Join us in advocating for the closure of the SOA/WHINSEC

Bill would suspend operations

HR 1707 (110th Congress) Bill Title: Latin America Military Training Review Act of 2007 Introduced: First Session, 110th Congress, March 27, 2007, by Rep. Jim McGovern (MA) Summary: This legislation would suspend operations at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), formerly named the School of the Americas (SOA) and calls for an independent report on the authorization and use of torture manuals that advocated tactics that violated U.S. and international law. The legislation would also carry out an assessment of U.S. foreign military training in Latin America.

What you can do

ACTION: Please take the time to call the Capitol Hill switchboard (202-224-3121). Ask to speak with the foreign affairs legislative assistant and here is a suggested message for you to convey: "As a constituent living in _________, I am calling Congressman/woman ________ to urge him/her to contact Rep. McGovern and ask to be a cosponsor of HR 1707, legislation that would suspend operations at the School of the Americas, renamed WHINSEC, and investigate the history of human rights abuses associated with its trainees/graduates and the institution’s failed policies.”
ACTION: Email or mail a letter to your congressperson with the same message noted above, suggesting language to use when speaking about your desire to see HR1707 passed.
ACTION: Consult your local Inter-religious Task Force about vigils taking place in your community.
ACTION: Pray for prisoners of conscience.
ACTION: Pray for our country.