Help for Moldova (Please write a letter)

First I want to thank Jerry, another former Moldova Peace Corps volunteer for bringing this to my attention.

I am posting this in the hopes of getting help for Moldova to free its self from the occupying Russian forces that have been there since 1991. The Foreign Affairs Committee plans to mark-up the Moldova resolution (H.Res. 457, see the attached draft) calling on the Russian Federation to withdraw its military forces, armaments, and ammunition stockpiles from the sovereign territory of the Republic of Moldova. We have very little time — the deadline for getting additional co-sponsors is next Tuesday, which is July 26, 2007! Besides 10 co-sponsors listed below, we still need to secure 15 more co-sponsors (seven of which must be members on the Foreign Affairs Committee — see below the list of its members).

Anything that you can do in the next few days will be absolutely crucial in
getting this resolution passed.

PLEASE contact your representative as soon as possible and urge them to progress this bill.

The text and status of this legislation can be found on the following link:

You can find contact details (phone and e-mail) for your respective representatives on the following link:

List of Co-sponsors of the House Resolution 457:

Shelley Berkley (D-NV)
Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL)
Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)
Thaddeus G. McCotter (R-MI)
Collin Peterson (D-MN)
John Shimkus (R – IL)
William Shuster (R-PA)
Tom Tancredo (R-CO)
Chris Smith (R – NJ)
Luis G. Fortuño (R-PR)

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List of members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of

Tom Lantos, Chairman, California, 12th District

Howard L. Berman, California, 28th District
Gary L. Ackerman, New York, 5th District
Eni F. H. Faleomavaega, American Samoa
Donald M. Payne, New Jersey, 10th District
Brad Sherman, California, 27th District
Robert Wexler, Florida, 19th District
Eliot L. Engel, New York, 17th District
Bill Delahunt, Massachusetts, 10th District
Gregory W. Meeks, New York, 6th District
Diane E. Watson, California, 33rd District
Adam Smith, Washington, 9th District
Russ Carnahan, Missouri, 3rd District
John S. Tanner, Tennessee, 8th District
Gene Green, Texas, 29th District
Lynn C. Woolsey, California, 6th District
Sheila Jackson Lee, Texas, 18th District
Joseph Crowley, New York, 7th District
Ruben Hinojosa, Texas, 15th District
David Wu, Oregon, 1st District
Brad Miller, North Carolina, 13th District
Linda T. Sanchez, California, 39th District
David Scott, Georgia, 13th District
Jim Costa, California, 20th District
Albio Sires, New Jersey, 13th District
Gabrielle Giffords, Arizona, 8th District
Ron Klein, Florida, 22nd District
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida, 18th District
Christopher H. Smith, New Jersey, 4th District
Dan Burton, Indiana, 5th District
Elton Gallegly, California, 24th District
Dana Rohrabacher, California, 46th District
Donald A. Manzullo, Illinois, 16th District
Edward R. Royce, California, 40th District
Steve Chabot, Ohio, 1st District
Thomas G. Tancredo, Colorado, 6th District
Ron Paul, Texas, 14th District
Jeff Flake, Arizona, 6th District
Jo Ann Davis, Virginia, 1st District
Mike Pence, Indiana, 6th District
Joe Wilson, South Carolina, 2nd District
John Boozman, Arkansas, 3rd District
J. Gresham Barrett, South Carolina, 3rd District
Connie Mack, Florida, 14th District
Jeff Fortenberry, Nebraska, 1st District
Michael T. McCaul, Texas, 10th District
Ted Poe, Texas, 2nd District
Bob Inglis, South Carolina, 4th District
Luis G. Fortu?o, Puerto Rico
Gus Bilirakis, Florida, 9th District
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Happy Birthday America

Casachevici 4th of July, originally uploaded by coming2cambodia.

July 4th, 2002, my first Moldovan host family threw a birthday party for the United States at 6am. Cake and vodka were served.

Pictured: Mihai, Clare, Ioana
Location: Piatra, Moldova