School of the Americas Watch West
Announcement: Non-violent Civil Disobedience Training Session
Saturday, November 4 - 8:30 am to 1:00 pm, with optional (encouraged)
discussion time to follow.
First Unitarian Universalist Church (Franklin at Geary)
--IMPORTANT-- Please RSVP by Wednesday, 11/1/00 to Ted
Bring a snack, as lunch is not scheduled (some refreshments will be provided).
A documentary filmmaker, John Smihula, will be present. Mr. Smihula is
filming a documentary on the national efforts of the public to close the
SOA. He will not film the personal sharing or other elements of the
training that might be colored by the camera's presence, and he will not
film at all without the consensus of the entire group. The following is
from his statement:
"My intention is not to videotape the whole session but only a few minutes
of it, and in a way that will make no one uncomfortable. In the final
cut, there will likely be...only one or at most two minutes of footage. I
wish to include this for three reasons: 1) to document some of the
preparation for the trip to Georgia; 2) to counter the mass media's very
negative portrayal of demonstrators, I wish to show a group of people
intelligently participating in the civilly disobedient tradition of
Thoreau, Gandhi, and King; and 3) to give viewers some idea of what 'civil
disobedience training' is."
--This announcement is given, in part, for the benefit of those who like a
warning before being photographed (videotaped). One might wish to wear an
Expect to be heartened and informed. See you there.
SOA Watch West San Francisco Meeting:
Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000
Unitarian Universalist Center, Franklin at Geary
7:00 to 8:30 PM
RSVP to Dolores Perez Priem, firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Introductions and background of SOAWW
-Ft. Benning activities
-Friday, Jan. 28 SOAW West dinner and planning conference
-SOAW Strategy Meeting in DC on Feb. 4-5
5. Archbishop Romero anniversary (March 24, 2000)interest in SOAWW
-Sunday, Jan. 16, 6:00 to 7:00 PM, Channel 9 showing of video, "Fr. Roy:
Inside the School of Assassins"
-Any interest in Bay Area performance(s) of a play about Jean Donovan?
-Veterans Delegation to Vieques, Puerto Rico
-People's Campaign for Non-Violence in DC in July
7. Closing Circle
For Contra Costa meetings, contact
For San Jose meetings, contact
Regarding the Central American University Martyrs Week:
We had a very moving and well-attended "funeral procession" and memorial service
here in San Francisco. The ranks swelled from a few dozen at the beginning to
the several hundred that filled St. Agnes Church for the service (music by Yours Truly.)
I'll have a fuller report when I get a chance to write and as information comes in. I heard on the
News last night (Sunday the 21st) that Martin Sheen led over two thousand into
Ft. Benning. Our report from our observers was that ca. five thousand crossed the line,
and ca. twelve thousand showed up in Columbus!
I still hope to hear from
Orange County, and I welcome all participating communities on the West Coast and Hawaii
to be a part of SOAW-West.
excellent article on the action, see the Articles
section. And I can't resist posting a photo, courtesy of the National
Catholic Reporter Online, of my friend, Jesuit Fr. Bill
O'Donnell of St.Joseph the Worker in Berkeley (where I am a cantorno dummies,
they; when the Catholics want a good cantor they hire a Jew.) with his good buddy,
actor, Martin Sheen.
Thank you all, those who participated.
Please join SOA Watch West Friday, January 28 in San Francisco
from 6:00 to 10:00 pm for an exciting evening of dinner and activism,
STRATEGY 2000: Mapping SOAW Activism for the Year 2000
E-mail or call Judy at 415/334-4770
or Dolores at 415/387-2287.
Program begins with Networking, followed by Dinner (vegetarian available.)
Then we welcome our featured speaker, Jennifer
After Jennifer's presentation there will be a strategy session, followed by a
special advance screening of the documentary "Enemies of War".
Suggested Donation $20. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Let us know if you'd like a vegetarian meal.
One of our local SOAW members, Barbara Trott, will take input regarding our
strategizing for the coming year to the national meeting in February.
