To: Colombia Grassroots List

From: Elanor Starmer, Latin America Working Group

Date: April 3, 9:30 am

Re: Colombia update


Thank you to everyone who has been making phone calls and sending letters to

their members of Congress expressing concerns over the $104 million in

military aid to Colombia that was included in the Iraq supplemental. I

wanted to give you a quick update on where things stand and let you know

that we still need calls today, so please keep up the good work!


The House and Senate will debate their versions of the Iraq supplemental

later on today (Thursday, April 3). Both versions still include that $104

million for Colombia, although Senator Leahy (VT) was able to ensure that in

the Senate version of the bill, $5 million of the Colombia aid is designated

to help Colombia's internal refugees.


On the House side, it looks like Reps. McGovern (MA), Skelton (MO) and

DeLauro (CT) will be offering an amendment that would take out a portion of

the military aid to Colombia and transfer it into programs that support

local police and first responders in the US.


We are asking everyone to call their representatives and urge them to

support this amendment. To be connected with your member's office, call the

Congressional Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected. If you

don't know who your rep is, see Once connected with

your member's office, ask to speak with the foreign policy aide, and let

them know that you are concerned about more military aid to Colombia, and

you hope that your representative will support the McGovern/Skelton/DeLauro

amendment to the Iraq supplemental to cut out a portion of that military



To help us with the DC side of this work, it would be great if you could

send me a report of the calls you are able to make--

Thank you!


And thank you so much for your hard work and dedication to improving US

policy towards Colombia.




Elanor Starmer

Associate for Colombia and Central America

Latin America Working Group

110 Maryland Ave. NE, Box 15

Washington, DC 20002

Tel. 202/546-7010

Fax 202/543-7647


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