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from the US Campaign for Burma
Burmese JADE (Junta's Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act of 2007:
Congressman Tom Lantos (D-CA) introduced new sanctions to cut off major revenue from Burma's military junta. The Block Burmese JADE (Junta's Anti- Democratic Efforts) Act of 2007 has the power to force the regime to negotiate with Burma's democracy leaders and Ethnic nationalities. We must show the people of Burma that the U.S. is taking action to support their calls for freedom, democracy and human rights. Call and write to your Representative today asking them to support the Block Burmese JADE Act! Organize your community to call in as well. Find your Representative and their contact info here - http://www.house.gov/writerep .
What the Act Does:
makes hundreds of millions of dollars each year of the sale of gems. More
than 90 percent of the world's rubies and fine-quality jade comes from
Burma. The new sanctions will crack down on the regime's practice of
avoiding U.S. sanctions by laundering gemstones through third countries
before they are sold.
Contact information on your individual representative can be found easily by accessing the House website, www.house.gov/writerep . Once there, enter your zip code in the "Find your representative" box in the top left corner of the screen. This will give you a link to his House site, with all the relevant contact information.
Contact your representative's staffer. If he is not there leave a message and ask him to call you back. Call today and call every day until you get an answer!
To add their name as a cosponsor
Let them know that to co-sponsor they should contact Eric Richardson at the Committee on Foreign Affairs office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 225-5021.
Talking Points for Staffer:
- Tell the staffer you want your representative to co-sponsor the Block Burmese JADE Act of 2007
- Give her/him proof that this policy works. It cuts off hundreds of millions of dollars to the regime and will specifically target the top generals' finances.
- Mention that the military junta still deserves sanctions. On top of brutally crushing thousands of peaceful demonstrators, including monks, the military regime has destroyed more than 3,000 villages. It has forcibly displaced more than half a million people inside Burma as well as causing a million refugees to flee across the border to neighboring countries and has made no efforts to move toward democracy.
- Let her/him know it
is important to send a strong signal to the regime that the
This is not the only action
being taken against
- Finally ask the staffer to call you back when your representative has co-sponsored the Block Burmese JADE Act. Important: Leave your phone number!
Let him/her know that
his/her constituents care about
Please let me know when you have contacted your Representative and how it went - email@example.com. These new sanctions will hit the regime where it hurts.
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