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|Chico; Fast & March to Close SOA/WHISC!|
|Date||Thursday April 24|
|Time||10:00 AM - 9:00 PM|
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|Downtown Chico Plaza (between Main & Broadway, 4th and 5th St.)|
|Organizer/Author||Chico Peace and Justice Center|
|chico-peace [at] sbcglobal.net|
|Address||526 Broadway Street Chico, CA 95928|
The School of the Americas (SOA) nicknamed school of the assassins is a U.S. funded military institutre that trains potential dictators & military generals tactics of torture, murder and counter-insurgency to support U.S. friendly regimes.
What is SOA? Some background info from SOA Watch;
"The School of the Americas (SOA), renamed the "Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation" (WHINSEC) is a military training facility established in Panama in 1946, ostensibly "to bring stability to Latin America." In 1984 the SOA was kicked out of Panama and was quietly resettled at Ft. Benning, GA. Here it operates at a cost to US taxpayers of millions of dollars annually. During its 60 years, the SOA has trained over 60,000 Latin American soldiers in counter-insurgency techniques, interrogation tactics, sniper training, commando and psychological warfare, and military intelligence.
Frequently dubbed the "School of Assassins," graduates have terrorized, tortured, raped, "disappeared," and massacred tens of thousands of Latin Americans. Their primary targets being educators, union organizers, religious workers, student leaders, indigenous populations, and those who advocate for the rights of the poor."
further details available here;
The SOA is now renamed Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), though the same practices occur in the same place.
Schedule of events;
1-3 pm - Fast in Chico Downtown Plaza
3-5 pm - Granny Caravan and Rock in at Rep. Wally Herger's Office (55 Independence Circle, Ste. 104)
6:30 - 9 pm - Video & Speakers, City Council Chambers (421 Main St. & 4th St., across from Downtown Plaza)
for further info visit;
Chico Peace and Justice Center
Open 12-6pm M-F
526 Broadway Street Chico, CA 95928