Defund Colombia's Militarization & Fund Pandemic Relief Instead

Defund Colombia's Militarization & Fund Pandemic Relief Instead

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Gabriel Gomez started this petition to Representative Tom Malinowski and

Congress members Tom Malinowski, Mikie Sherrill, and Albio Sires represent districts with large Colombian-American communities.  Senators Corey Booker and Bob Menendez represent the estimated 238,551 Colombian-Americans in the entire state of New Jersey. 

We, Colombian Americans and our fellow residents in Boonton, Dover, Elizabeth, Harrison, Morristown, Newark, Parsippany, Victory Gardens and throughout all New Jersey, demand that Congressman Malinowski, Congresswoman Sherrill, Congressman Sires, Senator Booker, and Senator Menendez,

(1) publicly denounce the human rights Violations in Colombia, specifically, the oppressive, violent and deadly ESMAD response to the protests in Colombia;

(2) call on Colombia's President Ivan Duque to immediately cease the authoritarian abuse of Colombia's Afro-Colombian communities, Indigenous communities, students, and the working class, to guarantee the right to protest, and to cease the violent infiltration of the People's demonstrations;

(3) immediately invoke the Leahy Law to prohibit the use of U.S. Government funds to further militarize or otherwise assist Colombian Armed Forces, and;

(4) provide humanitarian aid to Colombia's People directly, to alleviate the humanitarian crises of lack of access to education, healthcare, and jobs exacerbated by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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