Preventing genocide and mass atrocities advances U.S. national security interests and saves lives. As our organization has personally witnessed in Sudan and also seen from afar 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 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.
This legislation is also good news for us as taxpayers. The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) indicates that $16 is saved for every $1 that is put unto effective atrocity prevention efforts. When the U.S. government helps build peace globally through robust diplomcacy, it helps keep America out of costly wars, prevents refugee crises, and helps stop extremism from flourishing.
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. Call Your Local Office
After you sign the petition, you can call the closest local office Senator Corker has to you. Here is a template you can follow when the staffer picks up:
My name is ______ and I live in zip code _____. I am calling today as a Tennessee citizen asking that Senator Corker bring the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2017 (S.1158) before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for markup.
On May 17, 2018, the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed an amended version of S.1158's companion bill (H.R.3030). I ask that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee now consider the House text without further amendment.
If you have also fundraised for or donated to our work in Sudan 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.
Senator Corker's local offices and numbers are:
- 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
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.
And finally, you can sign up for our email list so you can always get the latest news about this legislation and other ways to get involved!
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.