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Coalition for a Democratic Syria-Advocacy Days

There are signs of bipartisan support and demand for action calling for increased US engagement in support of Syria’s revolution for democracy and human rights. Now it’s time for YOU to speak to your Members of Congress and urge them to join!

ON APRIL 11, CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE AND BOTH SENATORS AND TELL THEM:

I am calling to voice my support for [the Free Syria Act of 2013 (HR 1327) or the Syria Democratic Transition Act of 2013]. Like many Americans I am deeply concerned by both the magnitude of destruction and the lack of US engagement to peacefully resolve the crisis in Syria, and to help Syria rebuild and transition to democracy. I would like to ask you to co-sign and vote in favor of the bill, as it provides for increased US engagement in support of peace, freedom, and democracy in Syria -- this is in the best interests of the United States, the Syrian people, and the entire region.

Find your Representatives' phone numbers here: http://www.contactingthecongress.org/ 

Please also MARK YOUR CALENDARS -- THURSDAY, APRIL 25 -- for DC Advocacy Day. Come to Washington and directly lobby House and Senate offices on Thursday April 25, 2013, to support the Syrian revolution. Please contact Joel Bombardier ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) to sign up today!



Summary of the bills:

House of Representatives: Free Syria Act of 2013 (H.R. 1327)

  • Provides funding and other assistance for a peaceful, stable, and organized political transition to a democratic, inclusive government structure, as well as robust economic aid for rebuilding. 

  • Permits securing and destroying chemical and biological weapons in Syria.

  • Increases humanitarian aid dramatically, and also provides for conditional, limited arming of moderate vetted opposition forces under the leadership of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces (the Etilaf).

US Senate: Syria Democratic Transition Act of 2013 (S. 617)

  • Provides funding and other assistance for a peaceful, stable, and organized political transition to a democratic, inclusive government structure, as well as robust economic aid for rebuilding. 

  • Significantly increases humanitarian aid, and also provides for increased non-lethal aid to the Etilaf, as well as the Local Civil Administrative Councils, the community councils organically growing in the liberated areas across Syria to ensure the well-being of communities.

  • Increases refugee aid funding, as well as civil efforts among refugees and other displaced Syrians.