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Our Struggle Continues! Venceremos!
From November 16-18, over two thousand students, prison abolitionists, teachers, nuns, immigrants, musicians, farmers, activists and workers from across the Americas mobilized to the gates of Fort Benning, to once more express our humanity and solidarity against the school of death and destruction. This year, we were fortunate to have so many activists from Latin America and the Caribbean who shared their stories with us and walked with us. It was a true manifestation of the saying: "Somos Una América! We are One America!"
Click here to see more photos from Tom Bottolene (http://circlevision.org/archive/2012/2012soaw/2012index.html) And from Steve Pavey.(www.flickr.com/photos/steveandluella/sets/72157632139981862) If you have any pictures you took and would like to share them, you can upload them to the SOA Watch Flickr page.(www.flickr.com/groups/soaw/pool)
Special thanks to the Mobile Broadcast Network who livestreamed the Vigil. Check out a clip of Rebel Díaz and Fr Roy here,(http://youtu.be/ml8mlcEzyF8) and of the Puppetista pageant and interviews in Spanish here.(http://youtu.be/iGgC8lM9bUQ)
Also, check a report back from Father Melo about his experience at the gates. Nina spoke of her first trip to Fort Benning, as did Dominique, who rode on the Veterans for Peace bus from Minnesota. From Ft Benning to Cairo, Eva reports on her views of militarism. Also, Rebel Diaz rapper Rodstarz wrote of his encounter with undercover police. Check the reports out! (http://www.soaw.org/take-action/november-vigil/256-other/4006-report-back-from-the-vigil)
We marched to the Stewart Detention Center to protest unjust immigration laws; we connected our issues during caucuses and workshops; we remembered the names of the victims; and one of us took our collective message over the fence. We left with the renewed knowledge that our struggle did not begin or end at Fort Benning, but that we will continue to build a just and peaceful world in our communities every single day of the year! (http://soaw.org/take-action/november-vigil/134-articles/3772-stewart-detention-center-vigil-2012)
Thank you to all of you who participated in the Vigil weekend and we invite you to stay connected and continue to spread the word through talks in your communities, video-showings,(https://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/727/t/10867/shop/item.jsp?storefront_KEY=777&t=&store_item_KEY=4047) house-meetings, dances, theater, and legislative work (see you in DC April 8-10, 2013!). Take a rest, and get ready for a rebellious and transformative 2013!
PS: In the coming weeks, we will be delivering a letter to Congress urging them to include SOA/WHINSEC in their mandatory budget cuts. If you haven't done so, please ask your local, regional or national organization to sign on to the SOA Watch Congressional letter.(http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/727/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=11701)
Join us in DC this April for the April Days of Action (http://soaw.org/take-action/april): http://soaw.org/take-action/april
From April 8-10, 2013, the School of the Americas Watch movement will return to DC to take the message that "We are One America" to the lawmakers and politicians in the halls of power. In November, 2012, thousands of us marched to the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia, where the killers are trained. We sent letters to Congress and even took our demands to the White House, where we met with Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough. Our voices echoed the millions of people in the Americas who are creating change, and those from the six countries who have pulled out of the SOA/WHINSEC - Venezuela, Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua.
Come to Washington, DC, from April 8-10, 2013 (http://soaw.org/take-action/april), to let the White House, Congress and the military brass know that we won't stop!
Set up a meeting with your Member of Congress!
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. This includes both House and Senate!
Leading up to April, it's important for us to continue contacting our representatives with information about the SOA/WHINSEC. You can order SOA Watch Advocacy postcards (https://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/727/t/10867/shop/item.jsp?storefront_KEY=777&t=&store_item_KEY=4528)and get your community to send them in!