SOA_protest_photo.jpgStudents from American, Georgetown, and UMD traveled down to Ft. Benning in Georgia to attend the annual rally to close the SOA-WHINSEC. Every year, groups from around the country arrive in Georgia to protest the US government’s continued support of the SOA – where students are taught tactics in torture, interrogation, and terror. The event lasted three days, and students were given the chance to attend various lectures that covered topics of social and economic justice.rnrnStudents were also given the opportunity to meet and interact with other activists from around the country, including USAS chapters from the University of Michigan and the University of Southern Mississippi. A labor caucus was held to tie domestic struggles at home with fights for justice abroad, and discuss the greater implications of high labor standards in America. All in all, the trip was a great experience for DC SLAP schools, and we look forward to next year’s rally.rnrn-Reported by Joseph Tso, photo by Linda Panetta, courtesy of