School of the Americas Watch – News Updates

SOA WATCH NEWS & UPDATES – http://www.SOAW.org

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JOIN US & TAKE A STAND FOR HUMAN RIGHTS – NOV. 16-18, 2007

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The November 16-18 Vigil to Close the School of the Americas is only a few

days away!

Come celebrate with us and join torture survivors, students, social

movement leaders, religious workers, the Indigo Girls, Congressman Jim

McGovern, presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, the 1000 Grandmothers,

the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, singer/songwriter Carrie Newcomer,

Students for a Democratic Society, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Veterans for

Peace, gulf war resister Aimee Allison, social movement leader Josefina

Lazo from El Salvador, Jim Schmitz of AFSCME, Miguel Angel Vasquez de la

Rosa from Oaxaca and thousands more in denouncing SOA/WHINSEC-sponsored

violence in Latin America and demand a radical change in U.S. foreign

policy!

–> Watch an inspiring VIDEO of the November Vigil to Close the

SOA/WHINSEC produced by SCM Canada to promote their pilgrimage to this

year’s vigil – http://www.soaw.org/pilgrimage – More SOA Watch videos –

http://www.soaw.org/presente/videos

–> Visit the November Vigil page for new updates on the weekend’s

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS, TRAVEL AND ACCOMODATIONS and RIDE BOARD –

http://www.soaw.org/article.php?id=1295

–> ACCESSIBILITY & INTERPRETATION: ASL and EnglishSpanish

interpretation services will be available during the vigil weekend. Find

out more about interpretation services, large print and Braille programs

and wheelchair accessibility – http://www.soaw.org/article.php?id=1167

ATENCION! – SOA Watch cuenta con un servicio de interpretacion simultanea

de espanolingles durante la Vigilia. Las/os interpretes tendran una mesa

cerca del escenario donde se distribuiran los equipos de interpretacion

(radio y audifonos). Para obtener mas informacion contactarse con Jenny

Dillon – jdforpnj@riseup.net

** Please pass this information on to Spanish speaking friends who are

planning or thinking about joining the vigil.

–> VOLUNTEER: The Vigil is the result of thousands of volunteers who

dedicate their time, skills and energy in making this one of the largest

and most exciting annual demonstrations. If you’d like to volunteer,

contact one of the SOA Watch Working Groups which best fits your areas of

interest and know-how – http://www.soaw.org/article.php?id=1099

–> CALLING ON 1000 GRANDMOTHERS: The 1000 Grandmother’s goal is to get

Grandmothers from every state to organize and take part in the November

Vigil. This year they are collecting quilt squares to make into a great,

beautiful quilt, possibly to be raffled at the Tea Party. The theme is “A

Grandmother’s Heart. – http://www.soaw.org/article.php?id=1599

–> CARAVANS & SPEAKING TOURS –

* “JOURNEY FOR JUSTICE 2007”: cross-county speaking tour whose main

intention is to raise public awareness of the SOA/WHINSEC –

http://journeyforjustice2007.blogspot.com/

* “ARMY OF NONE TOUR 2007”: Strategies to Counter Military Recruitment,

End War, and Build a Better World –

http://www.soaw.org/article.php?id=1590

* “THEATER OF THE OPPRESSED”: Hector Aristizabal –

http://www.soaw.org/article.php?id=1588

* “CARDBOARD CHAOS”: Puppetistas on Bikes – Fifth Annual Southeast Tour

November 7-12, 2007 – http://www.soaw.org/article.php?id=1581

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PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES SPEAK ON THE SOA/WHINSEC

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A few days ago, “The Nation” published an article discussing the positions

of each of the Democratic candidates for the President of the United

States on closing the School of the Americas (SOA), now renamed WHINSEC.

Never before have so many candidates responded to a request for their

position, which demonstrates how powerful the issue and our grassroots

legislative campaign has become!

This new information is the perfect starting point for an intense

grassroots bird-dogging campaign now that we know where the candidates

stand! For more information on bird-dogging tips and the 2008 elections,

print out the SOA Watch 2008 Elections Packet and make history in the SOA

Watch Legislative Campaign!

–> SOA Watch ELECTIONS PACKET – http://www.soaw.org/article.php?id=1592

For more information on the Legislative Campaign, visit

www.soaw.org/legislative or contact the Legislative Coordinator, Pam

Bowman, at pbowman(@)soaw.org or 202-234-3440.

–> READ The Nation article –

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20071112/mulvaney

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SOA GRAD LOSES BID TO PRESIDENCY IN GUATEMALA

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In a presidential election mired in violence, threats and assassinations;

SOA graduate and former Director of Military Intelligence, General Otto

Perez Molina’s lost Guatemala’s presidential election. He was defeated by

social-democrat Alvaro Colom who obtained 52.8% of the votes in contrast

to Perez Molina’s 47.2

Otto Perez Molina attended the Command and General Staff College at the

School of the Americas in 1985. During his time in the Guatemalan army he

served as director of the G-2 (military intelligence). In 1983 he was a

member of the group of army officers who backed Defense Minister Oscar

Mejia’s coup d’etat against de facto president Efrain Rios Montt.

Guatemala has the highest crime and murder rate in Latin America and is

slowly re-building after a 30-year long civil war and a succession of

brutal military dictatorships which took the lives of hundreds of

thousands of Guatemaltecos.

Victor Galvez, a Guatemalan political analyst, said the result showed

Guatemalans rejected Perez Molina’s rightist solutions to their country’s

problems. “It’s a message that people don’t want to return to the military

past,” he said. “In the end, the firm hand turned against Perez Molina.”

Read more about this breaking news –

http://www.soaw.org/newswire_detail.php?id=1404



Thanks to:
Erik Toren
ectoren@sbcglobal.net

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