(If you are reading this then the first thing you need to realize, is that this is about you. If you've bought a shirt..... if you've heard this story and shared it with your community....... if you came to D.C. with us, if you've called your representatives to speak on behalf of those who have no means to......... and if resistance means to you what it means to us- this is about you. This is our work- and that includes you- this is about us believing that organized, peaceful resistance can restore justice, peace, and home to those whom have had it taken.)
So as you now know, Congress is finally realizing the danger and inefficiency of aerial fumigations. So while we are pleased to hear this, the truth is that this is only step 1 in a complex process of ensuring that fumigations stop once and for all. There is still $145,000,000 earmarked for a policy whose main component is still aerial fumigations.
So our question is: Why would we spend $145,000,000 on a policy that has not significantly decreased coca production(5% in 11 years according to our own State Department) but has and presently puts Colombia's environment and farming community in danger?
Speaking out against fumigations is working. So, on Monday, June 11th we are hosting another call in day. We are asking you to join us in calling the Foreign Operations Subcommittee's Chairman and Ranking Member- Senator Patrick Leahy(VT) and Senator Lindsey Graham(SC) to ask that funding for Aerial Fumigations be terminated in the Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill for 2013.
- Explain your own story of becoming aware with this issue.
- Thank their office for proposing an increase in aid for alternative development for Colombia's displaced.
- Explain your concern over there still being $145,000,000 allocated for a program whose main component is still
aerial fumigations- a process that they openly admit on page 68 of the bill is dangerous to the Colombian environment and farming community.
- Thank them for their time and ensure them that you will remain in contact with their office.
- Then tweet like crazy to your friends to call in too. Explain what you just did, how easy it was, and why they
should too- using #endfumigations.