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Writing letters to U.S. Government Officials

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, "The ink of a scholar is more sacred than the blood of a martyr." Writing letters is simple and an educated way of fighting through non-violence for our people. Attached is a draft letter to be sent to your U.S. Congressmen and Senators on behalf of missing persons in Pakistan. If each Pakistani American can take the initiative to find 5 people that will print and mail this letter, we CAN and will have a huge impact for Amina and help find Masood Janjua.Our goal is to have at least 50+ letters by mid-February. We will use these letters to put pressure on Pakistani government officials to take action and actually do something to help Pakistani citizens. DHR-USA Chapter is planning to meet with officials in Washington DC and Pakistan in late February – early March. Kindly distribute this letter to as many people currently residing in the United States and personally ask for their help to print and mail these letters. Please do your part to help this great cause. Thanks.

A note for people new to American politics:
United States Congress is a branch of the Federal Government and consists of 100 U.S. Senators (2 from each state) and 435 U.S. Representatives (# is different for each state, CA has 53, TX has 32, FL has 25, NY has 29, PA has 19). You can find the contact information for your Federal elected officials atwww.votesmart.org by entering your zip code and at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/111th_United_States_Congress. The best way to ensure a response is to drop off your letter in person at the district office. All elected officials maintain a local office in the district that they are elected from. You can either walk-in or request a 5-10min meeting with the official's Chief of Staff or Foreign Affairs staff person to drop off the letter. If you can't go in person, then mail it. Please request the staff person at the official's office to mail you back a copy of the letter that they send to Pakistan Ambassador Haqqani. Kindly scan and email it to me at saba1119@gmail.com. Thanks.

Relevant Websites:

http://www.house.gov/

http://www.senate.gov/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/111th_United_States_Congress

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Congress

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_congressional_apportionment

Regards,

Saba

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Saba,

I wanted to take off a few minutes to congratulate you on your initiative and to find out how you got on with the letters to the Congress. Did it make any difference? Did you write to President Obama? I have only seen this today and I have been thinking about peacemaking through writing and having readings for those who would on what is written and also broadcasting it. Did you find some people? In what way could we improve this tool? You quote Mohammad the Prophet (PBUH) aptly and I just want to explore with you from a very different corner of the world ....

best,
Philo

"Communication is the real work of leadership" Nitin Nohria

I was getting letters from Senators in Pakistan to forward their requests to the US Government. I never realized how much of an impact our letters can have. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks.

Regards,
Saba

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