Directly after an October 6th phone call with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Ergogan, Trump ordered the US military to withdraw from northern Syria, leaving our Kurdish allies alone to defend themselves from the Turkish invasion. For over 5 years, the largest minority group in Syria, the Kurds, have allied themselves with American troops to fight against the Islamic State, losing an estimated 11,000 lives in the process. The US relied on Kurdish fighters to defeat ISIS and gave them an implicit guarantee they could live peacefully in the semi-autonomous region.
Turkey has long held hostility towards the Kurds, seeing the ethnic minority as a security thread along their border and regarding them as “terrorists.” Armed conflict with Kurdish insurgent groups goes back to the 70s, with uprisings coinciding with increased suppression of Kurdish ways of life, from outlawing their language to the outright banning of the words “Kurds” and “Kurdish” by the Turkish government.
After the October 6th announcement of US troop withdrawal, Turkey wasted no time and invaded Kurdish territory within 24 hours. This military incursion has already lead to shocking videos of roadside executions, stories of rape, and the displacement of over 130,000 people and counting.
The US government must reverse course immediately and help re-stabilize the now destabilized region. They must provide immediate humanitarian aid, end the the massacre of our allies, and demand Trump answer for his impulsive military decision.
Three calls to make: Senators Kennedy and Cassidy, and Representative Richmond or Scalise
Senator Bill Cassidy: DC Office: 202-224-5824; Metairie office: 504-838-0130; Baton Rouge: 225-929-7711; Monroe: 318-324-2111; Lake Charles: 337-277-5398; Alexandria: 318-448-7176; Lafayette: 337-261-1400; Shreveport: 318-798-3215
Senator John Kennedy: DC office: 202-224-4623; New Orleans: 504-581-6190; Lafayette: (337) 269-5980; Monroe: (318) 361-1489; Alexandria: (318) 445-2892; Baton Rouge: (225) 926-8033; Shreveport: (318) 670-5192
Because of how Congressional districts are drawn, New Orleans residents have either Richmond or Scalise as their representative. If you don't know who your representative is, you can look it up by entering your home address on the U.S. House of Representatives website.
Representative Cedric Richmond - in DC at (202) 225-6636, and in New Orleans at (504) 288-3777
Representative Steve Scalise - in DC at (202) 225-3015, and in Metairie at (504) 837-1259
Hello. My name is [Your Name] and I'm an active voter from New Orleans, ZIP Code 70118 [Or wherever you’re from].
I'm calling today to demand Congress act immediately to help our allies in Syria. The Kurdish people deserve more from the US government, and I demand the [ senator / representative ] pass resolutions to reverse the troop withdrawal and funding for emergency humanitarian aid. By doing nothing, we will see the return of ISIS in the region while the Kurds are slaughtered by Turkish forces.
Thank you for your time and attention.
This call is adapted from 5calls.org, which can be viewed here.