As the It Takes Roots to Weather the Storm People's Caravan
heads to Philadelphia to confront the DNC, we continue our call to action for Justice for Berta Cáceres
and all the other Honduran activists whose lives have been taken violently because of their organizing to defend Indigenous people, the Earth and women, and their struggle for self-determination. Join us in Philly at the DNC to denounce the US military aid and Hilary-style foreign policy destroying frontline Indigenous communities in Honduras and globally.
In the spirit of the Honduran social movement that continues to organize to stop environmental destruction adn violent persecution, at our action in Philadelphia we'l demonstrate that "Berta didn't die, she multiplied!"
July 15th marked the three year anniversary of the murder of Indigenous leader Tomás García by the Honduran military during a peaceful protest against the Agua Zarca Dam. A community leader and father of seven, Tomás is just one of far too many Hondurans persecuted and murdered by the Honduran security forces for simply standing up for their rights. Berta Cáceres herself was arrested by the Honduran military on trumped up charges in an attempt to discredit and silence her. When that didn’t work, she was murdered.
How many more people must be killed before the U.S. stops financing and training the Honduran security forces? Take action NOW!
1. Call your Representative today and ask her/him to co-sponsor H.R. 5474, the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act, which calls for a suspension of U.S. security aid to Honduras. Call the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak to your representative, then request the foreign policy aide. (If your representative is on the list of co-sponsors below, you can instead call to thank them for co-sponsoring!)
Sample script: “My name is _____. I am a constituent from (your town/city) in (your state). I am calling to ask Rep. _____ to co-sponsor H.R. 5474, the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act, which calls for a suspension of U.S. security aid to Honduras until human rights violations committed by the Honduran security forces cease. Has Rep. _______ seen this bill? Can I count on him/her to sign on? Please call me this week at (_your phone number_) to let me know if you have seen HR 5474, and if Rep. _____ will co-sponsor it.”
If your representative has already signed onto the bill, then thank them for signing and encourage them to get other representatives to sign on.
2. Sign the petition demanding that the US State Department pressure the Honduran government to allow for an independent investigation into the murder of Berta Cáceres, led by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.