USA: ?SOA Watch?: when the saints go marching in …

A group of some 600 students from Jesuit schools and colleges and a hundred Jesuits (among them the Provincial of California) joined 10,000 others in Fort Benning on 22 November to protest against the ?School of America?, a military base that has for many years trained Latin American violators of human rights during military dictatorships. This annual demonstration, in which Dominican friars and sisters join the Jesuits, is organised by ?SOA Watch?, founded by a Maryknoll missionary, Fr. Roy Bourgeois, a non-violent group that wants to see this school closed. This is one kind of school we do not want. The date of the protest march coincides with the massacre of Jesuits in San Salvador. This is not the first time that Jesuits have been involved in such action for peace. Fr Daniel Berrigan SJ was the first, arrested for protesting against the Vietnam War; Fr. William Bichsel SJ was imprisoned during the SOA demonstration, not once but twice, because he actually entered the School; Fr. John Dear SJ and Fr. Stephen Kelly SJ were also arrested during peace demonstrations. And most recently, Fr John Coleman SJ, protesting strongly against the Iraq war, was arrested for obstructing access to the Federal Building in Los Angeles. [HL31105]