This event is in solidarity with the 23 people awaiting trial on charges of
"partisan political activity" and re-entry, stemming from the November 21,
1999 action in Ft. Benning, Georgia.
Jennifer Harbury, renowned human rights activist and lawyer, is the widow of
Efraín Bamaca Velásquez, a Mayan resistance leader assassinated in Guatemala.
Upon learning of her husband's secret imprisonment and torture, she carried
out an international campaign, which revealed the CIA's involvement in her
husband's murder. Ms. Harbury serves as Human Rights Program Director for
SOAW RALLY AND LOBBY DAYS in Washington DC April 2-3-4
"Enemies of War", a new documentary produced for public television,
tells the story of the 1989 murders in El Salvador of six Jesuit priests, their
housekeeper, and her daughter. Independent producers Esther Cassidy
Kuhns designed the documentary to "pay tribute to the Jesuits who were
murdered and to all the people who worked and are working to make democracy
in El Salvador possible."
(Cherry Blossoms might greet you!)
Local strategy meeting beforehand.
Frank Kreikebaum offers this:
West just offered a deal for $220 rt. from San Jose or
San Francisco to any of the D.C. airports. Just a thought, but
that is a great deal and you may want to try to tell peopla and
motivate some people to go.
purchase them, go to www.AmericaWest.com. I suggest being
in town by the 1st so people can attend
the gathering to be held on the 1st. As for timing, buy them NOW
for they will soon run out. I would even suggest sending
an e-mail before the meeting on Thursday so people can buy these ASAP!
If you are planning to go, contact:
Nine Nov. 99 PROTESTORS FACED JUDGE on Friday, March 10.
(Charlie Liteky does not have a trial date yet.)
Check Webs sites for outcome. (National: www.soaw.org)
This from Judy (2/15/00):
tells me that arrangements have been made for two [college] debates. I don't
know the places or dates.
[The first is
between] Col. Weidner, Commandant of the SOA and Jack Nelson Pallmeyer, author of the
book School of Assassins; [the second, between] Col. Wiedner and Fr. Roy.
the Colonel agreed to participate when asked by the colleges."
- Subject: Fr. Roy video, Channel 9, Sun. 01/28 & Appearances
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2001 10:47:45 -0700
From: Julia A. Dowd
(1) The video, "Fr. Roy: Inside the School of Assassins," will be shown on
KQED Channel 9 on Sunday, January 28 from 6 to 7 PM.
----- Watch this if you haven't seen it before.
----- Spread the word to friends who want to know the background for SOA
----- INVITE everyone to meet Fr. Roy in person in February ! ! !
Tuesday, Feb. 13, San Francisco
4 to 6 PM
"Rallying to Close SOA II"
A student forum - for all students of peace - whatever age
Univ. of San Francisco, Lone Mountain Campus, Pacific Rim Room
Contact: Office of University Ministry, 415.422.4463
Tuesday, Feb. 13, San Francisco
6 to 9 PM
SOA Watch Benefit Dinner
Univ. of San Francisco, McLaren Center
Donation: $100 per person
Contact: Marjorie Donalds, 415.386.7384
Wednesday, Feb. 14, Monterey
Noon Public Forum, Monterey Institute for International Studies
2:30 PM Public Forum, York School, Monterey
Contact Rolland Fletcher, 831.758.8776
Wednesday, Feb. 14, Santa Cruz
6:30 PM Radio Show, Talk of the Town, KSUP, Santa Cruz
8:00 PM Public Forum, Resource Center for Nonviolence,
515 Broadway, Santa Cruz
Contact: Peter Lumsdaine, 831.423.1626 x 104
Thursday, Feb. 15, Moraga
3 PM ~ Campus Ministry Center
St. Mary's College
1928 St. Mary's Road
Moraga, CA 94575
Guard at gate will give visitor a map.
Contact: Chris Fuller, 925.631.4075
Thursday, Feb. 15, Walnut Creek
7 to 9 PM
Grace Presbyterian Church, Oak Room
2100 Tice Valley Road
Contact: Natalie Russell, 925.934.0759