Communities in Resistance: Presentes!
November Vigil Live Updates:
Sunday: Make sure you bring your raincoat for the solemn funeral procession at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia. The weather forecast predicts severe thunderstorms (which can't stop us).
Sat. 7:10pm Packed rooms and engaging workshops in the Columbus Convention Center. Getting ready for the evening concert with Aparato, Sobrevivencia, OLMECA, and the Peace Poets.
Sat. 2:30pm: The Puppetistas are performing a beautiful pageant of hope and resistance in front of the gates of Fort Benning, as the caravan of activists from the Stewart Detention Center are rolls in.
Sat. 2:25pm: We just received footage from the arrests at the Stewart Detention Center:
Initial bonds were set as follows - $25,000(!) bond for Anton Flores, $1,000 for the four others. Following negotiations by Alison McCrary from the SOA Watch Legal Collective with the judge, the bonds were lowered to $250/each!
The human rights activists who were arrested are Anton Flores, Jason McGaughey, Kevin Caron, Maureen Fitzsimmons, and Rebecca Kanner
Five human rights activists were just arrested when they took their protest against the Stewart Detention Center onto the property of the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) property. Stay tuned for updates!
Footage from the Livestream:
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The 25th annual November Vigil kicked off last night with a packed plenary session and opening concert. This morning, SOA Watch activists and other allies have gathered outside of the Stewart Detention Center to stand in solidarity with those who continue to be impacted by the SOA and to emphasize the connection between closing the SOA/WHINSEC and the root causes of migration.
This gathering will be Live Streaming all morning - available in the video on the right side of the page.
At 12:30pm today, this message of solidarity and resistance will be taken from the gates of the Stewart Detention Center directly to the gates of Ft. Benning and the SOA/WHINSEC to emphasize the connection between these two institutions of oppression, and the interconnectedness of our struggle for justice in the Americas.
When we gather at the gates, we will hear from activists, human rights defenders, musicians, and others from across the Americas who have been impacted by the SOA/WHINSEC.
We will continue to commemorate the martyrs. The Central American refugee crisis, the "Drug War" massacres and disappearances in Mexico, and the protests against police brutality in Ferguson have made clear; we must unite our struggles and push back against the militarized security forces that only "serve and protect" the interests of the elites.
, & 7:30pm Plenary
7:30am caravan to Stewart Detention Center Vigil
, 11:00am Puppetista
Rehearsal, 12:30pm Rally at the Gates of Fort Benning with speakers
, 4:30pm Workshops
at the Convention Center & 7:30pm Concert
9am Vigil & solemn funeral procession
Full schedule of events
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