School of the Americas Watch (SOAW)
SOA Watch is an independent organization that seeks to close the US Army School of the Americas through nonviolent protest, as well as media and legislative work.
SOA Watch began in 1990, in a tiny apartment outside the main gate of Ft. Benning. Today, SOA Watch is a large, diverse, grassroots movement rooted in solidarity with the people of Latin America. The goal of SOA Watch is to close the SOA and to change U.S. foreign policy in Latin America by educating the public, lobbying Congress and participating in creative, nonviolent resistance. The Pentagon has responded to the growing movement and Congress’ near closure of the SOA with a public relations campaign to give the SOA a new image. In an attempt to disassociate the school with its horrific past, the SOA was renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation in January of 2001.
With help from the Cultures of Resistance Network, SOA Watch created two human rights accompaniment teams, which will work to minimize violence towards threatened community leaders, journalists, and human rights defenders in Honduras.