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Sunday, March 28, 2010

I LIVE on PLANET EARTH AND WANT HR 2478 PASSED

Tell elected officials that though you may not live in their state, you live on planet Earth and want this bill passed, so that we can stand being in the human race.
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I only have words.

My heart is aching.

I watched this. It is long for a video online - 55:08. The real story begins at 12:25 into the video. But I finally watched it all and all I can say is: WATCH it. PLEASE.

At 44:55 - a seminary student speaks - very important.

At 48:06 - a young boy, Jacob, speaks of his brother that was murdered by the Lords Resistance Army.

If the video doesn't load on my page, you can see it here

Then act.

There is a bill - HR 2478 that we need to get out of committee and on to the floor of the House of Representatives to vote on. And below are two key US Representatives that need to hear from you. Tell them that though you don't live in their state, you live on planet Earth and want this bill passed, so that we can stand being in the human race.

Re: Support and pass swiftly HR 2478 Lords Resistance Army and Northern Uganda Recovery Act

You can email the two Representatives - below is the contact information.

You can also call their offices using 1-800-GENOCIDE
- just insert 33155 for Florida's zip code
and 07102 for New Jersey's zip code
to be connected their offices.


Below was copied from this Facebook campaign effort to move this bill out of committee and on to the floor for a vote:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=103304023042042&ref=nf

Congressman Chris Smith is the Senior Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and is the Ranking Republican on the Africa Subcommittee. It is crucial to have his support of the LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act (HR 2478)

It comes down to YOUR VOICE. As constituents of Rep. Chris Smith, we need you to call his DC office and urge him to support the swift passage of HR 2478.

CALL EVERY DAY until it passes


Email Chris

Office Addresses, Phone Numbers and Fax Numbers

Washington, DC Office
2373 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
p 202-225-3765
f 202-225-7768

Hamilton District Office
1540 Kuser Rd Suite A-9
Hamilton, NJ 08619
p 609-585-7878
f 609-585-9155

Whiting District Office
108 Lacey Road
Suite 38 A
Whiting Shopping Center
Whiting NJ 08759
p 732-350-2300
f 732-350-6260


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So what do I need to do?

1. Call the DC office number (202-225-3765)

2. Here is what you can say:

"Hello my name is ____________________. I am a constituent of Congressman Smith and I'm calling today to voice my support for the LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act. Is the Congressman’s foreign affairs policy adviser available?

[If yes, connect to them and start over; if no, then move to the below]

"I believe that this two-decade war in central Africa deserves urgent U.S. attention, so I'm calling to strongly urge Congressman Smith to support the passage of HR. 2478. I know that the Congressman has a longstanding record of protecting human rights and helping the world’s most vulnerable. In particular, I commend Congressman Smith for his efforts towards Sudan and the DR Congo. Given that the LRA has been viciously attacking thousands of civilians in DRC and more recently, elements of the LRA have entered Darfur, I am hopeful that the Congressman will understand the urgency of this issue and support the bill's swift passage.

[Optional Personalization: "I first learned about the Lord's Resistance Army and the 23-year-long war in central Africa through ______________ and I have worked to raise the profile of this issue by doing/participating in __________________ here in New Jersey.]

"I hope to hear soon that Congressman Smith has listened to his constituents on this issue. Thank you so much for your time."

3. After your phone call, post a message on the event wall letting us know you called. (Do this every time)

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Below was copied from this Facebook campaign effort to move this bill out of committee and on to the floor for a vote:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=529661307#!/event.php?eid=107599972594774&ref=mf

Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen is the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, so it is crucial to have her support of the LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act (HR 2478)

It comes down to YOUR VOICE. As constituents of Rep. Ros Lehtinen, we need you to call her DC office and urge her to support HR 2478.

CALL EVERY DAY until it passes.

For help in regards to legislative issues before her in the U.S. House of Representatives please contact:

Washington, DC Office
2470 Rayburn H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515-0918
Telephone: 202-225-3931
Fax: 202-225-5620

For help in regards to issues within our local community or assistance with a federal agency please contact:
Miami, Florida Office
4960 SW 72 Avenue
Suite 208
Miami, Florida 33155
Telephone: 305-668-2285
Fax: 305-668-5970

Or feel free to send her an E-mail through the House of Representatives "Write Your Representative" system HERE

Due to the substantial amount of correspondence she receives on a daily basis, if you have an urgent matter she asks that you to contact one of her offices directly so he staff can bring the issue to her attention as quickly as possible.

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So what do I need to do?

1. Call the DC office number (202-225-3931)

2. Here is what you can say (but feel free to personalize this:

"Hello my name is ____________________. I am a constituent of Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen and I'm calling today to voice my support for the LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act. Is the Congresswoman’s foreign affairs policy adviser available?

[if yes, connect to them and start over; if no, then move to the below]

"I believe that this two-decade war in central Africa deserves urgent U.S. attention, so I'm calling to strongly urge the Congresswoman to support the passage of HR. 2478. I know that the Congresswoman has strong history of defending human rights in Africa and advocating for victims of violence in Darfur. Given that elements of the LRA have recently entered Darfur, I am hopeful that she will understand the urgency of this issue and support the bill's swift passage.

[Optional Personalization: "I first learned about the Lord's Resistance Army and the 23-year-long war in central Africa through ______________ and I have worked to raise the profile of this issue by doing/participating in __________________ here in Flordia.]

"I hope to hear soon that Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen has listened to her constituents on this issue. Thank you so much for your time."

3. After your phone call, post a message on the event wall letting us know you called. (Do this every time)
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I already posted the article on a previous blog post that can be found at this link:
http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2010/03/28/dr-congo-lord-s-resistance-army-rampage-kills-321

but if you missed the recent report by Human Rights Watch put out about the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) dirty work, please read it, as soon as you have the time.

By clicking on the post's title, you will go to an article that explains what needs to be implemented to defeat the LRA.

GENOCIDE WILL only STOP WITH US - Our leaders have taught us this

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