November 04, 2010

SDS Calls on Students to Protest the School of the Americas Nov. 19-21 at Ft. Benning, GA

Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) is calling on SDS members, students, and youth to travel to Fort Benning, GA on November 19-21 to participate in the vigil against the School of the Americas (re-named WHINSEC) organized by SOA Watch, an independent organization that seeks to close the US Army School of the Americas ( Why we protest the SOA SDS demands that the SOA/WHINSEC be shut down. It is a tool of U.S. domination and oppression in Latin America, and used by the U.S. government to suppress and brutalize peoples and movements in Latin America who want a better life and better society. As the SOA Watch says, "The SOA, frequently dubbed the “School of Assassins,” has left a trail of blood and suffering in every country where its graduates have returned." We are opposed to U.S. intervention in Latin America, in whatever form it takes, whether billion dollar aid packages to corrupt regimes, backing coup attempts of democratically- elected leaders, or building military bases. While students and youth here in the U.S. are facing drastic cuts to education, the U.S. goverment spends millions of taxpayer dollars to keep the SOA/WHINSEC up and running. While the FBI raids the homes of Colombia solidarity activists in the U.S. and carries out surveillance and repression of the antiwar movement in the name of "fighting domestic terrorism," the SOA/WHINSEC teaches methods of torture, assassination, and terror to its "students." SDS presence at the SOA this year For the past four years, SDS has mobilized to participate in the yearly demonstration at the gates of the "School of the Assassins." There will be an SDS meet-up, which is open to all students and youth who want to learn more about SDS, share their local organizing experiences, and discuss how the student movement can support the Latin America solidarity movement. This will take place from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Convention Center, Room 213. Get involved If you are looking for a ride with a SDS chapter in your area, or if you have space in your car, leave a comment on this article and let folks know. If you can't attend the event, consider holding an event in solidarity with the Nov 2010 Vigil and with the peoples of Latin America struggling for justice, whether showing a film, handing out literature about U.S. intervention in Latin America, or holding a fundraiser to help support SOA Watch's yearly national demonstration in Fort Benning. For more information of to get involved in SDS, email