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Come to Washington, DC, June 12-14

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The pro-Indonesian military lobby and the Bush administration have stepped up their lobbying efforts and so must we! Face-to-face meetings with your Senators and Representatives are our best response. Come to Washington, DC, this June to educate Congress about human rights and justice in East Timor and Indonesia.

Join ETAN as we provide Representatives and Senators with their annual (and often only) update on conditions in East Timor and Indonesia. Prod them to work for justice at ETAN’s 12th annual Advocacy Days!

Why should you attend ETAN Advocacy Days? Here are just a few reasons:

  • The Bush administration is aggressively using the “war on terror” to convince Congress to provide Indonesia with prestigious U.S. military assistance. And the struggle to stop this has never been harder or more necessary!
  • Justice for East Timor could be forfeited in the name of “realpolitik.”
  • War criminals responsible for crimes against humanity in East Timor remain free; many are directing atrocities in West Papua and Aceh.
  • The tragic earthquake and tsunami that devastated Aceh has captured the world’s attention. In addition to the humanitarian crisis, we must educate Congress about the human-created tragedy caused by Indonesian security forces’ gross violations of human rights.
  • Australia is stealing billions of dollars in oil and gas revenue that belong to East Timor as it tramples on the sovereignty of the world’s newest nation.
  • Advocacy Days are F-U-N! Take this opportunity to learn something, share your knowledge, meet new folks, and get reacquainted with old friends while making a difference in the formulation of U.S. foreign policy.

Advocacy Days represent a crucial time to make your voices heard in Congress! Together we can make a difference!

Novices and seasoned activists are welcome! Please let us know as soon as possible if you can participate in ETAN’s Advocacy Days. Training is provided for all. Planning for Advocacy Days is much more effective when we have as much advance notice as possible of participation. Housing can be arranged for those requesting it by June 1. Partial travel subsidies are available on a limited basis.

For more information, contact Karen Orenstein, ETAN Washington Coordinator, at, 202-544-6911, or see our website,

Make a donation to support ETAN's Advocacy Days

Send your contribution to ETAN, PO Box 21873, Brooklyn, NY 11202-1873 or click below to make a secure contribution by credit card:

Join ETAN’s National Call-In Days
Thursday, June 9 & Friday, June 10

Tell Congress You Oppose Aid to the Indonesian Military

The Pentagon and State Department want to remove all Congressional restrictions on military assistance to Indonesia’s brutal security forces. Senators and Representatives need to hear from you that this must not be allowed to happen, especially now as Congress makes crucial decisions on appropriations legislation.

Tell your Representative and Senators that:

  • Congress must fully restrict military assistance for Indonesia in the FY06 Foreign Operations Appropriations bill. This includes IMET, foreign military financing, and export licenses for defense articles. The Senator/Representative should actively support restrictions.

  • The Indonesian military continues to commit atrocious human rights violations, resist reform and evade accountability for crimes against humanity in East Timor and elsewhere. Prestigious U.S. assistance is not warranted.

Help set the context for our meetings during ETAN’s Advocacy Days by calling your Representative and Senators on June 9 and 10, just a few days prior to our in-person Congressional appointments.

The Congressional switchboard number is 202-224-3121, or check for contact information. Every call makes a difference, so please contact your members of Congress.

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