Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Say no to torture & war: September 24-26 = Protest September 24 in DC

see below: "3. SAY NO TO TORTURE & WAR THIS SEPTEMBER 23-26"

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Scott Galindez | Witnessing History
On April 24, 1971, Vietnam Veterans Against the War were among the leaders of 500,000 people who converged on Washington to end the Vietnam War. Scott Galindez reports that on September 24, 2005, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Gold Star Families for Peace, Military Families Speak Out, and Veterans for Peace will be leading another huge march against today's war. As the call goes out far and wide to gather in the nation's capitol, history stands to be made again.


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Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2005 14:40:08 -0000 (GMT)
From: "SOA Watch"
Subject: Get ready for Nov 18-20 -- Two prisoners released -- Say no
to torture & war
List-Id: School of the Americas Watch
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::: COME TO DC ::: Say no to war & torture on the weekend of September
24-26! (And let us know you‚re coming: info(at) :::

September 15, 2005

1. Get ready for November 18-20!
2. Two prisoners of conscience released!
3. Say no to torture & war: September 24-26
4. Coming soon :: fancy new email format


This year is different than other years when we have gathered at the gates
of Fort Benning to call for an end to the violence. As soon as the early
summer of 2006, Congress will vote on whether or not they should close the
School of the Americas (SOA/ WHINSEC). When we gather this year, in
numbers too big to be ignored, we will send a message to this government
that they must close this school down when they vote in the months after
our Vigil. This year is different, and it will take all of us, standing
together and voting with our feet, outside the gates of Fort Benning on
November 18-20, 2005!

Now‚s the time to start your planning! Here are some resources for you as
you organize to CLOSE THE SOA:

--> Hotels & Campgrounds --> .
Contact the Columbus Visitor‚s Bureau at 1-800-999-1613 for the latest
info on hotel availability.

--> Travel Info -->

--> Schedule of events for the Vigil weekend -->

--> Flyers, Organizing tips, MORE -->

--> What to expect at Fort Benning -->

--> Consider Crossing the Line - Engage in Civil Disobedience at Fort
Benning this November. Read an „Invitation to Cross the Line‰ --> --> Then have lots of your
questions answered in the „Legal Briefing‰ -->

--> Ride board -->

--> Order PALMCARDS today -->


On Monday, September 12, Alice Gerard and Sr. Lelia (Lil) Mattingly were
released from Danbury Federal Prison after serving six-month sentences for
their opposition to the School of the Americas/WHINSEC. Of all those
arrested for civil disobedience at last year‚s November Vigil to Close the
SOA, Sr. Lil and Alice were the final two to be released. Two people
remain on probation. We continue to remember the more than two million
people behind bars in this country, the majority for nonviolent offenses,
as we celebrate the release of our friends!

Sr. Lil and Alice are among the thousands of people who have made
deliberate decisions to put their bodies and their freedom on the line to
call attention to the School of the Americas. More than 180 of these
people have been sentenced to federal prison for up to two years. Read
more about these peacemakers:

This year human rights activists will again take their message onto the
base of Fort Benning. The Direct Action Working Group is working with
people all over the country who have committed to „crossing the line‰ this
November 18-20. If you‚re interested in finding out more about civil
disobedience to close the SOA, contact SOA Watch Twin Ports at
soawtwinports(at) for more info!


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SOA Watch is working together with Jennifer Harbury, the Unitarian
Universalist Service Committee, the Torture Survivors and Abolition
Support Committee and an incredible collection of interfaith and human
rights advocates to organize „Call for Justice Weekend‰ in Washington, DC
on September 24, 25 and 26. For more information on these exciting events,
visit .

This event coincides with massive anti-war demonstrations organized by
United for Peace and Justice and ANSWER, a protest against the policies of
the IMF and the World Bank, the Operation Ceasefire Music Festival and
more! For more information about logistics and events over the entire
weekend, visit

----> Don‚t forget to bring your „Close the SOA‰ banners and signs to the
marches! If you‚ll be in town, please let us know if you‚re willing to
help hand out small PALM CARDS advertising the November Vigil or if you
would like to carry the „CLOSE the SOA‰ banner in the march. Contact Asha
at asha(at) to find out where to pick up your shiny cards and to
find out about other ways to volunteer with SOA Watch over the weekend.
This massive demonstration will be an important time to get the word out
about the Nov. 18-20 Vigil to Close the SOA!

Massive anti-war demonstrations organized by United for Peace and Justice
and ANSWER, a protest against the policies of the IMF and the World Bank,
the Operation Ceasefire Music Festival and more. SOA Watch is organizing
as part of a coalition of interfaith and human rights advocates for the
„Call for Justice Weekend‰ in Washington, DC.

SCHEDULE of some of the weekend‚s events:

For a complete schedule of events and location information for the Call to
Justice Weekend, visit .

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23: The Latin America Solidarity Coalition will hold
the first public session of the International Tribunal on Haiti. A Global
Justice Antiwar Critical Mass Bike Ride will start at 6pm.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24: This day will start with educational workshops
and panel discussions on the SOA Torture Manuals, the applicability of the
Geneva Conventions history, legal considerations, and security
consequences of U.S. involvement in torture. There will also be a
screening of the updated 2005 version of the documentary „SOA: Hidden in
Plain Sight.‰ Massive anti-war and global justice events start at 11am.
The Operation Ceasefire Music Festival will take place in the evening at
the Washington Monument.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25: Torture survivors from Latin America will speak out
at a Citizens' Trial of Donald Rumsfeld, Alberto Gonzales and George Tenet
for violations of international and U.S. laws prohibiting torture. The
trial will be based on actual laws and evidence and will use real lawyers,
as well as real testimonies given by Iraqi and Afghan survivors.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26: The day will open with an interfaith send-off
ceremony, followed by a march to Capitol Hill. Grassroots activists from
across the country will also address Congress and other government offices
to lobby for an end to the war in Iraq, the closure of the SOA and to
insist that all forms of torture be abolished. A mass nonviolent direct
action at the White House will be coordinated by United for Peace and

For more information visit .

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