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Close the SOA

November 14th - 22nd 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.

When & Where

We will start this event at 8:00am on November 8th from the Nipponzan Myohoji-Atlanta Dojo 1127 Glenwood Ave. Atlanta GA and travel through Georgia and Alabama finishing at the gates of Fort Benning on the morning of November 16th.

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.

How you can help What to bring What to expect

Rout Information

November 14th - Day 1
Atlanta Dojo Atlanta GA to College Park
Via the King Center
Aprox: 12 Miles

November 15th - Day 2
Riverdale to Peachtree City
Aprox: 17 Miles

November 16th - Day 3
Peachtree City to Newman
Aprox: 16 Miles

November 17th - Day 4
Newman to Hogansville
Aprox: 19 Miles

November 18th - Day 5
Hogansville GA to Lagrange
Aprox: 16 Miles

November 19th - Day 6
Lagrange to West Point
Aprox: 16 Miles

November 20th - Day 7
West Point to Columbus
Aprox: 12 Miles

November 21st - Day 8
Columbus Civic Center to Fort Benning Main Gate

November 22nd - Day 9
Vigil and Procession

Groups to check out

SOA Watch

Nipponzan Myohoji


Veterans for Peace