|Call on Congress to cut US security aid to Honduras|
Before Congress adjourns for 2016, we have one last opportunity to build support for suspending US military and security aid to Honduras, where repression of human rights defenders and social movements continues unabated. With the US State Department certifying that the Honduran government is taking effective steps on human rights, despite continued assassinations and impunity, it is important that Congress pushes back. To date, 49 Representatives have co-sponsored the Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act, which would suspend US military and security aid to Honduras. Can you take a moment today to call your Representative if he or she has not yet signed on and ask him/her to sponsor HR 5474, the Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act?
See if your representative has already co-sponsored the bill here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/5474/cosponsors (Need the name of your Representative? Click here)
If not, call the Switchboard at 202-224-3121, ask to be transfered to your Representative and ask your him/her to sponsor the bill:
"Hello, I am calling to ask Rep. _____ to sponsor HR 5474, the Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act, before the end of the year. Internationally recognized Indigenous leader Berta Caceres and other leaders have been brutally assassinated in Honduras this year. The death threats and attacks on environmental activists, human rights leaders, journalists, and others continue today. Please sponsor HR 5474 before this year is out to call for an end to US military aid in Honduras."
If your Representative has signed on to support the bill, call his or her office to thank them (202-224-3121):
"Hello, I am calling to thank Rep. _____ for sponsoring HR 5474, the Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act, in 2016. The repression and death threats and attacks on environmental activists, human rights leaders, journalists, and others continue unabated in Honduras. I hope that your office will continue to speak out for the suspension of US security aid to Honduras at every opportunity."
Let us know how your call went here.
Thank you for all your efforts to call on Congress to cut destructive US security aid to Honduras in 2016. We look forward to continuing to work together in 2017.
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