Urgent Action Still Needed: No New Illegal Coercive Measures against Nicaragua

Please act to help stop new sanctions on Nicaragua. The RENACER Act is quickly moving through Congress. The RENACER Act will impose a new set of sanctions on Nicaragua (illegal coercive measures). *See talking points below for background information on the RENACER Act.

CALL and EMAIL — these are two ways you can help stop the RENACER Act!

EMAIL

Please take five minutes to send an email to your Representative and Senators: No Sanctions on Nicaragua:

Sample of message to the Representatives/Senators:

Dear Representative/Senator:
Please vote no on the sanctions bill against Nicaragua entitled RENACER, Reinforcing Nicaragua’s Adherence to Conditions for Electoral Reform.
More than 200 organizations have signed on to a letter asking the US to stop interfering in Nicaragua. See the letter and the organizations.
(1) Nicaragua does not pose any threat to the United States. It is a small nation of 6.3 million, in the bottom ten countries in armaments.
(2) This bill would harm the people, especially the most vulnerable, by blocking development aid from international financial institutions.
(3) The bill also appears to pressure the country to choose new leadership favored by the US, but I believe the Nicaraguan people should select their own leaders.
(4) In contrast to other Central American countries, Nicaragua is functioning very well – for example, very few migrants are coming to the US, the poverty rate has been cut in half, and the WB, IMF, IDB and CABEI all report Nicaragua does a great job managing development aid, has high transparency and is efficient.
(5) Nicaragua has one of the lowest covid-19 mortality rates in the world and universal health care, has built 20 modern hospitals in the last few years and is on target to have one of the top Health Care systems in the Americas within five years.

You can sign the letter now as an individual:  Hands off sign on letter for individuals.

CALL

If you can take time to do more, please call the offices of your representative personally to say vote “NO” to any new santions on Nicaragua. The RENACER Act has passed the Senate Foreign Relations committee but not the House Foreign Affairs Committee. 
If they put you through to this person’s phone, leave your message and ask that they return your call. You will have to apply some pressure to talk to them. But a short chat is worthwhile, as you want to establish a relationship.  Let them know you care about Nicaragua, and that Nicaragua is doing well but would be unjustly hurt by more sanctions. Ask them NOT TO SUPPORT RENACER or any more sanctions against Nicaragua.
Brief script for your phone calls: 
I want (Representative/ Senator) ——– to vote NO on the sanctions bill against Nicaragua entitled RENACER.
(1) Nicaragua does not pose any threat to the United States. It is a small nation of 6.3 million, in the bottom ten countries in arms.
(2) This bill would harm the Nicaraguan people, especially the most vulnerable, by blocking development aid from international financial institutions and hindering the function of government agencies.
(3) The sanctions target over half the people in the country – all those who support the government or are public servants.  They pressure the country to choose new leadership favored by the US, but the Nicaraguan people should select their own leaders.
(4) In contrast to other Central American countries, Nicaragua is functioning very well – for example, very few migrants are coming to the US, and the poverty rate has been cut in half.

Thank you for taking action!