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Torture Report: Mark Udall's World-Historical Moment to Rescue CIA Oversight

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Urge your Senator TODAY: No War $$ Without AUMF!

If Chris Murphy, Tim Kaine, or Rand Paul is one of your Senators, you have a great opportunity to help block funding for US military action in Iraq and Syria until Congress has considered an AUMF.

Your Senator is one of a handful of Senators who have been protesting the fact that Congress has not yet debated and voted on an authorization of force for the new war in Iraq and Syria.

But your Senator hasn’t yet spoken out about the Pentagon’s request for $5 billion more in new money for the war. If Congress approves the money without debating and voting on an AUMF, it would be endorsing the claim that a debate and vote is not necessary.

Since your Senator has already gone public with his support for a debate and vote on an AUMF, we think it’s likely that he would also speak out against the funding request if given a little push.

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

I’m calling to thank Senator X for speaking out about the fact that Congress has not yet voted on an AUMF, and to urge Senator X to publicly oppose any new funding for the war until Congress has debated and voted on an AUMF.

When you’ve made your call, please report it using our easy response form below.

Call Congress TODAY: Stop Another Endless War

The US military campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria is entering its fourth month. Congress has been reluctant to act on their obligation to debate and vote on the new war—but that’s about to change.

Last week, President Obama announced that he would seek a new authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) in Iraq and Syria. But the AUMF the Administration is proposing may go even further than targeting ISIS to embroil us in another endless and borderless war.

Congress will begin considering a new AUMF very soon, with hearings in the House Armed Services Committee and Senate Foreign Relations Committee expected this week. That means we need to speak up NOW in order to influence the debate.

Call your reps in Congress NOW at (202) 224-3121 and say:

I urge you to support the principles of H. Con. Res 114 which calls for Congress to oppose the use of ground troops and says any AUMF on Iraq and Syria should be narrow and limited. [1]

In particular, any AUMF should:

  • prohibit ground troops, as the President has said;
  • be narrowly focused on ISIS and Al Qaeda, as the President has said.
  • have a time limit or sunset provision so that it has to be renewed in the future for war to continue rather than lasting indefinitely by default; and
  • include a provision for regular public reporting on civilian deaths and injuries from U.S. airstrikes, so that the public, Members of Congress, and journalists can better understand reports in the media about civilian casualties.

When you're done, please report your call below.

Concerned About ISIS, But Also About Endless War? Back Limits on the Use of Force

In response to the U.S. bombing of Islamic State ["ISIS"] fighters in Iraq and Syria, which Congress has never explicitly approved, Members of Congress long concerned about presidents and Congresses skirting the Constitutional role of Congress in deciding when the U.S. will use military force have introduced H. Con. Res. 114, "Urging Congress to debate and vote on a statutory authorization for any sustained United States combat role in Iraq or Syria."

Call Congress TODAY: Not Another Endless War

While Members of Congress are preoccupied with the upcoming midterm election, it’s our job to remind them of the obligations they face when they return to Washington in November—namely, to debate and vote on the Obama administration’s war in Iraq and Syria.

It is not too late to rein in the war and ensure it doesn’t become another endless quagmire.

Just before the recess, Rep. Raul Grijalva introduced a resolution on behalf of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, H. Con. Res. 114, which states that Congress

  1. should debate and vote on a statutory authorization for any sustained U.S. combat role in Iraq or Syria,
  2. does not support the deployment of ground combat troops in Iraq or Syria,
  3. should ensure that any such statutory authorization is limited, and
  4. should ensure that any statutory authorization includes robust reporting requirements.

Call your Rep TODAY at (202) 224-3121 and say

Congress has an obligation to debate and vote on the war in Iraq and Syria when it returns to Washington in November. Rep. ______ should co-sponsor H. Con. Res. 114, which states that Congress should debate and vote on an authorization for the US use of military force in Iraq and Syria which is limited and prohibits the use of US ground troops.

When you’re done, report your call using our easy response form:

References: Hillary, Warren, Bernie: Back Obama's Iran Diplomacy

These are the references for a petition at MoveOn calling for key Democratic leaders Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and former Sen. Hillary Clinton to strongly back President Obama's efforts to reach a diplomatic agreement with Iran over its nuclear program. I put the references here so as not to crowd the petition on the petition page.

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Just Foreign Policy Praises Democratic Calls for Limited and Narrow AUMF

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Spread the word about MoC's supporting an end to the blockade of Gaza!

On September 8, Rep. Danny Davis from Chicago became the third Member of Congress to issue a public statement calling for an end to the blockade of Gaza, joining Reps. Keith Ellison and Barbara Lee.

The Davis statement came as a result of grassroots engagement led by the Chicago-based Committee for Just Peace in Israel and Palestine (CJPIP). Their story is an inspiration to us all, showing us that, with perseverance and persuasion, it is possible to turn Members of Congress out in favor of justice in Israel/Palestine.

The Israelis and Palestinians are scheduled to begin their next round of talks in late October. With Hamas and the Palestinian Authority’s announcement of a unity agreement and the transfer of control of Gaza to the Palestinian Authority, the ground is set for an agreement to end the blockade. All that’s left is to build political will.

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Just Foreign Policy Calls for Robust Public Debate on Provisions of Any Iraq, Syria AUMF

Just Foreign Policy Calls for Robust Public Debate on Provisions of Any Iraq, Syria AUMF

For Immediate Release:  September 26, 2014

Contact: Robert Naiman, Just Foreign Policy,

(202) 448-2898 x1, naiman@justforeignpolicy.org

Washington, DC — September 26, 2014

In response to President Obama’s remarks to the United Nations General Assembly calling on the international community to confront ISIL, Just Foreign Policy released the following statement by Policy Director Robert Naiman:

“By his statements and actions since June in the United States and abroad, President Obama has made clear the broad outlines of his plans to confront ISIL in Iraq and Syria. But with the noteworthy exception of voting to authorize, with transparency and accountability provisions made possible by demands from Republican and Democratic Members for an independent vote, the President’s plans for arming and training Syrian insurgents to confront ISIL in Syria, Congress has so far avoided exercising its Constitutional responsibility to weigh in on the President’s plans by debating and voting on authorizations of force for Iraq or Syria.”