GeneralHuman Rights, Nonviolent Direct Action, Activism, Politics, Latin America, Solidarity, Anti-Militarism, Peace, Justice, Anti-Torture
MusicCD: Sing it Down
Songs to close the School of the Americas. By Colleen Kattau & Jolie Christine Rickman.
MoviesVideo: Guns and Greed
Makes the connection between sweatshops, the globalization of greed and SOA violence in Latin America. Includes footage from Latin America and the November vigil. 20 min. VHS. Also available with Spanish subtitles or Portuguese subtitles.Video: The New Patriots
U.S. Military veterans speak out about terrorism, patriotism and their opposition to the SOA/WHISC. 2002 Production(18 minutes). VHS.Video: Crossing the Line
Powerful documentation of the 1998 vigil of over 7, 000 people outside the main gates of Fort Benning and the 2, 319 who "Crossed the Line." 16 min. VHS.Video: School of the Americas: An Insider Speaks Out
Former SOA instructor Major Joseph Blair reveals inside information. As an Army veteran for 20 years, with 2 tours in Vietnam, he speaks as a credible voice for the closing of the SOA. 16 min. VHS.Video: School of Assassins
A documentary about the School of the Americas; nominated for an Academy Award in 1995. Narrated by Susan Sarandon. Also available with Spanish narration. 18 min. VHS.Video: Father Roy: Inside the School of Assassins
An hour-long video about Father Roy and the campaign to close the School of the Americas, available from Richter Videos. VHS.Video: "Hidden in Plain Sight" Documentary
This documentary about the School of Americas illustrates the tumultuous reality of Latin America and reveals some of the most urgent and complex issues and problems facing us today. 71 min. VHS or DVD.
BooksNEW! Book: The School of the Americas: Military Training and Political Violence in the Americas
In this monumental work, American University anthropology professor Lesley Gill, granted an unprecedented level of access to the School of the Americas, presents a comprehensive portrait of the notorious institution. 296 pagesBook: School of Assassins
This excellent book by Jack Nelson Pallmeyer documents the truth behind the SOA – our weapon to shut it down. 200 pagesPrisoner of Conscience: A Memoir
New! Book: Disturbing the Peace: The Story of Father Roy Bourgeois and the Movement to Close the School of the Americas
In this book, authors Linda Cooper and James Hodge chronicle Father Roy's story and the stories of the many activists that built the SOA Watch movement. 240 pages
SOA Watch is a nonviolent grassroots movement that works to stand in solidarity with the people of Latin America, to close the School of the Americas (SOA/WHINSEC) and to change oppressive U.S. foreign policy that the SOA represents. We are grateful to our sisters and brothers throughout Latin America for their inspiration and the invitation to join them in their struggle for economic and social justice.
SOA Watch seeks to close the US Army School of the Americas, under whatever name it is called, through vigils and fasts, demonstrations and nonviolent protest, as well as media and legislative work.
On November 16, 1989, six Jesuit priests, their co-worker and her teenage daughter were massacred in El Salvador. A U.S. Congressional Task Force reported that those responsible were trained at the U.S. Army School of the Americas (SOA) at Ft. Benning, Georgia.
In 1990 SOA Watch began in a tiny apartment outside the main gate of Ft. Benning. While starting with a small group, SOA Watch quickly drew upon the knowledge and experience of many in the U.S. who had worked with the people of Latin America in the 1970's and 80's.
Today, the SOA Watch movement is a large, diverse, grassroots movement rooted in solidarity with the people of Latin America. The goal of SOA Watch is to close the SOA and to change U.S. foreign policy in Latin America by educating the public, lobbying Congress and participating in creative, nonviolent resistance. The Pentagon has responded to the growing movement and Congress' near closure of the SOA with a PR campaign to give the SOA a new image. In an attempt to disassociate the school with its horrific past, the SOA was renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation in January of 2001.
Read more about the history of the SOA Watch movement.
SOA Watch is a nonviolent grassroots movement that works to stand in solidarity with the people of Latin America, to close the SOA/WHINSEC and to change oppressive U.S. foreign policy that the SOA represents. We are grateful to our sisters and brothers throughout Latin America for their inspiration and the invitation to join them in their struggle for economic and social justice.
The staff collective works out of the SOA Watch national office, located in Washington, DC.
SOA Watch Structure
Read more about SOA Watch structure and how you can get more involved. Go directly to the working groups page, or find a local SOA Watch group in your community.
Read more about the SOA Watch Council, the national decision-making body of SOA Watch.
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Crowd photo by Linda Panetta, November 2003
New documentary!A group of Richmond High School students produced the documentary "Journey for Justice - Crossing the Line" about the School of the Americas and their trip to the November Vigil to close it down. The film includes footage from the annual protest at the gates of Fort Benning in Georgia, footage from Latin America, interviews with student activists as well as with Guadalupe Chavez and Linda Aguilar, who engaged in nonviolent direct action to close the SOA.
The School of the Americas (SOA), renamed to "Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation," is a U.S. military training school for Latin American soldiers that has left a trail of blood and suffering throughout Latin America.
The SOA has trained over 64,000 Latin American soldiers in courses such as counterinsurgency, psychological warfare, military intelligence and interrogation tactics. Graduates of the school have been consistently linked to human rights violations and to the suppression of popular movements in the Americas.
Among those targeted by SOA graduates are educators, union organizers, religious workers, student leaders, and others who work for the rights of the poor. The SOA is the Pentagon's way of controlling the armies of Latin America with the goal of controlling the people and their resources. The SOA provides the military muscle to keep the racist system of domination and exploitation in place - benefiting a few at the expense of many. Hundreds of thousands of Latin Americans have been tortured, raped, assassinated, “disappeared”, massacred, and forced into refuge by those trained at the School of Assassins.
For more information, visit SOA Watch on the web at www.SOAW.org
Watch the 3 minute trailer for "Journey to Awareness - Crossing the Line," the Richmond High School documentary about student activism and the SOA:..
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Take Action:Educate yourself and your community about the SOA (download fliers, order books and videos). Mobilize for the November 16-18, vigil and nonviolent direct action at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia. Be part of the growing grassroots movement for justice and accountability. Here's where we're at it legislatively: Earlier this year, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) introduced an amendment to the FY 2007 Foreign Operations bill that would have cut funding for the SOA/WHINSEC. The amendment was voted down by a margin of 203 - 214, with 19 members of the House not voting.
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