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Ride for Freedom: An anti-deportation internationalist motorcade demonstration in NYC
April 8, 2014

A caravan of NYC activists –in solidarity with immigration resistance– rode in “Ride for Freedom: an Anti-deportation Internationalist motorcade”, to arrive to the Immigration and Costumes Enforcement Detention Facility at 182-22 150Avenue, Queens, NY for a noise demonstration on Sunday.

The demo was a success, there were no arrests and we made our voices heard loud and clear against the cruelty of the prison complex and against the massive deportations taking place recently. The demonstration was also in solidarity with the hunger strikes: “This month alone, 1,000 immigrant detainees in Washington state launched a hunger strike against inhuman conditions and deportation. Demonstrators outside chained themselves together and blocked deportation busses bound for the border.”

We were joined by class traitors such as: the riot police from the prison, the prison guards (who in their confusion and not knowing what to do started filming us, even though we were fully aware there is CCTV everywhere outside the prison in plane sight.) There was also a white van apparently used for prison transport, a few cop cars and a police van to carry arrestees.

This is the call for the noise demo:

“Immigrants across the country are standing up. This month alone, 1,000 immigrant detainees in Washington State launched a hunger strike against inhuman conditions and deportation. Demonstrators outside chained themselves together and blocked deportation busses bound for the border. In San Diego, 150 previously deported Mexican immigrants re-crossed the U.S-Mexico border to rejoin their families in an act of civil disobedience. And in Texas, immigrant detainees have declared a second hunger strike against detention and deportation.

In New York City, the American Dream remains a nightmare. After crossing militarized borders, immigrants arrive to find only brutal exploitation, racist cops, cruel bosses, and dilapidated housing. The state government refuses to provide financial aid for undocumented college students, robbing immigrant youth of a future.

Against these obscenities, the recent wave of immigrant resistance offers hope to everyone who is poor, exploited, policed or incarcerated. Stand with the rebels in Washington, California and Texas! Together we can demolish every jail and every border, and share the wealth and freedom that belongs to us all.”

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AIPAC Protest: For Palestinian Rights, No War On Iran
Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss speaking on AIPAC
Washington, DC – March 2nd, 2014 - During the Israel lobby AIPAC’s annual policy conference, CODEPINK and other activists demonstrated outside as a part of a protest dubbed “Boycott AIPAC,” calling for an end to AIPAC policies that promote war and human rights violations. The name of the protest is a reference to the growing international movement to impose Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) on the state of Israel until it ends the occupation of Palestine, complies with international law, and allows Palestinian refugees the right of return to their homeland.Activists across the world have joined the protests through a social media campaign to jam the AIPAC conference Twitter hash tags, #AIPAC14 and #AIPACpride, and activists have effectively taken over the online conversation. A controversial parody video of the AIPAC conference promotional clip has also gone viral, and AIPAC has threatened to sue CODEPINK over it.A themed protest took place throughout the day to expose AIPAC’s dangerous foreign policy positions. These themes included calls for no war on Iran, an end to Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank, and an end to billions of US taxpayer dollars every year in military aid to Israel. Activists have been bolstered by the global expansion of the BDS movement and the weakened AIPAC stranglehold over Congress. Protesters had “boycott stations” set up to inform about which products to boycott to support the Palestinian BDS movement.“AIPAC has pushed for US military intervention in Syria and for the ‘military option’ in Iran, but both of these positions are rejected by the American people, who want a foreign policy that focuses on diplomacy,” says CODEPINK cofounder Medea Benjamin. “It’s time our elected officials show their independence from AIPAC’s belligerent stand.”What is AIPAC?The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (or AIPAC) is a lobbying group that advocates pro-Israel policies to the Congress and Executive Branch of the United States.AIPAC describes itself as the most important organization affecting the U.S. relationship with Israel.  With a budget of $65 million, and membership now standing at over 100,000, it is no wonder that congressional staffers consider it one of the most powerful and effective lobbies on Capitol Hill.

