A blog by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration about justice and peace issues

On this, the final day of the School of Americas Watch Vigil at Fort Benning, we hear from a Chilean survivor who was tortured under the Pinochet dictatorship. Her message: “Don’t attack the people.”

More about our schedule today (from SOA Vigil):

On the final day of the vigil weekend we gather at 9:00 am once again at the gates of the School of the Americas to remember the martyrs and those who have been killed by soldiers trained at this site.

The ceremony begins with an indigenous blessing, a group commitment to the guidelines of nonviolence, then statements of solidarity from some prominent Latin American activists. The funeral procession will then begin to remember and honor the victims of this institution. As the names of victims are sung out to the crowd, we respond “Presente!”

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