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Apr 23rd
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Petition to Barack Obama The election of Barack Obama as the next U.S. president was a historic moment. This election is significant and represents new opportunities for our world. We are encouraged by his pledge to bring change to Washington. At the same time, we realize that it is up to the grassroots to build popular power to ensure that justice takes root.

During the primaries, the Obama campaign kept quiet about the SOA/ WHINSEC. Some saw this as a strategic move to avoid retaliation from the rightwing on the campaign trail. Others were more concerned and felt that Obama might be reluctant to make a clean break from past militarized U.S.' foreign policy approaches to Latin America.

Obama, elected as the anti-war candidate, has a momentous opportunity to change U.S.-Latin America relations. He received a popular mandate to challenge the traditional U.S. foreign policy of relying on military means to "solve" social problems.

In the debates, Obama said: "I don't want to just end the war, but I want to end the mindset that got us into war in the first place." He followed that goal with a promise: "That's the kind of leadership that I think we need from the next president of the U.S. That's what I intend to provide."

President Obama needs to hear from us. It is more important than ever that we organize and mobilize and that we keep Obama to his promise. It is up to us and all advocates for justice in the hemisphere to ensure that an Obama administration will close the School of the Americas and put an end to the long legacy of using Latin America's people and resources for U.S. ends. Now is the time to ensure that the next administration brings to the Americas not just change, but justice.


SOA Watch is circulating a petition to Barack Obama, urging him to issue an executive order to close the School of the Americas (SOA/WHINSEC).

Click here to download petition forms - Click here to sign the petition online


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written by Steven Kostis, November 26, 2008
It’s time this school was closed down permanently. SCHOOL’S OUT!
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written by Bob Brookover, November 26, 2008
I am ashamed to learn of the results of our School of America training. It should be
eliminated by Obama.
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written by Ann, December 02, 2008
Dear Braack

My question to you this how many more people have to die and for what reason????
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written by Asociation Against Violence and for World Peace. San Jose, Costa Rica., December 12, 2008
Dear Mr. President Barack Obama.
Our organization is dedicated to promote the security and the World Peace. We request that you close the School of Americas, an institution that trained our Latin America military officers to commit tortures, extra judicial crimes ans d to back up the criminal and imperialist foreign policy of the United States.
Mr. president, we embrace your CHANGE, the same CHANGE that inspire you to so to the White House, and also we would like to see your administration to close the Concentration Camp at Guantanamo and to remove the obsolete naval base from Cuban soil and to retur Guantanamo to the cuban people.

Good luck and God bless you Mr. President.

Julio Perez
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One sided and misinformed
written by prenston Gayle Sr., February 13, 2009
Altough some (very, very few) products of the SOA have turned out to be bad apples. That most certainly has not ruined the whole bunch. Don't forget why the school was established or do any of you even have a clue? Maybe you all would embrace the communism that was speading throughout South America. History has shown us and continues to show us that Communism and socialism do not work. Just look at how much good Chavez has done for his poeple, not to mention Castro. If you like those two then, you'll love Obama's plans. He's heading down the same road. How can Chavez spend so much on other countries, giving them freebies while his own people are starving and crime is at an all time high. How much better off are the Cuban or Venezuelans after their current presidents took over. Just keep and eye on Ecuador, Bolivia and Nicaragua.

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Sr. Presidente Barack Obama- Cerremos la Escuela de las Americas.
written by Gerardo Brenes, June 29, 2009
Estimado Sr. Presidente Barack Obama , solicto por este medio hacer un decreto que permita cerrar la Escuela de las Americas o WINHSEC en Fort Benning GA.Todos estos millones de dòlares se pueden utilizar en Alimentos , Educaciòn,Capacitaciòn en Derechos Humanos,Salud etc.DE ESTA FORMA NO UTILIZARLOS EN ARMAS Y MUERTE . Soy egresado de esta escuela.Cuando me invite puedo hablarle sobre el Tema.Favor retirar los soldados norteamericanos de la Guerra y devolverlos a su Patria y a sus Familias.Buena suerte y que Dios lo continùe guìando en esta difìcil Misiòn Mr. President.Cordialmente Gerardo Brenes ."TATO" Costa Rica.Nota: Favor NO permitir el uso U238.por el bien de la Humanidad. Gracias.
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peace and prosperity
written by aghadilbar, October 09, 2009
Subject Peace and Prosperity
Dear President Barrack Obama
The Great Leader of the World

I Agha Dilbar have sent Mr. President 100 registered research Letters (1000 new ideas to develop America and to Change the World for Peace and Prosperity) through Embassy of USA Islamabad till today and also direct sent these registered Letters to Whitehouse Washington DC 20500.These letters have been written on the guidelines of CHANGE WE NEED. And these letters are about the Common Men Problems of respected American Peoples and their Solutions. To end, Economic Recession, Unemployment and to Finish War, all round the World for Peace and Prosperity. In these letters I have sent one thousand new scientific Planning /Suggestions, about every walk of life for Peace through Friendship Progress and Prosperity all over the World.

Dear Barrack Obama, the Great Leader of the World, my Friend, my Brother, Provide
an opportunity to Agha Dilbar to pay an Official Visit to America, that we two brothers can sit together and by halting this horrible war(In this war 1-million peoples have died from 9/11 till today, if this war continues, it will become the 111- World War.200-Million people would die, if 111-World War is triggered) can take out 6.5 billion people of the World from abyss of destruction and then put them on the road to Progress and Prosperity.

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written by Lori, February 11, 2010
I won't vote for Obama again or support Clinton unless they close the SOA and condemn the current government and military coup in Honduras!
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written by Lori, February 12, 2010
I won't vote for Obama again or support Clinton unless they condemn the current Honduran government and the recent coup and move to close the SOA. The cold war is over. It's time to be tolerant of differences and let the people have what they need and want-social change and equity. If you want to criticize communism, look to China! Why do we have such a good relationship with them and overlook their human rights abuses?
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written by real clear politics, June 26, 2012
Actions speak louder than words. Take your country back before it’s too late. Obama has lots of broken promises.
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