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AIPAC Protest: For Palestinian Rights, No War On Iran

Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss speaking on AIPAC

Washington, DC – March 2nd, 2014 - During the Israel lobby AIPAC’s annual policy conference, CODEPINK and other activists demonstrated outside as a part of a protest dubbed “Boycott AIPAC,” calling for an end to AIPAC policies that promote war and human rights violations. The name of the protest is a reference to the growing international movement to impose Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) on the state of Israel until it ends the occupation of Palestine, complies with international law, and allows Palestinian refugees the right of return to their homeland.

Activists across the world have joined the protests through a social media campaign to jam the AIPAC conference Twitter hash tags, #AIPAC14 and #AIPACpride, and activists have effectively taken over the online conversation. A controversial parody video of the AIPAC conference promotional clip has also gone viral, and AIPAC has threatened to sue CODEPINK over it.

A themed protest took place throughout the day to expose AIPAC’s dangerous foreign policy positions. These themes included calls for no war on Iran, an end to Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank, and an end to billions of US taxpayer dollars every year in military aid to Israel. Activists have been bolstered by the global expansion of the BDS movement and the weakened AIPAC stranglehold over Congress. Protesters had “boycott stations” set up to inform about which products to boycott to support the Palestinian BDS movement.

“AIPAC has pushed for US military intervention in Syria and for the ‘military option’ in Iran, but both of these positions are rejected by the American people, who want a foreign policy that focuses on diplomacy,” says CODEPINK cofounder Medea Benjamin. “It’s time our elected officials show their independence from AIPAC’s belligerent stand.”


What is AIPAC?

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (or AIPAC) is a lobbying group that advocates pro-Israel policies to the Congress and Executive Branch of the United States.

AIPAC describes itself as the most important organization affecting the U.S. relationship with Israel.  With a budget of $65 million, and membership now standing at over 100,000, it is no wonder that congressional staffers consider it one of the most powerful and effective lobbies on Capitol Hill.

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Somos noticia en el mundo, menos en Venezuela

Mariana Vincenti

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Tomorrow’s Seduction: Kiss of Death Book Release | Washington DC | February 15th, 2014
Some believe that a kiss is one of the most intimate connections that two people can share but when it comes to Washington, D.C.’s Lipstick Serial Killer; a mere kiss could easily equate to death. The “Kiss of Death,” as she is known to the public; preys on attractive, young, black men with only one objective in mind: TO KILL! Sealing each murder with a sinful kiss to the frontal lobe, The “Kiss of Death” plots to destroy every man in her path for as long as she can. Tomorrow Robinson is an intelligent, beautiful and strikingly witty young woman with a bright future ahead. With pressures from her mother Janet to be perfect, she strives to be the best at everything she does; even if it means being seductively sneaky and down right malicious. Tomorrow has a secret that holds the key to many unanswered questions; secrets that could ultimately destroy the lives of the people around her, or aide in ending her own. Ride along this exciting journey and experience firsthand how the art of seduction is truly played. This story is filled with seductively sneaky twists and a plot that will leave you thirsting for more. Sex, lies, and murder have never been told quite like this! To watch “Tomorrow’s Seduction: Kiss of Death” OFFICIAL Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvITqnJL2TU
Crystal “Xperience J” Judkins, a native of Alexandria, Virginia, began writing at the tender age of 7. From the moment she picked up a pen, she knew she’d never be able to put it down again. Coming from a musically talented and art infused family; she always had a tap in her feet and a song bellowing in her spirit. Early on, she had no doubt in her mind that the arts would be where she’d flourish. She is the author of an urban-intellectual book of poetry entitled “Unbarred: My Neo Hip-Hop Soul” and the current urban fiction novel “Tomorrow’s Seduction: Kiss of Death.” She is also the co-founder of Two Pens and a Grind Publications. X enjoys songwriting, recording, networking, and all around creating. Tierra “Warsan” King, a native of Herndon, Virginia, began writing in high school after an incident with classmates that sparked an exciting story. Although, she was never able to complete the story that would ultimately spark the conversation that led to the birth of “Tomorrow’s Seduction: Kiss of Death.” Warsan is the author of the current urban fiction novel “Tomorrow’s Seduction: Kiss of Death” and the co-founder of Two Pens and a Grind Publications. She enjoys writing, reading and spending time with her three children. After the death of her youngest child, she adopted her late daughter’s name “Warsan” (which translates to “wonderful news”) as her pen name and has vowed to continue writing books in her loving memory. For bookings, interviews, book reviews etc. please email these ladies at info@twopensandagrind.com or twopensandagrind@gmail.com You may also like their “Tomorrow’s Seduction: Kiss of Death” Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/TomorrowsSeductionKissofDeath
http://www.amazon.com/Tomorrows-Seduction-Crystal-B-Judkins/dp/0615922880

