School of The Americas Watch

SOA Watch is an independent organization that seeks to close the US Army School of the Americas, under whatever name it is called, through vigils and fasts, demonstrations and nonviolent protest, as well as media and legislative work.

Releases by this organization

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Thursday, March 17, 2016
Open Letter Calls on President to End Cuba Embargo; Return Guantanamo
More than 100 organizations, academics, faith leaders and activists signed onto an open letter to President Barack Obama in advance of his historic trip to Cuba beginning March 21, 2016. The letter calls on Obama to end the 54 year old embargo/blockade of Cuba and to return the US occupied...
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Friday, March 04, 2016
Human Rights Organizations Demand an Investigation of the Circumstances Surrounding the Assassination of Berta Cáceres, the General Coordinator of COPINH
At approximately midnight last night, the General Coordinator of COPINH, Berta Caceres was assassinated in her hometown of La Esperanza, Intibuca. At least two individuals broke down the door of the house where Berta was staying for the evening in the Residencial La Líbano, shot and killed her...
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Monday, February 08, 2016
School of the Americas Graduates Responsible For 1989 Jesuit Massacre Face Extradition to Spain, Military Officers Arrested in El Salvador
The 1989 massacre of 16-year-old Celina Ramos, her mother Elba Ramos, and six Jesuit priests at the University of Central America (UCA) in El Salvador, that galvanized opposition to the U.S. relationship with Central American death squads and that sparked the movement to close the U.S. Army School...
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Thousands to Call for Closure of Controversial Training Facility for Latin American Soldiers
Thousands of human rights activists, torture survivors, union workers, veterans, migrants, faith communities, students, and supporters from across the Americas are ready to converge at Fort Benning, Georgia. A coalition of organizations and activists have organized a three-day international weekend...
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
SOA Watch Activist Nashua Chantal Faces Six Months in Prison for Protest Against the School of the Americas (SOA/ WHINSEC)
Nashua Chantal, a resident of Americus, Georgia, is facing trial on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 for crossing over the barb-wired fence onto the Fort Benning military base during a protest to close the School of the Americas (renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation) on November 18, 2012. Nashua is facing up to six months in federal prison for his act of civil disobedience.
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Thursday, May 10, 2012
Stop the Pentagon from Training Terrorists
Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh revealed in the April 6th issue of “The New Yorker” magazine that the Pentagon trained members of the dissident Iranian terrorist group M.E.K. in Nevada starting in 2005. Following their training inside the U.S., they returned to Iran and may have engaged in covert activities.
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Human Rights Activists to Congress: Stop the Pentagon from Training Terrorists
Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh revealed in the April 6th issue of “The New Yorker” magazine that the Pentagon trained members of the dissident Iranian terrorist group M.E.K. in Nevada starting in 2005. Following their training inside the U.S., they returned to Iran and may have engaged in covert activities.
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Monday, March 19, 2012
Fr. Roy Bourgeois and SOA Watch Field Organizer Nico Udu-gama Arrested Following Protest at the U.S.-Mexico Border
On Sunday, February 19, activists from School of the Americas Watch, Project Puente and other organizations around the border region held a vigil to call attention to the role of the US government in the militarization of Mexico and the failed War on Drugs. The vigil took place on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border at the Sunland Park-Anapra Fence. Father Roy Bourgeois and Nico Udu-gama joined the vigil on both sides of the border, and were arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol following the vigil when they left the vigil site.
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Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Occupy Fort Benning: Shut Down the School of the Americas
On November 18-20, 2011 thousands of social justice activists from across the Americas will occupy the main gates of Fort Benning, Georgia to call for an end to U.S. militarization and for the closure of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, formerly the School of Americas.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Government Drops Case Against the SOA Watch "White House 15"
The SOA Watch movement claimed a victory yesterday, September 12, 2011, in its long struggle to close the SOA/WHINSEC and change the culture of militarization.
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