Congress Votes this Week to Cut Funding to the School of the Americas/ WHINSEC
SOA Watch has received confirmation that this week Congress will vote on an amendment to close the School of the Americas, now called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (SOA/ WHINSEC). Rep. McGovern of Massachusetts will introduce an amendment to the Foreign Operations appropriations bill to cut funding for the school!
Send an email and fax to your Representative: http://www.soaw.org/legislative. (Be sure to click the “Send a Fax” box to have the fax sent).
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.
The School of the Americas is a military training facility for Latin American security personnel located at Fort Benning, Georgia that catapulted into the headlines in 1996 when the Pentagon released training manuals used at the school that advocated torture, extortion and execution. Despite this shocking admission and hundreds of documented human rights abuses connected to soldiers trained at the school, no independent investigation into the training facility has ever taken place. Read more at http://www.SOAW.org.
We expect a close vote in the House this week, and we need as many people as possible flooding the offices of Members of Congress with calls in support of a YES vote on the amendment! We need you to call, email and fax Congress every day until the vote happens.
It’s been six years since our last vote in Congress, and the work of thousands of you and people across the Americas who care about justice has gotten us to where we are today. Let’s make this final push together! Visit the Legislative Action Index for more information: http://www.soaw.org/legislative.
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.”
Send an email and fax to your Representative: http://www.soaw.org/legislative. (Don’t forget to click the “Send a Fax” box to have the fax sent).