Thursday, April 27, 2006

Call your Congressman to sign on to Guatemala letter

This is a message from Adriana Beltran, who spoke at the Get on the Bus speakers' panel last week. Please contact your member of Congress to gain support for this letter to the State Department!

Since 2001, more than 2,500 young women have been brutally murdered in Guatemala. US Members of Congress can play a vital role in supporting efforts to resolve the brutal killings of women in Guatemala.

On April24, representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA), Tom Lantos (D-CA) and Hilda Solis (D-CA) began circulating a letter in the House of Representatives urging the State Department to support efforts to protect the lives of women in Guatemala. The letter to US Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Thomas A. Shannon, calls for an increase in US assistance and diplomatic measures to help Guatemalans investigate, prevent and prosecute these heinous crimes.

Contact your congressional representative to request that he/she sign onto this important letter! Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 to be put through to your representative's office. Once connected, ask to speak with the foreign policy aide. Let him/her know that as a constituent you would like to see your representative sign on to the Lee-Lantos-Solis letter requesting that the State Department support efforts to resolve the murders of women in Guatemala. The letter willbe open for signatures at least until Friday, May 5th, but the sooner you can make your call the better.

For more information, see the Washington Office of Latin America and the Amnesty Action Center for an online action.

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