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Prisoners of Conscience Event

Lexington KY

September 12th 2008

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Email Phone: (513) 843-1205

A little history

The School of the Americas (SOA), in 2001 renamed the “Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation,” is a combat training school for Latin American soldiers, located at Fort Benning, Georgia. Initially established in Panama in 1946, it was kicked out of that country in 1984 under the terms of the Panama Canal Treaty. Former Panamanian President, Jorge Illueca, stated that the School of the Americas was the “biggest base for destabilization in Latin America.”

The SOA, frequently dubbed the “School of Assassins,” has left a trail of blood and suffering in every country where its graduates have returned. Over its 56 years, the SOA has trained over 60,000 Latin American soldiers in counterinsurgency techniques, sniper training, commando and psychological warfare, military intelligence and interrogation tactics.

These graduates have consistently used their skills to wage a war against their own people. Among those targeted by SOA graduates are educators, union organizers, religious workers, student leaders, and others who work for the rights of the poor. Hundreds of thousands of Latin Americans have been tortured, raped, assassinated, “disappeared,” massacred, and forced into refugee by those trained at the School of Assassins.

Every year at the Close the SOA event organized by the SOA Watch groups of individuals will cross the federal line in an act of Civil Disobedient and risk anywhere from 3 to 6 month some time longer prison sentences. One of the prisons were they send people to is in Lexington Kentucky.

All FootPrints for Peace events are Non Violent, Drug & Alcohol Free Events.

If you intend on participating in this or any of FootPrints events please read the information for participants.

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Event Information

This is a one day event if you are traveling from out of town please feel free to come the night before. For directions to this event please email Larry here.

This event will start at 9:00am Saturday September 12th on the south side of Lexington.

Groups to check out

SOA Watch

50 Years Is Enough

Color Lines Magazine

Colombia Support Network

Guatemala Human Rights Commission

Amnesty International


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