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Please let us know which days you will be coming, if you need assistance in setting up a meeting with your Representative, and if you would like to request alternative housing.
Schedule of Events
Sunday, March 30. Building on the success of the People's Movement Assembly (PMA) at the 2013 Vigil, we'll hold another PMA to facilitate communication and action during the Spring Days of Action. There will also be an amazing concert, from 8-11 pm. Music is the soul of our movement. Confirmed artists include Bocafloja and Olmeca! (Acre 121 - 1400 Irving Street, NW, Washington DC, 20010)
Monday, March 31. SOAW's Advocacy Coordinator, Legislative Organizer, and activists with decades of grassroots lobbying experience will lead a Lobby/Advocacy Training. There will also be workshops on Direct Action with emphasis on local, grassroots, and youth organizing (The United Methodist Church, 100 Maryland Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002). In the evening we will organize an action starting at the Capitol and moving through the streets of DC and Takoma Park!
Tuesday, April 1. The fruition of meetings scheduled weeks in advance, SOAW activists will meet with their Representatives to urge them to cosponsor HR 2989 or thank them for their support.
A National Call-In Day will allow the voices of activists from around the country to be amplified by concentrating our strength on one day and flooding the Capitol phone lines.
Wednesday, April 2. Stay tuned for updates or suggest your own activities to
Thursday, April 3. In coordination with the University of Maryland's Latin American Studies Center and UMD-based student group Voices: Arts for Social Change, a night dedicated to Chile's folk music hero Victor Jara will be held on campus in College Park, MD from 5:30-8:30. SOAW Latin America Coordinator Pablo Ruiz, Advocacy Coordinator Arturo J. Viscarra, and Coral Cantigas Conductor Diana Saez will discuss the role of nueva canción in Chilean social movement and the campaign to extradite Jara's killer, Pedro Barrientos, from Florida to Chile to stand trial. Music will be performed, dialogue lively, and refreshments delicious.
CHECK OUT THE SPRING DAYS OF ACTION ORGANIZING PACKET!
1. Let your friends, community and networks know about the March 30 - April 3 Spring Days of Action. We are encouraging SOA Watch activists to start planning your trip today to Washington, and to set up meetings with your members of Congress today. The emphasis is on the House, but you should also set up a meeting with your Senators!
2. Show a screening of the SOA Watch DVD "Somos Una América" in your community, and invite SOA Watch speakers to your events! Order our bilingual, informational broadsheet about the SOA/WHINSEC to educate your community!
3. Contact your Congressional representative. Ask them to set up a meeting (click here to learn how) with you on Tuesday April 1 (or surrounding days).
4. Make a donation to help make Spring in DC a real celebration of life, hope and resistance!
Where to Stay in DC and How to Get to DC
Housing: Want to come to DC for the April Days of Action, but don't know where to look for
housing options? Check out the list of hostels, churches and
hotels in the Washington, DC area and start making your reservations!
Travel: Check here for a listing of different ways to get to Washington, DC
SOA Watch rocked
the house at Haydee's Restaurant, after a few initial days of creating cardboard cut-outs, banners, and signs. We let loose with the amazing local musical talent of Tierra Morena
and Seven Jackson
. We came together as a community to rock out against the oppression, share a laugh, a dance-step and build up our collective energy to chip away at the crumbling Empire! SOA Watch activists and supporters came from Oregon, Washington, California, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Connecticut, Iowa, Minnesota, Virginia and many more places!
On Monday, we started out the morning with a training from the Legislative Working Group, about upcoming legislation in Congress, and how to meet with a member of Congress. Grassroots lobbying may not have the money that Pentagon lobbyists have, but they sure do have the heart! The training gave activists the tools to convey a powerful message of truth to those in power, and many took off directly to meet with their legislators. Following lunch, we prepared for the rally, and discussed possible direct action scenarios.
Later in the evening, SOA Watch activists channeled the energy of the day and that of our compañer@s from across the Americas through the streets and over to the Capitol South metro station, where a die-in representing the thousands of victims of SOA graduates and destructive US economic policies was re-enacted. Despite heavy police presence, surveillance and harassment, the die-in attracted the attention of hundreds of Capitol Hill staffers, who were encouraged to take the message to their bosses. We will continue our presence and pressure tomorrow inside Congress and around DC!
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