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Tomorrow’s Seduction: Kiss of Death Book Release | Washington DC | February 15th, 2014

Some believe that a kiss is one of the most intimate connections that two people can share but when it comes to Washington, D.C.’s Lipstick Serial Killer; a mere kiss could easily equate to death. The “Kiss of Death,” as she is known to the public; preys on attractive, young, black men with only one objective in mind: TO KILL! Sealing each murder with a sinful kiss to the frontal lobe, The “Kiss of Death” plots to destroy every man in her path for as long as she can. Tomorrow Robinson is an intelligent, beautiful and strikingly witty young woman with a bright future ahead. With pressures from her mother Janet to be perfect, she strives to be the best at everything she does; even if it means being seductively sneaky and down right malicious. Tomorrow has a secret that holds the key to many unanswered questions; secrets that could ultimately destroy the lives of the people around her, or aide in ending her own. Ride along this exciting journey and experience firsthand how the art of seduction is truly played. This story is filled with seductively sneaky twists and a plot that will leave you thirsting for more. Sex, lies, and murder have never been told quite like this! To watch “Tomorrow’s Seduction: Kiss of Death” OFFICIAL Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvITqnJL2TU

Crystal “Xperience J” Judkins, a native of Alexandria, Virginia, began writing at the tender age of 7. From the moment she picked up a pen, she knew she’d never be able to put it down again. Coming from a musically talented and art infused family; she always had a tap in her feet and a song bellowing in her spirit. Early on, she had no doubt in her mind that the arts would be where she’d flourish. She is the author of an urban-intellectual book of poetry entitled “Unbarred: My Neo Hip-Hop Soul” and the current urban fiction novel “Tomorrow’s Seduction: Kiss of Death.” She is also the co-founder of Two Pens and a Grind Publications. X enjoys songwriting, recording, networking, and all around creating. Tierra “Warsan” King, a native of Herndon, Virginia, began writing in high school after an incident with classmates that sparked an exciting story. Although, she was never able to complete the story that would ultimately spark the conversation that led to the birth of “Tomorrow’s Seduction: Kiss of Death.” Warsan is the author of the current urban fiction novel “Tomorrow’s Seduction: Kiss of Death” and the co-founder of Two Pens and a Grind Publications. She enjoys writing, reading and spending time with her three children. After the death of her youngest child, she adopted her late daughter’s name “Warsan” (which translates to “wonderful news”) as her pen name and has vowed to continue writing books in her loving memory. For bookings, interviews, book reviews etc. please email these ladies at info@twopensandagrind.com or twopensandagrind@gmail.com You may also like their “Tomorrow’s Seduction: Kiss of Death” Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/TomorrowsSeductionKissofDeath

http://www.amazon.com/Tomorrows-Seduction-Crystal-B-Judkins/dp/0615922880

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Protest Against George W. Bush at Javits Center | New York, NY | January 13th, 2014
So many people across the world know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, know that George W. Bush has committed crimes against humanity. Yet this home-grown war criminal is being honored with speaking engagements across this country. This dishonors all of us in this country who have longed for justice; it is an insult to our dignity and our mind."We Will Not Be Silent" has continued from where they began during the Bush Administration, to carry names of some of those who lost their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq and Bagram, Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo prisons. These names will never be engraved on the walls of any United States institution to acknowledge their humanity, and to face the fact that hundreds of thousands of lives were lost. "We Will Not Be Silent" will continue to carry the names of civilians and U.S. soldiers killed in wars of aggression and of detainees tortured to death, the result of war crimes committed by the George W. Bush Administration. George W. Bush gave the orders that resulted in the unnecessary suffering and dineaths of countless human beings.George W. Bush and Dick Cheney have admitted openly to ordering water-boarding of detainees. The current Attorney General, Eric Holder, has testified under oath that water-boarding is torture. Torture is a crime prohibited by United States and International Law, yet those in the Bush Administration responsible for torture are not touched by the law. This remains our collective national shame. We see that the failure to prosecute crimes committed by officials at the highest levels of power in the United States government has allowed abuse of power to continue into the next administration.

