My name is Laila Amerman and I am working with the student groups Independent Indigenous Support Network and 180-11 to bring students to the School of the Americas Watch November Vigil. Our members would like to invite other students to attend this event. Can you please forward this email to your students and/or professors? Circulating this announcement or allowing us to make an announcement in class(es) would be greatly appreciated.
The School of the Americas (SOA) is a combat training school for Latin American soldiers, located at Fort Benning, Georgia, established in 1946 to help professionalize Latin American and Caribbean militaries. During the Cold War, the school was active in training military leaders in El Salvador, Columbia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Peru. Military trainees were responsible for El Mozote massacre of 900 civilians in El Salvador. SOA graduates have included some of the worst and most notorious human rights abusers in Latin American history. The school was renamed to Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation in January of 2001.
Today, the SOA Watch movement is a large, diverse, grassroots movement rooted in solidarity with the people of Latin America. The goal of SOA Watch is to close the SOA and to change U.S. foreign policy in Latin America by educating the public, lobbying Congress and participating in creative, nonviolent resistance. The Vigil is an opportunity for us to join thousands of solidarity activists, torture survivors, union workers, people of faith, students, immigrants, veterans and others.
Join us from November 18-20, 2011 at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia to take a stand for justice, to close the School of the Americas (SOA/ WHINSEC) and to resist U.S. militarization.
We’re hosting an interest meeting on October 5th from 4 to 5pm in UMC 425.