Tell Obama to Close the School of the Americas
On Tuesday, August 16th, sixty-nine members of congress will officially request that President Barack Obama sign an executive order shutting down the SOA/WHINSEC. Join the chorus by calling President Obama and telling him that you support the closure of this dangerous and unaccountable institution. Here is a short sample call script to help you get your message across. The script will cover some of the major points, but as always, we encourage you to craft your own message.
A Possible Call to Obama Could Look Like This:
“I am calling to inform President Obama about the letter signed by 69 members of congress asking him to close the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (formerly known as the School of the Americas). The existence of WHINSEC is part of a massive failure in U.S. foreign policy towards Latin America. It is a symbol of oppression and U.S. domination for most Latin Americans and should be shut down without delay.
I urge you to seriously consider the request by the members of congress to shut down the school, thus saving the United States $180 million over the next decade. Closing the school would also send the message to the people of Latin America and your own citizens that you value the sovereignty and human rights of all of the peoples of the Americas.
Thank you for taking the time to listen to me and consider my appeal. I hope you make the right decision.”
You can reach Pres. Obama’s office at: (202) 456-1111
For more information, go to the SOA Watch website: http://soaw.org/