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 and also seen in Syria, 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.
Progress on this issue has been excruciatingly slow, but there is now the opportunity to take a huge leap forwards. The Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (S.1158) recently introduced in the Senate will authorize the structures, funding, and training necessary to ensure that efforts to prevent mass atrocity crimes are more successful.
Our Tennessee activists have a very special role to play in ensuring this bill moves forwards. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) currently chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. His support of this bill in moving it through committee is critical to making sure it becomes law. Here's how you can join us:
1. Sign The Petition
If you're a Tennessee resident, we've created an online petition specifically for Senator Corker that you can sign and share on Facebook, Twitter, and via email with friends and famiy. Adding your name takes less than a minute and you'll have the opportunity to immediately share it with others once you are done!
The more Tennessee residents who add their name the better.
2. Join Our Call-In Days
Every week we are hosting a statewide call-in day to Senator Corker's Tennessee offices. This weekly action only takes a few moments and plays an important role in keeping this legislation on the Senator's radar. Following up once a week via phone ensures that this bill does not fall through the cracks. And we email you each call-in day with instructions and tips!
3. Join The Renewal
We know that providing direct, ongoing support to our friends in Sudan is the best way to move the needle. The Renewal is an automatic monthly giving program that directly supports our education, emergency and medical relief, and media programs in Sudan. It’s like your monthly subscription to a video, music, or internet cable service, but it empowers the Sudanese people!
4. Additional Actions
Looking for some extra things to do to help? We have an infographic you can share online with the link to this page to spread the word! You can also tag us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat so your friends can learn more.
If you are a faith leader at a religious institution, nonprofit, or community group in Tennessee, we invite you to sign your name to our statewide faith-based letter to Senator Corker. If you attend or are a part of one of these, you can ask your leader there to sign on as well.
About Operation Broken Silence
Operation Broken Silence is building a global movement to empower the Sudanese people through innovative programs as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
We come alongside the Sudanese to tell their story through stunning documentaries and photo exhibits. We then use our media to inspire people around the world to join our movement. Our movement fundraises for and gives to lifesaving medical, relief, and education programs on the ground.