Join SOA WATCH Founder Fr. Roy Bourgeois and SOAW
Latin America Liaison Brigitte Gynther in a delegation to:
• Commemorate the 35th anniversary of the martyrdom of
Archbishop Oscar Romero by joining in the celebration
activities in his memory
• Participate in Citizen Diplomacy effort to ask the
government of El Salvador to stop sending soldiers to the
• Learn about the achievements and challenges of the
FMLN government and social movements, including efforts to address the root
causes of migration and violence, as well as struggles against destructive multi-national mining and US policies.
El Salvador is a tiny nation that has experienced
enormous suffering. Over 70,000 people lost
their lives in the 1980's, many at the orders of
SOA graduates. Yet El Salvador is also an
inspiration as an effective example of
transforming a grassroots resistance movement
into a successful democratic political party,
resulting in the March 2014 election of former
FMLN commander Salvador Sanchez Ceren to
The SOA WATCH movement was born from
inspiration from the martyrs of El Salvador. The
assassinations - at the hands of SOA graduates -
of Monseñor Oscar Romero, four US churchwomen and six Jesuit priests and their aides, led Fr. Roy Bourgeois to launch his tireless struggle
to close the School of the Americas thirty years ago. Today, learn about the reality of El Salvador, the struggles and the achievements, and join Fr. Roy in requesting the government
of El Salvador stop sending military officers to the SOA/WHINSEC.
Cost: This fee for this delegation is $1600, which covers all meals, lodging (double occupancy), travel
within El Salvador, programming, and translation. It does not cover airfare to and from San Salvador.
This is a benefit delegation and proceeds will benefit SOAW's work in Central America.
Language and translation: All activities will be translated
from Spanish to English and it is not necessary to have a
knowledge of Spanish to participate.
Housing: Participants will be lodged in a
modest but comfortable hotel in San Salvador. There will be two
people per room. A single room is available for an additional fee.
Application Process: Please contact Brigitte @ soaw.org to request an application or call Mary Anne at 734-996-9390.
Travel: Participants must arrange their
own travel to and from San Salvador. Please do not purchase
tickets until we notify you of your acceptance. Delegates
should plan on arriving on March 20th. Departures should be
booked for March 29th.
Each participant will be met at the airport and also taken back to
the airport for their return flight. In-country travel will be
arranged and provided by the delegation.
For more information and an application: Contact Brigitte Gynther at Brigitte @ soaw.org
or Mary Anne Perrone at 734-996-9390 or maperrone @ ameritech.net