Tennessee: Ask Your Representative To Cosponsor H.Res 432

call your Representative and ask them to join an important Sudan resolution

Posted by OBS Team on June 21st, 2019

VICTORY! The House passed this resolution on July 15, 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 June 10, a bipartisan group of Representatives introduced House Resolution 432: Condemning the attacks on peaceful protesters and supporting an immediate peaceful transition to a civilian-led democratic government in Sudan.

The time to act is now! If you live in Tennessee, we need you to contact your Representative and ask him or her to cosponsor this important resolution. Read on for some brief information about H.Res. 432 and how you can get involved.

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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.

House Resolution 432 strongly condemns the violence and human rights abuses against the Sudanese people and calls for a peaceful transfer of power from the military regime to a transitional civilian government. This resolution supports the development of a civilian-led, democratic government. H.Res 432 also calls for allowing humanitarian aid to be allowed into the country and urges the U.S. government to support the international community in its fight for democracy and peace in Sudan. It emphasizes that meaningful political reform, transparency, and accountability in the Sudanese government are essential for the establishment of peace, security, economic stability, and democracy in the country.

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:

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Call Local Office

1. Call Your Local Office

The best way to reach your Representative 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 ________ and I live in the _____ congressional district in zip code _____. As a constituent of Congressman (Name), I strongly encourage him to take decisive action in support of the struggling Sudanese people. I am calling to request that Congressman (Name) cosponsor House Resolution 432: Condemning the attacks on peaceful protesters and supporting an immediate peaceful transition to a civilian-led democratic government in Sudan. This resolution pushes for full humanitarian access across Sudan and expresses the United States’s official position in supporting a move toward needed civilian-led governance. I appreciate that Congressman (Name) cares about the interests of the people he represents, and this situation is the perfect opportunity to extend American support to the Sudanese people. 

Not sure who your Representative is? FIND OUT HERE »

Representative David “Phil” Roe (1st District)

  • Kingsport: (423) 247-8161
  • Morristown: (423) 254-1400

Representative Tim Burchett (2nd District)

  • Knoxville: (865) 523-3772
  • Maryville: (865) 984-5464

Representative Charles “Chuck” Fleischmann (3rd District)

The Congressman is now a cosponsor! Be sure to just call his local office with a quick thank you.

  • Chattanooga: (423) 756-2342
  • Athens: (423) 745-4671
  • Oak Ridge: (865) 576-1976

Representative Scott DesJarlais (4th District)

  • Cleveland: (423) 472-7500
  • Columbia: (931) 381-9920
  • Murfreesboro: (615) 896-1986
  • Winchester: (931) 962-3180

Representative Jim Cooper (5th District)

  • Nashville: (615) 736-5295

Representative John Rose (6th District)

  • Cookeville: (931) 854-9430
  • Gallatin: (615) 206-8204

Representative Mark Green (7th District)

  • Clarksville: (931) 266-4483
  • Franklin: (629) 223-6050

Representative David Kustoff 8th District)

  • Memphis: (901) 682-4422
  • Jackson: (731) 423-4848
  • Dyersburg: (731) 412-1037

Representative Steve Cohen (9th District)

The Congressman is now a cosponsor! Be sure to just call his local office with a quick thank you.

  • Memphis: (901) 544-4131

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Email Senator

2. Email Your Representative

You can also email your Representative'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:

You will need to enter your zip code into your Representative's website before being able to send them a message:

Dear Representative (last name):

I write to you as a concerned citizen closely watching the recent devastation in Sudan. Your support of House Resolution 432 will help alleviate the growing crisis the Sudanese people face. I am asking you to co-sponsor House Resolution 432 to bring additional attention and assistance to the Sudanese people in their time of need. 

Sudan is already in massive conflict and is verging on the brink of becoming a militia-run state. Dictator Omar al-Bashir reigned in terror over the Sudanese until he was removed in April by his military generals and security officials. However, these individuals have perpetuated atrocious acts of violence: the killing of 100 peaceful protesters and disposal of some of their bodies in the NiIe River is but one recent example. Journalists, protesters, and civilians have long been silenced and killed in Sudan. More Sudanese need not perish in advocating for the rule of democracy, peace, and their basic rights. It is time for the United States to aid the Sudanese people as they seek their basic human rights, freedom, and democracy.

House Resolution 432 condemns the brutal violence in Sudan. It supports a transfer of power from the military regime to civilians. This resolution aims to protect the rights of the Sudanese people and affirm the value in their pursuit of democracy. Furthermore, House Resolution 432 acknowledges the sovereignty of Sudan. It urges the African Union to intervene, with the U.S. aligning itself with the international community to support a civilian-led government.

Your participation in co-sponsoring H.Res 432 will help save lives. This resolution demonstrates that the United States does not stand for war crimes and human rights abuses. By co-sponsoring H.Res 432, you are standing next to the Sudanese people as they they pursue democracy, justice, and peace in their country. 

Thank you for your service. I look forward to hearing from you soon on this matter.

Sincerely,

(your name and address)

Email Representative David “Phil” Roe (1st District) »

Email Representative Tim Burchett (2nd District) »

Email Representative Charles “Chuck” Fleischmann (3rd District) »

Email Representative Scott DesJarlais (4th District) »

Email Representative Jim Cooper (5th District) »

Email Representative John Rose (6th District) »

Email Representative Mark Green (7th District) »

Email Representative David Kustoff 8th District) »

Email Representative Steve Cohen (9th District) »

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3. Give

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 Nuba Mountains. This is the only referral hospital for nearly one million Sudanese trapped in the warzone. 

MAKE A ONE-TIME DONATION »

GIVE MONTHLY »

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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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We encourage you to tag us so your friends can easily follow us! 

If you want to keep up with us in the weeks and months ahead, you can also join our Facebook group and email list.

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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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