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HUGE News! Join in Today's Global Day of Action for Berta! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Hendrik Voss   
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 17:15

Your support and the efforts of thousands of others over the last few days, months, and years have paid off in a BIG way! Earlier today, H.R. 5474, the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act, was introduced in the House of Representatives. The bill would "suspend United States security assistance with Honduras until such time as human rights violations by Honduran security forces cease and their perpetrators are brought to justice."

We ask that you take 5 minutes today, the Global Day of Action for Justice for Berta, to email your members of Congress and ask them to co-sponsor H.R. 5474. After you have done so, you can also call your Representative to repeat the demand in real time. A short sample call script is below. If you are seeing this message after June 15, it's OK! This is just the beginning of the campaign in support of the bill and emails and phone calls will continue to send a powerful message of solidarity and accountability. But we need to act as quickly as possible to capitalize on the media attention and counteract our opponents. Please call now, a short sample call script is below.

- Call-in information and script: If you do not know your Representative's direct office number, call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Ask the operator to connect you to your Representative's office directly. If you don't know who your Representative is, that is not a problem - you can give your zip code to the operator and they will connect you.

- Sample script:

"Hi, my name is [[First_Name]] and I am a constituent. I live in _____. I would like to speak with the foreign policy aide that handles Latin America for Representative _____ to discuss a new bill, HR 5474, the Berta Cáceres Human Rights In Honduras Act.

(Wait for the aide, or if they are not available, write down their name and leave a message for them)

If aide is available to speak: I am calling to ask that Representative _____ co-sponsor HR 5474, the Berta Cáceres Human Rights In Honduras Act. The bill would "suspend United States security assistance with Honduras until such time as human rights violations by Honduran security forces cease and their perpetrators are brought to justice." Have you and Representative ______ seen the bill? Will they cosponsor?

The government has squandered our tax dollars to arm and train a government that has been credibly linked to countless human rights violations and death squad activity. This needs to stop today. I will follow up with you to make sure that Representative ______ is aware of the bill and makes the correct decision to co-sponsor HR 5474.

Leaving a message: Same as above script without the questions at end of first paragraph.

Today is the Global Day of Action for Justice for Berta, and there are protests being held around the world in her honor. We hope that you are able to join in person, online, or over the phone today. H.R. 5474 is the result of years of hard work and support. We will continue to update you on the progress of the bill, as it will be a continued just struggle to get it passed. But make no mistake, this is a victory for you, a victory for all of us that want a just relationship with Honduras and the rest of the world!

In Solidarity,
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 17:33
June 15: Global Day of Action Demanding Justice for Berta PDF Print E-mail
Written by Hendrik Voss   
Thursday, 26 May 2016 22:46

SOA Watch stands with the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), an Indigenous Lenca organization made up of 200 Lenca communities in Honduras. COPINH has issued a call for protests around the world on June 15, 2016, to demand justice for Berta Cáceres.

Last Updated on Sunday, 05 June 2016 22:35
4 arrested for murder of Berta Cáceres in Honduras PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brigitte Gynther   
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 15:50

On Monday morning, the Honduran authorities arrested 4 men in relation to the murder of internationally renowned activist Berta Cáceres -- 2 are retired or active members of the Honduran Armed Forces and 2 have ties to DESA, the company building the Agua Zarca hydroelectric project that Berta was campaigning against. With even the Honduran government investigators now admitting the assassins have ties to the Honduran Armed Forces, it is time once and for all for the United States to end financing and training of the Honduran security forces. Berta's family and COPINH continue to call for the Inter-American Human Rights Commission to investigate the case.  It is hard to believe that the Honduran government has the political will to investigate the higher-ups who may have helped plan or known about Berta's murder; as Berta's daughter Laura Zuniga Cáceres told The Guardian, “The Honduran state is too closely linked to the murder of my mother to carry out an independent investigation.”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 May 2016 15:52
Protests for #JusticeForBertaCaceres in Congressional offices on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC PDF Print E-mail
Written by Hendrik Voss   
Tuesday, 19 April 2016 12:41

On Monday, April 18, the final day of SOA Watch's Spring Days of Action, human rights activists disrupted the Congressional offices of three U.S. House Representatives who enthusiastically supported the 2009 military coup in Honduras (Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, from Florida; Dana Rohrabacher, from California) and who continue to fund death squads and human rights abuses (latter two offices and Kay Granger, from Texas). As grassroots activists from across the United States called Congress to register their opposition to the American policy towards the Central American country, and others protested outside of the Congressional office buildings, SOA Watch activists took over the three Congressional offices.

Those in the U.S. government (including Hilary Clinton), who are responsible for the militarized U.S. policy in Honduras, need to be held accountable. Rep. Kay Granger (chair of important committees that fund the Drug War in Latin America) wants to deport Honduran children yet continues to arm the criminal Honduran regime they are fleeing; Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen has been one of the most aggressive proponents for the coup regime in Honduras; Representative Dana Rohrbacher not only denied that a coup had even taken place, but sent a letter of support to the coup President of Honduras, Roberto Micheletti, a man who had been implicated in corruption and narco-trafficking. Feel free to follow up with their offices. You can get connected via the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

Watch a video clip of the protest inside the Congressional office of Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX), a lackey of the arms industry, her office is covered in proof of where her allegiances lie: https://www.facebook.com/Schooloftheamericaswatch/videos/10153851849616130/ (please share the video with your friends on facebook, twitter etc.)

Photos from the protest outside of the Congressional office buildings: https://photobyted.smugmug.com/SOAW/Justice-for-Berta-Cáceres/n-hkvd6M/i-qZ8K5sK/A

Please stay tuned for an update from Honduras from SOA Watch's Latin America Liaison Brigitte Gynther, who currently accompanies COPINH at this difficult time.

If you support the work of SOA Watch, please consider making a donation: http://SOAW.org/donate

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 20:06
Join National Call-In Day on Monday April 18, the Last Day of 2016 Spring Days of Action! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Arturo J. Viscarra   
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 23:46

We kick off our 2016 SOA Watch Spring Days of Action on April14! On Monday, April 18 during the finale of our events & actions, we want you to strenghten our protest in DC by participating in our National Call-In Day! As we pressure Congress and protest on Capitol Hill in honor of Honduran indigenous and environmental activist Berta Cáceres, murdered just over one month ago, you will echo and amplify our voices by flooding the phone lines. Your voice does make the difference! Please see details below.

This year's theme for the Spring Days of Action is Solidarity with Communities in Resistance and Sanctuary for Refugees. Increasing militarization and violence in Central America and Mexico is leading to an increase of asylum-seekers looking for refuge in the U.S. While some try to scapegoat them for all of our problems, we must stand up and demand accountability from the U.S. government and respect for the people of the region, whether they are in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, or in the U.S. We recognized and answered this call in the 1980s, and it is time for us to do so once again.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 April 2016 12:55
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