From: Just Foreign Policy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, Oct 1, 2010 at 11:26 AM
Subject: Urge President Obama to Stand for Democracy in Ecuador
Urge President Obama to make a personal and unequivocal statement of opposition to any attempt to overthrow the democratically elected government of Ecuador.
Yesterday in Ecuador there was a rebellion by police that many have described as an attempted coup against the democratically-elected government of President Rafael Correa.  Influential voices in the region have questioned what the role of the U.S. might be in these events. 
Urge President Obama to state clearly and emphatically that the United States will not support, condone, or cooperate with any attempt to overthrow the democratically elected government of Ecuador. You can contact President Obama, and your representatives in Congress, by using this link:
Last year, when the democratically elected President of Honduras was overthrown by a coup, Brazil and other countries in Latin America warned that if the coup were allowed to stand, it would set a bad precedent for the region and would encourage other potential coup plotters. But the Obama Administration did not cooperate with efforts in the region to isolate the coup regime in Honduras. 
Yesterday, Just Foreign Policy President Mark Weisbrot issued a statement calling on President Obama to state unequivocally that the United States will not recognize any government in Ecuador other than the democratically elected government of President Rafael Correa. Weisbrot noted that the White House statement of June 28, 2009, in response to the military coup in Honduras, did not make any such assertion, and in fact did not even condemn the coup. 
The State Department has issued a statement saying that the U.S. "deplores violence and lawlessness and we express our full support for President Rafael Correa, and the institutions of democratic government in that country."  This is welcome. But it does not have the force of a statement from President Obama, either in shaping perceptions of U.S. policy in the region, nor in shaping perceptions in Washington, nor in tying down U.S. policy in the future to clear and unequivocal support for democracy.
Please join us in urging that President Obama make a clear statement of opposition to the overthrow of democracy in Ecuador and other countries in Latin America.
Thank you for all you do to help bring about a just foreign policy,
Sarah Burns, Chelsea Mozen, Megan Iorio and Robert Naiman
Just Foreign Policy
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1. "Ecuador's President Correa denounces 'coup attempt', BBC, 30 September 2010, 14:42 ET
2. "Ecuador calm after revolt; Correa alleges coup", AP, October 1, 2010
3. "To Defend Democracy, U.S. Must Call the Coup," Laura Carlsen, Huffington Post, September 3, 2009
4. " Obama Administration Should Oppose Any Attempted Coup in Ecuador: CEPR Co-Director," Center for Economic and Policy Research, September 30, 2010
5. "Events in Ecuador," U.S. State Department, September 30, 2010