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  • W.O.R.L.D. R.E.T.O.R.T... M.U.S.E. F.L.A.S.H.

    Generally, I only write to you once a month. I am making a rare exception to tell you some very good news.

    A project I have worked on for years is finally coming to fruition. You can help give it the final push it needs right now by making a phone call.

    As many of you know I am one of the production managers at an annual demonstration at Ft Benning Georgia to close down the school of the Americas. (for more info on what that is

    Well, we may be getting our wish. (really)
    I am optimistic - but really I don't know why. Last time we got Congress to stop funding this EVIL training ground for War lords in South and Central America they Just Renamed the thing an hour later and it was right back to full funding. (really!)

    Anyway: here is an email explaining exactly how you can help, written by Fr. Roy Bourgeois of the School of the Americas Watch. Thanks for your help!
    - chandler

    June 7, 2006

    Dear Friends in the Struggle,

    This week marks a major milestone in the campaign to close the School of the Americas and a major victory for all of you who have contributed so much to this work. This is the time when we really need to keep the pressure on Congress.

    Please take a few minutes today to call your Member of Congress and to ask them to support the McGovern Amendment to cut funding to the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, the place the world knows as the School of the Americas (SOA/WHINSEC). You can reach Congress at 202-224-3121 or toll free at 888-355-3588.

    You can also email and fax your Representative right from the SOA Watch website:

    Right now and all day today, many SOA Watch activists and our partner organizations are on Capitol Hill, talking with Legislative Aides and Members of Congress and distributing information about the McGovern Amendment that will be introduced this week with the Foreign Operations Bill. Some of the groups that are walking the halls of Congress today are my order, Maryknoll, the Torture Abolition Survivors and Support Coalition (TASSC), the staff of the Methodist Church, the SHARE Foundation, Voices on the Border, Sister Parish, Voices on the Border, Pax Christi USA, Sisters of the Precious Blood, the RFK Center for Human Rights and others.

    Labor unions and members are mobilizing this week to continue to build support for the McGovern Amendment. The United Auto Workers and the Steelworkers are both faxing Members of Congress to let them know how important a vote to cut funding to the SOA/WHINSEC is to union members.

    Yesterday, veterans from around the country were flooding the phone lines of Members of Congress asking for them to take a real stand for human rights and military accountability by voting to cut funding to the School of the Americas/WHINSEC.

    Please join us this week and add your voice to the growing wave of people speaking up for a more just world. Thank you for giving me hope.

    For a victory,

    Fr. Roy Bourgeois
    School of the Americas Watch

    School of the Americas Watch | 202-234-3440 |
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