Update on the Polis Letter on LGBT Murders

Below is an update on our previously posted call to action to contact your representatives asking their support of the Polis letter. Keep up the pressure!

Dear Friends:  The Polis letter on LGBT murders in Honduras now has 13 signers.  In addition to the 6 initial signers, the following were added today:  Reps Woolsey (D-CA), Grijalva (D-AZ), Velazquez (D-NY), Hinchey (NY-OR), Schiff (D-CA), Lee (D-CA), and Blumenauer (D-OR).  Schiff is a first time signer on a Honduras letter, and has a June 11 statement in support of LGBT Pride Month. 

 We are off to a good start!  Keep the calls and emails going in to the foreign policy staffers with the action alert below.”

Gary L. Cozette

Honduras Solidarity Network – Congressional Action Team (HSN-CAT)

Program Director, Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN)


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Call to Action from the Honduras Solidarity Network – Congressional Action Team

IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED!  
Contact the Foreign Policy Staffer in Washington DC Office of Your U.S. Representative!

 On Monday, June 11, 2012, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis  (D-CO) began circulating a House sign-on “Dear Colleague” letter (found below) addressing the murders of 70 gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) Hondurans since the June 2009 coup, and seeking specific information on the case of LGBT leader Walter Trochez and 10 cases the Embassy in Honduras claims have been through the U.S. assisted Special Victims Unit in Honduras.   

Initial signers of the letter include Reps. Polis (D-CO), Cicilline (D-RI), Frank (D-MA), Baldwin (D-WI), Berman (D-CA), and Schakowsky (D-IL).  Any The deadline to sign on to this letter until Wednesday, June 20. 

We need your help in securing the signature on this letter of your rep and reps from your state.  If your rep is a member of the Equality Caucus in the House of Representative (see attachment) – even if they have never signed a letter on Honduras – your rep will likely want to join in to sign on to this letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asking inquiring about the investigation and prosecution for the 70 murders of LGBT Hondurans since the coup.

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Something YOU Can Do:

COFADEH Statement

COFADEH is an organization based out of Tegucigalpa that has been fighting impunity and the violations of human rights in Honduras for over thirty years. We met with the organization to discuss the incident in Ahuas and applaud the brave efforts of these activists.

The Honduran Human Rights Delegation of May 2012 stands in complete and total solidarity with this organization and their efforts.

For more information about COFADEH, please click here. 

Please contact Honduran officals below and copy your Senator.

US State Department: BENJAMIN GEDAN, Honduras Desk Officer, (202) 647-3482, GedanBN@state.gov

US Embassy in Honduras: Silvia Eiriz, Political Counselor, eirizs@state.gov

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Check back often!

As you may have noticed, the site has been rapidly updating. Our team is adding more and more content everyday in order to best express our findings and keep everyone up to date on the status of conflict in Honduras.

So please, check back often and see what new information we have in store for you all.

-MS

Purpose

The purpose of this site is to share the findings of the delegates involved in the Alliance for Global Justice and Rights Action delegation to Honduras in May 2012.

We may also share outside information such as news, blogs, “calls to action” and other forms of media primarily with the purpose of providing contextual information, comparative analysis, or furthering the ability of the viewers to get involved in aiding the people of Honduras in this incredibly urgent situation.

If you have any questions regarding this delegation or would like more information on the situations in Honduras, please contact Karen Spring, 9507-3835 (In Honduras) or Annie Bird, 202-680-3002 (in Washington, D.C.).