SOA Watch Spring Event and Lobby Days

Start Time: Saturday, 17 April 2010 at 18:30

End Time: Monday, 19 April 2010 at 17:00

Location: Washington, DC

Hold your Member of Congress accountable and speak out for justice and human rights.

The SOA Watch Spring Event and Lobby Days will kick-off on Saturday, April 17 at 6:30 pm with a social gathering. This will be a chance for SOA Watch activists to get to know each other.

On Sunday, April 18, there’ll be an anti-racism training in the morning, a teach-in in the afternoon and a panel in the evening. The teach-in and the panel will draw the connections between the School of the Americas, torture, immigration and the seven bases in Colombia at which the Pentagon is planning to deploy U.S. soldiers. A grassroots lobby training to equip us with the tools necessary to get our message across to close the SOA, and a gathering for young organizers will be part of the day as well.

Visit for a schedule of events.

Lobbying on Capitol Hill will take place on Monday, April 19. After a brief gathering and a short rally at the Capitol South Metro Station from 7:30am – 9:30am, we’ll flood the halls of Congress with justice. Set up meetings with your Representatives and Senators now. Call Pam Bowman at (202) 234 3440 for assistance or visit for more information.

SOA Watch Spring Event: April 17-19, 2010

3 Days of Educating, Organizing, and Lobbying in the Nation’s Capital!

If you plan to travel to Washington DC for the SOA Watch Spring Event this April, please take a moment to REGISTER ONLINE. Being officially registered will allow our staff to send you updates and helpful tips as the date of the event approaches. Thank you!

Below is a preliminary schedule of events. This schedule will continue to be updated in the coming weeks, so please stay tuned and know that times and locations are subject to change. We appreciate your patience, and we look forward to meeting you in DC!

Click here for information about traveling to, and around, Washington DC.

Saturday, April 17

6:30pm – 9:00pm [TBA]: Evening social for Spring Event attendees

Sunday, April 18, 415 Michigan Ave

9:00 – 12noon: Anti-racism training

Sunday, April 18 [The following events will all take place in the “Great Room” of the Pryzbyla Center at Catholic University**]

12:45pm – 1:00pm: Welcome and review agenda

1:00pm – 1:45pm: Strategy component: will include an opportunity to meet the staff and Council, review program work, and provide feedback

1:45pm – 2:30pm: Torture: overview / connection to the SOA

2:30pm – 2:45pm Break / session transition

2:45pm – 3:00pm: Announcement / preview: SOA Watch Encuentro and the U.S. Social Forum

3:00pm – 3:45pm: Immigration: overview / connection to the SOA

3:45pm – 4:00pm: Announcements / break / session transition

4:00pm – 5:00pm: Legislative training & lobby day prep session

5:00pm – 7:30pm: Dinner break (off campus)

5:00pm-7:15pm: Young organizers unite! Join with other students and young people for dinner, networking, mobilizing, brainstorming, strategy sharing and discussion at the SOA Watch office! If you are interested in joining us, please email so we make sure to have enough food and drink!

7:30pm – 9:00pm: Evening panel & speaker: Colombia bases & globalization/militarization connection

Monday, April 19th

9:00am – 5:00pm [Church of the Reformation*** / Capitol Hill]: LOBBY DAY

Special note: If you plan to meet with your member of Congress on Monday, April 19th, please do not forget to schedule an appointment with their DC office well in advance. SOA Watch does not schedule appointments for Spring Event participants. Click here for a helpful guide to requesting a meeting with your representative.

*The SOA Watch national office is located at 415 Michigan Ave NE, Washington DC 20017

**The Pryzbyla Center is located on Catholic University’s campus, behind the Basilica. The address of Catholic University is: 620 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, DC 20064. CUA is accessible by the Metro’s red line.

***The Church of the Reformation is located at 212 East Capitol Street, Washington DC 20003

Once again, please do not forget to REGISTER ONLINE, even if you will only be participating in some of the Spring Event activities!

If you have any questions about the schedule, getting to or around Washington DC, or anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact SOA Watch either by phone at 202-234-3440 or by email at