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On October 9th, 2015 SOS participated in the #Advocate4Syria Lobby Day organized by the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS). SOS members traveled to Washington DC alongside doctors and other activists from across the nation to lobby their congressmen to:
Prioritize immediate civilian protection
Resettle 100,000 Syrian refugees by the end of FY16
Fully fund humanitarian accounts for FY16
Make a floor speech about the need for U.S. leadership to protect civilians and resolve the humanitarian crisis in Syria
The over 60 participants had the opportunity to hear meet the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Ed Royce, as he issued another statement on the need for action in Syria. Congressmen Ted Yoho also took the extra step in meeting all participants, encouraging and applauding them for their advocacy and engagement with their officials. Attendees also were briefed by Dr. Majed Aboali of the conditions of life under siege in Syria.
For the SOS members who were unable to travel to DC, a call-in campaign was organized to the offices of their congressmen to advocate for the above talking points. See below for more details!
We are calling on all our members and supporters to join doctors, advocates, and change-makers in DC to meet with our representatives on October 9th. The student voice is an important one, let’s join our voices, #Advocate4Syria, and call for civilian protection and humanitarian access for all Syrians. As the crisis gets more deadly each day – with thousands besieged, hundreds killed by barrel bombs each month, millions of Syrians displaced, countless feeling forced to take “death boats” across the Mediterranean seeking hope in Europe – we need to do more than stand by. Join us and tell your elected official to stand up and take action.
On October 9th, you’ll lobby your elected officials and policymakers on Capitol Hill, and connect with Syrian doctors from East Ghouta, Hama, and Aleppo who have risked their lives to save others, as well as Syrian American humanitarians, students, NGO leaders, and other allies and advocates. A brief advocacy training will be held on the morning of October 9th, followed by meetings on the Hill and a rally in the afternoon.
Sign-up here and make sure under “affiliation” to write “Students Organize for Syria” or “SOS”.
*Special thanks to the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) for facilitating the meetings and leading this effort*
On October 9th, 2015 we ask that you call your congressmen and voice your concern for the Syrian people. They have suffered through enough and it is time these atrocities are stopped. Let your voice be heard loud and clear.
We have made this call-in easy for you. The following are the instructions on how to participate
WHEN TO CALL
Friday, October 9th between 9AM and 5PM Eastern Standard Time.
WHO AND HOW TO CALL IN
Each individual has between 2-3 representatives in Congress (both the House & Senate). It is important that you call all of them and deliver our important message. In order to find out who your congress-members are, visit http://www.contactingthecongress.org/ and fill in your home address. It will provide you with a list of your congress-members and their contact information.
WHAT TO SAY
Hello, my name is ______ and I’m a resident of ______. I live at ___________ (Give your address to ensure that your call is recorded). I’m calling to request that Senator/Rep _________ address the Syrian humanitarian crisis by prioritizing civilian protection, ensuring unhindered humanitarian access to all Syrians, particularly those in besieged areas, and taking the lead by resettling 100,000 Syrian refugees.
It is critical that the US take further steps to act as a leader in addressing this unprecedented humanitarian and refugee crisis. I hope that Senator/Rep ________ will take action on this important issue. Thank you and have a good day.
FIND YOUR CONGRESS MEMBERS HERE