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SETF is encouraging individuals to write to their editors of local and national newspapers to engage Americans across the country to inform them of recent Syria legislation and the democratic aspirations of the Syrian opposition. The Coalition For A Democratic Syria would like writers to focus on one of the following topics: US National Security, Refugees, Chemical Weapons, Intervention, Humanitarian Corridor, and International Community.For more resources on how write these letters, read our document on writing letters to the editor below.
This week the Syrian Emergency Task Force delivered food baskets through civil administrative councils to Aleppo city, Qnyah, Yaqoubiyah, and Darkoush. Each basket sustains a family for one month and includes oil, rice, spaghetti, flour, sugar, and milk. We’re excited to announce that we’ve opened three new offices in Khirbet al-Joz, Qnnieh, and Stareb. These offices in Syria serve Lattakia, Idlib, and Aleppo provinces. With these new offices our food aid is reaching more people than ever!
Join our mission to deliver 500 food baskets this summer!
On 15 April 2013 the Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF) and Omnia Strategy LLP jointly hosted a conference of independent Syrian judges, lawyers and prosecutors on international humanitarian law and human rights in Antakya, Turkey. The conference hosted by the Director of the Syrian Emergency Task Force's Turkey office, Razan Shalab Al-Sham and Mr. Toby Cadman, Partner at Omnia Strategy LLP in the United Kingdom, brought together representatives from a number of associations of Free Syrian Judges, Free Syrian Lawyers, Civilian Police Chiefs and Civil Society activists. The discussions focused on long term transitional justice planning and documenting crimes committed in the Syrian Arab Republic since the uprising in March 2011.
Yesterday Democrats and Republicans expressed their concern for the Syrian Crisis and the need for more military assistance to the Opposition. Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee Senator Menedez (NJ) presided over the hearing and stated that the purpose was to explore more options for US action in Syria. The panel included Ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, and Acting Assisting Secretary for the State Department's Near Eastern Affairs Bureau, Elizabeth Jones. The full video of the hearing can be found here.
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 ([email protected]) to sign up today!