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Pete Seger to play at SOA protest rally
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Will Dockery
2003-11-22 09:01:39 UTC
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Pete Seger will perform Saturday afternoon at the protest.
Will

http://www.amber-kaye.com/forum/viewthread.php?tid=488
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 11, 2003
1:38 PM
CONTACT: School of the Americas Watch (SOAW) http://www.soaw.org
Matthew Smucker
Crossing the Line: Thousands to Speak Out Against Terror Training at
SOA
Convergence and Mass Civil Disobedience Action at Fort Benning,
Georgia, November 22-23, 2003
COLUMBUS, GA - November 11 - Thousands are planning to take nonviolent
direct action to close what they call a terrorist training camp on
U.S. soil - the School of the Americas, renamed Western Hemisphere
Institute for Security Cooperation (SOA/WHISC), a combat-training
school for Latin American soldiers. On November 22-23 thousands will
gather at the gates of Ft. Benning, Georgia, site of the school, to
expose a double standard. SOA grads continue to be implicated in
egregious acts designed to terrorize and coerce civilian populations
throughout Latin America.
The gathering will culminate on Sunday, November 23 with a solemn
"funeral" procession to the gates of Ft. Benning. Many will negotiate
a barbed-wire fence to enter the military base in an act of nonviolent
civil disobedience. Since protests against SOA-WHISC began over ten
years ago, over 170 people served or are now serving federal prison
sentences for civil disobedience.
The weekend's program will feature music and speakers from Latin and
North America, including Pete Seeger; Llajtasuyo; Francisco Herrera;
Jon Fromer; Amy Goodman from Democracy Now!; Sister Helen Prejean,
author of Dead Man Walking; Kathy Kelly of Voices in the Wilderness;
Bob King, VP of the United Auto Workers International; and many
others.
SOA graduates return to their countries to utilize their training
domestically and are consistently cited for atrocities against their
own people. Critics say President Bush used this same argument against
Saddam Hussein to leverage an invasion of Iraq, while ignoring U.S.
culpability in gross human rights violations throughout Latin America.
Among those targeted by SOA graduates are educators, union organizers,
religious workers, student leaders, and others working for human
rights and economic justice. Hundreds of thousands of Latin Americans
have been tortured, raped, assassinated, "disappeared", massacred, and
forced into refuge by SOA graduates.
There has never been an impact-assessment of the training offered at
the school. SOA-trained soldiers have returned to their countries to
commit atrocities, both as soldiers and as renegades, forming
paramilitaries, death squads and drug trafficking operations. A few
weeks ago the Mexican Secretary of Defense revealed that SOA-trained
ex-soldiers, once part of an elite Mexican army division, are now
working as highly trained hired assassins for the Gulf Cartel.
Organizers of the convergence in Georgia are working in solidarity and
coordinating with organizers of the protests to oppose the Free Trade
Area of the Americas (FTAA) in Miami (Nov. 19-21). Critics of the
SOA/WHISC argue that the school's underlying purpose is to clear the
way for U.S. corporate interests.
"The SOA is part of a corporate-hijacked foreign policy that's making
us a lot of enemies," said Fr. Roy Bourgeois, founder of SOA Watch.
"If we want lasting peace and security we need a foreign policy that
reflects our values of justice and democracy."
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Linda Scheimann
2003-11-22 16:34:35 UTC
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Thanks, Will........
Linda
Post by Will Dockery
Pete Seger will perform Saturday afternoon at the protest.
Will
http://www.amber-kaye.com/forum/viewthread.php?tid=488
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 11, 2003
1:38 PM
CONTACT: School of the Americas Watch (SOAW) http://www.soaw.org
Matthew Smucker
Crossing the Line: Thousands to Speak Out Against Terror Training at
SOA
Convergence and Mass Civil Disobedience Action at Fort Benning,
Georgia, November 22-23, 2003
COLUMBUS, GA - November 11 - Thousands are planning to take nonviolent
direct action to close what they call a terrorist training camp on
U.S. soil - the School of the Americas, renamed Western Hemisphere
Institute for Security Cooperation (SOA/WHISC), a combat-training
school for Latin American soldiers. On November 22-23 thousands will
gather at the gates of Ft. Benning, Georgia, site of the school, to
expose a double standard. SOA grads continue to be implicated in
egregious acts designed to terrorize and coerce civilian populations
throughout Latin America.
