Midterm Elections 2006 Print
Wednesday, 01 November 2006 00:00
Midterm Elections 2006

The midterm elections of 2006 promise to be an exciting time for activists and politicians alike. With many divisive issues facing our nation, citizens are poised to cast votes on November 7 to support candidates that will better respond to their views and hopes for a better domestic and foreign policy.

This is the time to seize the moment and educate candidates on the SOA/WHINSEC issue and the failures of U.S. foreign policy in Latin America. Your vote plays an important part in laying the foundations for a positive shift in U.S. foreign policy, but a vote alone does not guarantee that our issues will be taken into account.

In Latin America, the military and economic policies implemented by the U.S. over the past 60 years (by Democrats and Republicans alike) have further accentuated poverty, homelessness, pollution, social unrest and violence. As a movement committed to Latin American solidarity, it is our responsibility to shift the political culture in the U.S. and demand accountability and educate the candidates and elected officials in Congress about the issues we feel so strongly about. The underlying mission of the elected representatives is to serve the people, not corporate or partisan interest.

Over the past six years, we have seen and suffered from policies that have taken us back 50 years: threats to our civil rights and constitutional freedoms, laws that protect racial and sexual discrimination, the legalization of torture and disregard for the Geneva Conventions, increased military spending, corporate war profiteering, media bias, religious extremism and warmongering with little or no opposition in the House and Senate. In contrast, grassroots movements in the hemisphere have grown considerably and have been the most active in upholding the defense of civil and human rights.

The 109th Congress was an exciting time for SOA Watch with a historic vote taking place on the floor of the House of Representatives. On June 9, 2006, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) introduced an amendment to the Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill that would have cut funding for the notorious School of the Americas (SOA), renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC). While the amendment failed by a vote of 188 ? 218, the close vote indicated the power of grassroots lobbying to influence key leaders in one of the most conservative Congresses in recent memory.

Now that Members of the House have gone on the record with their votes for and against this amendment, this is your chance to make the closing of the SOA/ WHINSEC a key issue in the 2006 midterm elections!

We have a series of educational tools and resources available in the Midterm Elections 2006 section of the legislative action index to help you influence candidates in your congressional districts to support this important issue.

Go to the Midterm Elections 2006 Section.

For more information, contact our legislative coordinator Pam Bowman at pbowman(at)soaw.org or at (202) 234-3440.