Dear Friends,

Not a night goes by that we are not awakened to the horrid news of Putin’s increasingly brazen (if that is even possible) attacks on innocent civilians. Russia’s state-sanctioned terror has been indiscriminate in murdering in cold blood both those in the primes of their lives and those who were trying to live out their golden years in dignity. 

Yet Congress has continued to fail to bring bipartisan legislation to designate Russia as a State Sponsor of Terrorism to a vote. To this we must ask: if not now, when? 

With a new Congress, it is more important than ever to do so and send a clear message straight to Putin that the systematic murder of innocent mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and elders will no longer go unpunished. 

Please contact your Senator and Congressional Representative to introduce and pass new legislation to designate Russia as a State Sponsor of Terrorism.

Please take 5 minutes to SEND A NOTE AND/OR CALL NOW to your Senators and Congressional Representatives. 

Here is a template message (feel free to personalize it):

Dear [SENATOR {Last name of the Senator}, or REPRESENTATIVE {Last name of the Representative}],

[Please add 1-2 sentences about you and why this issue is important to you]

Not a night goes by that we are not awakened to the horrid news of Putin’s increasingly brazen (if that is even possible) attacks on innocent civilians. Russia’s state-sanctioned terror has been indiscriminate in murdering in cold blood both those in the primes of their lives and those who were trying to live out their golden years in dignity. To this we must ask: if not now, when? With a new Congress, it is more important than ever to do so for you and your colleagues to send a clear message straight to Putin that the systematic murder of innocent mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and elders will no longer go unpunished. With a new Congress, I implore you to introduce and pass new legislation to designate Russia as a State Sponsor of Terrorism.

Russia’s heinous actions have made it abundantly clear why this bill is needed today. It will strengthen sanctions that decrease Russia’s capacity to wage war, violate international humanitarian laws, and commit unspeakable atrocities. Sanctions must change incentive structures for individuals involved in carrying out the invasion. The U.S. should impose sanctions on material-service providers circumventing the Controlled Sales Regime and support Russian oil price cap efforts underway. This bill will do just that by enacting a new wave of financial sanctions focused on systemically important banks and unsanctioned oligarchs. In addition to duly recognizing Russia’s engagement in terrorist acts, the designation would eliminate Russia’s assets’ immunity under 28 U.S.C. Section 1605A. Thus, hundreds of billions in Russian assets will no longer be protected by the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act and could be used to assist Ukraine at a time when its economy has contracted by nearly half. Congress must give Ukraine a standing to sue for these assets.

For these reasons and more, I call on you to introduce and pass new legislation to designate Russia as a State Sponsor of Terrorism. If not now, when?

Dyakuyu (thank you),
[Your Name]
[Your Address]

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