Pentagon Loses Court Case over Refusal to Release Names of SOA/ WHINSEC Graduates
Oakland, CA – In a rare reflection of judicial independence, United States District Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton from the Northern District of California ordered the Pentagon to release the names of who trains and teaches at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (SOA/WHINSEC), a U.S. military training school for Latin American soldiers that has been connected to torturers, death squads and military dictators throughout the Americas. Human rights activists had taken the U.S. government to court over its refusal to release the information, and won.
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Action Alert: Contact Your Representative Today!
You sure have been busy since leaving the gates of Fort Benning in November!
Over 8,000 messages were sent to Congressional Representatives, Senators and to Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough demanding that in these times of fiscal crisis, we put an end to militarized budgets, and cut the School of the Americas (SOA/WHINSEC)! Added to that were the hundreds more postcards sent from the gates of Fort Benning to representatives and senators from 37 states!
We need to keep up the pressure. Order a set of advocacy postcards and get your family and friends to send a message to Congress.
The press is still asleep at the wheel, barely making a peep about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.
TPP negotiations are under way in Auckland, New Zealand, at another swanky venue — this time a luxury casino. But most of the mainstream media doesn’t seem to even realize that there’s another corporate power grab occurring. At least you’d assume so from the lack of coverage.
We rely on journalists to inform the public about threats to American jobs and the safety of our food and products from deals like the TPP. And we expect to learn from the press about how we can avoid this job-offshore-ageddon through initiatives like U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s (D-Ohio) 21st Century Trade Agreements Act.
Will you take one minute to send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper to raise awareness about the closed-door TPP talks?
Send a letter to the editor of your newspaper demanding coverage of the TPP and the opportunities, such as Sen. Brown’s 21st Century Trade Agreements Act, to fix job-killing trade agreements.
WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE:
On Friday, June 29, the Board of Aldermen passed a resolution which builds on standards set forth in (Buy American) Ordinance 62017 for purchasing goods and commodities for the City. The Comprehensive Sweatshop Free Program will require that vendors who are awarded the annual contract for the City of St. Louis’ uniforms report where and under what workplace conditions and labor practices the uniforms are being produced.
The Board acted en banc on the resolution presented by Honorable Craig Schmid, Alderman 20th Ward, Honorable Stephen J. Conway, Alderman 8th Ward, and Honorable Marlene E. Davis, Alderwoman 19th Ward. They worked closely with the Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America, a long-standing St. Louis organization committed to economic and social justice issues.
“St Louis has followed the lead of University City who became a sweatfree community in October of 2010. We now issue a challenge to St Louis County, St Charles, the municipalities of St Louis County and beyond,“ said Marilyn Lorenz of IFCLA, “to assure sweatfree principles are followed in their procurement policies. This vote is about justice for workers.”
ST LOUIS – The Supreme Court issued its decision on the constitutionality of SB 1070, Arizona’s notorious anti-immigrant law; the Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates and partners held a press conference to provide reaction and commentary to the decision and to discuss the need to stop the spread of racial profiling laws like SB1070 in Missouri. MIRA and our partners will continue to fight to protect basic civil rights, build power, and win respect, dignity and equal treatment under the law for all people.
Reporting of Press Conference:
Congratulations friends! It has been a long, often difficult legislative session, but we have reached the other side. Friday, the last gavel went down in the General Assembly, and thanks to all the hard work, phone calls, letters, and visits to the Capitol, not a single piece of anti-immigrant legislation passed this year! MIRA is proud of our 2012 record, not just in defeating every bill we opposed, but in bringing hundreds of community members to Jefferson City for hearings, advocacy day, and meetings with legislators.
Where: Missouri History Museum, Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park
When: 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24
How much: Free
As the implementation of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement begins today, we have learned of multiple death threats against labor leaders and their families.
John Jairo Castro of the Port Workers’ Union; Wilson Ferrer, President of the CUT labor federation in Santander; Johnnson Torres Ortis of the sugar cane cutters’ union SINALCORTEROS; and Rene Morales Silva of the African palm oil workers’ union SINTRAINAGRO all received death threats this week.
You can help protect these brave union leaders. Click here to send a letter to the U.S. Ambassador in Colombia and the Secretary of Labor now!
Follow up from National End Racial Profiling Advocacy Week http://www.ifcla.net/site2/?p=12202
Act your Representative and Senators to co-sponsor this legislation.
Rights Working Group urges members of Congress to cosponsor and pass the End Racial Profiling Act of 2011 (ERPA). Existing state laws and federal law enforcement guidance provide inconsistent and insufficient solutions to resolve racial profiling, a nationwide problem. This bill is critical to creating a more comprehensive national approach to ending racial profiling and protecting the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution.