Close the SOA – Sign the Petition to the Presidential Candidates
Posted by Fredsvenn den mars 23, 2008
Given the way the primaries have been going, we are currently having more leverage with the U.S. presidential candidates than at any other time. Let’s use it! Committing one or more of them to come out publicly for the closure of the School of the Americas (SOA/WHINSEC) is a realistic and attainable goal. Once the candidate is elected president, we can hold him
or her accountable to follow through and to close the school by executive order.
The success of a popular movement forcing the closure of the school will send a critical message everywhere that people power can be stronger than the Pentagon. Social movements throughout the Americas are leading the way: The people of Vieques, Puerto Rico have forced the U.S. Navy to close its bombing range on the island of Vieques; human rights defenders in
Argentina and Chile are stripping the perpetrators of their impunity to bring them to justice; civil society mobilizations have swept progressive governments into power from Venezuela to Ecuador. Together, we will will close the School of the Americas and put an end to oppressive U.S. policies.
It is up to us to change the political climate by working towards a culture of justice and peace and by defying systems of violence and domination. History is made by movements, mass movements of people who organize themselves to struggle collectively for a better world.»
Please sign the Latin America Solidarity Coalition (LASC) online petition about the School of the Americas to the presidential candidates.
Sign the petition here