Ursuline Sisters' Corporate Stance
advocates closure of SOA/WHINSEC
In May of 1999, the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland and associate members finalized an extensive educational process with a majority vote in favor of taking an official corporate stance to support efforts to close SOA/WHINSEC.
Three of the five El Salvadoran National Guardsmen who murdered Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel (from left) Maryknoll Sisters Ita Ford and Maura Clarke, and lay missioner Jean Donovan were trained at the School of the Americas (SOA), now known as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation.
House of Representatives votes to require Pentagon to release information on SOA/WHINSEC grads, instructors
Contact your Senate representative to pass legislation
Wednesday, June 24, marked a victory with regard to the movement to close the former U.S. Army School of the Americas (SOA), now known as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) when the U.S. House of Representatives approved the McGovern-Sestak-Bishop (GA)-Lewis (GA) amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for the 2010 fiscal year.
The amendment will require the public release of names, rank, countries of origin, courses and dates of attendance of WHINSEC's graduates and instructors to the public. The amendment was approved with a 224 to 190 vote, which represents a major victory for the international human rights community.
Sister Diane Therese raises awareness
of issues surrounding WHINSEC/SOA
Support of Sister Diane Therese and her non-violent act of civil disobedience reaches far and wide
Prison for Sister Beverly Anne LoGrasso witnesses trials of justice. Click here to read a reflection on her visit to Sister Diane Pinchot, who served a 60 day sentence at Alderson Federal for trespassing. (Sister Diane was released May 8, 2009.)
Sister Diane Pinchot shares thoughts from Alderson Federal Prison. Click on Social Justice, School of the Americas, to learn why she received a 60-day sentence. Click here to read reflections on her incarceration.
Plain Dealer report/David Briggs
WKYC report/Chris Tye
Ursulines' stance on SOA/WHINSEC