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Ask your Rep to Co-sponsor H.R. 1299 The Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act
Help End the Violence in Honduras!
For the past eight years—since the US-supported coup that ousted Honduras’ democratically-elected president—human rights defenders have been calling for the US to stop funding and training the military and police in Honduras. More guns on the streets means more people are getting killed. We cannot sit idly by while our U.S. tax dollars are used to kill defenders of human rights.
In response to Berta’s assassination, last year 52 Representatives co-sponsored the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act in the House, with immediate and broad support, including from the AFL-CIO, the Sierra Club, Witness for Peace, and over a hundred other faith, labor, environmental, and human rights organizations. Berta's family and organization COPINH immediately applauded the action and praised the leadership of these Members of Congress. And the bill has just been reintroduced in this new Congress, under the bill number H.R. 1299.
Call your Representative NOW, ask to speak with their Foreign Policy Aide, and urge them to co-sponsor the newly re-introduced Berta Cáceres Act, H.R. 1299, 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.
Script: “My name is _____. I'm a constituent from (your town/city) in (your state), and I'm calling to ask Rep. _____ to co-sponsor the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act, which was just re-introduced under the number H.R. 1299, 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 she/he has seen H.R. 1299, and if Rep. _____ will sign it.”
The Berta Cáceres Act, H.R. 1299, represents a historic opportunity to send a strong message that the U.S. will stop aiding security forces, such as Honduras', which commit human rights abuses. We ask you to join us in standing with Berta's family, COPINH, and other inspiring Honduran human rights defenders by doing everything we can to push for this legislation, to immediately suspend all U.S. "security" aid to Honduras. Please call your Representative, asking to speak with their Foreign Policy Aide, and ask them to support H.R. 1299 NOW.