PAYNE SCHEDULES H.R. 2003 FOR MARK-UP! – Zenawi’s Tricks a “Small Bump in the Road” – Coalition for H.R. 2003

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Congressman Donald Payne has re-scheduled mark-up of H.R. 2003 for July 18, 2007, at 10:15 a.m. We thank Don Payne for his commitment to freedom, democracy and human rights in Ethiopia. (more…)

Congressman Donald Payne has re-scheduled mark-up of H.R. 2003 for July 18, 2007, at 10:15 a.m. We thank Don Payne for his commitment to freedom, democracy and human rights in Ethiopia.

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For Immediate Release
July 13, 2007

PAYNE SCHEDULES H.R. 2003 FOR MARK-UP!

 

Zenawi’s Tricks a “Small Bump in the Road”
RAYBURN HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING, ROOM 2172
WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2007 10:15 A.M
WE’RE BACK IN THE SADDLE AGAIN!

Congressman Donald Payne has re-scheduled mark-up of H.R. 2003 for July 18, 2007, at 10:15 a.m. We thank Don Payne for his commitment to freedom, democracy and human rights in Ethiopia.

On June 26, 2007, (the initial scheduled date for mark-up of H.R. 2003), Zenawi tried to pull the usual “fast one” on Congress by threatening to take the Kality political prisoners hostage. He effectively blackmailed the members of the Committee by threatening to indefinitely jail the Kality prisoners should the bill be marked-up. At the time, Zenawi’s regime had requested a 2-week postponement of the mark-up so that a negotiated release of the Kality prisoners could be effected. The regime had calculated that it could derail the bill by removing it from the June 26 calendar.
Liar, Liar…

The Kality prisoners were supposed to have been released on or before July 9, 2007, the date set for their “sentencing” by Zenawi’s Kangaroo Kourt.

That date, as usual was continued to July 16. With the re-scheduled mark-up date, it appears crystal clear that both Payne and the numerous co-sponsors of the bill are no longer willing to put up with Zenawi’s “horsefeathers.”

Our Grassroots Advocacy Efforts Are Working!
Don’t Stop Calling! Don’t Stop Writing! Let’s Get One-Half of the Members of the House to Co-sponsor! There Has Been a Dramatic Increase in the Numberof Co-sponsors This Week!
DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE ZENAWI’S DETERMINATION TO DEFEAT H.R. 2003!

The massive telephone call and letter writing campaign we started this week is WORKING. DON’T STOP CALLING, WRITING!

Zenawi will spend millions to defeat H.R. 2003, and deny the people of Ethiopia the opportunity to enjoy freedom, democracy and human rights. He has alreadyspent countless millions to defeat this bill and influence American policy makers. He has unlimited amount money to pay lobbyists and others to defeat H.R. 2003. Supporters of H.R. 2003 do not have millions of dollars to lobby in support of the bill. The only things we have in our struggle for human rights and freedom in our homeland are: TRUTH, JUSTICE AND THE HOLY CAUSES OF LIBERTY AND HUMAN RIGHTS.We are standing up against the giant lobbying firm of DLA Piper. As David has defeated Goliath, we shall also defeat the mighty lobbying firm of DLA Piper. But we must struggle in every way to win.

Our grassroots efforts in Congress are working! But we can not afford to let up! Zenawi’s boys are working double overtime to defeat H.R. 2003. We must work harder than ever to defeat the merchants of misery who will lobby as long as they are paid a hefty sum for their services.

KEEP CALLING ALL OF THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. ASK THEM TO CO-SPONSOR H.R. 2003. WORK CLOSELY WITH THE OFFICE OF YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND GET THEM TO CO-SPONSOR THE BILL. ASK ALL COMMITTEE MEMBERS TO VOTE FOR H.R. 2003 IN COMMITTEE, AND RECOMMEND IT TO THE FLOOR FOR PASSAGE.

To Those Who Have Not Joined the Struggle for Human Rights in Ethiopia

If you are sitting on the fence thinking that your participation or contribution will not make a difference, or feel success in this legislation is unattainable, take heart in what President Abraham Lincoln said: “The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.”

The cause of freedom, democracy and human rights in Ethiopia is a Just Cause. Embrace it for yourself! Uphold and preserve it for generations yet unborn!

