“My name is Maria Luisa…I am here today to honor and remember those who are taken.”
I captured this interview with Maria Luisa Rosal today, the closing day of the School of Americas Watch vigil; Maria is on staff with SOA and helped to coordinate this vigil. Her father is “disappeared.”
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SOA News Alert: Human Rights Activists Demand the Extradition of SOA Graduate who killed Famous Singer Victor Jara from the United States to Chile
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!”
“I am crossing today because I am hoping for a resurrection.” Theresa Cusimano
Theresa Cusimano crossed onto Ft. Benning on Nov. 20, 2011, to call for the closing of the School of the Americas and a return to believing that each of us can bear witness to the struggles we see in the world. To bear witness to harm and suffering as well as beauty and possibility is a path away from the apathy and dis-empowerment that builds fear and hate. It is a path toward resurrection.
Join in bearing witness by watching Theresa’s video.