On behalf of the brave journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee, I sent a letter to President Barack Obama, Vice-President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senators Charles Schumer (NY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (14th Dist. NY). I have conformed it into a template so that you can do the same.
Dear (Individual Public Servant),
I am writing in support of all efforts in achieving amnesty for journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee. As you are aware, North Korea has ended its legal proceedings in North Korea and have convicted and sentenced these young journalists to 12 years in a labor camp.
I believe that now is the time for diplomacy and compassion to step in. I know that the United States has no formal diplomatic relationship with North Korea...so the utilization of private and respectful diplomacy may be the only way to make headway in bringing these journalists home to their families.
I'm sure you agree that this is a humanitarian issue and amnesty is called for. They are women, wives, mothers, sisters and children who clearly had no intent to commit a crime in North Korea and any inadvertent breach of North Korean sovereign territory was without malice, has been admitted and apologized for. There are many issues that surround the relationship of the United States with North Korea...but none of them have anything to do with these young journalists.
They did their jobs honorably and "selflessly" for us in order to bring us information about our world...so now it is our turn to show our gratitude for their bravery and compassion for their situation.
I implore you to use all diplomatic avenues to do what we have to do to bring these women home. And I beseech all of us who love information, enjoy freedom and have benefitted from the sacrifices of the brave men and women who report the news across the globe...to send a message of support on their behalf.
Thank you for your dedication to public service and your attention to this grave matter.
Please feel free to copy, cut and paste any or all of my letter...or simply use it as a guide for your own thoughts about this issue...but WRITE TO YOUR REPRESENTATIVES so that our collective voices are being heard. Here is all the info you need:
To write President Barack Obama, click HERE for the link.
To write Vice-President Joe Biden, click HERE for the link.
To write Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, click HERE for the link
To identify and write your own U.S. Representative in Congress, click HERE for the link.
To identify and write your own U.S. Senator, click HERE for the link.
Posted by Star Jones Esq at 1:38 PM