VICTORY! On June 26, 2018, Senator Corker allowed this legislation to be marked up in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Following the markup process, it was passed out of committee! Thanks to the 600+ of you in Tennessee who raised your voices alongside of ours.
The time to act is now! Our organization has experienced and witnessed the atrocities in Sudan and watched atrocities from afar in Syria. The Sudan government has isolated people and has persecuted them to no end while oppressing their religion and their harmless ways of life. Visit Why Sudan? for more info.
We recognize that the continuation of these atrocities leads to significant local and global consequences that put an enormous strain on the ability of the people to obtain basic humanitarian resources and peace without fear of being killed.
Do you want to make a difference? Because you can! Yes, you can help prevent genocide, save lives and ensure the safety and well-being of endangered and dying Sudanese peoples. Legislation has been created to increase progress and movement. 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.
You now have the opportunity to advocate for the passing of this bipartisan legislation, help stop extremism from flourishing, and positively impact the world. 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 are a Tennessee resident, consider signing our online petition! It is a quick and easy way to voice your support for legislation that prevents atrocities and genocide. This petition:
- Takes less than a minute to complete
- Encourages Senator Bob Corker to bring the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2017 before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for markup
- Can be shared with friends and family in seconds via Facebook, Twitter, and email
Spread the word! The more Tennessee residents who sign, the better! SIGN THE PETITION »
2. Call Your Local Office
Once you sign the petition, you can use our call-in script to leave a message or talk to one of Senator Corker’s offices listed below. Here is a template you can follow when the staffer picks up:
My name is ______ and I live in zip code _____. After the Holocaust we said “never again;” however, 14 genocides have occurred since then and more are unfolding in countries such as Sudan. As a concerned Tennessee citizen, I urge my Senator, Bob Corker, to move the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2017 (S.1158) through the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
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 pass the House text out of Chairman Corker's Committee without further amendment.
Thank you for your time.
If you were sent to voicemail, be sure to include your phone number so Senator Corker's staffers can call you back if they have questions. 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
- Washington D.C.: 202-224-3344
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 and social media photo 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.
We also have a Facebook group for people who want to keep up with our advocacy efforts, including this campaign.
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.