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Urgent Action Needed To Change Colombia Policy

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Have you called yet?

Last week, we told you about the letter on Colombia that's circulating in Congress and what you can do to help. We've had a good start, but we still need more action from grassroots activists like you and the people in your community.

Please take two minutes right now to give your representative a call.

Here's How:

Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and have them connect you to your representative or click here to find your representative's DC office number. Then, ask to speak with the Foreign Policy aide. If he/she is not available, leave a message. Below, we've provided a script that you can use in your phone call, but feel free to add any personal stories or thoughts that you'd like to share. You can also click here to check out the full text of the letter and current co-signers.

The Message:

"I am a constituent calling to encourage Representative ____________ to sign on to the Dear Colleague letter written by Representatives McGovern, Schakowsky, Payne, and Honda, which calls for change in U.S. policy towards Colombia. This letter to Secretary of State Clinton asks that our government be honest about the human rights conditions in Colombia and make changes in the aid package. The U.S. should stop spending taxpayer dollars on the military, which has been found to be killing innocent civilians and illegally wiretapping human rights defenders, journalists, and Supreme Court judges. Instead, we should be supporting refugees and displaced people, Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities, and small farmers who are trying to turn away from coca. And we also need to invest in drug treatment centers here at home. I strongly urge Representative ______ to take a stand for human rights and sign on to this letter today. To get a copy of the letter and to sign on, please contact Cindy Buhl in Rep. McGovern's office. Thank you."

And if calling's not your thing, even though it is the most effective way to get your representative's attention, click here to send her/him an email. After you've taken action, if you have an extra moment, hit reply to this email and let us know you've done it.

This is a huge opportunity, but we we can only take advantage of it with your help. So, thank you for your time and passion!