The U.S. Army School of the Americas (WHINSEC)

The School of the Americas (cryptically renamed the Western Hemispheric Institute for Security Cooperation) in Fort Benning, Georgia has for decades earned a reputation as a school of torture. The school’s students are Latin American military who are trained in human rights violations, among other things, and who have subsequently been involved in many abuses in many countries for many years, most recently in war-torn Colombia. Father Roy Bourgeouis helped create a movement, the School of the Americas Watch, to close this school, and many Koinonians are now involved. In recent years, many Koinonians attend yearly SOA Watch vigils, in 2005 we hosted about 200 vigilers on our land and lodging, and Nashua Chantal committed an act of civil disobedience at the 2004 vigils (more below, under Peace Knows).

But did you know that Koinonians were at the same gates to protest the Viet Nam War? Click here to learn more.

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