|H.R. 2989 - The Latin America Military Training Review Act of 2013|
H.R. 2989, the Latin America Military Training Review Act of 2013 renews the legislative efforts against the notorious U.S. military training institute, formerly known as the School of the Americas.
In August 2013, 40 Members of Congress jointly introduced H.R. 2989, the Latin America Military Training Review Act of 2013 in the U.S. House of Representatives, that would suspend operations at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (formerly known as the School of the Americas), a military training school for Latin American soldiers and security personnel. The bill would also mandate an investigation into the connection between U.S. training and human rights abuses.
“I am proud to once again introduce this important legislation,” Rep. Jim McGovern (MA-02) said. “It is past time for us to suspend operations at the WHINSEC and to undertake a thorough review of our military training programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. I’m pleased that so many of my colleagues are joining in this effort, and I’m grateful to SOA Watch for their commitment and advocacy.”
The 40 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.
Visit www.SOAW.org/legislative to see who the co-sponsors are. Has your Representative not signed on yet? They need 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.
The Pentagon is fighting hard to keep their tool of Hemispheric control in operation, and they have an army of lobbyists on Capitol Hill to make sure that SOA/WHINSEC is funded.
We need to organize and build power in our communities to hold our members of Congress accountable. “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” - Frederick Douglass
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By Pablo Ruiz, Equipo Latinoamericano of SOA Watch
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