We created this interactive map to help Burma activists turn their Senators into Burma Champions. Now using this map you can quickly learn what their Senators record have been on Burma legislation. Then you can follow instructions to call their Senators’ office and make sure they are cosponsors for the renewal of the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act.
How to use the map:
– Find your state. In the upper left hand corner is a plus and minus sign to help you zoom in and out of the map. You can also use your mouse to drag and move the map.
– Click on your state. An information window should pop up.
– You will first see one Senator. To see your second Senator, click on the right arrow in the upper left hand corner of the information Box.
– In each information box you will see several variables of information (make sure to use scroll bar on the right):
1] Name of the Senator
2] The State
3] Their Washington DC office phone number
4] The name of the foreign affairs staffer. This is the person you call and ask to talk to.
5] A link to the script of what to say when you call your Senator’s office asking them to support the renewal of Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act
6] Did the Senator cosponsor the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act in previous years, which was originally passed in 2003 and must be renewed each year? Are they a cosponsor for 2011?
7] Did the Senator cosponsor the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE Act, which was originally passed in 2008?
8] Did the Senator cosponsor the bill to award Daw Aung San Suu Kyi the Congressional Gold Medal, which was passed in 2008?
9] If the Senator is a woman, is she part of the Senate Women’s Caucus on Burma?
10] Did the Senator sign the 2010 letter to Secretary Clinton calling for the U.S. to take further action to secure an UN Commission of Inquiry on crimes against humanity and war crimes in Burma?
Burma Champion: Those Senators who have shown strong leadership and support for most/all Congressional efforts on Burma.
Burma Defender: Those Senators who have shown strong support for most Congressional efforts on Burma.
Burma Supporter: Those Senators who have shown some support for Congressional efforts on Burma.
Burma Neutral: Those Senators who have not yet taken much action on Burma. Most likely they just need to hear from their constituents to get them involved!
New Senator: Senators who just came into office this year.
Burma Blocker: Senators who have not supported any productive Congressional efforts on Burma.
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–In the upper right hand corner or lower right hand corner, there are legends to show what each color means.
– You can hide the right-sided box that list the different layers by clicking on the green arrows on the upper left hand corner of the box.
– Each state combines the colors of the 2 Senators, so that’s why there is a range of colors.