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Call-in and Lobby Days -- Watch the New Movie! PDF Print E-mail


Have you seen the exciting new flash movie about the School of the Americas?

This two-minute animated video clip entertains and educates, and it's a great way to get the word out in a new format. After you watch it, will you help us spread the word? Pass this email or the link to the film on to your friends, family, co-workers and fellow organizers.

To view the flash movie, click on the image above, or check it out here: www.SOAW.org/flash.

SOA Watch Lobby Days and National Congressional Call-in Days:
Mon., April 24 and Tues., April 25


National Call-in Day: On Monday and Tuesday, let your Representatives know that you support HR 1217 to suspend training at the SOA/ WHINSEC, and you want them to support it as well!

If you can't be with us here in DC, call Congress on Monday and Tuesday at 202-224-3121 OR toll free at 1-888-355-3588. Here's a sample script:

"I am a constituent from (city/zip code) calling Congressman/woman ________ to urge him/her to cosponsor HR 1217, The Latin America Military Training Review Act of 2005. This bill would suspend operations at, and investigate, the School of the Americas, which is now using the acronym WHINSEC. I urge the Congressman/woman to contact Rep. McGovern's office to become a cosponsor of this bipartisan bill. This would be one very concrete step to support human rights and promote peace and justice for the people of Latin America. As my elected official in Washington, D.C., I hope you will represent me and support HR 1217."

New! Email your Representative right from the SOA Watch website: http://www.soaw.org/legislative.


Schedule of events for SOA Watch Lobby Days

Saturday, April 22:

6:30 pm -- Social gathering at Capitol City Brewery, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. The Brewery is on the same block as Union Station, on the Metro red line and on several bus lines. Metro info.

Saturday, April 23:

Servicios de interpretaci?n disponibles entre la 1:30 y las 6:30 PM

Location: American University, Ward Circle Building, Rooms 1, 101, 102, 104, and 105.

Directions to American University & maps. Metro information. A shuttle runs to the American University campus from the Tenleytown metro stop (the closest one to the school) every 15 minutes on the weekend.

10:30am - 12:30pm Panel Discussion/Introduction to the weekend
Panel discussion with Natalia Cardona, American Friends Service Committee; Luis Fernandez, Coalition of Immokalee Workers; Adam Isacson, Center for International Policy; and Carlos Mauricio, Stop Impunity Project. Panelists will address the intersections of globalization, militarization, immigration and the drug war and their relationships to the School of the Americas, and the panel will be followed by a question & answer session.

12:30 ? 1:30 Lunch
1:30 - 3:30 Legislative training
3:30 - 4:00 Break
4:00 - 5:30 Workshops/trainings
Workshops on Plan Colombia, with Cristina Espinel of the Colombia Human Rights Committee and Erik Giblin of the RFK Center for Human Rights; on the Leahy Law, with Kim Dresler of Vermont SOA Watch; and a showing of Hidden in Plain Sight, the full-length documentary about the SOA/ WHINSEC.

5:45 - 6:30 Presentation by Father Roy Bourgeois, founder of SOA Watch, followed by a question and answer session

Monday, April 24:

Servicios de interpretaci?n disponibles

8:30am Gathering at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol St. Closest to the Union Station stop (red line) and the South Capitol stop (blue/orange lines) on the Metro. From the church, we?ll process together to Capitol Hill.

9:15am - 11am Rally at Upper Senate Park (Constitution Ave. between Delaware & NJ Aves., closest to Union Station metro)
Featuring Carlos Mauricio, Stop Impunity Project; Medea Benjamin, Global Exchange; Kathy Hoyt, Nicaragua Network; Mara Verhayden-Hilliard, Partnership for Civil Justice; Hector Aristizabal; representatives of the Torture Abolition Survivors and Support Coalition (TASSC); talented musicians and others.

11 am - onward: Congressional visits in the House and Senate

Tuesday, April 25:

Congressional visits in the House and Senate

** The Church of the Reformation (212 East Capitol St.) will be the rendezvous point for anyone visiting a Representative on Monday or Tuesday. Come by to pick up lobby packets, talk to other SOA Watch activists, and debrief your lobbying experience. As soon as the summer of 2006, a vote on the School of the Americas will come up in Congress. We already have over 120 co-sponsors of HR 1217, the legislation introduced by Rep. McGovern that would close and investigate the SOA/WHINSEC. Find out more about our successes in the legislative campaign: www.soaw.org/legislative.

Click here for Transportation information.
See a list of hostels, guesthouses and campgrounds in and around Washington, DC.
Find out more info about the April Lobby Days.


:: FLASH MOVIE :: FLASH MOVIE :: FLASH MOVIE ::

The new flash movie about the School of the Americas has received an amazing response! We?ve received thousands of hits on the SOA Watch website, and thousands of people have seen it. To watch the movie, click on this link or cut and paste it into your browser: http://www.soaw.org/flash.

Don?t forget that there are some excellent action steps at the end of the short movie ? including a way to send a letter to your Representative right from the SOA Watch website. Let?s continue to use this amazing new tool to spread the word and keep the pressure on as we prepare for our vote in Congress!

Click here to watch the movie.


SOA in the news -- from prison!

Check out Fr. Louis Vitale's excellent & timely op-ed article in today's San Francisco Chronicle. Fr. Louis is currently in prison serving a six-month sentence for his nonviolent civil disobedience action calling for the closure of the School of the Americas.

Read more about Fr. Louis and the other people currently in prison for their nonviolent actions to close the School of the Americas.

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