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ACT OF SOLIDARITY

CHILD BRIDES IN THE UNITED STATES

Are you aware that only one state in the U.S. has a law against child marriage? That's right! The state of Delaware is the only one prohibiting child marriages.

Thousands of children in the U.S. are married each year. Very often they aren't even asked if it's OK with them. Only the parents or a judge need to OK it. It's a very sad state of affairs in the U.S. But we can help to stop it by pushing our state Governor to act against it NOW. Please get involved by contacting your Governor and urging him/her to stop the practice in your state. As was stated above, only Delaware now has a law against child marriage.

Why, you ask, is this allowed in America? The answer is customs. Customs allow the exploitation of children who deserve our protection. Child marriages lead to increased school drop-outs, poverty, domestic abuse, trafficking, and psychological distress. States are working on ending this practice, but religious exceptions keep standing in the way so the issue, wrongly, is dropped.

We understand that religions have their traditions and their customs, but this is America. Please help to change child marriage laws in the U.S. by contacting your Governor and speaking out against child marriage. We see it as a human rights abuse.

Thanks for getting involved.

TPS ISN'T DEAD YET--THE SENATE IS INVESTIGATING

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) isn't dead yet for Haiti, El Salvador and Honduras, but we must act.

Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have reported evidence that the Trump administration appointees ignored strong and persistent warnings from State Department officials and diplomatic experts that terminating TPS status for those countries would put lives at risk and harm U.S. interests. The Trump administration must be held accountable for this.

Please call your members of Congress and strongly urge them to support further investigation into this matter. Tell them that the Trump administration ended TPS against the warnings from U.S. diplomats and other State Department officials who said that ending the program would risk the lives of hundreds of thousands of TPS holders. Investigations also showed that the White House improperly attempted to influence the decision and that U.S. citizen children would be put in danger if their parents were forced to return to unsafe countries. Urge your elected officials to investigate further these attempts at injustice. When you contact them, request follow-up from them. That keeps the lines of communication open.

Thank you for taking action.

ACTING FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN GUATEMALA

As we put this on our website, human rights in Guatemala are being violated and we can help.

The UN Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (UNCAIG) is being attacked by corrupt politicians in that country and people are suffering horrendous human rights abuses. The UNCAIG is key to representing Guatemalan's who are prosecuted unfairly by human rights violators and corrupt government officials and businessmen. As a result, Senator Rubio wants to put a hold on U.S. funding for the UNCAIG.

Putting a hold on funding the UNCAIG would turn back everything that has been done to aid people of abuses in Guatemala and it would threaten rights defenders who are under attack in land conflicts between communities and large plantations.

Please ask your Congressional members to remain committed to funding the UNCAIG thereby keeping it a strong source of independent investigation and information. Killings of indigenous leaders needs to be independently investigated.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, a human rights defender, believes that bipartisan support for the UNCAIG can be maintained.

Please contact your elected members in Washington and urge them to support continued support for the UNCAIG. Thank you!

 

THE HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN YEMEN

The U.S.-backed Saudi war and blockade in Yemen has caused the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Millions of people are on the brink of famine and, not only that, they are experiencing a very bad cholera crisis. Infrastructure in Yemen is in shambles as well. This could not continue without U.S. participation and support, eg: refueling of Saudi warplanes.

There is currently a Sanders-Lee-Murphy resolution in the Senate to end this unconstitutional U.S. participation. Please contact your Senators and strongly urge them to co-sponsor this bill. Also, please contact your Representative and insist a recorded floor vote on ending unconstitutional, illegal, immoral, counterproductive U.S. participation in the Saudi war in Yemen where so many innocent people are suffering.

Thank you for your prompt action.