Converge on Fort Benning, Ga – November 20-22

Photos of a transformative weekend!
November 2015: #ClosetheSOA & #ShutDownStewart

Sunday, November 22: Close the SOA

See video of the Sunday Vigil here:

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Saturday, November 21: #ShutDownStewart

We rallied and marched from Lumpkin, Georgia’s town square to the gates of Stewart Detention Center. Stewart is one of the largest private immigrant prisons in the country, profiting off of our brothers and husbands and sons; built by the same system of racism and violence that gave rise to the SOA/WHINSEC. Watch and share the video of Saturday’s protest:

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Saturday evening we continue gathering, building power, analysis and relationships at the Convention Center. The concert at 8 includes music performances by Francisco Herrera, Jeremy Goodfeather, Colleen Kattau, Bev Grant, Emma’s Revolution, Charlie King, Omari Fox, Olmeca, Rebel Diaz, and Kuumba Lynx.

Want to learn more about the SOA/WHINSEC? An amazing group of high school students went inside WHINSEC last year. Here is their impressive video, in two parts:

Friday, November 20: Building a Culture of Peace and Justice 

SOA Watch November Vigil 2015 Opening Plenary

SOA Watch November Vigil 2015 Opening Plenary

See more photos from Friday on our Facebook page! 

This weekend, we have returned to the gates of Fort Benning to take a stand for justice and accountability. Torture survivors, union workers, religious communities, musicians, puppetistas, students, migrants, veterans and others from across the country are speaking out against violence and militarization. We commemorate the martyrs, march to Stewart Detention Center, teach and learn from each other in the Columbus Convention Center, and celebrate resistance at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia.

Powerful speakers and musicians from across the Americas are set to perform, the puppetistas will pull off a massive theater pageant in the streets, followed by a solemn funeral procession to remember all those who have been murdered in the struggle. Mass mobilizations are a key element for the success of social justice movements.

As our movement builds strength and solidarity, we need to raise $15,000 by Sunday to pay for the rental of the Columbus Convention Center and the stage equipment. As a grassroots movement, SOA Watch depends on the generous donations of our supporters. Please donate here:

Weekend Schedule of Events

Friday, November 20

Registration, tabling, workshops, caucuses, trainings, film screenings,  and discussions & Welcome Plenary and Concert at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center 

Saturday, November 21

Sunday, November 22

  • Veterans for Peace march, along with friends, to the gates of Fort Benning
  • Stage program with speakers, musicians, puppetista pageant, indigenous blessing and nonviolence guidelines at the gates of Fort Benning
  • Vigil and solemn funeral procession to commemorate the victims of SOA/WHINSEC violence


Important locations during the November Vigil weekend:

SOA Watch would like to extend a special “thank you” acknoweldging all of our partners, sponsors, and endorsers that continue to express their solidarity and support by financing and volunteering for our advocacy efforts. We have exciting plans to achieve our vision of peace and justice for people across the Americas, none of which would be possible without sustained support.

8th Day CenterAlliance for Fair FoodAlliance for Global Justice | Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests | Bill of Rights Defense Committee / Defending Dissent Foundation | Border Patrol Victims Network | Call to Action | CIS- El Salvador | CITI Ministries, Inc | Coalition of Immokalee Workers Colombia Support Network, Central New YorkCommittee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador | Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism | CORPUS-usa | Ecumenical Peace Institute SAPJCEl Congreso de los Pueblos |Federation of Christian Minorities | Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition Homies UnidosJames and Grace Lee Boggs Center/Detroit Digital Justice Coalition | Jewish Voices for Peace | Justice, Peace and Reconciliation Commission | La Rizoma NicaraguaLatin American Committee of the DioceseLet Cuba Live Committee of Maine Maryknoll SistersMary’s Pence Mining Morality Canada Move to Amend | National Lawyer Guild | National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT)NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice LobbyOffices of the Americas Pax Christi USAPresbyterian Peace FellowshipProgressive Catholic Coalition | Roll Away the Stone | SOA Watch Labor Caucus Student Farmworker Alliance SUNY College at Cortland and Musicians Collective | Thom Haines / G Project | Torture Abolition Survivor Support Coalition (TASCC)Transform Now PlowsharesVeterans for PeaceVoices for Creative NonviolenceWitness for PeaceWitness for Peace SE | Women’s Ordination Conference