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Please take these steps today to seek protection and justice for the San Jos? de Apartad? Peace Community and to end US complicity in the targeting of civilians and the training of repressive forces.

Contact your Congressional Representatives and urge them to co-sponsor Rep. McGovern?s upcoming bill to suspend training at the SOA/ WHINSEC ? where Colombia is still the number one client ? and to investigate past abuses. For more information, visit the Legislative Action Index.

Please contact the State Department and urge them to take the following actions:
  • Vigorously pressure the Colombian government to conduct a transparent investigation of the massacre and prosecute those found responsible in civilian courts;
  • Withhold certification of security assistance to the Colombian military until the above noted investigations and prosecutions occur;
  • Direct the U.S. Embassy to issue a public statement condemning the massacre and to visit San Jos? de Apartad? to show concern for the community's safety;
  • Call on the Colombian government to provide protective measures to the community in consultation with community members, as required by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights;
  • Support the Peace Community's need for protective measures to exclude the presence inside the community's populated areas of armed forces.
Click here for a sample letter to the State Department.

In November of 2002, Luis was a featured speaker at the Fort Benning demonstration.

SOA Watch urges you to act to pressure Congress to cut off funds to the Colombian military. This brutality is the fruit of Clinton's Plan Colombia and Bush's Andean Iniative -- the death of two peace activists, and five women and children, one only two years old. Let this be for justice in Colombia what the murder of the Jesuits and two workers in El Salvador were, a rallying point for international outrage against human rights abuses and the governments that use them as a tool of social repression.

In the photo above, the banner reads, "On Feb 21, 2005, the 17th Brigade of the Colombian army committed a massacre in the San Jos? de Apartad? Peace Community." Photo from Colombia Indymedia.