TAKE ACTION! Stand in solidarity with the people of Honduras to call for an end to US financing of the illegitimate regime!
1. Call the US Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for your Senators and Representative to urge and end to US support of Juan Orlando Hernandez’s regime
If your Representative has not yet sponsored HR 1299, the Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act, which would suspend US security aid, please ask him/her to do so. You can find a list of representatives who have sponsored here. If you representative already has sponsored, ask him/her to speak out against the murders of demonstrators by the Honduran military and police forces.
Sample script: I am calling to ask you to do everything you can to cut US financing of the brutal Honduran regime, which is murdering pro-democracy protesters and targeting journalists and human rights leaders. (Please co-sponsor HR 1299, the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act, which would suspend US security aid). The military and police forces regularly fire live bullets at pro-democracy demonstrations. Over 35 people have been murdered, hundreds of others have been injured or tortured, including with electric shocks. Numerous others are political prisoners. According to Honduran human rights organizations, over one thousand people have been detained and many are facing criminal charges aimed at silencing dissent. I ask you to speak out against the brutal state repression of pro-democracy protesters in Honduras by the US trained and financed Honduran security forces and to do everything you can to suspend US aid to the Honduran regime.
Long-time resistance activist, Edwin Espinal, is one of the political prisoners; he was arrested on Friday night and subsequently charged at an irregular hearing inside of a military base.Edwin has been a well-known activist in Honduras since the 2009 military coup, when his partner, Wendy Avila, was killed by tear gas launched by state forces. While those responsible for her death have never been tried, Edwin has been repeatedly targeted by the Honduran state. While those who murder demonstrators and bystanders in broad daylight are free to continue recklessly firing live bullets into crowds, Edwin is imprisoned in a high security prison, is under ‘investigation’ for terrorism, and is facing a highly irregular and politically charged judicial process. Edwin is just one of many political prisoners jailed by the regime in an attempt criminalize protest and intimidate the population into silence. Many of the arrests of pro-democracy protesters are arbitrary, with the authorities identifying protest leaders or demonstration participants and charging them with something regardless of the facts. Numerous demonstrators have been jailed, and many are accused of serious crimes that could lead to years in jail.
3. Speak out on social media!
You can demand an end to US support to Juan Orlando Hernandez’s regime and reject the electoral fraud by writing a tweet and sharing information on social media. Please include one or two of the following hashtags: #USOutOfHonduras / #HondurasResiste / #FueraJOH
4. Stay informed!
–Upcoming Radio Interviews!
Tuesday, January 30, 7pm, KPFA 94.1 PT
La Raza Chronicles: Interview with Vicki Cervantes, North American Coordinator for the Honduras Solidarity Network
–Follow one of these accounts on Twitter and Facebook:
5. Join a protest or organize an event in your community!
Even if you can’t join a protest, you can organize a teach-in, host a gathering to collectively learn about the situation in Honduras, or host a call-in day to contact your Senators and Representative. For more ideas about how to get involved, contact Brigitte at firstname.lastname@example.org or María Luisa at email@example.com.
Below is a list of actions planned in cities across the US:
Monday, January 29
Fuera JOH! — The people of Honduras resist U.S.-backed dictatorship, 7:00 pm at 5920 Second Ave, Detroit 48202
Special presentation to the weekly meeting of Michigan Emergency Committee Against War and Injustice
For more information: 313-680-5508