An action to help Honduras and a chance to listen to one of its top human rights defenders, Bertha Oliva !
Help is urgently needed to encourage more Members of Congress to sign the Dear Colleague letter being circulated in the House of Representatives by Rep. Farr (CA). Only 10 Members of Congress have signed as of this morning.
It’s a strong letter registering concern for human rights and calling for suspension of US aid to Honduras, particularly police and military assistance. Deadline for signing is Wed., Oct. 13th. Given the holiday weekend, the time for a full court press would be Tuesday morning.
Signers so far: Reps. Farr, Woolsey, Schakowsky, Jesse Jackson, Jr.; Danny Davis, Stark, Oberstar, Rush, Hank Johnson; Kucinich
Members to pursue: all Members could be contacted, but the following represent a priority as they signed a June 2010 Dear Colleague but have not yet signed the current one: McGovern, Honda, Lee, Grijalva, Payne, Conyers, Pingree, Olver, Miller, Neal, Gwen Moore, Baldwin, Edwards, Capuano, Lynch, James Moran, Markey, Delahunt, DeLauro, Tierney, Serrano, McCollum, and Rush.
It may be that the supportive Representatives mentioned above and their key staff are back in local districts focused on the upcoming election—but calling them could make all the difference in elevating the letter for their sign on. As indicated below, to sign on they should contact Caitie Whelen in Rep. Farr’s office.
Below is a link to an action alert by U.S. Labor Education in the Americas Project:
USLEAP Action Alert: http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1618/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=4943
USLEAP website article on Honduras (includes more details): http://usleap.org/action-alert-strengthen-congressional-opposition-us-policy-honduras-0