The U.S. Congress is considering legislation that is very important for Tibet, and you can make a difference with a simple phone call.
The legislation is called the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act. It says that, unless China relaxes its draconian restrictions on travel to Tibet, the Chinese government officials responsible for that policy cannot get a visa to travel to the US. With so many Chinese officials traveling and sending their children to school overseas, this will have a direct impact on those officials.
The bill was originally introduced in the House by Rep. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts. It was introduced in the Senate in April, but has been stalled there due to lack of cosponsors. Senator Leahy of Vermont has just cosponsored, and we are trying to build on this momentum. Please call the office of your Massachusetts Senator, Ed Markey, and ask him to be a cosponsor. You can follow the script below, or add personal touches like a personal example of how hard it is for you, or your Tibetan friends, as American citizens of Tibetan background, to travel to Tibet.
The staff who answer the phones in the Senator’s office speak with constituents all day. This is a normal part of their job, and so please don’t hesitate to call and tell them you are requesting Senator Markey take this action. A staff member will take your message, and every week the Senator will be informed what issues his constituents have called about. These sorts of constituent calls really make a difference, so please call today!
After you call, please consider also going to Senator Markey’s website to follow up with a written message. A sample email is below the sample telephone script.