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Protest Against George W. Bush at Javits Center | New York, NY | January 13th, 2014

So many people across the world know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, know that George W. Bush has committed crimes against humanity. Yet this home-grown war criminal is being honored with speaking engagements across this country. This dishonors all of us in this country who have longed for justice; it is an insult to our dignity and our mind.

"We Will Not Be Silent" has continued from where they began during the Bush Administration, to carry names of some of those who lost their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq and Bagram, Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo prisons. These names will never be engraved on the walls of any United States institution to acknowledge their humanity, and to face the fact that hundreds of thousands of lives were lost. "We Will Not Be Silent" will continue to carry the names of civilians and U.S. soldiers killed in wars of aggression and of detainees tortured to death, the result of war crimes committed by the George W. Bush Administration. George W. Bush gave the orders that resulted in the unnecessary suffering and dineaths of countless human beings.

George W. Bush and Dick Cheney have admitted openly to ordering water-boarding of detainees. The current Attorney General, Eric Holder, has testified under oath that water-boarding is torture. Torture is a crime prohibited by United States and International Law, yet those in the Bush Administration responsible for torture are not touched by the law. This remains our collective national shame. We see that the failure to prosecute crimes committed by officials at the highest levels of power in the United States government has allowed abuse of power to continue into the next administration.

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“There are places on this earth where color has absconded.” One man’s protest against force-feeding at the Guantanamo detention camp.
I wrote this poem after seeing a photo of my friend Andrés Thomas Conteris voluntarily submitting to nasogastric feeding in front of the White House in Washington DC on October 18th 2013.  Andrés had been on hunger strike for over two months at this point, protesting against the force-feeding of prisoners who were also on hunger strike in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. Around him, supporters dressed in the orange of Guantanamo uniforms bore the names of some of those prisoners.

While Andrés is himself a native of Wisconsin, his mother’s family is from Uruguay, where his aunt and uncle were tortured in the 1970s and 1980s by the US-backed dictatorship that was initiated by President Jorge Pacheco in 1968.
In the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Andrés chose to put his body on the line in an act of nonviolent resistance against a blatant abuse of human and civil rights.  He was risking his health on behalf of people he did not know, and with whom few others were willing to take a stand – except a handful of human rights lawyers and activists.
When I saw it online, this image shocked me.  I could not continue with my day.  My friend was in obvious pain, and he was terribly emaciated.  What moved me was the shock of truly taking in the suffering of another person, followed by the urgent desire to do something – anything – to alleviate that pain.  So I wrote this poem.

my friend went on hunger strike
he sits outside a white house
beside a syringe of white liquid
held high against a white sky
he is fifty pounds lighter
than the last time we met
I’m thinking of going on hunger strike, he bellowed
over the clatter of beats and glasses
after 61 days in the desert
his head crooked like an infant
or a very old man
a white-clad doctor
pipes white food
into his nostril
there are hands on his thinness
and eyes on his face
but his are closed
to color
it feels like endless agony, he says
it feels like drowning
orange friends
wearing unwhite names
wield signs that speak of barbed wire &
another orange man
head buried in black
kneeling on colorless dirt
against a colorless wall
106 stopped eating
56 fed by force
10 years without charge or trial
speech in solitary
assembly dismembered
all that remains
is what it takes to refuse
daybreak and seed and rain
white was the manna
God dropped from the sky
wafers and honey on the tongue
yet kept overnight it stank
grew frantic with maggots
there are places on this earth where
color has absconded
and sky holds its breath
there are places where food is
a syringe of white liquid
and in it
you drown
By Marisa Handler
Marisa Handler is the author of the award-winning memoir Loyal to the Sky: Notes from an Activist, and her essays, fiction, journalism and poetry have appeared in numerous publications. She earned her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has received multiple fellowships in Creative Writing, including a Fulbright.  She teaches fiction and nonfiction at Mills College, the California Institute for Integral Studies, and Stanford.  Marisa is also a performing and recording singer-songwriter.  More at www.marisahandler.com
http://www.opendemocracy.net/transformation/marisa-handler/my-friends-hunger-strike-against-force-feeding-at-guantanamo

tchallmedia:

“There are places on this earth where color has absconded.” One man’s protest against force-feeding at the Guantanamo detention camp.

