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Call your Rep.: Sign Lieu-Yoho-Conyers-Mulvaney letter to stop Saudi arms deal

Secretary of State Kerry is going to Saudi Arabia this week, to talk about the war in Yemen. Before he goes, he needs to know there is significant Congressional concern about what Saudi Arabia is doing in Yemen with U.S. weapons. That's why we're trying to get as many signers as possible today on the Congressional letter to President Obama, urging him to delay the Saudi arms deal.

Your Rep voted on June 16 to ban the transfer of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia. Call your Representative now at (202) 224-3121. When you reach a staffer or leave a message, you can say something like:

"I urge you to sign the Lieu-Yoho-Conyers-Mulvaney letter to hold the Saudi arms deal until Congress can give it full consideration. Congress has never authorized U.S. participation in Saudi Arabia's Yemen war."

When you've made your call, please report it below.

And if you haven't yet signed our joint petition with Daily Kos and the Yemen Peace Project to hold up the arms sale, you can do that here.

Lieu-Yoho-Conyers-Mulvaney letter: Let Congress Debate New Weapons Sale to Saudi Arabia

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Urge your Senator to stop enabling Saudi bombing of kids in Yemen

Following the news this past weekend that a Saudi-led coalition airstrike killed 10 children while they were studying in a school in Yemen, California Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu said:

“I have tried numerous times to work with the Administration to stop the United States from assisting Saudi Arabia in their indiscriminate killing of civilians in Yemen. But when Saudi Arabia continues to kill civilians, and in this case children, enough is enough. Having served on active duty, one of my responsibilities was to teach the Law of War. I am also a graduate of Air War College. The indiscriminate civilian killings by Saudi Arabia look like war crimes to me. In this case, children as young as 8 were killed by Saudi Arabian air strikes. By assisting Saudi Arabia, the United States is aiding and abetting what appears to be war crimes in Yemen. The Administration must stop enabling this madness now.”

Call your Senator now at (202) 224-3121.

"The US should stop enabling Saudi Arabia's bombing of children in Yemen. I urge you to oppose the proposed Saudi arms deal."

When you've made your call, please report it below.

And if you haven't yet signed our petition urging Congress to block the deal, you can do that here.

Ask your Rep. to Stand up to Saudi Arabia, Oppose New Arms Deal

On June 16, 204 Members of the House voted to bar the transfer of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia. Now we need them and others to stand up to Saudi Arabia on the new proposed arms deal.

Call your Rep. now at (202) 224-3121. When you reach a staffer or leave a message, you can say something like:

"I urge you to oppose the new Saudi arms deal. Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen is a humanitarian catastrophe and the U.S. should get out of it."

When you've made your call, please report it below.

If you haven't yet signed our petition to Congress against the Saudi arms deal, you can do that here.

Put Pentagon Bloat on the Table to Pay for Domestic Infrastructure

The Washington Post claims today that Hillary Clinton won't be able to fulfill her promise to increase domestic infrastructure spending, because House Republicans will insist on cuts elsewhere to pay for it. But that would only be the end of the story if we assumed - as the Washington Post apparently does - that the bloated Pentagon budget is sacrosanct.

Not every House Republican votes in lock-step with the Pentagon. Forty House Republicans - many of them members of the House Liberty Caucus - voted with the overwhelming majority of House Democrats to stop the transfer of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia.

Urge Democrats and Republicans in Washington to put cuts to the bloated Pentagon budget on the table to pay for domestic infrastructure spending by signing our petition at MoveOn.

Urge your State Senator to kill "anti-BDS" bill

The Los Angeles chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace reports that on Thursday, the California Senate Appropriations Committee will vote to either send the "anti-BDS" bill AB 2844 to the Senate floor for a full vote or leave it in the suspense file, where it would expire.

Regardless of how you feel about "BDS," this bill is a terrible idea. The Los Angeles Times said passage of the proposed law would be a "mistake," calling the bill "convoluted, redundant and most likely ineffectual."

Your State Senator is on the California Senate Appropriations Committee. Call your State Senator now at http://senate.ca.gov/senators. When you reach a staffer or leave a message, you can say something like:

"I urge you to vote to kill AB 2844."

When you've made your call, please report it below.

Tell Congress: Break Up the Big Banks!

They may not agree on much. But both Democrats and Republicans included reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act - separating traditional commercial banking from Wall Street financial speculation - in their official party platforms.

"Too big to fail" banks are a threat to our economy. But they're also a threat to our democracy - and not only to our democracy, but to other people's democracies.

For twenty years I've supported efforts to reform U.S. foreign policy at the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank - in particular, to stop IMF "bailouts" that transfer bad bets from big banks onto public balance sheets, planning to pay for these bailouts with democracy-smashing "austerity" policies.

It's painfully obvious - after the "Asian financial crisis" in the 1990s, after Argentina, after Greece, after Puerto Rico - that we're never going to have a decent chance to meaningfully reform IMF policies until we break the political power of the big banks. And one of the best ways to start doing that is to break them up.

A yuge coalition of groups, including the AFL-CIO and Daily Kos, is working to do just that. Join us by signing our joint petition.

Unions want one thing from Hillary tonight: a stake in TPP’s heart

"Unions want one thing from Hillary tonight: A stake in TPP’s heart," The Hill reports. If Hillary denounces the TPP tonight in her acceptance speech at the DNC in Philadelphia, "labor officials believe it would kill any chance of moving the pact in a lame-duck Congress after the election."

Call your Senator now at (202) 224-3121. When you reach a staffer or leave a message, you can say something like:

"I urge you to press Secretary Clinton to clearly state her opposition to the TPP in her acceptance speech tonight."

When you've made your call, please report it below.

And if you haven't yet signed our petition to Senate Democrats, urging that they press Secretary Clinton to oppose the TPP in her speech tonight, you can do that here.

Tell Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Stand With Democrats Against TPP!

Roll Call reports: "Because of the strength of [Sanders'] campaign, his opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership has now become accepted Democratic policy, even as President Barack Obama continues to support it."

Call Debbie Wasserman Schultz now at 202-225-7931. When you reach a staffer or leave a message, you can say something like,

"I urge Debbie Wasserman Schultz to stand with Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and other Democrats in publicly opposing the TPP and opposing any lame duck vote on the TPP after the election."

When you've made your call, please report it below.

Politico reported:

In his prime-time moment on Monday night … Sanders went one by one through the platform’s central provisions, including its “strong opposition to job-killing free trade agreements like the TPP.”

The crowd cheered, and some began chanting “No TPP! No TPP!” Sanders tried to move on, but the chanters kept at it; many waved anti-TPP signs.

Sanders started again, then stopped; then pointed at the crowd, laughed, gave a thumbs up — and finally made his second TPP point: “We’ve got to make sure that TPP does not get to the floor of the Congress during the lame duck session.” (More cheering.)

Politico also reported:

43 HOUSE DEMOCRATS URGE SECRETARY KERRY TO CALL FOR DEMOCRACY IN BRAZIL (updated)

Reps. Conyers and others put out the following press release on the letter. A PDF of the letter is here.

UPDATE: since the below press release was sent out, three Members of Congress signed on to the letter - 
Lloyd Doggett (TX-35)Karen Bass (CA-37), and Nydia M. Velázquez (NY-7).
An updated PDF of the letter is here.

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