Thanks to all who supported and participated in this year’s Encuentro at the US-Mexico border, November 16-18. In 2016 School of the Americas Watch moved their annual witness from Ft. Benning, Georgia to Nogales, Arizona in 2016 and expanded their demands. Pittsburghers were again represented as they have been since the SOA Watch began these annual events. Over 1,000 students, survivors, community leaders, activists, and organizers from across the country and the globe united in this year’s convening in the resolve to close the School of the Americas (now called WHINSEC – Western Hemisphere Institute for Security and Cooperation), to end US imperialism, and to challenge state violence. Together, a beautiful space for collective resistance and community was created as SOA Watch continued building its movement for justice. The struggles of migrants were lifted up, the root causes of forced migration were denounced, and justice was demanded in the midst of an ongoing trial against Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz, for the murder of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez on Oct. 10, 2012 in Ambos Nogales. Visit http://www.soawatch.org and check out their social media on Instagram, Facebook and twitter for posts about the 2018 Encuentro and SOA Watch’s latest updates.