September 2015

Call-in: Your Rep. should sign Rep. Himes' letter supporting Syria Diplomacy

The human costs of the war in Syria are staggering: hundreds of thousands have lost their lives [1]; over 4 million Syrians have been forced to flee their country as refugees; and 7.6 million people have been forced to flee their homes, but remain within Syria. [2] To resolve the refugee crisis and prevent further killing, the U.S. should use all diplomatic tools to press for a negotiated end to the Syrian civil war. Fortunately, we have a rare opportunity now to pressure Congress to support a diplomatic end to the conflict.

Rep. Jim Himes [D-CT] is circulating a Congressional letter to President Obama in support of international negotiations to end the conflict, stabilize the country, allow refugees to return home, transition to an accountable government and defeat ISIL.

Your Representative voted to support diplomacy and block a path to war by supporting the Iran deal so they it’s likely they will consider signing Rep. Himes' letter – if they hear from constituents urging them to do so.

The letter's deadline for signatures is Tuesday at noon ET so it is crucial that you call your Representative NOW at (202) 224-3121 and say,

“I urge you to sign the Himes letter to President Obama in support of international negotiations to end the Syrian civil war.”

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

And if you haven’t signed our petition encouraging members of Congress to sign the letter, you can do that here:

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/back-Himes-letter-end-Syria-war

Call-In: Tell Your Democratic Senator to Stand Firm in Support of the Iran Deal

AIPAC has failed to stop the Iran deal. Last Thursday, 42 Senators stood by their word, supported diplomacy, and stopped Republican efforts to block the deal. [1]

But we cannot stop to celebrate just yet.

Only two Senate votes provided the margin by which Republican efforts to undermine the agreement were thwarted. There will likely be another vote, now that AIPAC has had a chance to regroup and target Democratic Senators that were slow to pledge their support or were not as full-throated in their support of the deal.

If even one Senator stops supporting the deal, it's likely that more than one will. Your Democratic Senator is one of the Senators AIPAC might target.

Call your Democratic Senator at (202) 224-3121 and say

"Thank you for voting to support the Iran deal. I urge you to continue to support it and to stand strong for diplomacy and peace."

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

Call-in: Tell Your Rep. to Stand for Diplomacy

With Senator Barbara Mikulski’s support, 34 Democratic Senators have now publicly supported the Iran deal! That means that Republican-AIPAC efforts to kill the agreement are “game over” – even if the Republican Congress passes a resolution of disapproval, President Obama will veto it and the Republicans and AIPAC won’t have the votes to override President Obama’s veto.

But we’re not done, because another important goal is now within reach. If we can get 41 Senators to support the Iran deal, the Republicans and AIPAC won’t even be able to get a resolution disapproving the Iran deal out of the Senate. That will be an important message to the world, and to ourselves, that we learned something from the fiasco of the Iraq war, that the United States is no longer the country of “shoot first, ask questions later.”

We also need to force every “undecided” or “undeclared” Democrat to support the deal. Because this isn’t likely to be the last time that America faces a choice between war and diplomacy. These people hang around. Chuck Schumer, one of two Senate Democrats against the deal? He voted for the Iraq war in 2002. Alan Grayson, “Leaning No” on the Iran deal, according to The Hill? He’s running for Senate in Florida. Tammy Duckworth, “Undeclared/Undecided,” according to The Hill? She’s running for Senate in Illinois. Duckworth and Grayson’s Democratic primary opponents both support the deal.

Call your Democratic Representative NOW at (202) 224-3121 and say,

I urge you to publicly support the Iran deal. Opposing it now only undermines the United States’ international leadership for using diplomacy to resolve conflict without war."

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

Call-in: Seven More Senators Needed to Stand for Diplomacy

With Senator Barbara Mikulski’s support, 34 Democratic Senators have now publicly supported the Iran deal! That means it's "game over" for Republican-AIPAC efforts to kill the agreement – even if the Republican Congress passes a resolution of disapproval, President Obama will veto it and the Republicans and AIPAC won’t have the votes to override President Obama’s veto.

But we’re not done, because another important goal is now within reach. If we can get 41 Senators to support the Iran deal, the Republicans and AIPAC won’t even be able to get a resolution disapproving the Iran deal out of the Senate. That will send an important message to the world, and to the nation, that we learned something from the fiasco of the Iraq war, that the United States is no longer the country of “shoot first, ask questions later.”

Call your Democratic Senator at (202) 224-3121 and say

“I urge you to publicly support the Iran deal. Opposing it now only undermines the United States’ international leadership for using diplomacy to resolve conflict without war.”

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