Fw: Presente! From: SOA Watch You are winning! We are winning!"
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From: "SOA Watch" <info@...>
Sent: Sunday, November 23, 2003 8:45 AM
Excerpt from a message from the Indigo Girls to those gathered at the gates of Fort Benning, GA:
"When people ask us how we can still have hope in such despairing times,
we point to these days when people like you, people of every race, gender,
sexuality, and religion come together to stand up against torture and
death used as political cards to be dealt at the whimsy of the
corrupt..And we want to tell you: You are winning! We are winning!"
Sunday, Nov.23, 11:50am - After listening to the testimonies of torture
victims, speeches and music from the stage, thousands are now processing
to the gates of Fort Benning. People are holding crosses and Stars of
David with the names of people who were murdered by graduates of the SOA,
pictures of victims of SOA violence and other commemorative symbols. A
group dressed in black shrouds and death masks is carrying coffins.
People are staging a die-in and preparing to cross the line to take our
message that the School of Assassins must close onto the base.
Up to the minute coverage from the Atlanta Independent Media Center:
SATURDAY VIGIL COVERAGE
Today's Columbus Ledger-Enquirer article about the vigil to close the SOA:
Web Radio from the vigil: http://liveradio.indymedia.org/soa-mp3.m3u
PHONE CALLS TO FORT BENNING SUCCESSFUL!
Yesterday, the army launched a classic Psy-Ops (Psychological Operations)
action against the protest by placing high-powered loudspeakers at the
gate and blasting martial music, attempting to drown out speakers and
disrupt the vigil. After receiving phone calls from across the country and
inquiries from the media, Fort Benning military officials backed down and
turned off the music that had been blared at the vigil site for six hours.
They have kept them off since. Let's hear it for the power of the people!
HELP TO COVER THE COSTS OF THE VIGIL
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set-up, travel expenses for Latin America speakers, portable toilets,
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