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What is the U.S. Army School of the Americas?

The U.S. Army School of the Americas (SOA), recently re-named Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHISC), at Ft. Benning, Georgia, has trained 60,000 Latin American soldiers. Over its 50-year history, the SOA has truly earned its nickname, "School of Assassins." Graduates of the SOA have committed atrocity after atrocity, including massacres of entire communities, assassinations, rapes, torture and "disappearances."

If you'd like to read what the WHISC is saying about itself, you may visit their official Web site by clicking on the pic below:

[A Thought]:
I will not play at tug o'war.
I'd rather play at hug o' war,
Where everyone hugs
Instead of tugs,
Where everyone giggles
And rolls on the rug,
Where everyone kisses,
And everyone grins,
And everyone cuddles,
And everyone wins.

         --Shel Silverstein

Meetings, Activities & Events

SAN FRANCISCO on 1st Thursdays at 7:00 pm at Unitarian Center, Franklin at Geary.  Contact Dolores Priem.

EAST BAY on 3rd Wednesdays at 401 26th Street (a block off Broadway),  Oakland.

CONTRA COSTA on 2nd Mondays @ St. Stephen's Church, Walnut Creek
Contact: Natalie Russell, 925.934.0759

SAN JOSE: Generally at Mathewson Hall, 960 Hedding Street on the Bellarmine Campus.
Contact: Larry Lauro for information.

Activities of SOAWW:

Speakers Group
Legislative Group
Media Group
Communications Group
Fundraising Group

Contact Persons [Note that the names are active links. Just click on them.]

[E-mail addresses are being added as I receive permission.]
Media Michael Bass  (510) 654-5355
Contra Costa County Natalie Russell
East Bay Rachel Montgomery  (510) 205-3956
Bob Nixon  (510) 533-3120
Hollister  Peggy Kingman
Los Angeles Krissy McGivney Roleke:
Marin County  Karen Klingel
Mendocino County Jerry Cox
Peninsula  Laetitia Bordes
Sacramento  Janice Freeman
San Francisco Judy Liteky and Dolores Perez Priem
San Jose Larry Lauro   (408) 294-9224 ex. 207
San Luis Obispo TBA
U.C. Santa Barbara Inactive -- anyone there interested?
Santa Cruz TBA
Santa Rosa  Alice Waco
David Mezzera (707) 552-2900


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