CLUSTER BOMBS: GOOD NEWS BUT REQUIRING OUR ACTION
From the Hill: Senate Panel Bans Cluster Exports
A key Senate committee has approved legislation that would effectively ban the U.S. from exporting cluster bombs, a weapon with a particularly deadly record of killing and maiming civilians, both during and after their inItial use. The legislation must still be approved by the full Senate and reconciled with a House version. You can help by ensuring that your senators and representative are cosponsors of the Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act of 2007. Read more.
LINCOLN AND PRYOR ARE NOT COSPONSORS
Subject: Cluster Bombs in the Spotlight: Write Your Local Media
Legislative Action Message
Cluster Bombs in the Spotlight: Write Your Local Media
August 8, 2007
Write your local media outlet. Call the attention of your community and your senators to the cluster bomb issue.
Well done! You and others in the FCNL network have sent over 50,000 messages to Congress supporting legislation to ban the use of cluster bombs in or near civilian populated areas. Due in part to this lobbying, last month a U.S. cluster bomb ban moved one step closer to reality when a key Senate committee voted to effectively ban the export of these weapons.
Now we need to build on this success. With your help, we can persuade the full Senate to support legislation that would restrict the use of these horrendous weapons, which are designed to kill all living creatures within a specific area that is often as large as several football fields.
You can influence your senators and others in your community by writing a letter to the editor of one of your local newspapers. Congressional staff tell FCNL that most senators read every letter to the editor in the local papers in their state -- especially if the letter mentions her or his name.
Use FCNL's website to find out if your senators have cosponsored this legislation. Then you can use the website to find contact information for your local newspapers. Pick one local newspaper or other publication and send a letter today. We also provide a sample letter, but the most effective letters are the ones that you personalize to say something about yourself and your perspective on this issue.
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--Senator Blanche Lincoln: Web Site (they have contact links): www.lincoln.senate.gov; http://www.lincoln.senate.gov/index.cfm; http://www.lincoln.senate.gov/webform.html
Washington Office: 355 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510-0404
Phone: (202) 224-4843 Fax: (202) 228-1371.
Fayetteville office: 251-1380. Lincoln’s staff is better informed than Boozman’s (see below), but obviously (her vote to join Bush in appropriating $95 billion more to keep the occupation going and her vote to further extend warrantless phone taps)) they need a lot of education. Call her and her staff.
Getting to her office:
Northwestern Regional Office
4 South College Avenue, Suite 205, Google Maps puts the marker 308 feet south of Meadow Street.
Fayetteville, AR 72701
(479) 251-1224; FAX (479) 251-1410
Community Affairs Specialist: John Hicks,Tamika S. Edwards and Kim Mullen,
Office Manager\Special Projects Coordinator Cydney Pearce
State Central Office
912 West Fourth Street
Little Rock, AR 72201
TEL: (501) 375-2993
FAX: (501) 375-7064
Donna Kay Yeargan
Arkansas Military Liaison\Caseworker (Academy Appointments, Immigration, Military, Prisons (Federal), and Veterans)
--Senator Mark Pryor: Web Site (see contact link): www.pryor.senate.gov ; http://pryor.senate.gov/contact/ Pryor has no office in NWA, so call or write him and his staff in DC: Washington Office: 217 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510-0403. Phone: (202) 224-2353 Fax: (202) 228-0908
Main District Office: 500 Pres. Clinton Ave., Suite 401, Little Rock, AR 72201.
Phone: (501) 324-6336 Fax: (501) 324-5320.
--Congressman John Boozman, District 3, 12 counties from Benton to Washington
Lowell office: 479-725-0400. 213 W. Monroe, Suite K, 72745. Boozman's new office in Lowell is located at 213 West Monroe in Lowell between I 540 and Business 71. Go there, talk to Boozman’s staff members. They need your explanation of reality and values. To reach that office take Exit 78 off I - 540 and go east on Hwy 264 which is also West Monroe. The office is in the Puppy Creek Plaza, past the McDonald's on the right. His suite is in the back of the complex to the left. Or write or call. Ms. McClure is Assistant Chief of Staff for the Lowell office, Ms. Breazeal focuses on gangs, and Ms. Stacy Davis is constituent staff member.
Ft. Smith office: 479-782-7787; 30 South 6th St. Rm 240, Ft. Smith 72901.
Harrison office: 870-741-6900; 402 N. Walnut, Suite 210, Harrison 72601.
DC address: 1708 Longworth House Office Bldng., Washington, DC 20515; 202-225-4301. Leslie Parker, appointments secretary: 202-225-4301. (Or she was, let me know if it’s now someone else.)
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