Message from Father Roy Print

June 7, 2006

Dear Friends in the Struggle,

This week marks a major milestone in the campaign to close the School of the Americas and a major victory for all of you who have contributed so much to this work. This is the time when we really need to keep the pressure on Congress.

Please take a few minutes today to call your Member of Congress and to ask them to support the McGovern Amendment to cut funding to the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, the place the world knows as the School of the Americas (SOA/WHINSEC). You can reach Congress at 202-224-3121 or toll free at 888-355-3588.

You can also email and fax your Representative right from the SOA Watch website:

Right now and all day today, many SOA Watch activists and our partner organizations are on Capitol Hill, talking with Legislative Aides and Members of Congress and distributing information about the McGovern Amendment that will be introduced this week with the Foreign Operations Bill. Some of the groups that are walking the halls of Congress today are my order, Maryknoll, the Torture Abolition Survivors and Support Coalition (TASSC), the staff of the Methodist Church, the SHARE Foundation, Voices on the Border, Sister Parish, Voices on the Border, Pax Christi USA, Sisters of the Precious Blood, the RFK Center for Human Rights and others.

Labor unions and members are mobilizing this week to continue to build support for the McGovern Amendment. The United Auto Workers and the Steelworkers are both faxing Members of Congress to let them know how important a vote to cut funding to the SOA/WHINSEC is to union members.

Yesterday, veterans from around the country were flooding the phone lines of Members of Congress asking for them to take a real stand for human rights and military accountability by voting to cut funding to the School of the Americas/WHINSEC.

Please join us this week and add your voice to the growing wave of people speaking up for a more just world. Thank you for giving me hope.

For a victory,

Fr. Roy Bourgeois
School of the Americas Watch