The following is a press release issued by the School of the Americas Watch (SOAW), in advance of the International Convergence at the U.S./Mexico Border. NISGUA has officially endorsed the Convergence and will be present, together with our 2016 fall tour speaker, Maudí Tzay. Click here for more information on our upcoming tour!
For immediate release, August 23, 2016
Activists will Gather at the Border in the Lead-Up to the November Elections, to Highlight U.S. Foreign Policy as One of the Root Causes of Migration, and to Stage Protests and Nonviolent Direct Action against Racism, Xenophobia and U.S. Militarization at home and abroad.
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Nogales, AZ – Thousands of activists throughout the United States and Mexico will gather on both sides of the border since the School of the Americas Watch (SOA Watch) is moving its annual vigil to the line between Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora from October 7-10, 2016.
After holding an annual vigil at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia, for 26 years, SOA Watch and partner groups, based on broad-based grassroots power, will push back against militarization of the border, against criminalization of migrants and refugees, and to name the root causes of migration. SOA Watch and the endorsing organizations will stand on the side of mutual aid and solidarity, and build power for a culture shift.
Communities are being targeted for assassination and state repression throughout the Americas by U.S. trained military and police forces. People from Latin America continue to be forced to flee from U.S. trained repressive security forces, only to be confronted with a militarized border, racist laws, and xenophobic rhetoric in this election cycle. Black and Brown bodies in the U.S. continue to be targeted, systematically imprisoned and killed in the same way. We can no longer separate the issues and today we say enough! We cannot look at immigration reform without looking at its root cause. We cannot discuss police brutality or the prison industrial complex in the U.S. without discussing its root purpose. State violence is used to exert control and oppress our communities in order to maintain an exploitative racist system that benefits the few. Today we say enough!
The convergence will include workshops and events on both sides of the U.S./ Mexico border, as well as art, music, and resistance. We invite you to join us. To learn more about why SOA Watch is moving from the gates of Fort Benning to the border, visit SOAW.org/border.