To: Colombia Grassroots List
From: Elanor Starmer, Latin America Working Group
Date: May 15, 2003
Re: Calling all Colombia Organizers! Soliciting your help...
As we ready ourselves for the Colombia vote on the foreign aid bill, which
will likely happen in late July or September, I'd like to solicit your help
with a project. I am currently working to put together a database of
organizers and groups from around the country who are working on Colombia.
This database will allow those groups working on Colombia issues in
Washington-- many of whom are in contact with activists around the country
every day-- to get a better sense of where there is strong grassroots
activism on Colombia policy. As we work from our end with representatives
from key congressional districts, it's incredibly helpful for us to know
what's going on in the districts themselves. There are also a number of
groups here who regularly organize national speaking tours with visiting
Colombians, and knowing which areas might be interested in hosting speakers,
and who to contact in those areas, will be very helpful for them.
If you are organizing on Colombia issues in your area, or involved with a
group that is, I would appreciate knowing what you're up to! Please send me
your answers to the following questions (you can e-mail me at
email@example.com) and pass this questionnaire on to interested friends or
collegues. Thank you so much for all of your efforts!
1. Name, organization (if applicable), email address, city, state
2. Member of the House of Representatives (you can find out on www.house.gov
or just give us your zip code and we'll do it for you). If you are part of
a group or organization representing multiple districts, please list those
3. What's your (or your group's) level of activity on Colombia issues? Have
you or your group written letters to Congress about Colombia policy? Made
phone calls? Organized an event? Please indicate yes or no and if yes, the
number of times.
4. If you are not already involved with a group, would you be willing and
able to organize a small group of constituents in the district to contact
your Members of Congress about Colombia policy at key moments throughout the
6. What support would you like from organizations working on Colombia (i.e.
someone to speak to a group about Colombia, information on the voting
records of your Members of Congress, background materials on Colombia,
sample letters, reminders about when to call Congress, etc.) ?
Associate for Colombia and Central America
Latin America Working Group
110 Maryland Ave. NE, Box 15
Washington, DC 20002
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