The gathering will culminate on Sunday, November 23 with a solemn
"funeral" procession to the gates of Ft. Benning. Many will negotiate
a barbed-wire fence to enter the military base in an act of nonviolent
civil disobedience. Since protests against SOA-WHISC began over ten
years ago, over 170 people served or are now serving federal prison
sentences for civil disobedience.
The weekend's program will feature music and speakers from Latin and
North America, including Pete Seeger; Llajtasuyo; Francisco Herrera;
Jon Fromer; Amy Goodman from Democracy Now!; Sister Helen Prejean,
author of Dead Man Walking; Kathy Kelly of Voices in the Wilderness;
Bob King, VP of the United Auto Workers International; and many
others.
SOA graduates return to their countries to utilize their training
domestically and are consistently cited for atrocities against their
own people. Critics say President Bush used this same argument against
Saddam Hussein to leverage an invasion of Iraq, while ignoring U.S.
culpability in gross human rights violations throughout Latin America.
Among those targeted by SOA graduates are educators, union organizers,
religious workers, student leaders, and others working for human
rights and economic justice. Hundreds of thousands of Latin Americans
have been tortured, raped, assassinated, "disappeared", massacred, and
forced into refuge by SOA graduates.
There has never been an impact-assessment of the training offered at
the school. SOA-trained soldiers have returned to their countries to
commit atrocities, both as soldiers and as renegades, forming
paramilitaries, death squads and drug trafficking operations. A few
weeks ago the Mexican Secretary of Defense revealed that SOA-trained
ex-soldiers, once part of an elite Mexican army division, are now
working as highly trained hired assassins for the Gulf Cartel.
Organizers of the convergence in Georgia are working in solidarity and
coordinating with organizers of the protests to oppose the Free Trade
Area of the Americas (FTAA) in Miami (Nov. 19-21). Critics of the
SOA/WHISC argue that the school's underlying purpose is to clear the
way for U.S. corporate interests.
"The SOA is part of a corporate-hijacked foreign policy that's making
us a lot of enemies," said Fr. Roy Bourgeois, founder of SOA Watch.
"If we want lasting peace and security we need a foreign policy that
reflects our values of justice and democracy."
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Ironywaves
2003-11-22 17:24:54 UTC
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Post by Linda Scheimann
Thanks, Will........
Linda
Hello, Linda! I'm heading out shortly to check out some of the events... I'm
only about three miles from the rally... if you get time, btw, check out the
MP3 single I loaded this morning on Lulu.com, "Greybeard Cavalier":

http://my.lulu.com/content/26663
Post by Linda Scheimann
Post by Will Dockery
Pete Seger will perform Saturday afternoon at the protest.
Will
http://www.amber-kaye.com/forum/viewthread.php?tid=488
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 11, 2003
1:38 PM
CONTACT: School of the Americas Watch (SOAW) http://www.soaw.org
Matthew Smucker
Crossing the Line: Thousands to Speak Out Against Terror Training at
SOA
Convergence and Mass Civil Disobedience Action at Fort Benning,
Georgia, November 22-23, 2003
COLUMBUS, GA - November 11 - Thousands are planning to take nonviolent
direct action to close what they call a terrorist training camp on
U.S. soil - the School of the Americas, renamed Western Hemisphere
Institute for Security Cooperation (SOA/WHISC), a combat-training
school for Latin American soldiers. On November 22-23 thousands will
gather at the gates of Ft. Benning, Georgia, site of the school, to
expose a double standard. SOA grads continue to be implicated in
egregious acts designed to terrorize and coerce civilian populations
throughout Latin America.
The gathering will culminate on Sunday, November 23 with a solemn
"funeral" procession to the gates of Ft. Benning. Many will negotiate
a barbed-wire fence to enter the military base in an act of nonviolent
civil disobedience. Since protests against SOA-WHISC began over ten
years ago, over 170 people served or are now serving federal prison
sentences for civil disobedience.
The weekend's program will feature music and speakers from Latin and
North America, including Pete Seeger; Llajtasuyo; Francisco Herrera;
Jon Fromer; Amy Goodman from Democracy Now!; Sister Helen Prejean,
author of Dead Man Walking; Kathy Kelly of Voices in the Wilderness;
Bob King, VP of the United Auto Workers International; and many
others.
SOA graduates return to their countries to utilize their training
domestically and are consistently cited for atrocities against their
own people. Critics say President Bush used this same argument against
Saddam Hussein to leverage an invasion of Iraq, while ignoring U.S.
culpability in gross human rights violations throughout Latin America.
