Dear All – I offer below more information on the situation in Honduras. It seems all news has been replaced with tasteless coverage of the death of Michael Jackson. While the loss of any human life is sad and certainly “newsworthy” it is disheartening to see the “vulture-esque” circling of the media over his life and the questions surrounding his death…no offense to vultures, of course.
In the meantime we have troops withdrawing from Iraq, continued struggles in Iran and a coup in Honduras…to simply name a few of the things that deserve as much attention as who will inherit Neverland Ranch.
So as we have just marked our own remembrance of independence let us join in solidarity with the people of Honduras in regaining their own…the information below is provided by the Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America. Blessings and Much Peace, Liz
On Sunday afternoon, Honduran President Zelaya attempted a return to Honduras after being ousted from his post last week by a military coup. Despite accompaniment from several Latin American presidents and international bodies, military troops on the ground in Honduras did not allow the plane to land. To read an article from today’s LA Times, click here: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-honduras6-2009jul06,0,1801880.story.
Geoff Thale from the Washington Office on Latin America, wrote an excellent article, “Behind the Honduras Coup” analyzing the crisis in Honduras. We especially recommend you scroll down the page to read the section titled “Deeper Roots”. To see the article, click here: http://www.fpif.org/fpiftxt/6225
Finally, if you have not yet called the State Department & the White House, please do so this week! Urge the U.S. government to take immediate action and make their condemnation of the coup loud and clear. We call on the U.S. government to take the following three positions:
1. Refuse to recognize the new, unconstitutional government;
2. Call for the immediate and unconditional return of Honduran President Zelaya to office; and
3. End all U.S. military aid as a result of the Honduran military’s serious violation of the country’s democratic order.
State Department: 202-647-4000 or 1-800-877-8339
White House: Comments: 202-456-1111, Switchboard: 202-456-1414