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World Tour Radio presents: The Sounds of Protest at the School of the Americas

From: Andrew Reissiger
Length: 59:00

Hour-long Newscast Compatible Documentary - SOA Watch at Fort Benning GA - speakers, musicians, funeral procession.

Soafuneralprocession_small In "The Sounds of Protest" , we travel to Columbus GA, home of Fort Benning and the School of the Americas for the 2006 SOA Watch. We hear the stories of torture survivors: Salvadoran Neris Gonzalez, Colombian Hector Aristizabal, and Guatemalan Adriana Portillo Bartow. We speak to protesters like Kirk Bowman, a professor from Georgia Tech University; Steven Wing from Atlanta who sells bumper stickers like "Terrorists aren't born, they have to be trained. Close the School of Assasins at Fort Benning"; and Travis Lyons who lives next door to the protest and who is sells hotdogs in his yard to protesters. We hear performances and speeches by SOA Watch founder Roy Bourgeois and Charles Steele Jr., president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. During the Presente Litany, "performance poet" Chris Chandler describes the scene at the gates of Fort Benning: Father Roy Bourgeois and "a sea of 20,000 crosses" marching behind him. We learn some history of western Georgia, Columbus, and Camp Benning. We learn about the evolution of the School of the Americas, now called WHINSEC. We hear recordings by Holly Near, Pete Seeger, Mercedes Sosa, and Roy Brown.

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Piece Description

In "The Sounds of Protest" , we travel to Columbus GA, home of Fort Benning and the School of the Americas for the 2006 SOA Watch. We hear the stories of torture survivors: Salvadoran Neris Gonzalez, Colombian Hector Aristizabal, and Guatemalan Adriana Portillo Bartow. We speak to protesters like Kirk Bowman, a professor from Georgia Tech University; Steven Wing from Atlanta who sells bumper stickers like "Terrorists aren't born, they have to be trained. Close the School of Assasins at Fort Benning"; and Travis Lyons who lives next door to the protest and who is sells hotdogs in his yard to protesters. We hear performances and speeches by SOA Watch founder Roy Bourgeois and Charles Steele Jr., president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. During the Presente Litany, "performance poet" Chris Chandler describes the scene at the gates of Fort Benning: Father Roy Bourgeois and "a sea of 20,000 crosses" marching behind him. We learn some history of western Georgia, Columbus, and Camp Benning. We learn about the evolution of the School of the Americas, now called WHINSEC. We hear recordings by Holly Near, Pete Seeger, Mercedes Sosa, and Roy Brown.

Broadcast History

12/03/06 - Georgia Public Radio statewide

Transcript

Recording: ??or organized political activities of any type will be permitted on Fort Benning, GA. If you enter this installation, you will be in violation of title 18 United States code section 1382 and subject to fine and imprisonment.?

In Columbus GA, along the banks of the Chattahoochee River sits Ft. Benning ? home of United States Army Infantry School ? home of basic training, ranger school, and the airborne school. Benning also houses the controversial School of the Americas. Since 2001, it has been called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation and is the Defense Department's principal Spanish-language training facility for Latin American military and law-enforcement personnel. Join me Andrew Reissiger as we visit the gates of Fort Benning for the 2006 School of the Americas Watch ? for the sounds of protest today on World Tour.

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Timing and Cues

00:00-01:00 - Intro
01:00-06:00 - 5min optional song for newscast break away
06:00 - 59:00 - show

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Hay Una Mujer Desaparecida Holly Near 05:00
Como se Goza el en Barrio Arsenio Rodriguez :00
Esclavo Triste Arsenio Rodriguez 01:00
Guantanamera Pete Seeger 05:00
Los Ausentes Roy Brown, Tito Auger, Tao Rodriguez 04:00
Solo le Pido a Dios Mercedes Sosa 05:00
Freight Train Elizabeth Cotton :00

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