Your Tax Dollars to Fund Death Squads
|January 9, 2007||Posted by Staff under Archive, Progress Report, The Progress Report|
Your Tax Dollars to Fund Death Squads?
Say No to Drug War Funding for Colombia’s Abusive Military
Below is an Action Alert from the Drug Reform Coordination Network.
If you oppose violence, or oppose the costly failed ‘drug war,’ or oppose deliberately making citizens into refugees, then your conscience will direct you to communicate with your Representatives and Senators on this urgent matter.
Colombia’s armed forces have been repeatedly implicated in gross human rights abuses through their covert association with Colombia’s underground paramilitary forces — also known as the “death squads.” Yet through the dishonesty of drug czar Barry McCaffrey and some members of Congress, our government is preparing to send $1.7 billion of drug war funding to Colombia, the majority of it to go to the brutally corrupt army, much of it in the form of expensive high-tech Blackhawk attack helicopters, manufactured in the district of one of the members of the committee that passed the bill.
The U.S. Congress is scheduled to vote on the package this Thursday, March 16, 2000. Please visit http://www.drcnet.org/stopthehelicopters/ to send a free e-mail or fax to your Representative and your two Senators and to find out their phone numbers to call.
Funding this drug war bill will make American taxpayers complicit in the torture and murder of peace and human rights activists, citizen organizers, innocent refugees and anyone who stands up for the basic rights of all human beings in the troubled nation of Colombia. Yet it will have no impact on the availability of drugs in the U.S., anymore than the wasted billions spent over the last two decades.
So please take two minutes today and visit http://www.drcnet.org/stopthehelicopters/ before Congress takes its vote on Thursday. Please follow up your e-mail with a phone call, using the numbers the web site will provide, or through the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. And please tell your friends so they too can stand up for justice and sanity.
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