Grassroots Advocacy

calling for smarter U.S. policies towards Sudan and genocide-related issues

Introduction

Our organization runs grassroots campaigns in our home state of Tennessee around specific pieces of federal legislation concerning Sudan, as well as broader U.S. policy concerning genocide and mass atrocity crimes. While we recognize that it is ultimately the people of Sudan who are responsible for moving their country forwards, we also understand that the United States government can play an important role in helping the people of Sudan achieve a free, just, and peaceful society in our lifetime.

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Here are the Grassroots Advocacy projects that are currently being led by our movement: 

S.1158: The Elie Wiesel Genocide & Atrocities Prevention Act

This is new federal legislation that will ensure the U.S. government has the tools, training, and funding needed to save lives and promote peace when it becomes apparent that mass atrocity situations are becoming a threat on foreign soil. 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 begin. This critical legislation passed out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which is chaired by Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), on June 26, 2018. Over 600 Tennesseans joined us in calling on the Senator to mark up the bill in committee and move it forwards to the full Senate.

H.R.3030: The Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act

This is the House of Representatives companion bill to S.1158. H.R. 3030 was unanimously passed out of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on May 17, 2018 and is now eligible for a full vote in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressmen David Kustoff (R-TN) and Steve Cohen (D-TN), our two representatives in our home city of Memphis, have cosponsored this critical legislation.

Learn More & Get Involved

Both Memphis Representatives have now cosponsored H.R. 3030 and Senator Bob Corker has passed S.1158 through the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Because of this, we are currently waiting on Congressional leadership in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to move this legislation to a vote. Until then, we encourage you to get involved in our Education and Emergency Relief programs. LEARN MORE »

About Operation Broken Silence

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. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.