Ask Your Representative To Cosponsor HR 2989

for peace and justice in South Sudan

Posted by OBS Team on July 20th, 2015
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Tens of thousands of South Sudanese civilians have been killed and an estimated two and a half million have fled their homes since senseless fighting broke out in December 2013. The United States, which played a major role in ensuring South Sudan's independence in 2011, has lacked a coherent policy to help end the crisis. H.R. 2989, the South Sudan Peace Promotion and Accountability Act, seeks to change that. 

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How You Can Help

H.R. 2989 will give U.S. foreign policy towards South Sudan a much-needed update. But this important legislation will only become law if you begin communicating with your Representative’s office and urge them to become a cosponsor. Here's 5 easy steps to get your Representative to become a cosponsor:

1. Let Us Know You're Campaigning. Shoot us a quick message letting us know you are about to take the following actions. This way we can send you occasional updates about the bill and be able to offer help if you request it. Let Us Know »

2. Write A Personal Letter. We've designed a stunning letter you can print off that will help your request standout. In the space provided, write why you care about South Sudan and that your Representative can help by becoming a cosponsor. Then mail it to your Representative's office in Washington D.C. Print Your Letter »

3. Call Your Representative's Washington D.C. Office. If you're not sure what to say, we've written out an easy template you can follow. Get Call Instructions »

4. Follow Up Once A Week. Put a weekly reminder in your phone, email calendar, or daily planner on when to call you Representative's Washington D.C. office to see if your Representative has become a cosponsor. Check Out These Followup Tips »

5. Say Thank You. It's always important to say thank you when your Representative listens and does what you ask of them. Make sure to mail them a handwritten thank you letter. 

If you feel like you're not making any progress, reach out to our team and we'll help you plan your next steps. Contact Us »

Not sure who your Representative is? Find Your Representative Here »

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Resources

The South Sudan Peace Promotion and Accountability Act, H.R. 2989, is bipartisan legislation that directs the President to submit to Congress a strategy to support the U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, advance reconciliation, investigate human rights abuses, and ease the refugee crisis. It codifies into law U.S. sanctions against individuals who have undermined the peace process, and includes a statement of Congress urging all parties involved in the conflict to immediately cease all violence and work toward a negotiated, transparent settlement.

Download The H.R. 2989 Fact Sheet »

Read The Entire Bill »

Download the South Sudan One-Pager »

Download Social Media Campaign Resources »

Download The In-District Meeting Guide »

Campaign Results

Since launching this advocacy campaign, people just like you all over the country have been asking their Representatives to cosponsor H.R. 2989. Here are the Representatives who have become cosponsors:

Rep. Michael E. Capuano, [D-MA-7]*

Rep. Michael T. McCaul, [R-TX-10]*

Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA-13]*

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry [R-NE-1]*

Rep. James McGovern [D-MA-2]

Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA-43]

Rep. Ander Crenshaw [R-FL-4]

Rep. Scott DesJarlais [R-TN-4]

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart [R-FL-25]

Rep. Robert B. Aderholt [R-AL-4]

Rep. Julia Brownley [D-CA-26]

*Original cosponsor

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