Join National Call-In Day on Monday April 18, the Last Day of 2016 Spring Days of Action! Print

We kick off our 2016 SOA Watch Spring Days of Action on April14! On Monday, April 18 during the finale of our events & actions, we want you to strenghten our protest in DC by participating in our National Call-In Day! As we pressure Congress and protest on Capitol Hill in honor of Honduran indigenous and environmental activist Berta Cáceres, murdered just over one month ago, you will echo and amplify our voices by flooding the phone lines. Your voice does make the difference! Please see details below.

This year's theme for the Spring Days of Action is Solidarity with Communities in Resistance and Sanctuary for Refugees. Increasing militarization and violence in Central America and Mexico is leading to an increase of asylum-seekers looking for refuge in the U.S. While some try to scapegoat them for all of our problems, we must stand up and demand accountability from the U.S. government and respect for the people of the region, whether they are in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, or in the U.S. We recognized and answered this call in the 1980s, and it is time for us to do so once again.

Our demands in Congress are focused on cutting militarization in Central America and Mexico, no "security" aid for abusive governments, and respect for the rights of refugees. More information on our specific policy demands can be found here.

On Monday, we will also make sure our voices are heard in the halls of Congress to call attention to the grave human rights situation in Honduras. Hillary Clinton has recently been criticized for her role as Secretary of State during the 2009 military coup in Honduras. And rightly so. She should be held responsible for the violence, impunity, and hyper-exploitation that has resulted. But so should other Washington power-players that enthusiastically defended the coup.  By calling you will be supporting a creative action to call other politicians out for their direct role in the 2009 coup and the ensuing violence. It was just over one month ago that leading Honduran indigenous and environmental activist Berta Cáceres was murdered in her home. We need your support in order to uplift our demand for an independent investigation into her assassination, and a cut-off of all U.S. "security aid" to the criminal Honduran regime.

Here's what you can do - on Monday, April 18, make two phone calls:
1) Call your Representative to echo our legislative asks and
2) Call target offices that we will be visiting in person & support your fellow movement activists as they engage in grassroots lobbying and continue our tradition of creative and nonviolent direct action to call for justice.

So please schedule a few minutes out of your day on Monday, between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, EDT, when you will on the one hand call on your Representative to push for policies that adhere to human rights principles, and on the other hand uplift your fellow movement activists' demands for justice for Berta Cáceres as they engage in grassroots lobby efforts and nonviolent direct action on Capitol Hill. Stay tuned for a sample script and call-in information.

In solidarity,
SOA Watch