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SOA Watch Annual Commemorative Gathering

Friday, November 15, 2019 to Monday, November 18, 2019
Fort Benning Columbus, Georgia

IRTF will be coordinating a delegation to travel to and participate in the weekend's events at Ft. Benning in Columbus, GA. If you are passionate about this work and would like to join us on this journey with IRTF and SOA Watch, please fill out our delegation application

The regular cost of attendance per person is $250 (includes travel and lodging). Financial assistance is available upon request. We welcome all to apply and will do what we can to make sure that anyone and everyone has the opportunity and ability to join in this important delegation.This year's gathering marks the 30th anniversary of the Central American University (UCA) massacre — one of the many atrocities that occurred in Central America as the United States funded civil wars, trained military at the SOA/WHINSEC, and ensured that right-wing governments remain in power regardless of their human rights violations.

From SOAW.org:

Given that it’s the 30th anniversary of the Central American University (UCA) massacre, we will gather at the gates of the School of the Americas in Ft. Benning, GA, from November 15-17, bridging the past and present. Together, we recommit ourselves to never forgetting the violence that our communities have been subjected to, not only in word, but in action.

Make no mistake, we will not rest until we dismantle the wall and all the racist, xenophobic, classist, dehumanizing policies that prop it up. We also want to be clear that our work to dismantle border imperialism is ongoing, and we still need to respond, we still need to resist — no more deaths from SOA to the Borderlands!! To the implementation of increasingly xenophobic and racist practices, we say “BASTA – NO MAS! ENOUGH – NO MORE!”

Memoria y Resistencia: Close the School of the Americas

We understand that the conditions people are fleeing in Central America are a result of the training, support, and funding that the United States has funneled into state violence for decades....The US has deployed troops and border patrol agents to Guatemala in order to “halt migration”, justifying it as “humanitarian aid”. The architects of death would like us to believe that what happens in the borderlands is distinct from the training provided at SOA/WHINSEC, but we know that US-supported state violence is at the root of forced displacement and the reason people are dying at the border right now.

We know that we must be as fierce, strategic, and effective as possible to hold the US accountable for the decades of intervention that have devastated communities throughout the Americas, resulting in torture, forced disappearance, mass displacement, assassination, and forced migration.

Read more at SOAW.org.