I’LL HAVE A BLOODY MARY, A STEAK SANDWICH AAAND A STEAK SANDWICH

Easier than writing lots of individual emails

(FOR YOU) TO DO: TUESDAY!!!!

Greetings from Washington DC!  I’m here with 3 VHS ICU club members and we’re part of a group of 1,000 people who are going to Capitol Hill tomorrow to address our Senators and Congresspeople regarding our desire for the U.S. to publically back the peace talks and to commit to helping Uganda rebuild (and more).

I have MUCH to say about all that we’ve learned here with 3 days of conference speakers from all over the political world and physical world, and from films, from panels, etc.  It really is an unbelievable experience on every level.  However, I will refrain for now. 

The purpose for this post is to ask for a simple action from you, tomorrow Tuesday (and for you to encourage anyone you know to do the same).  We learned that if a Senator gets at least 7 inquiries on the same day regarding the same issue, they are required to do a briefing and to reply to all inquiries as to what they intend to do about that issue.  Only 7!!!!  So, though you’re not in DC and able to walk into the offices of your elected officials (California alone has 120 constituents slotted to address the Senator tomorrow!), you can dramatically enhance our efforts by making a 3 minute call with the info below.  Sincerely, if I’ve learned nothing else thus far, I have learned that using your constituent voice and communicating sincerely MAKES A DIFFERENCE.  It’s pretty cool to be an American and have this process available.  So, please help us use it (remember time zones).  And be sure to give your address…that requires your elected official to have to reply to you (which means they have to do a report and be exposed to the issues).  Please do this.  I rarely ask anything from my readers, but imagine if all 200+ daily readers actually called Capitol Hill on Tuesday…you would play a major role in helping people who are genuienly oppressed.  AND, it’s just cool to take part in the political process that America offers!  Thanx so much…and I’d love for you to comment that you did it and if there are any noteworthy stories :).  thanx again!

The following info was taken from www.ResolveUganda.org (the organization hosting the Lobby Day)
“If you’re looking for something you can do right this minute to keep up the pressure for peace, picking up your phone and making a quick call to your member of Congress is a great way to do it.  Our representatives keep a tally of how many calls they receive on an issue, and the more they hear about northern Uganda, the more likely they are to act.

To make the call, dial (202) 224-3121. This is the Congressional Switchboard, where you can ask to be connected to the office of one of your Senators or Members of Congress.

A few things to keep in mind when you call:

The more prepared you are the better.  Take a few minutes to go over the points that you want to make and what exactly it is that you’re asking for.

  • Ask to speak with the legislative aide handling the war in northern Uganda. If the  person is unavailable, leave a message with your name, address and phone number.
  • Remember to mention that you are a voting member of their state calling to express concern about the crisis in northern Uganda to request that they take serious action.
  • Always ask the name and contact information of the person with whom you speak.
  • If the person you speak with asks you a question for which you do not know the answer, don’t panic! It is perfectly acceptable to tell them you will get that information and send it to them.

The message for your call is simple:
Members of Congress should do everything they can to make sure ongoing
peace negotiations result in an end of the crisis, and should direct resources to help displaced communities return home.
 
Facts to keep in mind:

  • The war in northern Uganda has lasted for more 21 years.  This is Africa’s longest running conflict.
  • Over 1.5-million people have been forced into squalid displacement camps that lack even the basic necessities.
  • Over 30,000 children have been abducted and used in this brutal conflict as frontline soldiers and sex slaves. 

Here’s a suggestion of what you can say:
 
”Hi.  My name is _________ and I’m calling from _________ to ask you to do more for peace in northern Uganda.
 
Currently, there are ongoing negotiations between the Government of Uganda and rebel Lord’s Resistance Army taking place that represent the best chance ever to end the twenty-one year war in northern Uganda.  By increasing diplomatic and financial support for the negotiations, you can help ensure their success and by providing funding for rehabilitation in the north, you can help allow people displaced by the war to return home.

As a constituent in your district, I would appreciate your efforts to help make sure this opportunity for peace is not lost. Thank you.” ”

Seriously, please join in our efforts with a simple phone call!  And, invite everyone you know to do the same.  Look, you have the easy option.  I got a plane, am chaperoning high schoolers, am braving the cold and will have to muster it up to address my Senator face to face  tomorrow (oh, and i threw my back out on Thursday night, right before boarding the plane AND I lost my voice today to a massive sore throat).  So, help a sister out…pick up the phone….

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