December 16, 2005
Rep. Mark Green
700 East Walnut Street
Green Bay, WI 54301
I see in the Post-Crescent (December 11) you have decided that the Hmong people should be a priority. From both a political and humanitarian standpoint, I agree. These people have been horribly oppressed by their own country and now that they are here continue to be oppressed by many people. Also, this area has one of the highest Hmong concentrations in the country, so it’s very appropriate you – rather than someone else – would champion this issue.
I have read your statement on your website and the article from Amnesty International you cite. But I have a few questions. I am not doubting your sincerity regarding helping the Hmong, but a few things seem to raise some red flags in my mind.
1. Why are you pushing this issue at the present time? The Amnesty International article you cite is from September 13, 2004. Over a year ago. If this is “urgent” why has it taken you so long to address the issue?
2. Why are the quotations in the Post-Crescent article from your aide and spokesman, Chris Tuttle? Was this issue not important enough for you to answer the newspaper’s questions directly?
3. How do you expect people to help in this matter? I wold be willing to donate time and effort to help the Hmong in any way possible. All you suggest is that people write to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice or Henry Hyde. Representative Green, I know a few things about writing to your elected and/or appointed officials: more often than not, nothing happens.
, my point is this: I agree with you that we need to stop the genocide in Laos and Thailand and help the Hmong people either there or by easing their transition here. I’m simply confused as to why this matter has taken so long, and now you seem to have minimal involvement and offer no viable solution or suggestion for people who care.
What can I do, Mr. Green? Please instruct me!
Gavin C. Schmitt
209 E. 17th St.
Kaukauna, WI 54130