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House Members Sign Letter for Fathi el-Jahmi
Lead or Join a Delegation to Call For Accountability
Ask Senators Warner and Webb to Support Tribal Law and Order Act
Senators Should Support Commission on Treatment of Detainees
Changes in the Virginia Delegation
Reps. Moran and Wolf Support Justice for Women in Mexico
Finding Your Legislators

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Monday, April 26, 2010

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House Members Sign Letter for Fathi el-Jahmi

Fathi el-Jahmi is a prisoner of conscience in Libya (read more). Congressmen Frank Wolf of Virginia and Mark Kirk of Illinois have collected signatures on a Congressional letter to the Libyan government, asking for Fathi el-Jahmi's release. In all, 27 members of the House of Representatives signed the letter, including Congressman Wolf (of course) and Congressman Jim Moran. Please thank them for their efforts on behalf of Fathi el-Jahmi.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

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Lead or Join a Delegation to Call For Accountability

Participate in our Early April Lobby Week

We need your help to ensure that Congress holds individuals accountable for abuses committed against detainees during detention and interrogation as part of the war on terror. At the beginning of April, as part of our week of action to Counter Terror with Justice, hundreds of individuals across the country will meet with Representatives and Senators to urge them to help bring the guilty to justice. We need you to help ensure that there is a delegation visiting your Representative or Senators in Congress.

We'll help you with tips and advice on how to make your meetings effective, and give you information about how your elected officials can help. Plan to make an impact by volunteering to lead or participate in a delegation.

Visit amnestyusa.org/lobby to sign up to lead or join a delegation!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

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Ask Senators Warner and Webb to Support Tribal Law and Order Act

Millions of women and girls experience acts of violence every day, including rape, domestic violence, female genital cutting, so-called honor killings, and acid burnings. Approximately one out of every three women around the world will be beaten, raped or otherwise abused in her lifetime. In the US, Native American women are two and a half times more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted in their lives than women in general in this country. By supporting this legislation, our senators can help stop violence against Native American women.

Please call the offices of one or both senators on behalf of this legislation. See http://www.amnestyusa.org/svawlobby/tloa.php?st=VA. To find additional phone numbers throughout Virginia, go to http://www.congress.org/bio/id/48778 for Senator Warner or http://www.congress.org/bio/id/51210 for Senator Webb. Click "COntact", then "more district offices".

Sunday, March 08, 2009

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Senators Should Support Commission on Treatment of Detainees

Please phone Senators Warner and Webb, and ask them to pursue accountability for torture and other human rights violations in the "war on terror".

It's easy. Follow this link to the AIUSA web site, where you will find suggested talking points together with a new feature which will automatically place a toll-free call to either Senator's Washington office.

The U.S. government is required by international law to respect and ensure human rights, to thoroughly investigate every violation of those rights, and to bring perpetrators to justice, no matter their level of office or former level of office. Amnesty International believes that the new US administration and Congress must make accountability for the U.S. government's conduct in the "war on terror" a high priority from their early days in office. Prioritizing this issue must be part of a new relationship on the part of the U.S. government to its international obligations, and part of a new commitment that human rights will never again be sacrificed in the name of national security.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

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Changes in the Virginia Delegation

Virginia's delegation in the 111th Congress will include four newly elected members. In the November 2008 election, Mark Warner won the Senate seat which had been held by the retiring John Warner (no relation). On the House side, Gerry Connolly was elected to represent the 11th District, replacing Tom Davis, who did not seek re-election. In the 2nd and 5th Districts, Glenn Nye and Tom Perriello, respectively, defeated incumbents Thelma Drake and Virgil Goode.

Monday, December 01, 2008

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Reps. Moran and Wolf Support Justice for Women in Mexico

Ninety-five members of the U.S. House, including Representatives James Moran and Frank Wolf, have sent a letter to officials of the Government of Mexico, expressing concern about and urging resolution to allegations of widespread abuses against women during a police operation in San Salvador Atenco, Mexico, in May, 2006.

One of these women, Bárbara Italia Méndez, visited Virginia recently and spoke at Amnesty International USA's Annual General Meeting in Arlington. Read the background on her case, or get more details from Section 5 of this longer case document.

Constituents of Representatives Moran and Wolf: Please contact your Congressman and thank him for lending his name to this call for justice.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

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Finding Your Legislators

Virginia has 11 Congressional (U.S. House of Representatives) districts, 40 Virginia Senate districts, and 100 Virginia Delegate districts. U.S. Senators are, of course, elected statewide.

Most Amnesty legislative objectives are Federal, but there are some state issues (particularly, and especially in Virginia, those related to the death penalty).

If you don't know who your legislators are, you can search at the Virginia State Board Of Elections web site: http://www.sbe.state.va.us/VotReg/Polling_Place/Polling_Place_Lookup_request.htm. The search process appears to be a little fussy, but seems to do better with simple forms (eg, "16" rather than "16th" or "Sixteenth" as a street name). Or, use the lookup service provided by congress.org.

If you can't get results from either of those sites, you can always get your Congressional district information from the House of Representatives site,
http://www.house.gov/writerep/, or from CapWiz. If you need a 9-digit Zip code for either of those sites, you can get it from the U.S. Postal Service: http://zip4.usps.com/zip4/welcome.jsp.

Another approach altogether is to use the maps at the Virginia redistricting site: http://dlsgis.state.va.us/. Zoom in until you can find your place of residence.

For finding office locations, contact information, etc., either CapWiz or congress.org is a good place to start. Here are the congress.org pages for the Virginia Congressional delegation:
To contact members of the Virginia General Assembly:

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

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