They don't get it… yet.
Although we now have new leadership in Washington, they still don't understand what they need to do to stand up for human rights. They think that by saying more about the importance of human rights and democracy than the Bush Administration did, they are making progress. But we know that until they actually change U.S. policies to support victims of violence in places like Mexico and Colombia, they will continue to be a part of the problem, not the solution.
Now, if we can get them to hear what we hear from people in Mexico and Colombia and know what we know, they might change their tune.
So, this month we are launching a "Human Rights NOW" campaign, which will use innovative tactics to get them to make human rights come first in U.S. policy.
Last week, hundreds of you sent faxes to the State Department demanding that they back up their words with action, but this was only the start. We need your help to make sure we can:
- Pioneer an exciting new web outreach strategy that will add thousands of voices to our movement and get you the information you need to make change;
- Work hand in hand with human rights activists and victims of violence in Colombia and Mexico and bring them to Washington to tell the Capitol and the White House what's really happening on the ground;
- Develop tools for grassroots activists like you to use when organizing in your communities; and
- Help congressional allies ask tough questions and refocus aid away from big-ticket military hardware, towards human rights and humanitarian aid that promotes sustainable, positive change.
That's why we're calling on you today to help us reach our goal of raising $10,000 in the next two weeks.
We appreciate your continued support, dedication and voice during this critical time. And we can't wait to work with you in the upcoming months to make this happen!