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Take Action on Senate Resolution (S.Res. 432)

March 23, 2018

Dear friend of the Baltics,

No matter what your political affiliation, it is our responsibility to speak up for the Baltics. 

There are several current issues that our elected officials need to be informed of, and take action on, that directly impact Baltic security and U.S. interests there.

Most recently, a Senate resolution (S.Res 432) was introduced last week to congratulate the Baltic nations on their 100-year anniversaries of independence. President Trump will be meeting with all three Baltic nations' presidents on April 3-4. Let's get this resolution passed, to show that Congress continues to stand behind these three allies and their right to ongoing independence!

Please take 10 minutes to contact both of your senators, to urge them to support this legislation and other requests noted in the text below. Some senators have already co-sponsored the resolution (click here for the list), so there is a second version of text below to use, to thank them for their support. A House version of the resolution is expected soon, and we will send a second Call to Action for that.

Calling your elected officials by phone is the more effective way to get your voice heard, but if you prefer, the online contact form that officials provide also works. If you are going to use the form, please feel free to personalize the text.

You can find your Senators' phone numbers and online contact forms by clicking here.

In any case, please do not skip this opportunity to speak up for the Baltics and keep your Congress representatives accountable! Let's protect American interests of peace and stability in the Baltics!!

Thank you,
ALA Call to Action UNIT Management Committee 

 

 

If your senator is NOT listed here as a co-sponsor of S.Res. 432, then contact your senator with this text:

Dear Senator,

I am writing with three requests:

1. Please represent the thousands of Baltic-Americans in our state by co-sponsoring Senate Resolution 432, congratulating the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania on the 100th anniversary of their declarations of independence. The Baltic countries emerged from Russian political dominance in 1918, declaring independence and establishing new democracies in Europe. They were invaded by, and incorporated into, the Soviet Union during World War II, and for two generations endured Moscow's political, economic and cultural subjugation. Since regaining their hard-fought independence in 1991, the Baltic countries have been staunch allies of the U.S. and NATO. All three countries are celebrating their 100-year anniversaries this year on a global scale, and this resolution would help demonstrate the U.S.'s ongoing leadership in supporting freedom and democracy in the world. 

2. Please urge our President and our new Secretary of State to invest in the State Department's Global Engagement Center, enabling it to counter Moscow's post-Soviet propaganda machine. The GEC is charged with leading the U.S. government’s efforts to counter disinformation from foreign countries and terrorist organizations. However, a recent New York Times article stated that the GEC does not have a single Russian-speaking analyst on its staff, and a department hiring freeze has halted efforts to recruit computer experts needed to track propaganda efforts by Putin's government.

3. Please urge our President and his administration to impose stronger strategic sanctions against Putin's Russia, to punish Moscow for its unprecedented attack on U.S. democracy and deter it from striking again here at home or against our allies abroad. Only recently has our President imposed any new sanctions, but they do not go far enough to deter or retaliate against Russia's interference in U.S. electoral processes, its aggression in Ukraine and Syria, and its interference in our allies' domestic affairs such as in the Baltics and other European countries. We need the administration to more rigorously implement the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, for example, providing a credible report to map out the network of oligarchs and Putin supporters that enable the regime's bad acting, in order to target them with sanctions—hitting at the heart of Putin's regime on a strategic and personal level. 

Thank you!



If your senator is listed here as a co-sponsor of S. Res. 432, then contact your senator with this text:



Dear Senator,

First of all, thank you for co-sponsoring Senate Resolution 432, congratulating the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania on the 100th anniversary of their declarations of independence. The Baltic countries emerged from Russian political dominance in 1918, declaring independence and establishing new democracies in Europe. They were invaded by, and incorporated into, the Soviet Union during World War II, and for two generations endured Moscow's political, economic and cultural subjugation. Since regaining their hard-fought independence in 1991, the Baltic countries have been staunch allies of the U.S. and NATO. All three countries are celebrating their 100-year anniversaries this year on a global scale, and this resolution would help demonstrate the U.S.'s ongoing leadership in supporting freedom and democracy in the world. 

I have two requests:

1. Please urge our President and our new Secretary of State to invest in the State Department's Global Engagement Center, enabling it to counter Moscow's post-Soviet propaganda machine. The GEC is charged with leading the U.S. government’s efforts to counter disinformation from foreign countries and terrorist organizations. However, a recent New York Times article stated that the GEC does not have a single Russian-speaking analyst on its staff, and a department hiring freeze has halted efforts to recruit computer experts needed to track propaganda efforts by Putin's government.

2. Please urge our President and his administration to impose stronger strategic sanctions against Putin's Russia, to punish Moscow for its unprecedented attack on U.S. democracy and deter it from striking again here at home or against our allies abroad. Only recently has our President imposed any new sanctions, but they do not go far enough to deter or retaliate against Russia's interference in U.S. electoral processes, its aggression in Ukraine and Syria, and its interference in our allies' domestic affairs such as in the Baltics and other European countries. We need the administration to more rigorously implement the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, for example, providing a credible report to map out the network of oligarchs and Putin supporters that enable the regime's bad acting, in order to target them with sanctions—hitting at the heart of Putin's regime on a strategic and personal level. 

Thank you!