Many of the worst human rights abusers in Latin America were trained at the School of the Americas (SOA/WHINSEC) at Ft. Benning. Travel with us to Georgia as we join thousands of others from across the hemisphere at the annual vigil and rally to close the school.
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BACKGROUND: SOA Watch reports that “Since 1946, the SOA has trained over 64,000 Latin American soldiers in counterinsurgency techniques…. 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.” We will continue to raise our voices until the SOA is shut down and the U.S. government has stopped relying on violence to enforce its oppressive foreign policy in Latin America and the Caribbean.
LOGISTICS: ICPJ will be organizing carpools from Ann Arbor area to Ft. Benning, GA for the vigil and rally, leaving on Friday, Nov. 16th, and returning on Sunday, Nov. 18th. Exact leave and return times will be determined by car/driver. The ICPJ delegation will be staying together at rooms reserved at a hotel nearby the event site.
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