Democracy Now coverage of the weekend
Video of veteran SOA Watch activist Nashua Chantal hopping the fence for the third time, risking another 6-month prison sentence:
Father Roy, Paulina Candia Gajá from Mexico, Adriana Portillo Bartow and Maria Luisa Rosal leading the solemn funeral procession on Sunday, November 23: Sunday, November 23, was an historic gathering at Fort Benning, remembering the 25th anniversary of the UCA martyrs, standing against the militarization of police and security forces, and celebrating the hope and power of communities in resistance all around the americas.
Nashua Chantal crossed the line shortly before noon on Sunday, amidst a vibrant crowd cheering "Close Down the SOA!" (see video, above). Around 9 am, longtime peace activist and demonstrator, 83-year-old Eve Tetaz, of Washington, DC, successfully crossed the line onto Fort Benning, carrying with her a poster Mauricio Ortega Valerio, of one of the 43 students disappeared in Ayotzinapa, Mexico and the verse from Isaiah 2:4, "They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore." More civil disobedience is expected this morning.
Saturday was an amazing day, beginning with the caravan to Lumpkin, GA, where we gathered more than 1,000 strong, to call for the closure of the for-profit Stewart Detention Center. After marching 1.7 miles to the CCA-run immigrant prison, where five were arrested for crossing the line there (Anton Flores, Jason McGaughey, Kevin Caron, Maureen Fitzsimons, Rebecca Kanner). We then caravanned to the gates of Fort Benning, home to the SOA, and listened to amazing speakers, musicians and puppetistas before heading to the Columbus Convention Center for workshops and the evening concert with Aparato, Sobrevivencia, OLMECA, and the Peace Poets.
Footage from the arrests at the Stewart Detention Center:
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