I wrote this poem after seeing a photo of my friend Andrés Thomas Conteris voluntarily submitting to nasogastric feeding in front of the White House in Washington DC on October 18th 2013.  Andrés had been on hunger strike for over two months at this point, protesting against the force-feeding of prisoners who were also on hunger strike in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. Around him, supporters dressed in the orange of Guantanamo uniforms bore the names of some of those prisoners.

While Andrés is himself a native of Wisconsin, his mother’s family is from Uruguay, where his aunt and uncle were tortured in the 1970s and 1980s by the US-backed dictatorship that was initiated by President Jorge Pacheco in 1968.

In the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Andrés chose to put his body on the line in an act of nonviolent resistance against a blatant abuse of human and civil rights.  He was risking his health on behalf of people he did not know, and with whom few others were willing to take a stand – except a handful of human rights lawyers and activists.

When I saw it online, this image shocked me.  I could not continue with my day.  My friend was in obvious pain, and he was terribly emaciated.  What moved me was the shock of truly taking in the suffering of another person, followed by the urgent desire to do something – anything – to alleviate that pain.  So I wrote this poem.

my friend went on hunger strike

he sits outside a white house

beside a syringe of white liquid

held high against a white sky

he is fifty pounds lighter

than the last time we met

I’m thinking of going on hunger strike, he bellowed

over the clatter of beats and glasses

after 61 days in the desert

his head crooked like an infant

or a very old man

a white-clad doctor

pipes white food

into his nostril

there are hands on his thinness

and eyes on his face

but his are closed

to color

it feels like endless agony, he says

it feels like drowning

orange friends

wearing unwhite names

wield signs that speak of barbed wire &

another orange man

head buried in black

kneeling on colorless dirt

against a colorless wall

106 stopped eating

56 fed by force

10 years without charge or trial

speech in solitary

assembly dismembered

all that remains

is what it takes to refuse

daybreak and seed and rain

white was the manna

God dropped from the sky

wafers and honey on the tongue

yet kept overnight it stank

grew frantic with maggots

there are places on this earth where

color has absconded

and sky holds its breath

there are places where food is

a syringe of white liquid

and in it

you drown

By Marisa Handler

Marisa Handler is the author of the award-winning memoir Loyal to the Sky: Notes from an Activist, and her essays, fiction, journalism and poetry have appeared in numerous publications. She earned her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has received multiple fellowships in Creative Writing, including a Fulbright.  She teaches fiction and nonfiction at Mills College, the California Institute for Integral Studies, and Stanford.  Marisa is also a performing and recording singer-songwriter.  More at www.marisahandler.com

http://www.opendemocracy.net/transformation/marisa-handler/my-friends-hunger-strike-against-force-feeding-at-guantanamo

tchallmedia:

