40 Members of Congress Introduced Anti-SOA Legislation Print
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


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,

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.