LINKS
 
  
 
Alternative News Sources:
 
 
Common Dreams: Is a national nonprofit, progressive, nonpartisan citizens' organization founded in 1997, publishing breaking news from a progressive perspective. 
 
Alternet.org:  AlterNet is an award-winning news magazine and online community that creates original journalism and amplifies the best of independent media sources. AlterNet's aim is to inspire action and advocacy on the environment, human rights and civil liberties, social justice, media, health care issues, and more.
 
OneWorld: is a global network of over 900 organizations working in human rights and sustainable development. It is also an online hub publishing news on global issues and providing support to non-profits working to create a better world.
 
Inter Press Service: (IPS) Promotes information on development issues, and helps create a better balance and flow of international news.
 
BBC: British Broadcasting Company World News coverage.
 
Mother Jones: Features investigative and breaking news reporting on politics, the environment, human rights, and culture.
 
School of the Americas Watch (SOAW):  The School of the Americas Watch is a nonviolent grassroots movement that works to stand in solidarity with the people of Latin America and the Caribbean, to close the SOA/WHINSEC and to change oppressive U.S. foreign policy that the SOA represents. We are grateful to our sisters and brothers throughout Latin America and the Caribbean for their inspiration and the invitation to join them in their struggle for economic and social justice.
 
By definition the The School of the Americas (SOA) is a combat training school for Latin American soldiers, located at Fort Benning, Georgia. Initially established in Panama in 1946, it was kicked out of that country in 1984 under the terms of the Panama Canal Treaty. Former Panamanian President, Jorge Illueca, stated that the School of the Americas was the “biggest base for destabilization in Latin America.” The SOA, frequently dubbed the “School of Assassins,” has left a trail of blood and suffering in every country where its graduates have returned.
 
Over its 59 years, the SOA has trained over 60,000 Latin American soldiers in counterinsurgency techniques, sniper training, commando and psychological warfare, military intelligence and interrogation tactics. These graduates have consistently used their skills to wage a war against their own people. Among those targeted by SOA graduates are educators, union organizers, religious workers, student leaders, and others who work for the rights of the poor. Hundreds of thousands of Latin Americans have been tortured, raped, assassinated, “disappeared,” massacred, and forced into refugee by those trained at the School of Assassins.

The School of the Americas Watch seeks to close the US Army School of the Americas, under whatever name it is called, through vigils and fasts, demonstrations and nonviolent protest, as well as media and legislative work. Visit their website and help support their cause. 
 
Also visit ¡Presente!, which is a newspaper intended to be a tool for the movement to close SOA. Its purpose is to give updates about the state of the campaign, to provide information and analysis about events and developments in the Americas and to get more people involved in the work to change oppressive U.S. foreign policy and to end the racist system of violence and domination.
 
 
 
Solidarity Organizations:
 
 
Juan Ana Coffee: Fair trade coffee from San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala.
 
NETWORK: Is a national social justice lobby.
 
Action Against Hunger: Provides innovative solutions to world hunger.
 
Amnesty International: Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights for all.
 
Southern Poverty Law Center: Is a nonprofit civil rights organization that provides legal representation for victims of hate groups, and is known for its monitoring of alleged hate groups, militias and extremist organizations. It sponsors educational programs that promote tolerance.
 
 
Retreat Centers:
 
Christine Center, Willard, Wisconsin: A natural sanctuary for spiritual deepening and global transformation, the Christine Center embraces persons of all spiritual paths. 
 
Prairiewoods, Hiawatha, Iowa: A Franciscan spirituality/ecology center that offers programs and services to help integrate mind, body and spirit. These services and programs cover a wide range of opportunities for growth and are open to all regardless of religious affiliation.
 
The Franciscan Spirituality Center: Located in La Crosse, WI, the Spirituality Center offers spiritual direction and individually directed programs and group retreats, including day-long, weekend and weeklong programs dedicated to helping those that seek a wholeness of mind, body and spirit.
 
  
 
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