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Apr 24, 2007
Focus: Education
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Location: United States
Did you know that the U.S. Army School of the Americas (SOA) has graduated death squad leaders, human rights abusers and at least 11 high ranking military officials who went on to become dictators? Even though the school changed its name in 2001 to "Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation" in order to distract critics, known human rights abusers have again appeared in its enrollment lists.

The people of the Americas demand that the School of the Americas be shut down without delay. Take action NOW to make the SOA history.

Please join me in taking the first step to close this school of death.

Click here to send a message to your Representative in Congress, urging her or him to support legislation that will cut funding, suspend operations at the school and investigate its connection to human rights abuses. Follow-up with a phone call if you can. You can contact the DC office of your Representative by calling the Capitol Hill Switchboard at 202-224-3121.

Make a difference by adding your voice to the chorus of millions of people in the Western Hemisphere who strive for a life free from military repression.

Click here to learn more about the School of the Americas, its graduates and the impact that it has had on Latin America.

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Father Roy Bourgeois
Founder, School of the Americas Watch (SOA Watch)
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Posted: Apr 24, 2007 9:44am
May 11, 2006
Focus: Civil Rights
Action Request: Protest
Location: United States
CONGRESS THREATENS INTERNET PRIVACY =================================== According to an article in cnet[1], there is bi-partisan support for severe changes to the data retention laws in the United States. These proposals may be voted on this week. Currently, the US is one of the few countries with good laws regarding data retention: a internet provider may be required to turn over data to authorities, but they are not required to collect any data in the first place. Under a new proposal[2] from Rep. Diana DeGetteick[3] (D-CO), any Internet service that "enables users to access content" must permanently retain records that would permit police to identify each user. The records could not be discarded until at least one year after the user's account was closed. If enacted into law, this might make it impossible for riseup.net to operate in the United States. While it might sound like a good idea to flee the Empire sooner than later, we have invested heavily in building our infrastructure in the US. Also, there are not many places on earth which are better, legally speaking. We will keep you, our loyal users, up to date on any new developments regarding this proposed law. [1] http://news.com.com/2102-1028_3-6066608.html?tag=st.util.print [2] http://tinyurl.com/gzo88 (PDF of proposed law) [3] http://www.house.gov/degette/
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Posted: May 11, 2006 11:42am
Mar 1, 2006
Focus: Consumer Rights
Action Request: Read
Location: United States

Congress Poised to Pass Bill Taking Away Your Right to Know What's in Your Food

http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/oca/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=2752

Tell your Congressman or Congresswoman to vote "No" on House of Representatives Bill H.R. 4167, the "National Uniformity for Food Act," coming to a vote in Washington, D.C this Thursday, March 2

The House of Representatives will vote this week on a controversial "national food uniformity" labeling law that will take away local government and states' power to require food safety food labels such as those required in California and other states on foods or beverages that are likely to cause cancer, birth defects, allergic reactions, or mercury poisoning. This bill would also prevent citizens in local municipalities and states from passing laws requiring that genetically engineered foods and ingredients such as Monsanto's recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) be labeled.

The House will vote March 2, 2006 on a bill that would gut state food safety and labeling laws. H.R. 4167, the "National Uniformity for Food Act," lowers the bar on food safety by overturning state food safety laws that are not "identical" to federal law. Hundreds of state laws and regulations are at risk, including those governing the safety of milk, fish, and shellfish. The bill is being pushed by large supermarket chains and food manufacturers, spearheaded by the powerful Grocery Manufacturers of America.

Big food corporations and the biotech industry understand that consumers are more and more concerned about food safety, genetic engineering, and chemical-intensive agriculture, and are reading labels more closely. They understand that pesticide and mercury residues and hazardous technologies such as genetic engineering and food irradiation will be rejected if there are truthful labels required on food products. Industry-sponsored H.R. 4167 is gaining momentum and must be stopped! Act now! Preserve local and regional democracy and protect yourself and your family from unsafe food by sending an email or calling your Representative and urging them to vote "No" on H.R. 4167.

Please Take Action Now--Send a Message to Your Congress Member in the House of Representatives to Vote "No" on H.R. 4167 (read full text of the bill here)

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2/18 - Feinstein-Boxer: Don't Preempt California Food Safety Laws (Ubanet/CA)

2/2 - Federal food label law would trump California's Prop. 65 (Scripps Howard News Service)

1/30 - "Food Labeling Uniformity" Bill Will Actually Eliminate Consumer Choice -- Act Now

1/16 - Corporate Food Giants & Congress Threaten States' Rights to Label Food

12/15 - House Republicans Move to Kill State Food Safety Labels

11/8 - Industry Pressing Congress to Outlaw States' Rights to Require Labels for GE Food


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