25,000 protest the SOA/WHINSEC and U.S. policy

25,000 protest the SOA/WHINSEC and U.S. policy November 19, 2007

The annual protest at Ft. Benning in Georgia to close the SOA/WHINSEC continues to grow. This past weekend, 25,000 protesters, including Catholic presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich, made the trip to Georgia. Read reports here and here.

The presidential candidates’ positions on the School of the Americas can be found here.


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  • Hopefully the protests will eventually shut this montrosity down.

  • radicalcatholicmom

    25,000 people is a lot and yet the nat’l media is completely silent.

  • Strange, isn’t it, that it is so silent considering the media’s recent sudden realization that — gasp! — torture is a real issue. Recognizing this movement now would show the media’s own complicity in remaining silent on the issue of torture for decades. The media will recognize torture as a mere election year issue, but on its own terms, not facing up to the fact that torture is as American as apple pie.

  • Chase

    Having just gotten back from Columbus (with very little sleep, I might add!) let me point out and commend the strong presence of the Ignatian Solidarity Network at the vigil, who hold a teach in and Mass each year for the Jesuit high school and college students as well as any other Catholics attending the vigil. Much laud also goes to the Sisters of Mercy, who showed a strong presence this year as well.

  • Chase — The Ignatian Mass is one of my favorite parts of the weekend. I have been there 6 or 7 times, but since moving to Toronto a little over a year ago, I have not made the trip since Nov of ’05. Glad it was a good experience for you!

  • Daniel H. Conway

    This is one of the few Catholic blogs to have mentioned this.

    Catholics getting arrested.

    But wait, in less than two weeks, we start advent and await the whining of “they took down my tax-payer supported Nativity scene.” I can see how the reputed War on Christmas would take precedence on someone’s blog.

  • Hahahaha!