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On August 2, 2013, 40 Members of Congress jointly introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, that would suspend operations at the School of the Americas (SOA/WHINSEC), and mandate investigations into the connection between U.S. foreign military training and human rights abuses in Latin America! The original co-sponsors of the Latin America Military Training Review Act have responded to the demands of their constituents, who don't want their tax dollars to be wasted on the training of repressive militaries at the SOA/WHINSEC.

Has your Representative not signed on yet? If not, she or he still can support the legislation by sponsoring the bill after the August recess. Your Representative needs to hear from you in order for them to be added to the list of cosponsors. Is your Representative one of the original 40? If so, please take a moment to thank them for standing up to the Pentagon and for human rights. Either way, PLEASE CLICK HERE to send your Representative an email.

Already emailed? Please take a moment to call your Rep right now!

Here are our 40 (so far) Congressional Champions, with Reps. Jim McGovern and John Lewis leading the charge. Click on the pictures to send your representative a thank you message through your Twitter account!





Jim McGovern

Massachusetts 02


John Lewis

Georgia 05


Jan Schakowsky

Illinois 09


Barbara Lee

California 13


Keith Ellison

Minnesota 05


Raul Grijalva

Arizona 03


Sam Farr

California 20


Mike Michaud

Maine 02


Maxine Waters

California 43


Mike Fitzpatrick

Pennyslvania 08


John Conyers Jr.

Michigan 13


Rosa DeLauro

Connecticut 03


Jerrold Nadler

New York 10


Danny Davis

Illinois 07


Gwen Moore

Wisconsin 04


Donna Edwards

Maryland 04


Mike Honda

California 17


Tim Bishop

New York 01


Peter DeFazio

Oregon 04


Betty McCollum

Minnesota 04


Mark Pocan

Wisconsin 02


Yvette Clarke

New York 09


William Lacy Clay

Missouri 01


Anna Eshoo

California 18


Peter Welch

Vermont


David Price

North Carolina 04


Earl Blumenauer

Oregon 03


Louise Slaughter

New York 25


Paul Tonko

New York 20


Donald Payne, Jr.

New Jersey 10


George Miller

California 11


John Yarmuth

Kentucky 03


Frederica Wilson

Florida 24


John Tierney

Massachusetts 06


Jim McDermott

Washington 07


José Serrano

New York 15


Jared Polis

Colorado 2


Charles Rangel

New York 13


Henry Waxman

California 33


Lloyd Doggett

Texas 35

The Pentagon is fighting hard to keep their tool of Hemispheric control in operation, their army of lobbyists currently making sure that SOA/WHINSEC is funded as the House votes on the Defense Appropriations Bill this week. As the recent appeal of our FOIA court victory proves yet again, they are not interested in promoting transparency or democracy. And as the outrageous murder last week in Honduras of indigenous leader Tomas Garcia by an SOA-graduate led battalion proves, the School of the Americas continues to produce soldiers that kill those that dare speak out.

Right now, we need to push for additional original co-sponsors, but if your Representative does not sign on to the bill before it is introduced in the Armed Services Committee on August 2, we will continue to badger them afterward. You could deliver a letter to your Representative (and stage an action outside their offices) as part of our August 9 Day of Action. Members of Congress will soon be on summer recess, and therefore in their home districts, so even if you cannot visit them on August 9, you can schedule a meeting anytime between August 5-September 6 to keep the pressure up.

Please do not hesitate to contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 202-234-3440 if you have any questions or need any support in calling your Member of Congress, setting up a meeting with their office, or organizing an action on August 9.

En Solidaridad,
Arturo

P.S. - Pre-Order postcards with the new bill number to send to your Rep, as well as your Senators and the White House here.
 

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