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February & March 2007 Lobby Day at Home PDF Print E-mail
Keep up the pressure on Congress! The deadline for introductory co-sponsors to the bill to cut funding for the SOA/WHINSEC is March 22nd. Act now! Get involved with the legislative campaign without leaving your home town. There are two ways to get involved:

1] BE A PART OF OUR NATIONAL CALL IN CAMPAIGN THROUGHOUT FEBRUARY AND MARCH!

It?s as easy as picking up the phone and making a toll free call to your Representative using our suggested call script:

Making the call: please take the time to call the D.C. office of your Representative by calling the Capitol Hill Switchboard (202-224-3121). Ask to speak with the foreign affairs legislative assistant and here is a suggested message for you to convey:

"As a constituent living in _________, I am calling Congressman/woman ________ to urge him/her to contact Rep. McGovern and ask to be a cosponsor of legislation to suspend operations at the School of the Americas, renamed WHINSEC, and investigate the history of human rights abuses and failed policies of the institution.

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. Despite demands by Congress to have oversight over the curriculum and promote human rights, the Pentagon is now denying all requests to provide information to human rights organizations and the public about students and graduates of the school.

This legislation is being reintroduced after strong bipartisan support for HR 1217 in the 109th Congress and 188 bipartisan representatives voting to cut funding for the school in the last Congress. I urge you to contact Cindy Buhl in Representative McGovern?s office and ask that your boss be added as a cosponsor to this important legislation. I hope you will represent my views and support this legislation."

2] SCHEDULE A MEETING NEAR YOU!:

For more information on scheduling a meeting with your Representative in the congressional district that includes your community, visit our District Office Meetings page with important dates and tips on scheduling a meeting.

For more information contact Pam Bowman, Legislative Coordinator for SOA Watch, at (202) 234-3440 or pbowman(@)soaw.org
 

Contact us

SOA Watch
733 Euclid Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

phone: 202-234-3440
email: info@soaw.org