Thursday, June 21, 2007

LAST CHANCE

Take Action Now!It’s not too late -- we still need your help to alleviate the worst humanitarian crisis in the Middle East in 60 years. Tell your Members of Congress to support legislation protecting and assisting millions of displaced Iraqis. To increase the impact, we’re going to hand-deliver every single letter to Congress tomorrow, June 22nd. That means today is your last day to take action!

Remember: 2 million Iraqi refugees have fled to Jordan, Syria, and neighboring states, and approximately 2 million Iraqis have been internally displaced within Iraq itself. That's 4 million Iraqis who have been forced out of their homes as a result of the U.S. invasion and ongoing sectarian violence.

These people have suffered enough. Do something about it now.

Besides being a humanitarian tragedy, the displacement of Iraqis is having a destabilizing effect on the region. Host countries just can’t handle the floods of refugees, and internally displaced persons may be recruited by al Qaeda and other terrorist cells looking to exploit their anger and frustration.

Your letters make a huge difference in pressing our policymakers to step forward and protect Iraqi refugees and internally displaced persons. We have 1,500 collected so far, but we need far more. So please,
take two minutes to personalize our pre-written letter to Congress, and maybe pass the link along to a few friends.

It’s the least we can do.

17 comments:

reader said...

I don't know about anyone else but I've exhausted my sources sending out your information and talked about the situation to as many as will still listen!

As important as this issue is, people outside of D.C. aren't going to see it as important as they probably should. They're worried about losing their jobs and how they'll pay their bills next month. I do hope some of the people on my list came through!

Emily Stivers said...

Thanks for your efforts, reader. We really appreciate the support and know it will make a big difference!!!

:)

Anonymous said...

Sometimes it helps to have big names (movie star types) supporting your cause. So I took a chance and forwarded your link to a few. Of course I was guessing about their email addresses but haven't gotten them back yet!

Anonymous said...

Let us know if you hear from Angelina Jolie!

Geoff Schaefer said...

Wow, that's pretty darn cool anonymous. We really appreciate all the work that you've done. We recognize that you absolutely didn't have to do that but knowing we have great members like you on our back makes us work all the harder. I hope Angelina comes through.

reader said...

You must be a born optimist Geoff! These celebrities probably get tons of requests for support, especially people like Jolie who are out there trying to do some good. Still, it can't hurt to try and wouldn't it be amazing to have someone like that send a letter or even mention your organization! Here's hoping!

Geoff Schaefer said...

Well ya just never know. Anything could happen. How do those people get latched onto the organizations that they are associated with? It's got to start somewhere. Maybe she will like what we do and feel inspired by a tiny little organization trying to make a difference in the world haha.

Plus, I just saw her on CNN with Anderson - she's on a roll.

Anonymous said...

I just saw your website and couldn't help but go through many posts. Hope your work is bringing some fruits. Keep it up.

Anonymous said...

I have been a concerned activist for the heart breaking situation in Iraq ever since the initial invasion and have become increasingly concerned throughout the years considering the seemingly failing attemmpts of the Bush administration to "aid" the people of Iraq. After reviewing this sight and all of EPIC's efforts throughout the years it has become clear that they are truly dedicated to the right causes. I especially am happy with the decision to "storm the hill" with the people's action letters because it really brings to life the idea of promoting "peace in Iraq through change at home." I wish you good luck on the hill and hope that your efforts will not be overlooked.

Anonymous said...

You never know when one of your "anonymous" readers could be someone with some clout who can be of help. Don't ever look down at famous people who latch onto a cause; after all they have the names to garner attention and that's what matters. Good luck with your endeavors!

backinblack said...

What’s the ground truth when it comes of last week’s discovery involving Iraqi Orphans? Is EPIC going to respond to the discovery of an orphanage with "24 severely malnourished and abused boys?"

Anonymous 4 said...

I agree, where have the updates been? There have been a lot of things going on and I'm surprised no one has commented.

backinblack said...

I agree with anonymous 4! What about the Washington Post article looking at Iraq’s youth and the traumatizing violence around them? This article takes a look at Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and brings one to question what type of future is Iraq’s youth facing?

reader said...

Seems like the current campaign to get letters to represenatives is a big one. Looking forward to a wrap up though so you can get back to normal here.

Anonymous said...

Hellllllooooo out there in the "epicshphere", you all still hooked up to the internet?

Chris Breuer said...

HEY!!! Correspondence from the EPICsphere - Indeed the EPIC staff and I have not been readily available on the blog. Since Thursday of last week, we have made delivery of more than 2,000 constituent letters from readers like you our top priority.

Yesterday we delivered those letters to U.S. representatives and today we are hitting the Senate. So far it's going fairly well and we are optimistic at the response we're seeing. Keep the comments going and hopefully we will see you back here at the end of the day. Ciao EPICsphere.

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Magnific!

 
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