Georgia to reconnect with the group they came with and reflect on their personal experiences together. To help you facilitate this process with your group, the SOA Watch national office has prepared some thoughts and questions to consider during your gathering.

This time of year, as our lives become busier, it's easy to put things like this off until after the new year begins. However, the fresher the experience, the more fruitful your reflection together can be! So please consider regrouping for an afternoon or evening to meditate on your experiences at the Vigil soon.

Happy reflecting!,

The SOA Watch staff

Photo courtesy of Sarah Hampton

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 December 2010 19:56
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