During this global crisis, we need you to write the Congressional Black Caucus again to demand the lifting of U.S. sanctions on Zimbabwe.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has exposed even more clearly the devastating effects of U.S. sanctions around the world, in general and on Zimbabwe, in particular. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, as well as UN Human Rights Commissioner Bachellet, have gone on record stating that sanctions be lifted as they cripple a country’s ability to respond to COVID-19. Guterres said that he “fears millions and millions of COVID cases in Africa and that Africa should be a priority of the international community as the continent does not have the resources to fight the epidemic.” Dr. Gebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, has called for “international debt relief” so that developing countries can better COVID.
We have sent CBC chairperson Rep. Karen Bass, the Secretary-General’s statements and reiterated the CBC’s responsibility is to represent the interests of Black folks. However, we need as many people as possible to contact the CBC. Below is a sample letter that you may use or modify to your preference. When you send it out, please copy us (D12M@aol.com) so we can keep track of the outreach.
Yours in Pan-African Unity, Viola Plummer
Dear Rep. ______
I am writing to ask that you, individually, and the Congressional Black Caucus, collectively, immediately demand that the U.S. lift the sanctions it has had on Zimbabwe for the last 19 years. Even before the pandemic, sanctions caused harm to the people of Zimbabwe and incalculable damage to the country’s economy. Since the spread of COVID-19, the U.N. Secretary General, recognizing that sanctions cripple a country’s ability to combat the virus, has stated that they should be lifted. He further said that he “fears millions and millions of COVID cases in Africa and that Africa should be a priority of the international community as the continent does not have the resources to fight the epidemic.” The head of the World Health Organization has called for “international debt relief” for developing countries. As an elected representative you are in a position to make a “life or death” difference in Zimbabwe and the African continent.