Upcoming Photo Exhibits>
To schedule a talk or slide presentation call: (215) 694-4240
Photography by Linda Panetta
October 7-10, 2016
Friday & Saturday, November 20 - 21
5:00 - 11:00 pm
Be sure and visit the Optical Realities photo exhibit by Linda Panetta featuring images from Latin America, Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine with a focus on immigration, displacement and the human cost of war. All photos will be for sale and benefits our ongoing work.
Location: Convention Center, Columbus, GA - South Hall lobby / entrance area of the Ignatian Family Teach-in.
In conjunction with the Ignatian Solidarity Network Linda will also do a slideshow during segments of the gathering Friday and Saturday.
Visit: Optical Realities
2008 Vigil Photos to Close the SOA / WHINSEC
Transparency... Hah! SOA/WHINSEC
Continues to Keep Secret the Names of
Death Squad Leaders, Drug Traffickers, and other Human Rights Abusers from U.S. !
years of lobbying by human rights activists, Congress has approved the
release of information on the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security
Cooperation, formerly known as the School of the Americas, the military
training facility infamous for producing some of Latin America’s most
notorious human rights violators. The final amendment incorporated into
the National Defense Authorization Act for 2010 requires the Pentagon to
release the names and enrollment information of students and instructors
at the facility for fiscal years 2009 and 2010.
Commemorative Poster of Rufina Amaya
(Rally photo by: Mike Haskey)
Rufina Amaya Commemorative Poster
To view select photos from Peru,
Ecuador, Chile, Palestine, Venezuela, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala and others Visit Optical Realities
See additional links below
of the Americas: An Insider Speaks Out!" -
this award-winning documentary is now available on DVD with optional Spanish subtitles. Major Joseph Blair,
a former instructor at the SOA, talks about how some of his own
students were responsible for the massacre of the 6 Jesuits
and their 2 co-workers at the UCA. Over 10,000 copies have been sold - this is a must
buy, especially for veterans, and teachers who will hear
the first-hand accounts of a former military instructor who taught at
the SOA. Rarely seen footage from Latin America and music by
Bruce Cockburn make this a moving and powerful 18-min documentary.
Rally to Close the SOA / 2006 Slide Show Presentation
"Plan Colombia... Plan of Death"
- Recently revised (Aug 2006) with optional Spanish translations (see link below)-
A shorter version (9 pages) was published in the 2006 McGraw-Hill textbook:
"Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Latin American Issues."
Spanish Version: "Plan Colombia... Plan de Muerte"
"Dreams & Nightmares: Life and Death in Iraq"
Argentina - 30 Years After the Coup
Two of the military dictators who orchestrated the coup in Argentina that resulted in 30,000 people being "disappeared" were 2 SOA graduates: Roberto Viola and Leopoldo Galtieri.
Uruguay - (20 Years of Impunity)
El Salvador ~ December, 2005
Remembering the Lives of Maura Clark, Jean Donovan, Dorothy Kazel, & Ita Ford
Learn how you can support the victims of "Nemagon"
El Salvador (April 2005)
What is the School of the Americas/WHISC?
Article: "Grim Future for Global Foreign Policies"
Option" - US to Send Death Squads to Iraq...
> By Scott Ritter (Former Senior UN Arms Inspector in Iraq)
> By Michael Hirsh and John Barry (Newsweek)
HAITI (Nov 2004)
PHOTOS from IRAQ (Jan. 2004)
Choco Jungles, Northern Colombia (Dec. 2003)
IRAQ (Jan. 2003)
"Collateral Damage & the Uncertainty of Afghanistan"
Serve: It is estimated that over 5,000 survivors of
torture reside in Delaware and Pennsylvania. They come from regions,
such as: Peru, Colombia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Liberia, Bosnia, Congo and
Goal: to facilitate the healing and restoration of hope for children and adults who have been affected by torture through providing positive relationships with caring people.
The Mariposa Outreach Project provides one on one and group mentoring, including opportunities for academic and ESL tutoring, support, accompaniment, fun and friendship. They serve as an example of human kindness and compassion in contrast to the hatred and violence they have suffered...
Ft. Benning Vigil Photos:
- To view photos from the 2005 protest, click on the photos below -
SOA Protest (Nov. 19 -21, 2004)
Additional Photos of SOA / Anti-War /
by Linda Panetta
Clicking on a photo will take you to each of the actions, or select the link above the photos for more options
100% Organic T-shirts from a Workers-Owned Co-op in Nicaragua!
Great Organizing Tools!!!
Solidarity in Action... A Guide for Grassroots Organizing to Close the SOA
Videos & Other Resources
Media Guide for Activists
|HR 1707 to Close SOA/WHISC
Don't Know Who Your Rep is? Click Here for a Congressional Directory
SOA Congessional Voting History
CITY / STUDENT / BISHOP RESOLUTIONS
NJ Passes First State Resolution to Close the SOA...other Resolutions Passed
Philadelphia Passes Resolution to Close the SOA!
US / Latin American Bishops:
List of U.S. Catholic Bishops Calling for the Closure of the SOA
Nearly 300 Bishops (17 Archbishops & a Cardinal) Call for the Closure of the SOA...
SOA Graduate Arrested for Murder of Guatemalan Bishop
/ TRAINING MANUALS / RESEARCH
SOA "Torture" Training Manuals
SOA Instructors, Speakers & "Hall of Famers"
"Plan Colombia" ... "Plan of Death"
Rio Negro Massacre, SOA & the World Bank
SOA & Colombia
SOA Watch/NE is
a grassroots organization committed to working in
solidarity with the poor. It educates the public and
Congress about atrocities committed by graduates of the School
of the Americas (SOA), located at
Ft. Benning, GA. Renamed the "Western Hemisphere
Institute for Security Cooperation" (WHINSC), the
school trains hundreds of soldiers each
yearsupported by millions of US tax payer dollars.
Many of these soldiers have been responsible for some of
the worst human rights violations and the most brutal
terrorist attacks on civilian communities in our
hemisphere, including: the massacre of more than 900
people at El Mozote; the Trujillo" chainsaw massacre
of over 100 civilians; the execution of six Jesuit
priests; the assassination of Archbishop Romero and
Bishop Juan Gerardi, and the brutal rape and murder of 4
This website and its links will offer you revealing insights into this "School of Assassins" and some of the issues which relate to it. Please refer to this site for important information on how you can get involved to help close this infamous school.
For more info contact SOA Watch/NE: (215) 473-2162