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We urgently need you to contact your representative and ask that they sign on to a letter circulated in the House of Representatives initiated by Representative Jan Schakowsky. The letter urges the State Department to take concrete actions to promote human rights in Honduras. Enter your zip code to find your representative and send an email via our online system. We urge you to call your representative's office as well.
Since the June 2009 coup d’état that overthrew Honduras’ democratically-elected president, the Honduran police and military have engaged in systematic threats and violence against campesinos, human rights defenders, journalists, community leaders, opposition activists and others. Violence has been particularly acute in the Aguan Valley region of Honduras, where campesinos have been struggling for land rights. CCR and many other groups working in solidarity with Honduran human rights groups have called for the United States to immediately end its funding of the Honduran police and military.
This week, Congresswoman Janice D. Schakowsky (D-IL) is circulating a letter to other members of Congress regarding the situation in the Aguan Valley. The letter asks that they join her in calling on the State Department to ensure that U.S. aid is not used to support police and military personnel that have committed human rights violations.
Please write to your representative in the House today to ask them to promote human rights in Honduras by signing on to Rep. Schakowsky’s letter. In addition to sending an email, we urge you to call your representative, as this will demonstrate even more concern from constituents.
After emailing your representative, please call their Washington office and ask to speak to the foreign policy aide. The direct number should appear after you enter your zip code. You can also always reach your representative's office through the congressional switchboard: 202-224-3121. If the aide is not there, ask to leave a message. Here is sample language to use for your phone call:
“My name is ____ and I live in your district in [_your city or town_]. I am calling to urge Representative ____ to sign the Schakowsky letter to Secretary Clinton in support of human rights in Honduras. I’d like to know whether Representative ____ will sign this important letter. You can reach me at [_your number_]. You can contact Representative Schakowsky's office for a copy of the letter. Thank you.”