CALLS NEEDED: Berta Cáceres Human Rights Act Introduced!

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Honduran Jesuit Father Ismael Moreno (Padre Melo) with Berta Cáceres, at a demonstration against the Agua Zarca dam. May 20, 2013, Rio Blanco, Intibucá, Honduras.

Click here to find your representative’s telephone number (script to read for the call directly below). Full information and bill below script.

Please call your Representative NOW!  If you are in the district of one of the five original sponsors (listed above), PLEASE thank them for their leadership!  If your Representative has not yet signed, please call them and ask them to add their support as a sponsor of the bill!  

Script: “My name is _____. I am a constituent from (your town/city) in (your state). I am calling to ask Rep. _____ to co-sponsor H.R. 5474, The Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act, calling for the suspension of U.S. security aid to Honduras until human rights violations committed by the Honduran security forces cease. Has Rep. _______ seen this bill? Can I count on him/her to sign on? Please call me this week at (_your phone number_) to let me know if you have seen the letter, and if Rep. _____ will sign it.”

Dear Friends,

Peace House has received word from Witness for Peace, as indicated below, that several representatives in the House in DC are introducing highly significant legislation. This Bill would curb US participation in the structural violence that occurs daily in Honduras.

It is the Berta Carceres Human Rights in Honduras Bill HB5474.

We are especially connected to the urgency of HR5474 through Ashlanders who have participated in delegations to accompany human rights activists in Honduras. and knew Berta Carceres. We are sensitive to the painful loss of Berta Carceres, assassinated in January of this year.

Bill 5474 will create visibility for the Honduran issues of structural issues of abuse and murder that involve US tax dollars. This bill listed calls for a new level of awareness, accountability and change. Please contact our representatives with your support for this bill.

Thanks!

Elizabeth Hallett, Peace House Board Chair

From: Witness for Peace <wfpumw@witnessforpeace.org>
Date: June 21, 2016 at 10:34:43 AM PDT
Subject: CALLS NEEDED: Berta Cáceres Human Rights Act Introduced!
Reply-To: wfpumw@witnessforpeace.org

 

Dear Elizabeth,

On

the heels of yesterday’s Global Day of Action for Justice for Honduran Indigenous, environmental, and land rights defender Berta Cáceres, we have HUGE NEWS–the BERTA CÁCERES HUMAN RIGHTS IN HONDURAS ACT, H.R. 5474, has just been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, demanding the suspension of all U.S. security aid to Honduras, and we need your help securing more sponsors! Late in the afternoon on Tuesday, June 14th, Representative Hank Johnson (GA), joined by Reps. Conyers (MI), Ellison (MN), Kaptur (OH), Serrano (NY), and Schakowsky (IL), introduced a bill calling for the suspension of U.S. military and police aid to Honduras until human rights violations committed by Honduran security forces cease and their perpetrators are brought to justice.

The bill states that “The Honduran police are widely established to be deeply corrupt and to commit human rights abuses, including torture, rape, illegal detention, and murder, with impunity” and that the military has committed violations of human rights. Therefore, the bill asks that the United States suspend all “…security assistance to Honduran military and police until such time as human rights violations by Honduran state security forces cease and their perpetrators are brought to justice.”

Please call your Representative NOW!  If you are in the district of one of the five original sponsors (listed above), PLEASE thank them for their leadership!  If your Representative has not yet signed, please call them and ask them to add their support as a sponsor of the bill!  

Script: “My name is _____. I am a constituent from (your town/city) in (your state). I am calling to ask Rep. _____ to co-sponsor H.R. 5474, The Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act, calling for the suspension of U.S. security aid to Honduras until human rights violations committed by the Honduran security forces cease. Has Rep. _______ seen this bill? Can I count on him/her to sign on? Please call me this week at (_your phone number_) to let me know if you have seen the letter, and if Rep. _____ will sign it.”

In your phone conversation, please highlight why this letter is important to you, especially if you have traveled to Honduras or heard a Honduran speaker in your community. And please contact Elise Roberts at wfpumw@witnessforpeace.org with the response you receive.

If you are in the district of one of the five original sponsors, again, please be SURE to thank them profusely, and get your friends to thank them as well. They are up for re-election and need affirmation from their district for taking on this issue. And please share this action with others via this link!

Thank you for your action to support this landmark legislation for human rights in Honduras!

In solidarity,

The Witness for Peace Honduras Program, Elise Roberts (Witness for Peace – Midwest), and Walker Grooms (Witness for Peace – National)


Witness for Peace
1616 P St. NW, Ste. 100
Washington, DC 20036
202-547-6112
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