As a woman veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, I support the “Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal Act” via H.R. 1726. I encourage y’all to support it to by writing your Senators and Congressmen. I will be sending Senator John McCain’s office a note to support it since he is a veteran, too.
Gene Rodriguez — who is the New York State leader for SOMOS INDEPENDENTS (a/k/a the National Tequila Party Movement) is an American of Puerto Rican descent, and he released this statement with regard to H.R. 1726 today:
Recognizing these brave men that were taken from their warm homeland as volunteers to forego the freezing temperatures of Korea to save trapped Marines, shows the love of country overcame the discrimination they had to endure. They performed the last bayonet charge in American military history. They were the last segregated unit in the Armed Forces. This recognition is long overdue.
From Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal Alliance:
Contact your (2) U.S. Senators and your (1) US House of Representatives member (Congressman). The adoption of the Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal will require the co-sponsorship from 2/3 of our US legislators. That’s 290 US House of Rep’s members & 67 US Senators!
Contact them, preferably via phone call or email so there is a record. In most cases, the email method will be a web form which is quick & easy to complete. Just include your personal info, & copy and paste the content of the sample letter/email linked below or use your own words requesting their co-sponsorship of the legislation awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the 65th Infantry Regiment Borinqueneers!
NEW April 25, 2013: The official bill number in the US House of Representatives is H.R. 1726 for “The Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal Act”. In the US Senate, we will post the bill number once it’s introduced.
- US Senators list (2): http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
- US House of Representatives list (1): http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
- A sample letter/email is available in various formats at: http://www.65thCGM.org/resources.html.
If you live in Puerto Rico, call or email (web form) The Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, the Hon. Pedro Pierluisi, and thank him for introducing the legislation in the US House! Urge him to keep championing the bill!
- English: http://pierluisi.house.gov/english/contact-us.html
- Spanish: http://pierluisi.house.gov/espanol/contactenos.html
You may also contact other elected officials to seek their support.