|Toss the SOA Off the Cliff!|
Action Alert: Contact Your Representative Today!
Throw the SOA/WHINSEC Over the Fiscal Cliff!
You sure have been busy since leaving the gates of Fort Benning in November!
Over 9,500 messages were sent to Congressional Representatives, Senators and to Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough demanding that in these times of fiscal crisis, we put an end to militarized budgets, and cut the School of the Americas (SOA/WHINSEC)! Added to that were the hundreds more postcards sent from the gates of Fort Benning to representatives and senators from 37 states!
We need to keep up the pressure. Order a set of advocacy postcards and get your family and friends to send a message to Congress.
Members of the SOA Watch Super PAC ("Pretty Amazing Compas") delivered copies of a letter signed by over 250 organizations to members of Congress urging them to consider pushing the SOA/WHINSEC over the looming "fiscal cliff".
Call Your Representative Today!
Please take 2 minutes right now to call your Representative (click here to find your Representative, or call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected) and urge them to toss the SOA/WHINSEC into the fiscal abyss. Use the sample script below as a guide:
"As you deliberate the budget, please choose to fund education, health, environmental safety, and care for our elderly over military spending. The SOA/ WHINSEC is synonymous with torture and repression for people across the Americas, and should be shut down without delay. Shift the millions of drug/military dollars targeted for Latin America to urgently needed programs here at home. Cut funding for the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (SOA/ WHINSEC)"
(If you use Twitter, send a message about closing the SOA to #fiscalcliff !)
And we hope you will join us in Washington, DC from April 8-10 as we take our message to the halls of Congress! Set up a meeting with your Member of Congress and bring your friends!
The SOA Watch Super PAC
All around the country, there is growing grassroots opposition to the billions of dollars spent each year on the vast network of bases the US maintains around the world. American University professor David Vine explains the true cost of Empire in his recent article.
Also, American University professor Adrienne Pine discusses (in Spanish) the 13 US bases located in Honduras on YouTube.
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