Thanks to the thousand of you who have taken action through EPIC to contact your members of Congress to urge them to support and protect displaced Iraqis. For the rest, it's not too late; you can still personalize and send your letters through the end of the week. We're going to hand-deliver all of them to Congress by Friday, in honor of World Refugee Day tomorrow, June 20th.
Meanwhile, today our friends at Refugees International are calling on President Bush to play a leading role in addressing the Iraqi refugee crisis by increasing the amount of U.S. assistance for Iraqi refugees to $290 million. This is less than one quarter of one percent (0.25%) of the amount spent on the military aspects of the war.
Iraq is now the fastest growing refugee crisis worldwide, with more than four million Iraqis having been forced from their homes and thousands more following every day. This escalating emergency threatens recovery in Iraq and the stability of the entire region. The United States must act aggressively to improve regional and international security by making sure the necessary funds are provided to U.S. and UN agencies to protect the health and safety of Iraqi refugees.
With a single phone call, join thousands of Americans and make your voice heard. Help us convince President Bush that World Refugee Day is the perfect opportunity to announce his support for assisting Iraqi refugees.
Check out Refugees International's action center, where they have provided the White House comment line phone number, a simple script for what to say, and all the additional background info you need.
Picking up the phone may seem like a big effort but this is not going to take more than a minute of your time - you dial the number, leave a brief message, and that's it. It couldn't be easier. So don't wait. Take action now.