School of Americas Watch (Day 3) | Fort Benning, GA | November 24th, 2013
On Sunday, November 24, thousands walked in a solemn funeral procession and commemorated those who have been killed by SOA/ WHINSEC graduates and U.S. militarization. The procession transitioned into an upbeat celebration of life and resistance, after Oscar Romero’s last sermon was blasted through the stage speaker system, and a banner with our message, and thousands of soap bubbles crossed over the barb-wired fence. The vigil weekend included for the first time a Peoples Movement Assembly (PMA) on Saturday morning. As part of the PMA, hundreds of movement activists gathered in small groups and discussed questions about the role of nonviolent direct action in the context of an increasingly militarized prison system. SOA Watch activists are taking the discussion back to their communities. The questions that we are focusing on are: is there a need to shift to other creative ways of continuing the tradition of direct action? What are your thoughts on nonviolent direct action and prison witness considering both our movement’s history and today’s context? The other main question focused on our grassroots organizing strategies. The conversations continue and we are looking forward to everyone’s input.
Background information:
The School of the Americas (SOA) is a combat training school for Latin American soldiers, located at Fort Benning, Georgia. In 2001 renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC).
It was initially established in Panama in 1946 however it was expelled from Panama in 1984 under the terms of the Panama Canal Treaty (article iv) and reinforced under the Treaty Concerning the Permanent Neutrality and Operation of the Panama Canal (article v).
Former Panamanian President, Jorge Illueca, stated that the School of the Americas was the “biggest base for destabilization in Latin America.” The SOA have left a trail of blood and suffering in every country where its graduates have returned. For this reason the School of the Americas has been historically dubbed the “School of Assassins”.

tchallmedia:

School of Americas Watch (Day 3) | Fort Benning, GA | November 24th, 2013

On Sunday, November 24, thousands walked in a solemn funeral procession and commemorated those who have been killed by SOA/ WHINSEC graduates and U.S. militarization. The procession transitioned into an upbeat celebration of life and resistance, after Oscar Romero’s last sermon was blasted through the stage speaker system, and a banner with our message, and thousands of soap bubbles crossed over the barb-wired fence. The vigil weekend included for the first time a Peoples Movement Assembly (PMA) on Saturday morning. As part of the PMA, hundreds of movement activists gathered in small groups and discussed questions about the role of nonviolent direct action in the context of an increasingly militarized prison system. SOA Watch activists are taking the discussion back to their communities. The questions that we are focusing on are: is there a need to shift to other creative ways of continuing the tradition of direct action? What are your thoughts on nonviolent direct action and prison witness considering both our movement’s history and today’s context? The other main question focused on our grassroots organizing strategies. The conversations continue and we are looking forward to everyone’s input.

Background information:

The School of the Americas (SOA) is a combat training school for Latin American soldiers, located at Fort Benning, Georgia. In 2001 renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC).

It was initially established in Panama in 1946 however it was expelled from Panama in 1984 under the terms of the Panama Canal Treaty (article iv) and reinforced under the Treaty Concerning the Permanent Neutrality and Operation of the Panama Canal (article v).

Former Panamanian President, Jorge Illueca, stated that the School of the Americas was the “biggest base for destabilization in Latin America.” The SOA have left a trail of blood and suffering in every country where its graduates have returned. For this reason the School of the Americas has been historically dubbed the “School of Assassins”.

tchallmedia:

School of Americas Watch (Day 2) | Fort Benning, GA | November 23rd, 2013
Thousands gathered on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia. The rally to close the SOA and to resist U.S. militarization was preceded by a People’s Movement Assembly (PMA) at the Columbus Convention Center, where hundreds of people discussed important movement questions, and shared hopes, dreams and strategies for the future of SOA Watch in 20 groups. That night they gathered in the Columbus Convention Center for workshops, panels, trainings, film screenings and a concert.
Background information:
The School of the Americas (SOA) is a combat training school for Latin American soldiers, located at Fort Benning, Georgia. In 2001 renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC).
It was initially established in Panama in 1946 however it was expelled from Panama in 1984 under the terms of the Panama Canal Treaty (article iv) and reinforced under the Treaty Concerning the Permanent Neutrality and Operation of the Panama Canal (article v).
Former Panamanian President, Jorge Illueca, stated that the School of the Americas was the “biggest base for destabilization in Latin America.” The SOA have left a trail of blood and suffering in every country where its graduates have returned. For this reason the School of the Americas has been historically dubbed the “School of Assassins”.
Since 1946, the SOA has trained over 64,000 Latin American soldiers in counterinsurgency techniques, sniper training, commando and psychological warfare, military intelligence and interrogation tactics. These graduates have consistently used their skills to wage a war against their own people. Among those targeted by SOA graduates are educators, union organizers, religious workers, student leaders, and others who work for the rights of the poor. Hundreds of thousands of Latin Americans have been tortured, raped, assassinated, “disappeared,” massacred, and forced into refugee by those trained at the School of Assassins.

tchallmedia:

School of Americas Watch (Day 2) | Fort Benning, GA | November 23rd, 2013

Thousands gathered on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia. The rally to close the SOA and to resist U.S. militarization was preceded by a People’s Movement Assembly (PMA) at the Columbus Convention Center, where hundreds of people discussed important movement questions, and shared hopes, dreams and strategies for the future of SOA Watch in 20 groups. That night they gathered in the Columbus Convention Center for workshops, panels, trainings, film screenings and a concert.

