Call your Congressional Representative to Support House Resolution 128
“Supporting Human Rights and Encouraging Inclusive Governance in Ethiopia”
General Tips and Information about Calls to your Representative:
- Dial the Capitol Switch Board at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to you to your representative’s office. Or go to: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
- Phone calls can be made any time of day or night.
- Messages can be left with your representative after business hours. Both messages and live calls will be logged, tallied, and reviewed. They are made a part of a record that representatives use to determine what issue their constituents think are important.
- Please call only the representative from the district you live in! Your message will not be included unless you can give the city and zip code from the state where you live, or are calling from an in-state area code.
- Call as frequently as possible in order to get your voice heard.
- Clearly tell your representative what you would like him/her her to do for you. Be simple and direct.
- Be nice.
Specific Guide to Calling your Representative about House Resolution 128
STEP 1: A legislative assistant will likely answer the phone. State a variation of the following:
- Give your name, city, and zip code, and say “I don’t need a response.” [That way, they can quickly confirm you are a constituent and tally your call without taking the time to input you into a response database.]
- State that you are calling about House Resolution 128 on Ethiopia.
- Ask for the name of the person logging the call.
Option 1– “Hi, my name is __________, I’m a constituent from ________ (state ), zip code_______ I don’t need a response. I am calling to urge Representative _________________ to cosponsor or support House Resolution 128 “Supporting respect for human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia” I personally want the Ethiopian government to stop the killing and allow peaceful protests in Oromia and other regions, to release jailed protesters, and to institute democratic reforms in the country. Thank you for your time.”
Option 2– “Hello, my name is ________ and I am calling to urge Representative ____________ to cosponsor or support House Resolution 128 called “Supporting respect for human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia”.
I am concerned about the following:
- Human rights violations are currently being committed by the Ethiopian government.
- Peaceful protesters who oppose land confiscation are targeted in the Oromia region and in other parts of Ethiopia.
- Hundreds of Oromo, Amhara and Somali have been killed and tens of thousands have been jailed.
- Freedom of expression and association have been severely limited in Ethiopia.
- A State of Emergency was declared on October 9, 2016. It is still in place. There is a near-total blackout of cell phone, mobile wifi and social media use in the country. It is almost impossible to get information about its atrocities.
- The U.S. government needs to speak out against this brutality by Ethiopia, which is a US partner in the region.”
Thank you for passing my message to the Congress person.
STEP 3: Repeat! Encourage your friends to do the same.