Election Results, Nov Vigil, Grassroots Media Outreach, more

Election Results, Nov Vigil, Grassroots Media Outreach, more
Election Results, November Vigil, Grassroots Media Outreach and more
Support the November Vigil to Close the SOA! Donate
Dear Friends,
in 15 days, from November 21-23, 2008, torture survivors, community organizers, and social justice activists from across the Americas will converge at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia, to start building the world that we hope for and to move U.S. foreign policy into a new direction.
Change is coming and we are going to close the School of the Americas (SOA/WHINSEC)!
Regional events in the lead-up to the November vigil are taking place on November 9 at the gates of the U.S. Southern Command in Florida, from November 15-16 at Fort Huachuca in Arizona, on November 20 at Drummond in Alabama and on November 20 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Join us for the lead-up events and from Nov. 21-23 at the gates of Ft. Benning!
In this email:
Election Analysis Grassroots Media Outreach Call for Vigil Interpreters Call for Vigil Volunteers Vigil Events, Transportation, Hotels and more… SOA Violence in Colombia National Religious Campaign Against Torture Work at SOA Watch
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Election Analysis
The elections results for 2008 have brought us several steps closer to investigating and closing the SOA/ WHINSEC! The legislative team has analyzed the outcome, and as a result of successful grassroots pressure, over 30 of the Hall of Shame Members of Congress (who voted in June 2007 to continue funding the SOA/ WHINSEC) are no longer in Congress! WE NEED YOUR HELP! SOA Watch will launch two key legislative action campaigns in the next few weeks. Click here to check out the SOA Watch Legislative Action Index for details on our first campaign!
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Grassroots Media Outreach – Spreading the Word About the SOA Watch Vigil
The story of the School of the Americas/WHINSEC and of you and your community taking part in the campaign to close down the SOA/WHINSEC is not only newsworthy but A GREAT STORY!
Let local media outlets – newspapers, TV, community radio stations – know about your participation in the SOA Watch Vigil.
Media coverage significantly magnifies the voice of those working for the closure of the SOA/WHINSEC and a more just world. Taking a little time to do media outreach can profoundly impact the number of people in your area who know about the SOA/WHINSEC and the number of people who get involved in the work to close it down!
What You Can Do to Get the Word Out!:
Write a Letter to the Editor and submit to your local paper (check out a sample letter here) Connect with local media with a local press release (review these tips to prepare for interviews with the media)
And:Lobby CSPAN! Submit the November Vigil as a public event that C-SPAN should cover by faxing CSPAN at 202-737-6226.
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Call for English to Spanish and Spanish to English Interpreters
In our attempt to build the most inclusive experience possible for all participants, the role of English to Spanish and Spanish to English interpretation will be vital. As in past years, we need both simultaneous and consecutive interpreters for the main stage, workshops, and accompanier/liaisons for non-English speaking Latin Americans. Please click here if you are able to volunteer with the SOA Watch Translation and Interpretation Working Group
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Call for Vigil Volunteers
The November Vigil is a huge operation and only made possible by the tireless work of hundreds of grassroots activists around the country who are organized in SOA Watch Working Groups.
Please contact Michael Baney at mbaney@soaw.org if you are able to help with some volunteer tasks during the vigil weekend in Columbus. thank you!
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Nov. 21 – 23: Ft. Benning Convergence
Click on the icons below for more information about the November Vigil logistics:
    
Join the Organizing in your community! Click here to download the November Organizing Packet.  Correction: New Head of the Colombian Army
Colombian President Uribe announced that the replacement for Army chief and SOA instructor General Montoya will be General Oscar Enrique González Peña (NOT SOA graduate General Gilberto Rocha, as we had reported on Tuesday evening following an announcement by the Colombian newspaper Espectador).
It comes as no surprise that General González Peña is as well a graduate of the School of the Americas with a history of extrajudicial executions under his command. General Peña was commander of the Fourth Brigade, based in Medellín, from December 2003 to July 2005, when units under his command reportedly committed 45 extrajudicial executions in eastern Antioquia, according to a report last year by a coalition of human rights organizations known as Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Observatory.
González Peña also commanded the 11th Brigade in Cordoba in 2002-03, when the paramilitaries were operating freely in the area and the Army apparently could do nothing about it. In 2005, he commanded the Seventh Division, with jurisdiction over the brigades with among the worst human rights records in the Army: the 11th, 17th, 4th and 14th Brigades. He attended the School of the Americas in Panama in 1980.
For more information read the article Colombian Army Commanders fired for killings received SOA training.
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National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT)
NRCAT is a coalition of more than 240 religious organizations organized in January 2006 and committed to ending U.S.-sponsored torture. Click here to learn more.
Work at SOA Watch in Washington, DC!
Check out the Communications Coordinator job description. For questions, please call Eric at 253-988-4927.
 
We appreciate your interest!
Contact us.
Our mailing address is:
SOA Watch, PO Box 4566, Washington, D.C. 20017, USA
Our telephone:
(202) 234 3440
Donate to Support the Campaign to Shut Down the SOA/WHINSEC
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