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Lobby Senators for Burma Sanctions
- Subject: Lobby Senators for Burma Sanctions
- From: frdc@xxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Wed, 09 Aug 1995 04:56:00
Dear Friends of Burma:
Please find below the text of leaflets that are being distributed to
Massachusetts Burma democracy movement supporters.
Feel free to adapt the wording for your home state Senators.
Franklin Research & Development Corp.
(617) 423 6655 x225
PLEASE ASK SENATORS KERRY AND KENNEDY TO SUPPORT THE FREE BURMA ACT
Your name and address
Senator John Kerry/Edward Kennedy
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator Kerry/Kennedy:
I am writing to ask your support for the Free Burma Act (S1092),
a bill to impose economic sanctions on Burma. The Free Burma Act
was introduced on July 28 by Senator Mitch McConnell. Specifically,
I am requesting that you join with other Senators, both Democrats
and Republicans, in co-sponsoring S1092.
(Include a personal paragraph here. If possible, mention your
personal and family history in Massachusetts. Explain your
personal interest in Burma.)
Despite the recent release of pro-democracy leader and Nobel Peace
Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the struggle for democracy in
Burma is not over. It was not until two years after the release
of Nelson Mandela that he called for a lifting of economic
sanctions on South Africa. As a recent Boston Globe editorial
noted: "Efforts to isolate the junta must continue until the
colonels permit the Burmese to retrieve a legitimate, representative
government. The world can be certain that Suu Kyi will demand no
Taking inspiration from the anti-apartheid campaign, cities and
states are considering laws that would effectively bar the purchase
of goods or services from companies doing business in Burma. In
February, Berkeley, California, became the first city to pass such
a law. In Massachusetts, Representative Byron Rushing has introduced
the first statewide Burma selective purchasing law. This bill, H2833,
is poised to pass the House and should be considered by the Senate
when the legislative session resumes in the Fall.
Massachusetts has a proud history of support for democracy both at
home and abroad. The Massachusetts Congressional delegation were
leaders in the struggle against apartheid and have taken a key
role in pressing for peace in Northern Ireland. I ask you to
build on this tradition by supporting Senator Mitch McConnell's
bill to impose economic sanctions on Burma.