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Sunday, November 05, 2006

Act to Shut Down the SOA

(repost)


Join thousands at the gates of Fort Benning to stand up for justice. Speak out against violence and domination and for the closure of the School of the Americas (SOA).

Contrary to the Bush administration’s “War on Terrorism” propaganda and the President’s statement that “every known terrorist training camp must be shut down”, the United States government has been training terrorists at a camp in Georgia for years - and is still at it.

The Fort Benning based School of the Americas (SOA), renamed in 2001 the “Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation” (WHINSEC), has been pumping out assassins, dictators and death squad leaders for the dirty work in Latin America since 1946.

The SOA, frequently dubbed the “School of Assassins,” has left a trail of blood and suffering in every country where its graduates have returned.

The SOA/ WHINSEC has trained over 64,000 Latin American soldiers in courses such as counterinsurgency, psychological warfare, military intelligence and interrogation tactics. Graduates of the school have been consistently linked to human rights violations and to the suppression of popular movements in the Americas.

Among those targeted by SOA graduates are educators, union organizers, religious workers, student leaders, and others who work for the rights of the poor. Hundreds of thousands of Latin Americans have been tortured, raped, assassinated, “disappeared”, massacred, and forced into refuge by those trained at the School of Assassins.

People's Movements across the Americas are becoming increasingly more powerful. Military "solutions" to social problems as supported by institutions like the School of the Americas were unable to squash their voices, and the call for justice and accountability is getting louder each day.

Add your voice to the chorus, demand justice for all the people of the Americas and engage in nonviolent direct action to close the SOA and change oppressive U.S. foreign policy.

Visit www.SOAW.org to learn more about the November Vigil, hotel and travel information, the November Organizing Packet, and more.

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