Community Caravan

Written by Cafe Campesino on Nov 1, 2005 in Community Caravan, NEWSLETTER |
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This upcoming weekend (November 18-20), Café Campesino will travel to Ft. Benning in Columbus, GA, to join thousands of students, people of faith and human rights activists for the annual vigil protesting the US Army School of the Americas (SOA). The School of the Americas Watch (SOAW) is a grassroots movement that works to stand in solidarity with the people of Latin America, to close the SOA/WHINSEC and to change what many believe is the oppressive U.S. foreign policy that the SOA represents. This will be the seventh year that Café Campesino serves coffee from Fair Trade farmers in countries that are directly affected by those trained at the school in order to raise funds for SOA Watch.

SOA Watch began in a tiny apartment outside the main gate of Ft. Benning in 1990, one year after six Jesuit priests, their co-worker and her teenage daughter were massacred in El Salvador and 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. 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.

Café Campesino will be joined by our friends from the Newman Catholic Center in Illinois, Koinonia Partners here in Americus and Mexico Solidarity Network, which is based in Chicago. To learn more about SOA Watch, visit www.soaw.org.

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