As you may know, grassroots people power prevailed against the attempts by Fort Benning officials and the Columbus Police Department to shut down the November Vigil. We regained our right to protest in front of the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia!
This November marks the 25th anniversary of the University of Central America massacre as well as the anniversary of the birth of our movement. Join us at SOA Watch’s 25th Vigil at the gates of Fort Benning and stand in solidarity with those who continue to be impacted by the SOA and by militarization at home and abroad.We will continue to call out the names of the martyrs killed by SOA graduates, recognize the connections to struggles at the Mexico-US border with the current refugee crisis, the locally opposed Escobal mine in Guatemala, and communities like Ferguson, Missouri, and others all across the Americas facing militarized police forces. You are a vital supporter of the SOA Watch movement, and we are so grateful for your generosity! I am writing today to ask you to help fund the 25th annual Vigil next month. Can you support the Vigil with a donation?
Mass mobilizations have always been an important part of social change movements. We need to strengthen our organizing and build lasting coalitions with others who are resisting across the Americas.To organize the November Vigil we need to raise $50,000 by October 24 to pay for high-quality stage and sound equipment, renting the Columbus Convention Center, printing materials, translation and interpretation, media work and more. The Vigil depends on supporters like you to make it happen!
Together, we will continue to stand up against Militarization and Empire! As a grassroots movement without the backing of big foundations, the activists who are doing the work are also financing the movement. Please help support the 25th annual Vigil with a donation.
To make a donation, you can click here or send a check or a money order, made out to “SOA Watch” to:
5525 Illinois Ave NW
Washington, DC 20011
Thanks for being a part of the movement to close the SOA and to change oppressive U.S. foreign policy. Your dedication and your generosity to the movement are greatly appreciated!
We hope to see you in November!
SOA Watch Development Coordinator