Here are a few things you can do:
1. Challenge Presidential, Congressional, and Senatorial candidates to
state their position on U.S. military training and weapons sales to
Indonesia while their military continues to undercut East Timor and carry
out repression across Indonesia. Ask the candidates to support an
international tribunal to bring those responsible for decades of crimes
against humanity in East Timor to justice. Call the campaign headquarters
of Bush (512-637-2000) and Gore (615-340-2000) and urge them to oppose the
normalization of military ties with Indonesia. Ask incumbents where they
stand on current legislation in Congress.
2. Ask questions at debates, fora and events for candidates. Praise those whoíve stood up for the East Timorese,
challenge those who havenít, and encourage newcomers to learn about and
use the issue. By having different people ask questions in a variety of
fora, candidates will see that East Timor is important to people in
their district or state. Encourage others to write or call the member or
Keep your questions brief, and try to get the candidate to make a
specific commitment to oppose any restoration of training, weapons and
other military aid to Jakarta.. Follow up with a letter, reiterating your
position and outlining your agreement or disagreement with the candidate.
(Be prepared to provide additional information for candidates who may not
be familiar with East Timor.) Click here for sample questions and check
here often for updates and more information about the elections and East
3. Write the letters page of local papers pointing out the need for
candidates to take stronger stands on ending U.S. backing for brutal
militaries like Indonesiaís.
4. Encourage third party candidates to oppose U.S. support for the
Indonesian military in their campaign speeches and materials, and to
support genuine East Timorese independence.
5. Let people know about the Bush record on East Timor.
6. Discuss Al Goreís lack of follow-through on East Timor and
Be sure to send any responses you receive from candidates to firstname.lastname@example.org,
or call us with them at 202-544-6911.
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