A “Dear Colleague” letter is circulating in Congress requesting that President Barack Obama and the US government not intervene in the elections as well as respect the election results. Representatives Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) are co-authors of the letter, which Members of Congress have until March 3rd to sign
In the 2004 Presidential elections, statements made by the Undersecretary of State and a Colorado Congressman had significant effects on the outcomes. Undersecretary of State Roger Noriega endorsed ARENA and publicly satiated that US relations would deteriorate under an FMLN government. Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO) threatened a week before the elections that remittances to El Salvador would be stopped if the FMLN won.
Threats from and fear induced by US officials can have decisive consequences in El Salvador. Similar attempts to sway the results are happening during this election cycle. ARENA campaign ads have altered statements of US officials to convey a message to their advantage and are reusing old threats to intimidate voters to support their party. To call your congressman to ask him/her to sign the Dear Colleague letter, follow the instructions here.
Posted by Leslie O’Bray, SHARE Grassroot Education and Advocacy Intern
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