SOA: Report-back from the SOA Vigil and Action



Pax Christi USA members from Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Minnesota, New Jersey, Texas, Wisconsin, Wyoming and elsewhere gathered at the School of the Americas this past weekend for the annual vigil and action to close the SOA.

Friday evening, Pax Christi USA hosted its 14th annual program, entitled this year “Pax Christi USA at the SOA: Resisting the Militarization of our Youth—from Central America to Ferguson.” The gathering drew over 250 participants and featured presentations by Rev. Ismael Moreno Coto, S.J., popularly known as Padre Melo, a Jesuit priest and human rights activist in his native Honduras and Tony Neal, currently President/CEO of Educational Equity Consultants who has served as faculty and trainer for numerous Dismantling Racism Institutes of the National Conference for Community and Justice.

On Saturday, over 1,000 participants gathered in Lumpkin, Georgia for a march to the Stewart…

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