International Campaign for Freedom of Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma


Monday, July 7, 2008

New York: Call Your Representative Today for Burma

Urgent Action Alert: New York - Ask Your Representative to
  Support the Renewal of the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act

Dear Supporters,

We need your help! We are asking you to call your Representative TODAY to ask them to support the renewal of the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act, which denies hundreds of millions of dollars to Burma's military regime.  It doesn't take much time out of your day but makes a big difference for the people of Burma.

Background

The Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act was passed in 2003, denying hundreds of millions of dollars to Burma's military dictatorship and its cronies by prohibiting the importation of Burmese products into the United States.

Besides preventing the financial enrichment of Than Shwe's dictatorship, the ban on imports sends a strong signal that Americans care about human rights in Burma.  We are not alone in this effort. The European Union renewed their sanctions at the end of April, and some among Burma's Asian neighbors are also taking a stronger stand.

Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy, the elected leaders of Burma, have asked us to place sanctions on the military regime - stating strongly that doing business with Burma primarily benefits the military elite and not the people.

Congress has voted to renew the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act every previous year. We need them to do so again this year.

What We Are Asking You To Do
Congressmen Joseph Crowley (D-NY) and Peter King (R-NY) have introduced a bill to renew the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act.  We are asking you to telephone your Representative to urge them to vote yes in support of renewing sanctions against Burma's military regime.


How to Contact Your Representative's Office

Your representative can be found through the House website, www.house.gov. Once there, enter your zip code in the "Find your representative" box in the top left corner of the screen. This will then tell you what Congressional District you live in and who your Representative is.  Once you are sure who your Representative is, check the list below for their contact details.

Call your Congressperson's office in Washington, DC and ask to speak to the staff member that handles foreign affairs. If s/he is not there, leave a message and ask her/him to call you back. Call today and call every day until you get an answer!  Be respectful and polite, but don't be shy.  They were elected to represent you.

Congressman Tim Bishop (Democrat - 1st District), contact staffer: Will Jenkins 202-225-3826

Congressman Steve J. Israel (Democrat - 2nd District), contact staffer: Mike Ryan 202-225-3335

Congressman Peter King (Republican - 3rd District): lead sponsor

Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (Democrat - 4th District), contact staffer: Shannon Carlin 202-225-5516

Congressman Gary Ackerman (Democract - 5th District), contact staffer: Howard Diamond 202-225-2601

Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (Democrat - 6th District), contact staffer: Sophia King 202-225-3461

Congressman Josephy Crowley (Democrat - 7th District): lead sponsor

Congressman Jerrold Nadler (Democract - 8th District), contact staffer: Carole Angel 202-225-5635

Congressman Anthony D. Weiner (Democrat - 9th District), contact staffer: Dori Friedberg 202-225-6616

Congressman Edolphus Towns (Democtract - 10th District), contact staffer: Mara Larshydle 202-225-5936

Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (Democrat - 11th District), contact staffer: Jehmal Hudson 202-225-6231

Congresswoman Nydia M. Velazquez (Democrat - 12th District), contact staffer: Max Crujillo 202-225-2361

Congressman Vito Fossella (Republican - 13th District), contact staffer: Aaron Ringil 202-225-3371

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (Democrat - 14th District): already co-sponsoring

Congressman Charles B. Rangel (Democrat - 15th District), contact staffer: George Dalley 202-225-4365

Congressman Jose E. Serrano (Democrat - 16th District), contact staffer: George Sullivan 202-225-4361

Congressman Eliot Engel (Democrat - 17th District), contact staffer: Jason Steinbaum 202-225-2464

Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (Democrat - 18th District), contact staffer: Ann Vaughan 202-225-6506

Congressman John Hall (Democrat - 19th District), contact staffer: Sean Gallagher 202-225-5441

Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand (Democrat - 20th District), contact staffer: Brooke Jamison 202-225-5614

Congressman MIchael R. McNulty (Democrat - 21st District), contact staffer: Ben Suarato 202-225-5076

Congressman Maurice Hinchey (Democrat - 22nd District), contact staffer: Liam Fitzsimmons 202-225-6335

Congressman John McHugh (Republican 23rd District), contact staffer: Mirra Lezell 202-225-4611

Congressman MIchael Arcuri (Democrat - 24th District), contact staffer: Sam Marchio 202-225-3665

Congressman James T. Walsh (Republican - 25th District), contact staffer: Ron Anderson 202-225-3701

Congressman Thomas Reynolds (Republican - 26th District), contact staffer: Lauren Helowicz 202-225-5265

Congressman Brian M. Higgins (Democrat - 27th District), contact staffer: Jonathan Weston 202-225-3306

Congresswoman Louise McIntosh Slaughter (Democrat - 28th District), contact staffer: Michelle Adams 202-225-3615

Congressman Randy Kuhl (Republican - 29th District), contact staffer: Paul Bleiberg 202-225-3161


What to Say:


- Tell the staff member that you would like your Representative to vote yes for House Joint Resolution 93,
the renewal of the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act.

- Give her/him proof that this policy works. It cuts off hundreds of millions of dollars to the regime and prohibits western companies from doing business with Burma's regime.

- Tell the staff member that the people of Burma, including Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi, have called for pressure on Burma's military regime, and we should support the calls of the people of Burma, not the military dictatorship.

- Mention that the military junta deserves pressure. The military regime has destroyed more than 3,200 villages. It has forcibly displaced more than half a million people inside Burma, as well as causing more than a million refugees to flee across the border to neighboring countries and has made no efforts to move toward democracy.

- Let her/him know it is important to send a strong signal to the regime that the US government will continue to keep American money out the hands of the junta.

- Point out that other countries are increasingly following the US lead on sanctioning the military junta. The E.U., Canada and Australia have all imposed sanctions on Burma.

- Finally ask the staff member to call you back when your Representative has made a decision.  Important: Leave your phone number!

- Let him/her know that his/her constituents care about Burma!

After your call, email me, Jennifer Quigley, at jennifer@uscampaignforburma.org to let me know what happened.

If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact me.

Support 1991 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi and the struggle for freedom and democracy in Burma.
Become a member of the United States Campaign for Burma today.


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As Daw Aung San Suu Kyi proclaimed,

As Daw Aung San Suu Kyi proclaimed,
"Justice is a dream. But it is a dream we are determined to realize."