Ask Tennessee Senators To Cosponsor S. 2551

the genocide and atrocities prevention act

Posted by OBS Team on February 24th, 2016

This advocacy campaign is now closed. Unfortunately this important bill did not make it out of committee. We invite you to visit the "Get Involved" section of our website for other opportunities to help. LEARN MORE »

For years, the United States government has lacked the tools it needs to effectively prevent violent conflict and mass atrocity crimes before they begin. Decades after the Holocaust, the U.S. government still finds it almost impossible to bring about its full diplomatic, economic, and intelligence resources to halt brewing mass atrocity crises before they fully begin. A quick glance at the dismal situations in Syria and Sudan are ample proof of that. 

Progress on this issue has been excruciatingly slow, but there is now the opportunity to take a huge leap forwards. The Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (S.2551) 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 supporters 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 by becoming a cosponsor is critical to making sure it becomes law. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) should also support this bipartisan effort. Here's how you can speak up:

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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. 


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2. Get The Action Kit

We don't want you to stop at just signing the petition though. That's just the first step! When you complete this signup form, you will have access to a small Action Kit that has everything you need to more personally advocate to the Senators for the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act. The Action Kit includes information about how to contact your Senator, social media photos for sharing, email and phone call templates, and more. 



3. Followup Once A Week

Following up with our Senators is critical to ensuring that the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act stays on their radar. The United States Congress is a busy place and things can fall through the cracks, so following up once a week ensures that this does not.

The Action Kit we sent you when you joined the campaign has a brief section about how to best followup. Additionally, we'll be reaching out to you occasionally via email with updated tips and new action items concerning Senators Corker and Alexander cosponsoring this bill. 


About Operation Broken Silence

The people of Sudan are overcoming two of the greatest challenges facing humanity today: war and genocide. Operation Broken Silence, a Memphis-based nonprofit organization, is working to accelerate their ability to generate lasting change through storytelling, education, advocacy, and emergency relief programs.

Learn more about Sudan and our work there here

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