Representatives Are Listening
The Assyrian American National Coalition would like to give special
thanks to Representatives Sander Levin (MI-12), Robert Dold (IL-10),
Gary Peters (MI-9), and Anna Eshoo (CA-14) for circulating a
Dear Colleague letter that endorses language on the 2012 State and
Foreign Operations Appropriations bill to target assistance for
ethno-religious minorities in Iraq to ensure their continued survival,
particularly in the Nineveh Plain. The November 29th
letter was joined by an additional 15 members of the House.
The proposed language would require the State Department to develop a
comprehensive, forward-looking policy to assist Assyrians, including
Chaldeans and Syriacs, and other minorities in Iraq. The language
endorses US assistance to these communities in realizing their rights
for self-administration under Article 125 of the Iraqi Constitution. In
addition, the language calls for support of policing and
non-governmental organizations in the Nineveh Plains.
We are particularly pleased to see support grow in Congress for Article
125. We have steadfastly held that implementation of Article 125 is
critical to securing and realizing our rights in our homeland, and we
welcome the growing consensus that is emerging in our larger community
that Article 125, first and foremost, is the right way forward.
All aspects of this language reflect underlying tenets of the Nineveh
Plain Province Solution that the Assyrian American National Coalition
has been promoting since this Spring. Since passage of similar language
in the Senate, AANC has been aggressively seeking inclusion of such
language in the House version of the bill so that these policies are
realized in the final legislation. Over the last month, we launched
another campaign and have traveled to Washington to meet with many
Congressional offices in order to convince members of the House to
embrace language similar to that passed by the Senate. Many of you have
used our website to send your Representative this important message.
And it's working!
This Dear Colleague letter reflects an important step forward that is a
clear result of your own advocacy, but we are not done yet.
If you have not yet contacted your Congressperson to express
your support for inclusion of this important language in the
Appropriations bill, itís not too late. And, itís easy. Just follow
this link to send your fax letter of support now:
And if youíve already done that, youíre still not done yet. You
must talk to your friends and family. Get them to go online as well and
send the electronic fax. Post it on facebook and twitter.
Weíre very close to getting some very important legislation
passed. But we need you to keep pushing.
The Assyrian American National Coalition