School of the Americas (WHISC)

Ten Thousand Protest the School of the Americas
School of the Americas (WHISC)

From Atlanta IndyMedia: "Ten thousand people gathered [last] weekend in Columbus Ga, just outside the gates of Ft. Benning, Georgia in a massive demonstration of their opposition to the US Army's School of the Americas, renamed Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (SOA/WHISC), a combat-training school for Latin American soldiers. Hundreds of thousands of Latin Americans have been tortured, raped, assassinated, 'disappeared', massacred, and forced into refuge by SOA graduates."

Tell Congress to Close the School of the Americas
School of the Americas (WHISC)

From Sojourners: "The U.S. Army School of the Americas (SOA) is a combat training school for Latin American soldiers located at Fort Benning, Georgia. SOA graduates have been responsible for some of the worst human rights atrocities in Latin American history... Originally set up as a counterinsurgency training school in 1946, the SOA has claimed numerous reforms in the way it selects and trains its students over the years... Each of these changes came only after grassroots and congressional activism - and not one has closed the school or allowed for a full accounting of its tragic legacy. As U.S. tax dollars continue to train soldiers from countries with the worst human rights records in the region, a bill has been introduced that would close, investigate, and prevent another cosmetic remake of the SOA. It is vital that co-sponsors be added before Congress adjourns on November 21. Contact your congressperson today and tell them to close this 'School of Assassins' for good!"