VICTORY! The Senate passed this resolution on July 9, 2019. SEE DETAILS »
Operation Broken Silence has been working in Sudan for 8 years. We know from experience that it is incredibly rare for the United States Congress to push for changes in U.S. foreign policy toward Sudan. Right now is one of those moments. On May 2, a bipartisan group of Senators introduced Senate Resolution 188: A resolution encouraging a swift transfer of power by the military to a civilian-led political authority in the Republic of the Sudan, and for other purposes.
The time to act is now! If you live in Tennessee, we need you to contact Senators Lamar Alexander and Marsha Blackburn and ask them to cosponsor this important resolution. Read on for some brief information about S.Res 188 and how you can get involved.
What The Resolution Does
Since 1989, Sudan's military regime has killed and displaced millions of people through multiple genocidal wars and a vast web oppression. The situation has been so horrific that the country's now former dictator Omar al-Bashir faces an arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court.
But despite the ousting of Bashir in April 2019 following continuous mass protests, these violent policies have continued. The Sudanese people's wish for democratic, civilian rule is being thwarted by the Transitional Military Council, a group of army officers, militia leaders, and security officials who previously served Bashir. Peaceful protests continue; however, the regime has responded by shooting and raping defenseless civilians and plunging the country into an internet blackout.
Senate Resolution 188 calls on a swift transfer of power by the military regime to a transitional civilian-led government. More immediately, it demands the allowance of humanitarian aid into regions that critically require food and medical supplies, a move that would save lives and prevent more deaths. The resolution calls for the officials and authorities who planned and carried out the atrocities of ethnic cleansing and other human rights abuses to be taken to justice for their crimes against humanity. With atrocities continuously committed, awareness must be raised and action taken.
If you want all the nitty gritty details, you can see the full resolution here. If you are ready to get involved, let's roll:
1. Call Your Local Office
The best way to reach your Senator is to call their closest local office to you. If you are a veteran at this and ready to call, great! If you are newer to communicating with Congressional offices, here is a template you can follow when the staffer picks up. We encourage you to make it your own first and not just read it word for word:
My name is [name] and I live in _______, Tennessee. I would like to express my deep concern with the current crisis in Sudan, which has been under systematic oppression and genocide by a military regime or many years. Not only has the Sudanese government continuously violated the human rights of its citizens through violence, but the regime has continuously blocked international humanitarian aid and created a massive humanitarian crisis. I am also troubled by the government’s response to civilian protests in the form of indiscriminate firing into crowds and gross treatment of individuals, such as torture. I am asking Senator ____________to cosponsor and vote in favor of Senate Resolution 188: A resolution encouraging a swift transfer of power by the military to a civilian-led political authority in the Republic of the Sudan, and for other purposes. This resolution calls for American and international pressure on the Sudanese government and a transition to civilian governance.
Senator Alexander's Office Numbers:
- Chattanooga: (423) 752-5337
- Jackson: (731) 664-0289
- Knoxville: (865) 545-4253
- Memphis: (901) 544-4224
- Nashville: (615) 269-4803
- Tri-Cities: (423) 325-6240
Senator Blackburn's Office Numbers:
- Chattanooga: (423) 541-2939
- Jackson: (731) 660-3971
- Knoxville: (865) 540-3781
- Memphis: (901) 527-9199
- Nashville: (615) 736-5129
- Tri-Cities: (423) 753-4009
2. Email Your Senator
You can also email your Senator's office right from their website! Feel free to go it alone or use the template below to get started. We encourage you to make small adjustments to the template before sending it:
My name is _________ and I am writing to you about the crisis in Sudan. I am deeply concerned for the Sudanese people, who have been oppressed by the military regime for many years. Not only has the Sudanese government continuously violated the human rights of its citizens through mass violence, but the military junta continues to block international humanitarian aid, which has led to a humanitarian crisis. I am also troubled by the regime's response to civilian protests in the form of indiscriminate firing into crowds and gross treatment of individuals, such as torture.
I am asking Senator ________ to copsonor Senate Resolution 188, which is crucial for bringing international attention to the ongoing crisis in Sudan and assistance to the Sudanese people. The global community has been curtailed from taking major action to remedy the ongoing conflict and this resolution is a necessary first step in the right direction. This resolution does the following:
calls on Sudanese authorities to protect human rights, seek justice for abuses, and open Sudan to humanitarian aid;
urges a peaceful transition to civilian rule and representative government
expresses concern over the past human rights abuses of members from the Transitional Military Council;
aids the African Union’s efforts to bring power to the civilian population; and
recognizes that Sudan will remain a State Sponsor of Terror until power is ceded to the civilians.
Please, use your voice for the Sudanese people by becoming a cosponsor of Senate Resolution 188.
(your name and address)
We love seeing our fellow Tennesseans engage with their elected officials about Sudan, but the Sudanese people also need our direct support. Operation Broken SIlence is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supporting Sudanese-led education and healthcare programs in the war-torn, southern Nuba Mountains region of Sudan. When you give, you are supporting:
- 24 Sudanese teachers and nearly 1,100 students at the Endure Primary and Renewal High Schools in Yida Refugee Camp
- An American doctor and incredible Sudanese staff at Mother of Mercy Hospital in the middle of the warzone. This is the only referral hospital for nearly one million Sudanese trapped in the warzone.
4. Spread The Word
Finally, we need your help to spread the word across the state! You can send the link to this campaign to your friends and family and ask them to take action with you! We have a social media photo you can download and share online as well to spread the word.
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If you want to keep up with us in the weeks and months ahead, you can also join our Facebook group and email list.
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 relief, and grassroots advocacy programs.
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