Please call your Rep TODAY and
ask that they sign on to the McGovern “Dear Colleague” letter in support of key goals of Colombia’s peace negotiations.
The letter’s deadline Thursday, May 8th!
The brief letter supports and congratulates
the members at the negotiating table for making the progress they have thus far but, more importantly, also calls for a ceasefire while the negotiations continue in order to stop the bloodshed in the meantime. A statement like this from US officials sends a powerful message to the main actors in the Colombian conflict: The peace accord is crucial, but NOW is the time for peace in Colombia!
Call you’re the Congressional hotline (202) 224-3121, tell them your member of Congress (
click here if you don’t know
), then ask to be connected. Once connected, ask for the foreign policy staffer and tell them any variation of the following:
“I’m calling to ask that Rep. ____________ sign onto the McGovern Dear Colleague letter regarding the Peace Process in Colombia. The letter supports and congratulates the members at the negotiating table for making the progress they have thus far but, more importantly, also calls for a ceasefire while the negotiations continue. As a member of Rep. ___________’s district, would like to see him/her support calls for peace amidst the longest civil war in our hemisphere and a conflict wherein 80% of those killed are civilians. The peace accords need to be signed and the bloodshed needs to stop. I hope Rep. _______ will add his/her name to that call.”
If the foreign policy staffer isn’t available, ask that the person give and spell the email address for that staffer so you can send them the same message in an email.
Also ask to be connected to the staffer’s voicemail so you can leave the message and ask for a return call.
If you’re in Rep. Davis’ or Schakowsky’s districts, please call to thank them!
They’re already on this letter and could use constituent support to justify continued solidarity with Latin American social movements. Plus you can gently express that you hope they’ll urge their colleagues to join too!
This is an important moment where we can ask our Representatives to intervene in our hemisphere’s longest running civil war, a war that we help fuel with billions of dollars in military aid. Ask your Representative to make a statment urging peace instead of ongoing violence!