February 2016

Congress: Commit U.S. to be #ZeroBy2050

The COP21 international summit on the climate produced a landmark climate agreement with nearly 200 nations as cosignatories. [1] The agreement recognized "that climate change represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet" and "that deep reductions in global emissions will be required" to revert climate change and its effects.

It is time for the U.S. to take steps to reduce its carbon emissions. The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) has introduced a resolution that calls for the U.S. to be emission-free by 2050 and details ways for the U.S. to reach that goal. We are joining organizations like the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, CREDO and others in calling for Congress to support this resolution.

Urge members of Congress to cosponsor and support the CPC's bill for the U.S. to be emission-free by 2050 by signing our joint petition:

http://www.signherenow.org/petition/zeroby2050/jfp/

As we've seen in Syria, climate change is a security issue. [2] Outside experts and Pentagon officials agree that droughts and extreme weather caused by climate change can exacerbate existing tensions within a society and increase the risk for war. A more peaceful world will be facilitated by a greener world.

Climate change poses a very real danger to the lives and well-being of every person on the planet, but especially to those in developing countries. The U.S. has a special obligation to take action to eliminate its carbon emissions because it is the second biggest carbon emitter and, thus, bears a larger responsibility to vulnerable communities affected by climate change.

Urge Congress to commit the U.S. to being emission-free by 2050 by signing & sharing our joint petition:

New York Times: Acknowledge U.S. Backing for Saudi War in Yemen

On February 5, the Huffington Post reported that Democratic Senator Chris Murphy had "called for the U.S. to cease military involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen."

But according to a New York Times report on Feb. 22, what Senator Murphy called for ending doesn't exist. The Times reported: "Western intervention in Libya, led by France and Britain, has created only greater instability there, while the war in Yemen, waged by Middle Eastern proxies with no overt Western involvement, continues unabated, suggesting no easy answers anywhere in the region."

We've urged other Senators to join Senator Murphy in calling for the U.S. to end its involvement in the Saudi war in Yemen. It's sure not going to help our efforts if the New York Times won't even acknowledge that U.S. involvement exists.

Urge the New York Times to correct the record and to fully acknowledge the U.S. role in the Saudi war in Yemen by signing our petition at MoveOn:

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/NYT-admit-US-role-Saudi-Yemen-war

Urge Your Tennessee Senator to Welcome Refugees

The Tennessee General Assembly is considering SJR467, a joint resolution that would stop the resettlement of refugees in Tennessee. Join with Church World Service and the Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition in asking Tennessee Senators to act with moral courage and reject SJR467 by calling your Senator now at 1-800-449-8366.

You can leave a message like:

"I urge you to welcome refugees to Tennessee. Vote NO on SJR467."

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

And if you haven't signed our MoveOn petition against SJR467 yet, you can do that here:

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/volunteer-state-refugees-welcome

Robert Reich for Treasury Secretary

Many Americans are looking for fundamental change in the relationship between Washington and Wall Street. They want Washington to regulate Wall Street, not the other way around.

Bernie Sanders has said that no one from Goldman Sachs would ever work in his administration. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton has refused to rule out a Treasury Secretary from Wall Street.

Robert Reich, who was a cabinet secretary in the Bill Clinton Administration, has been one of the most prominent advocates of breaking up the too-big-to-fail banks and for taxing Wall Street speculation.

Urge Senators to support the nomination of Robert Reich as Treasury Secretary in the next Administration by signing our petition:

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/robert-reich-for-treasury-secretary

Call Now: Urge Wasserman Schultz to Debate Canova on TPP

DNC chair and Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was one of only 28 House Democrats to vote for "fast track" legislation enabling the TPP negotiations to go forward. [1] Her stance on the final TPP agreement will likely have a decisive impact on the Congressional debate. Wasserman Schultz has a Democratic primary opponent, Tim Canova, who is a sharp critic of the TPP agreement. [2]

A debate on the TPP between Wasserman Schultz and Canova will help educate and engage the broad public on the issues at stake. Doctors Without Borders [MSF] says that the TPP deal is "the worst trade deal ever for access to medicines and will make life-saving treatments unaffordable for those who need them most." [3]

Urge Debbie Wasserman Schultz to agree to debate Tim Canova on the TPP by calling her office now at 202-225-7931. When you reach a staffer, you can say something like,

"I urge Debbie Wasserman Schultz to agree to debate Tim Canova on the TPP agreement."

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

And if you haven't signed our petition to Debbie Wasserman Schultz yet urging her to debate Tim Canova on the TPP, you can do that here:

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/wasserman-schultz-debate-tim-canova-tpp

President Obama: Take Action to Shine Light on "Dark Money"

Tremendous news: President Obama is seriously considering signing an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political spending.

It's about time. Limiting federal contractors' influence to elect the politicians that award contracts worth millions of taxpayer dollars to those same companies seems like an obvious move to eliminate corruption or potential corruption. Moreover, so long as there are companies that profit from the U.S. waging endless war, companies that the government pays to build bombs or rebuild countries, it is crucial to championing a diplomacy-first, law-abiding, peace-centered foreign policy that these companies disclose which candidates they are propelling to public office.

Tell the President not to waste another minute and sign an executive order requiring federal contractors' disclosure of political spending. Call the White House NOW at 1-888-894-6720. You can say something like:

“I urge President Obama to end “dark money” by immediately signing an executive order mandating that publicly report their contributions to groups that spend money to influence campaigns.”

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