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August 30, 2005

Mr. Otmar Steinbicker
Chairman of the Aachen Peace Award

Dear Mr. Steinbicker:

As a former recipient of this award, I would like to extend my warmest greetings and congratulations to Father Roy Bourgeois, the 2005 recipient of the Aachen Peace Prize. His dedication to peace, democracy and justice serves as an inspiration to us all.

For fifteen years, I have seen the School of the Americas (SOA) Watch grow and develop under Father Bourgeois? leadership. I speak for many who have the utmost respect and admiration for the work of Father Bourgeois, whose dedication to peace and justice has brought international attention to the atrocities supported by the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation formerly known as the School of the Americas.

We share a common goal of closing SOA/ WHINSEC. For years, the school has been a known for training members of the Latin American military in illegal strategies and techniques. Father Bourgeois? active and courageous advocacy against this practice has brought the attention of both the international community and the U.S. Congress to the record of SOA/ WHINSEC graduates. His dedication to using peaceful protests and education has brought awareness and respect to the cause.

Both Father Bourgeois and Ms. Hanne Hiob, the other deserving recipient, exemplify the best of the peace and social justice movement. Again, congratulations on receiving the Aachen Peace Prize.


Barbara Lee
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives

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