This action is for Tennessee residents only.
Today we're hosting a statewide call-in day asking Senator Corker to allow the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (S.1158) to be marked up in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. This important legislation will authorize the structures, funding, and training necessary to ensure that U.S. government efforts to prevent mass atrocity crimes are more successful.
Preventing genocide and mass atrocities advances U.S. national security interests, saves U.S. taxpayer dollars, and saves lives. As our organization has personally witnessed in Sudan, the outbreak of atrocities leads to significant global consequences that put an enormous strain on the international community. Ongoing mass atrocity crises in Sudan, Syria, and elsewhere also undermines American leadership, values, and economic interests.
As a Tennessee resident, you have a special role to play in ensuring this bill moves forwards. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) currently chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He has to allow the bill to move forwards in the committee before it has a chance of becoming law.
We need you to call Senator Corker’s office and ask him to move the bill forwards. Here’s how you can do that right now:
1. Prepare Your Call
If you're not exactly sure what to say when you call Senator Corker's office, here is a template to get you started:
Hello, my name is ________________ and I live in zip code _______. I am calling today as a Tennessee citizen asking that Senator Corker cosponsor the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (S.1158).
This bipartisan legislation will help the United States better respond to international crises, save tax payer dollars, and build on Congressional consensus that the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities are an important national security issue.
As the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Corker's support of this bill is critical in ensuring it moves forwards. I ask that he allow the bill to move forwards in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
If you have also fundraised or advocated wit us in the past, you can also mention what actions you have taken with us so that the staffer knows you are seriously engaged on this issue.
2. Call Senator Corker's Local Office
Senator Corker's local offices and numbers are below. Pick the one closest to your home:
- Memphis: 901-683-1910
- Nashville: 615-279-8125
- Knoxville: 865-637-4180
- Chattanooga: 423-756-2757
- Jackson: 731-664-2294
- Tri-Cities: 423-753-2263
Someone may pick up or you may be prompted to leave a voicemail. Either one is okay, the big thing is that you say what you need to say! Just follow your call template.
If you do speak to a staffer, they may ask for a good contact phone number, mailing address, or email address to reach back out to you about the legislation. Simply provide the information they ask for, and just like that you are done!
3. Spread The Word
Call-in days are definitely a more-the-merrier type experience. You can help your fellow citizens call today as well by grabbing this photo and sharing it on Facebook and Twitter with the following message:
Live in Tennessee? Call Senator Corker today and ask him to move the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act through the Senate Foreign Relations Committee: https://www.operationbrokensilence.org/blog/tennessee-advocacy-action-alert/
4. Stand For Education
Thanks for calling today! We believe that advocacy helps make a difference, but so does directly empowering those who find themselves in areas of the world impacted by conflict.
In 2015, our movement began funding four small classrooms in Yida Refugee Camp, South Sudan. Because of our fundraisers, the Endure Primary School now has ten classrooms led by twelve Nuba teachers and a support coordinator. Every week they teach 930 students who have fled from the Nuba Mountains, where the government of Sudan has been waging a genocidal war against civilians since 2011.
Working alongside of our local education partner, we are adding the final grade to the school this year! This will not only make this special school one of the only full-fledged primary schools in the region, but also continue it’s legacy of being one of the top-performing Sudanese-led institutions in the area.
You can help us raise the remaining $5,000 needed to open the final grade and serve more students. GET INVOLVED »
The people of Sudan are overcoming two of the greatest challenges facing humanity today: war and genocide. Operation Broken Silence is working to accelerate their ability to generate lasting change through storytelling and movement-building, education and emergency response, and grassroots advocacy programs.
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