Treasure it forever!
SUBCOMMITTEE MEETING NOTICE
Committee on Foreign Affairs
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515-0128
Donald M. Payne (NJ), Chairman
July 12, 2007

TO: MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS
You are respectfully requested to attend an OPEN meeting of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, to be held in Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building, for the purpose of marking up the following legislation:

DATE: Wednesday, July 18, 2007
TIME: 10:15 a.m.
MARKUP OF: H.R. 2003, Ethiopia Democracy and Accountability Act of 2007
NOTE: Measures may be added. By Direction of the Chairman

The Committee on Foreign Affairs seeks to make its facilities accessible to persons with disabilities. If you are in need of special accommodations, please call 202/225-5021 at least four business days in advance of the event, whenever practicable. Questions with regard to special accommodations in general (including availability of Committee materials in alternative formats and assistive listening devices) may be directed to the Committee. <<070718_HR2003.doc>>
July…, 2007

BY FAX

The Honorable [Name of Member]
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Attention: Foreign Affairs

Dear Representative [name of member]:

I am writing to ask you to co-sponsor H.R. 2003 (“Ethiopia Freedom and Accountability Act of 2007) and to help place it on the next mark-up calendar of theHouse Foreign Affairs Committee. I also respectfully ask that following committee consideration, you vote to recommend the bill as amended do pass.(Personalize the letter in the next paragraph. Research the member’s legislative history on Google or by going to their website. If you are in their congressionaldistrict mention that also. Mention your line of work, expertise, special things about yourself, if you want.)Example: Over the years, I have been one of your greatest admirers in the area of human rights, and I very much aware of your leading role in promoting humanrights through the Cuban Democracy Act. It gives me great pleasure to write to you on H.R. 2003, (Ethiopia Freedom and Accountability Act of 2007) as I amsure you will appreciate the gravity of the human rights situation in Ethiopia. I am presently … describe your work, responsibilities etc, briefly)

As you may recall, on June 26, 2007, the scheduled mark-up action on H.R. 2003 was delayed because the ruling regime in Ethiopia, through its official representatives, communicated to the Committee that mark-up action on the bill on that date will adversely affect the release of the prisoners of conscience held in Kality prison.

I have learned that the Committee, in the face of such unprecedented challenge to its institutional integrity, nonetheless agreed to delay mark-up action for 2 weeks, which occurs this week.

As you know, H.R. 2003 (Ethiopia Freedom and Accountability Act of 2007) is not merely about the release of political prisoners in Kality prison. It is fundamentally about reclaiming, revitalizing and advancing human rights as a central pillar of American foreign policy.

To that end, H.R. 2003 aims to institute accountability and democratic reforms in Ethiopia, aid in the restoration of the democratic rights of the people, strengthen human rights and civic society organizations, increase the independence of the judiciary, assist in bringing to justice human rights abusers are brought to justice, ensure fraud free-elections, and removing press censorship, among many others. Simply stated, it is a bill that aims to institutionalize the rule of law in Ethiopia.

H.R. 2003 is presently co-sponsored by Chairman Lantos, and thirteen other members. I respectfully request your co-sponsorship because I take great pride in the fact that my representative from the great state of _____ stood up to defend freedom, democracy and human rights in Ethiopia, where most of my relatives and friends still live. I also appreciate your help in expediting the mark-up of the bill by requesting that it be placed on the next calendar of the Committee.

I would like to thank you in advance for your help.

I will call your office in the next day to follow up on this letter.

Sincerely,

Your Name
Give your address and telephone number where you can be reached

Sample Letter to FAX:

FAX FAX FAX FAX

Three Members YOU MUST contact by PHONE and FAX Letter

Tom Lantos, Chairman, House Foreign Affairs Committee

Phone 202-225-3531 Fax: 202-226-4183

Donald Payne, Chairman, Subcommittee on Africa

Phone: 202-225-2436 Fax: 202-225-4160

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Ranking Member,

Phone: 202-225-3931 Fax: 202-225-5620

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HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Special Note: For persons living in the following states and districts, please make

special effort to contact your members.

All Others: Please contact as many members as you possibly can.

To find your representative: http://www.house.gov/writerep/

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