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SHUT DOWN THE SOA: Massive Protest and Direct Action at U.S. Military Base

Join thousands from across the Americas from November 21-23, 2003 at the gates of the U.S. military base Fort Benning in Georgia - home of the notorious School of the Americas (renamed Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation) - to stand in Solidarity with the victims of the School of Assassins and to speak out against terror and violence. ENGAGE IN NONVIOLENT DIRECT ACTION TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD, TO CLOSE THE SOA/WHISC, AND TO CHANGE OPPRESSIVE U.S. FOREIGN POLICY.


For over a decade, students, religious, labor, veterans, human rights, and
social/global justice groups have been converging every November at the
gates of Fort Benning, GA to speak out in solidarity with the people of
the Americas and to engage in nonviolent direct action. We will gather
again this year on November 22 and 23, 2003 and continue together in the
struggle until the School of the Americas is closed and the policies it
represents are changed forever. The events this year will be preceded by
teach-ins, trainings, and caucuses on Friday, November 21.

The spirit of liberation is rising up in the people all around the globe.
It cannot be silenced by threats and violence any more than it can be
contained by prison walls. Our friends who were prosecuted for their
witness against the SOA in November 2002 will continue to speak out during
their sentences of prison and probation. We call on everyone to speak out
against the continuous atrocities perpetrated by graduates of the
SOA/WHISC throughout Latin America and to come to Georgia in November.

What you can do:

Organize nonviolent direct action trainings, talks about the SOA, video
showings or other educational events in your community in the months
leading up to November. Write to your Members of Congress and ask them to
support legislation to close the SOA/ WHISC. Organize a bus, vans or
car-pool to Georgia, publicize the vigil action in your region and invite
others to join you. Discern together with family and friends and consider
engaging in nonviolent civil resistance in November.

Resistance organizing costs money. To help to cover the costs of the
November organizing click here


Download and Distribute the Mobilization Flier

Please download the November 2003 flier, make copies and distribute them at events, meetings, bookstores, coffeeshops, schools etc.


En Español


Join the Organizing!

Order videos about the SOA to educate your family and friends about the School of the Americas/WHISC - Organize a video showing and a discussion in your school, place of worship or community center.

Contact SOA Watch: PO Box 4566 ~ Washington, DC, 20017

Phone: (202) 234 3440 ~ email: info (at)


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