No Helicopters to Colombia: Act Now Before May 16th Vote 5/12/00

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On May 9th, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed a bill to provide more than a billion dollars of drug war funding, much of it directly to the abusive Colombian military. Colombia's armed forces have been implicated in gross human rights abuses through their covert association with Colombia's underground paramilitary forces -- also known as the "death squads" -- but through the dishonesty of drug czar Barry McCaffrey and some members of Congress, the bill is being put through nonetheless. Opposition is much stiffer than expected, however: 11 out of 26 Senators, five of them Republicans, voted for an amendment to reduce the package by $800 million, and the total size of the package is hundreds of millions of dollars less than originally proposed.

The package could come to a vote in the full Senate as soon as this coming Tuesday, May 15th. Please take two minutes and visit http://www.drcnet.org/stopthehelicopters/ to send a free e-mail or fax to your two Senators. While you are doing that, write down their phone numbers and call them up, or reach them through the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. And most of all, please use the "tell a friend" form to spread the word and help mobilize public opposition to this destructive legislation.

Funding this drug war bill will make American taxpayers complicit in the torture and murder of peace and human rights activists, labor organizers, 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 US, anymore than the wasted billions spent over the last two decades.

So please take two minutes today and visit http://www.drcnet.org/stopthehelicopters/ to help stop this bill in its tracks!

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