[saymaListserv] School of the Americas
Quakerkristi at aol.com
Quakerkristi at aol.com
Mon Jun 5 06:57:57 JEST 2006
Well I'm back from the QUIT conference...and found this notice from the
MidSouth Peace and Justice Center that is very pertinent The School of the
Americas is one of the organizations that has been implicated - through its graduates
- of a great deal of atrociities in Latin America, including torture and
One of the main speakers at the conference, Carlos Maurico works closely with
the effort -School of the Americas Watch. He spoke hopefully of this vote.
He also spoke of visiting heads of State in several South American Countries
this year, who have agreed to stop sending their officers to the school. (As
an interesting note, a good number of the heads of state and ministers of
defense/interior were women - which challenges my stereotypes) Right now around
90% of those attending the school are Columbian.
If you care about this issue please take the time to learn a little about the
SOA and consider sending the message to our representatives - to join the
effort to close the school.
Thanks, Kristi Estes
From: SOA Watch in DC mailto:media at soaw.org
Reply-To: soaw at mail.democracyinaction.org
To: theresecullen at hotmail.com
Subject: This is it! Congress Votes Next Week to Close the SOA!
Date: Thu, 1 Jun 2006 11:05:36 -0400 (EDT)
School of the Americas Watch
p://www.soaw.org/new/ | 202-234-3440 | Click to subscribe
Special Legislative Update
June 1, 2006
Next week, the week of June 5, Congress will vote on an amendment to close
the SOA/ WHINSEC. Rep. McGovern (MA) will introduce an amendment to the Foreign
Operations appropriations bill to cut funding for the SOA/ WHINSEC!
We expect a close vote and need as many people as possible flooding the
offices of the House of Representatives with calls in support of a YES vote on the
amendment. This is it! And it's the people power of our movement that will get
this amendment passed! Visit the Legislative Action Index for more
National Call-in Days to Close the SOA/WHINSEC
Tuesday, June 6 and Wednesday, June 7:
Call Congress at 202-224-3121 or toll free at 888-355-3588.
Please take the time to call the DC office of your Representative through the
Capitol Hill Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or toll free at 1-888-355-3588. Ask
to speak with the foreign affairs legislative assistant. Here is a suggested
message for you to convey:
"I am calling Congressman/woman ________ to urge him/her to vote YES on the
McGovern amendment to the Foreign Operations Appropriations bill. This
amendment is a cut in funding for the School of the Americas/ WHINSEC. New information
indicates that WHINSEC has allowed known human rights abusers to instruct and
receive training at the school. Argentina and Uruguay are two more countries
that have made public announcements they will no longer send students to the
school, citing the negative image and history of this institution. Voting YES
on this amendment sends a positive human rights message to Latin America and
will help to improve the U.S. image abroad. As an elected official in Washington
D.C., I hope you will represent me and vote YES on any amendment in the House
that would cut funding for the school."
Click here to send an email and fax to your Representative. (Be sure to click
the “Send a Fax” box to have the fax sent).
Are you in or near Washington, DC? On Tuesday, June 6 and Wednesday, June 7,
we will be delivering material to Members of Congress and knocking on their
doors, asking them to join our movement and vote to close the SOA. Please join
us! If you can be with us for some or all of the day on Tuesday or Wednesday,
please email Eric at elecompte(at)soaw(dot)org.
For more information, visit the SOA Watch website at
http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=131813123&url_num=5&url=http://www.soaw.org and the
Legislative Action Index at
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