Among those targeted by SOA graduates are educators, union organizers,
religious workers, student leaders, and others working for human
rights and economic justice. Hundreds of thousands of Latin Americans
have been tortured, raped, assassinated, "disappeared", massacred, and
forced into refuge by SOA graduates.
There has never been an impact-assessment of the training offered at
the school. SOA-trained soldiers have returned to their countries to
commit atrocities, both as soldiers and as renegades, forming
paramilitaries, death squads and drug trafficking operations. A few
weeks ago the Mexican Secretary of Defense revealed that SOA-trained
ex-soldiers, once part of an elite Mexican army division, are now
working as highly trained hired assassins for the Gulf Cartel.
Organizers of the convergence in Georgia are working in solidarity and
coordinating with organizers of the protests to oppose the Free Trade
Area of the Americas (FTAA) in Miami (Nov. 19-21). Critics of the
SOA/WHISC argue that the school's underlying purpose is to clear the
way for U.S. corporate interests.
"The SOA is part of a corporate-hijacked foreign policy that's making
us a lot of enemies," said Fr. Roy Bourgeois, founder of SOA Watch.
"If we want lasting peace and security we need a foreign policy that
reflects our values of justice and democracy."
###
Will Dockery
2014-03-01 19:54:11 UTC
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Post by Will Dockery
Pete Seger will perform Saturday afternoon at the protest.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 11, 2003
1:38 PM
CONTACT: School of the Americas Watch (SOAW) http://www.soaw.org
Matthew Smucker
Crossing the Line: Thousands to Speak Out Against Terror Training at
SOA
Convergence and Mass Civil Disobedience Action at Fort Benning,
Georgia, November 22-23, 2003
COLUMBUS, GA - November 11 - Thousands are planning to take nonviolent
direct action to close what they call a terrorist training camp on
U.S. soil - the School of the Americas, renamed Western Hemisphere
Institute for Security Cooperation (SOA/WHISC), a combat-training
school for Latin American soldiers. On November 22-23 thousands will
gather at the gates of Ft. Benning, Georgia, site of the school, to
expose a double standard. SOA grads continue to be implicated in
egregious acts designed to terrorize and coerce civilian populations
throughout Latin America.
The gathering will culminate on Sunday, November 23 with a solemn
"funeral" procession to the gates of Ft. Benning. Many will negotiate
a barbed-wire fence to enter the military base in an act of nonviolent
civil disobedience. Since protests against SOA-WHISC began over ten
years ago, over 170 people served or are now serving federal prison
sentences for civil disobedience.
The weekend's program will feature music and speakers from Latin and
North America, including Pete Seeger; Llajtasuyo; Francisco Herrera;
Jon Fromer; Amy Goodman from Democracy Now!; Sister Helen Prejean,
author of Dead Man Walking; Kathy Kelly of Voices in the Wilderness;
Bob King, VP of the United Auto Workers International; and many
others.
SOA graduates return to their countries to utilize their training
domestically and are consistently cited for atrocities against their
own people. Critics say President Bush used this same argument against
Saddam Hussein to leverage an invasion of Iraq, while ignoring U.S.
culpability in gross human rights violations throughout Latin America.
Among those targeted by SOA graduates are educators, union organizers,
religious workers, student leaders, and others working for human
rights and economic justice. Hundreds of thousands of Latin Americans
have been tortured, raped, assassinated, "disappeared", massacred, and
forced into refuge by SOA graduates.
There has never been an impact-assessment of the training offered at
the school. SOA-trained soldiers have returned to their countries to
commit atrocities, both as soldiers and as renegades, forming
paramilitaries, death squads and drug trafficking operations. A few
weeks ago the Mexican Secretary of Defense revealed that SOA-trained
ex-soldiers, once part of an elite Mexican army division, are now
working as highly trained hired assassins for the Gulf Cartel.
Organizers of the convergence in Georgia are working in solidarity and
coordinating with organizers of the protests to oppose the Free Trade
Area of the Americas (FTAA) in Miami (Nov. 19-21). Critics of the
SOA/WHISC argue that the school's underlying purpose is to clear the
way for U.S. corporate interests.
"The SOA is part of a corporate-hijacked foreign policy that's making
us a lot of enemies," said Fr. Roy Bourgeois, founder of SOA Watch.
"If we want lasting peace and security we need a foreign policy that
reflects our values of justice and democracy."
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Rest in Peace, Pete Seger.

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