Photo by Addie Neher on 2014 Georgia trip

Manchester contingent protests deportation center, SOA

More than a dozen people from Manchester University joined the annual trek to Georgia last weekend to focus on social injustice in Latin America.

They attended workshops and discussions at the Columbus Georgia Convention and Trade Center on Friday and then traveled Saturday to Lumpkin for a rally and march to the Stewart Detention Center, which holds about 1,800 immigrants awaiting deportation.

Later Saturday, they went to the gates of Fort Benning to hear speakers supporting the movement to close the School of the Americas (SOA), a combat training school for Latin American soldiers. In 2001, it was renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC).

On Sunday morning, they returned to Fort Benning for a vigil commemorating victims of SOA/WHINSEC.

November 25, 2014

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