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Congress, Condemn the Coup in Honduras!

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The situation in Honduras has only escalated since last week. Civilians in the streets of Tegucigalpa and throughout the country side continue to face brutal repression by military officials. Civil liberties remain gravely affected, including freedom of the press.  We need you to contact your elected officials, and urge them to send the right message to the coup government currently in Honduras:  Coups will not be tolerated. 

Reps. Delahunt (D-MA), Serrano (D-NY), and McGovern (D-MA) recently introduced a resolution calling for ousted President Zelaya's return to office.  The Delahunt-Serrano-McGovern Resolution supporting democracy in Honduras has now been introduced as House Resolution 630. So far, it has 47 members of Congress supporting it as co-sponsors, but it will take a lot more than that to move it through.

The current co-sponsors of HRes 630,  the resolution condemning the June 28, 2009, coup d'etat in Honduras are:

  • William Delahunt (D-MA) Primary Sponsor
  • José Serrano (D-NY) Primary Sponsor
  • James McGovern (D-MA) Primary Sponsor
  • Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
  • John Conyers (D-MI)
  • Sam Farr (D-CA)
  • Bob Filner (D-CA)
  • Raul Grijalva (D-AZ)
  • Maurice Hinchey (D-NY)
  • Barbara Lee (D-CA)
  • Edward Markey (D-MA)
  • Eric Massa (D-NY)
  • James Oberstar (D-MN)
  • Bobby Rush (D-IL)
  • Janice Schakowsky (D-IL)
  • Michael Capuano (D-MA)
  • Luis Gutierrez (D-IL)
  • Michael Honda (D-CA)
  • Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX)
  • Jesse Jackson (D-IL)
  • Maxine Waters (D-CA)
  • Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)
  • Norman Dicks (D-WA)
  • Donna Edwards (D-MD)
  • Alcee Hastings (D-FL)
  • David Price (D-NC)
  • Peter Welch (D-VT)
  • Jim Moran (D-VT)
  • Marion Berry (D-AR)
  • Betty McCollum (D-MN)
  • John Murtha  (D-PA)
  • Alan Mollohan (D-WV)
  • Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
  • Peter Visclosky (D-IN)
  • Danny Davis (D-IL)
  • Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-MI)
  • Chaka Fattah  (D-PA)
  • Sanford Bishop, Jr. (D-GA)
  • Ciro Rodriguez (D-TX)
  • Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)
  • Mike Quigley (D-IL)
  • John Lewis (D-GA)
  • Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
  • Al Green (D-TX)
  • John Tierney (D-MA)
  • Timothy J. Walz (D-MN)
  • Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY)
  • Phil Hare (D-IL)

Have you called your congressional representative yet? If you haven't, we need your voice! Contact him/her today by calling or emailing (see link below):

Call the Capitol switchboard, 202.224.3121; ask to be transferred to your representative's office;then ask to speak to your representative's foreign policy aide.

The message, if your representative has not yet co-sponsored: I urge Representative ______________  to join in co-sponsoring H Res 630, introduced by Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-MA), Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY), and Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), calling for Honduran President Manuel Zelaya to be returned to office, and welcoming the mediation efforts of Costa Rican President Oscar Arias. It is important to your constituents in _____state_______ that the U.S. Congress be loud and clear in condemning this military coup and supporting democracy in Honduras–and the Latin American region.

The message, if your representative has already co-sponsored: As a constituent of ______________, I would like to thank Representative _______________ for being a cosponsor of H Res 630, introduced by Reps. Delahunt (D-MA), Serrano (D-NY),  and McGovern (D-MA), demanding that Honduran President Manuel Zelaya be returned to office, and welcoming the mediation efforts of Costa Rican President Oscar Arias. I hope that you will continue to support democracy in Latin America.

*Or send an e-mail to your representative's office with this same message here.

The Delahunt-Serrano-McGovern resolution calls for the reinstatement of Manuel Zelaya as President of Honduras and for international observation of the November elections. See text of the House Resolution and a list of the original co-sponsors here or visit www.thomas.gov and search by bill number and enter "HRes 630".  

As President Oscar Arias recently noted , this is a crucial moment –not only for Honduras, but also for all of Latin America. In this moment, by supporting democracy and human rights, we can prove that the era of coups and repressive governments is over, once and for all. But it can only happen if the U.S. government sends a crystal clear message to the world condemning the coup and takes the steps necessary to restore democracy in Honduras.

So, please call or email your representative today, and forward this message to your friends and family. It will take a strong, coordinated effort by all of us to demand that Congress send the right message to our neighbors.