|Take Action Locally: Hold your own Community Vigil|
Would you like to honor the memory of the dead and the disappeared, but can't make it to the convergence at Fort Benning? Try holding a local vigil in your own community.
Justice Not Impunity! This year, as we gather at the gates of Fort Benning to invoke the names of those who came before us, we will do so to break through the barriers of impunity which enable the abuse and tragedies to go on unpunished. The SOA/WHINSEC has streamlined the process of impunity, with known torturers and death squad leaders being invited to the institute to teach, long after their cruelty was exposed.
This year, SOA Watch began a new tradition of honoring the dead by celebration of the Latin@ holiday Dia de los Muertos, a tradition born in the crucible of the Americas, when European colonists appropriated indigenous ritual. In several places, traditions of honoring the dead were transported across the Middle Passage from West Africa, giving birth to Pan-American traditions such as Santería, Voodoo, and Curanderismo. See photos of the Washington, DC action here.
In the spirit of Memoria y Resistencia, SOA Watch would like to encourage the grassroots movement across the Americas to honor the dead this season. One way to do so is to hold your own local vigil. Here are two examples of people bringing the vigil home:
Twin Cities Vigil-November 24
On Sunday, November 24th, at 1:00 pm, members of SOA Watch Minnesota will stand in solidarity with the vigil at Fort Benning, and those across the hemisphere who have been victims of the SOA/WHINSEC. The vigil will take place on the Lake Street/Marshall Avenue bridge, on the St. Paul side. A litany of names of the dead will be read. Please bring signs or crosses.
To get involved, check out the Minnesota SOAW page.
Nashville, Tennessee Vigil-November 19
Faith communities allied with the United Liberation Alliance will hold a vigil and ecumenical Eucharist in observance of the Jesuits massacre in El Salvador in 1989. The vigil will be held at Saint Francis Community Church in the Old Hickory section of Old Hickory at 6:00 pm. Please visit the ULA website for more information to get involved.
Hold your own SOA Watch Vigil to commemmorate the dead and disappeared.
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