Encuentro en 2017?

Dear Kevin,

As we continue planning for this year’s 2nd Encuentro in Tucson and ambos Nogales, we want to share important updates with you. We are excited to share our demands for this year, invite you to participate in our upcoming Webinar Series, as well as register for the Encuentro!

After 26 years of protest at the gates of Ft. Benning – the home of the US Army’s School of the Americas (SOA), renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) in 2001, we invite you to join us in the borderlands from November 10-12 to challenge border militarization and name the root causes of migration.

After consulting with the movement, including communities and organizers on the front lines of resistance along the US-Mexico Border, in 2016 SOA Watch moved its annual action to the border in order to respond to the call for solidarity from local communities, to name the root causes of migration and to resist destructive US foreign policies represented by the SOA and the military training of Latin American agents. Please check out Steve Pavey’s photo essay on the 2016 Encuentro, recently published in NACLA Report on the Americas.

In expanding our work to the border, we recognize that the historic and contemporary forms of militarization and violence are intimately linked. As we expand our focus and participation, we continue to carry the memory of Elba Ramos, her 16-year old daughter Celina Ramos and 6 Jesuit priests – Ignacio Ellacuría, Ignacio Martín Baró, Segundo Montes, Amando López, Juan Ramón Moreno and Joaquín López y López – all massacred at the University of Central America (UCA) in El Salvador in 1989 and whose murders gave birth to the SOA Watch movement beginning in 1990.

Join us for our 28th year as we build a regional and multi-racial movement to challenge US militarism, and deepen our collective understanding of the connections with other systems of oppression – racism, colonialism, imperialism, capitalism – to build the grassroots power necessary to create the world we wish to see.

We join with the many front-line communities to denounce militarization in the US and abroad, and mobilize to uplift and center the dignity of Black and Brown and Indigenous communities across the Americas. Guided by the memory of those who are no longer with us and with justice on our side, join us to say BASTA! ENOUGH!

Organize your community to join human rights activists, torture survivors, labor activists, (im)migrants, refugees, communities of color, indigenous communities, veterans, community organizers, faith communities, students, youth, and educators from across all identities and borders.

Tentative Schedule of Events:

–       Friday, November 10: Vigil at Eloy Detention Center, Welcome and Workshops in Tucson

–       Saturday, November 11: Veteran-led march in ambos Nogales, Workshops, Rally, Concert

–       Sunday, November 12: Vigil in ambos Nogales, Puppetistas and more!

Join us this November to:

  • Call for an end to US economic, military and political intervention in Latin America

  • Demand the demilitarization and divestment of the borders

  • Demand an end to the racist systems of oppression that criminalize and kill migrants, refugees and communities of color.

  • Demand respect, dignity, justice and the right to self-determination of communities

  • Call for an end to Plan Merida & Alliance for Prosperity


Announcing our Webinar Series Leading up to the Encuentro!

The SOA Watch movement began as a response to the call of solidarity to the people affected by the political, economic, and military US intervention in Central America during the 1980’s and 1990’s. However, the patterns of violence and forced migration established during the dirty wars of the 20th century have continued unabated. How do we respond to this reality? How do we build a shared analysis?

In order to create bonds of solidarity and resistance, SOA Watch invites you to participate in a series of webinars leading up to the Encuentro, to listen, learn and stand up in active solidarity with communities that challenge the militarization of the border.

Our first webinar is on Thursday, July 13 at 8:00 pm ET. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER! During this first conversation in our series we will talk about the reasons that led SOA Watch to move to the border, the militarization and resistance at the borderlands, and the importance of challenging US-led border imperialism.

SOA Watch


About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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