Background information:

The School of the Americas (SOA) is a combat training school for Latin American soldiers, located at Fort Benning, Georgia. In 2001 renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC).

It was initially established in Panama in 1946 however it was expelled from Panama in 1984 under the terms of the Panama Canal Treaty (article iv) and reinforced under the Treaty Concerning the Permanent Neutrality and Operation of the Panama Canal (article v).

Former Panamanian President, Jorge Illueca, stated that the School of the Americas was the “biggest base for destabilization in Latin America.” The SOA have left a trail of blood and suffering in every country where its graduates have returned. For this reason the School of the Americas has been historically dubbed the “School of Assassins”.

Since 1946, the SOA has trained over 64,000 Latin American soldiers in counterinsurgency techniques, sniper training, commando and psychological warfare, military intelligence and interrogation tactics. These graduates have consistently used their skills to wage a war against their own people. Among those targeted by SOA graduates are educators, union organizers, religious workers, student leaders, and others who work for the rights of the poor. Hundreds of thousands of Latin Americans have been tortured, raped, assassinated, “disappeared,” massacred, and forced into refugee by those trained at the School of Assassins.

tchallmedia:

School of Americas Watch (Day 1) | Lumpkin, GA | November 22nd, 2013
The School of the Americas (SOA) is a combat training school for Latin American soldiers, located at Fort Benning, Georgia. In 2001 renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC).
It was initially established in Panama in 1946 however it was expelled from Panama in 1984 under the terms of the Panama Canal Treaty (article iv) and reinforced under the Treaty Concerning the Permanent Neutrality and Operation of the Panama Canal (article v).
Former Panamanian President, Jorge Illueca, stated that the School of the Americas was the “biggest base for destabilization in Latin America.” The SOA have left a trail of blood and suffering in every country where its graduates have returned. For this reason the School of the Americas has been historically dubbed the “School of Assassins”.
Since 1946, the SOA has trained over 64,000 Latin American soldiers in counterinsurgency techniques, sniper training, commando and psychological warfare, military intelligence and interrogation tactics. These graduates have consistently used their skills to wage a war against their own people. Among those targeted by SOA graduates are educators, union organizers, religious workers, student leaders, and others who work for the rights of the poor. Hundreds of thousands of Latin Americans have been tortured, raped, assassinated, “disappeared,” massacred, and forced into refugee by those trained at the School of Assassins.

tchallmedia:

School of Americas Watch (Day 1) | Lumpkin, GA | November 22nd, 2013

The School of the Americas (SOA) is a combat training school for Latin American soldiers, located at Fort Benning, Georgia. In 2001 renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC).

It was initially established in Panama in 1946 however it was expelled from Panama in 1984 under the terms of the Panama Canal Treaty (article iv) and reinforced under the Treaty Concerning the Permanent Neutrality and Operation of the Panama Canal (article v).

Former Panamanian President, Jorge Illueca, stated that the School of the Americas was the “biggest base for destabilization in Latin America.” The SOA have left a trail of blood and suffering in every country where its graduates have returned. For this reason the School of the Americas has been historically dubbed the “School of Assassins”.

Since 1946, the SOA has trained over 64,000 Latin American soldiers in counterinsurgency techniques, sniper training, commando and psychological warfare, military intelligence and interrogation tactics. These graduates have consistently used their skills to wage a war against their own people. Among those targeted by SOA graduates are educators, union organizers, religious workers, student leaders, and others who work for the rights of the poor. Hundreds of thousands of Latin Americans have been tortured, raped, assassinated, “disappeared,” massacred, and forced into refugee by those trained at the School of Assassins.

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