Photo Friday: Ignatian Solidarity

This weekend is the annual School of the Americas Vigil, a large protest and memorial service conduced outside of Ft. Benning, a large military base in Georgia home to the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), previously called the School of the Americas. The Institute is an officer training program for the armies of various Central- and South-American nations, and has drawn controversy over the years for connections between its graduates and events such as the assasination of the Jesuit priests at the University of Central America on Nov. 16, 1989, 23 years ago today.  A tradition of the SOA Vigil is the placing of crosses with the names of victims of violence associated with the SOA on the fence of Ft. Benning, as shown here.

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