Call your representative and
ask them to support House Resolution 618, which brings attention to the situation of Afro-Colombians and calls on the U.S. to actively consult with these communities.
to read the resolution.
Afro-Colombians are harshly affected daily by extreme poverty, racial discrimination, and ongoing violence in regions with large Afro-descendant populations. Whether they are “caught in the crossfire” or specifically targeted, Afro-Colombians are often forced to leave their communities and ancestral lands behind. As a result, Afro-Colombians now constitute 40 percent of Colombia ‘s 3.8 million internally displaced. Meanwhile, aerial spraying is destroying many of the food crops traditionally grown by Afro-Colombians, leading to further displacement and insecurity.
The resolution, which was introduced by Rep. Donald Payne during the August recess, calls on the Colombian government to combat racial discrimination and protect Afro-Colombians from human rights violations. H. Res. 618 also rightly urges the U.S. and Colombian governments to consult with Afro-Colombians while developing policies that will affect their communities.
See below for a list of Illinois Representatives, Foreign Policy staffers, and their contact information. Also, if you don’t know who your Representative is go to
and type in your zip code to find out.
The Congressional Switchboard Number is 202-224-3121.
When you call, ask to speak with the foreign policy aide
. If he or she is unavailable, please leave the following message on his or her
“My name is _____. I live in ( city neighorhood or town ). I am calling to ask Rep. _________ to support House Resolution 618 to
bring attention to the situation of Afro-Colombians and call on the U.S. to actively consult with these communities.
It urges the Colombian government to do their part to combat all forms of racial discrimination and attacks against Afro-Colombians, and to work with Afro-Colombian communities to develop viable social and development programs. It sends the message the United States is concerned about the human, cultural and territorial rights of Afro-Colombians gravely affected by the armed conflict.
Will Rep. ________ cosponsor H. Res 618 to combat
racial discrimination in Colombia and protect Afro-Colombians from human rights violations
Only three Illinois Representatives
Bobby Rush, Danny Davis and Phil Hare
have co-sponsored H. Res. 618 to support Afro-Colombians as they strive for dignity and security, while
Democratic Reps. Dan Lipinski, Jan Schakowsky
Republican Congressmen Donald Manzullo
have all committed to looking at the Resolution. Please urge your Representative – along with others who have yet to respond – to support this important Resolution protecting Afro-Colombians from the vicious cycle of discrimination and violence.
Calls to Rep. Donald Manzullo in the House Committee on Foreign Affairs are especially important!
Please let us know if you hear back, or for more information, contact:
Danielle E. Wegman, CRLN Public Policy Coordinator,
Bobby Rush (D-
-Speak with John Marshall,
Jesse Jackson (D-
-Speak with Charles Dujon
Dan Lipinski (D-
-Speak with Keith Devereaux,
Luis Gutierrez (D-4
Speak with Greg Staff
Rahm Emanuel (D –
-Speak with Luis Jimenez,
Peter Roskam (R
Speak with Vicky Sanville,
Danny Davis (D
-Speak with Charles Brown,
Melissa Bean (D-8
-Speak with JD Grom,
Jan Schakowsky (D-9
-Speak with Megan Garcia
Mark Kirk (R-10
-Speak with Richard Goldberg,
Jerry Weller (R-11
-Speak with Alan Tennille,
Jerry Costello (D-12
-Speak with Dan McCarthy,
Judy Biggert (R-13
-Speak with Paul Doucette
Dennis Hastert (R-14
-Speak with Paul Sorenson,
Timothy Johnson (R-15
-Speak with Jen Mascho,
Donald Manzullo (R-16
-Speak with Nien Su,
Phil Hare (D-17
-Speak with Kemi Jemilohun,
Ray LaHood (R-18
-Speak with Erin Reif,
John Shimkus (R-19
-Speak with Greta Hanson,