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The Fall 2015 issue of Presente, the newspaper of the movement to close the SOA, is now also available online!
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The Fall issue contains mobilizing information for the November Vigil at the gates of Fort Benning and at the Stewart Detention Center in Georgia (November 20-22, 2015), and also focuses on recent developments in Latin America and within the SOA Watch movement:
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For more information about the artists who have contributed their work to the movement, visit SOAW.org/artists
¡Presente! literally means "here" or "present" in Spanish. There is a long tradition in Latin American movements for justice of invoking the memory of those who have lost their lives in the struggle. It is used in the ritual at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia, when we remember those who suffered and were martyred by the graduates of the School of the Americas. We pronounce their names and bring their spirits and witness before us as we respond: ¡Presente! You are here with us, you are not forgotten, and we continue the struggle in your name.
Calling out the names of those killed by politically repressive regimes has a long tradition in Latin America. At the funeral of Pablo Neruda on September 25, 1973 in Chile, Hernán Loyala reports that mourners responded with "Presente" to the shouting out of Neruda's name, as well as that of Salvador Allende, the recently deposed (and killed) president. This was the first public act of protest against the 14-day-old regime of Augusto Pinochet.
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