Members of Congress call on Brazil to protect rights of former President Lula

On January 19, 2018, Members of the U.S. Congress sent a letter to the Ambassador of the Government of Brazil to the United States, calling on Brazil’s authorities to ensure that the rights of former President Lula to due process are fully protected, in accordance with Brazil’s international treaty obligations.

Position Opening: Policy Associate, Just Foreign Policy

Position Opening:

Policy Associate

Just Foreign Policy

Just Foreign Policy is seeking a Policy Associate to support the organization’s work in developing and advancing just foreign economic and military policies. The ideal candidate will have expertise in legislative affairs and US foreign and/or economic policy as well as exceptional research and communications skills.

Just Foreign Policy (JFP) is an independent and non-partisan membership organization dedicated to reforming US foreign policy by mobilizing and organizing the broad majority of Americans who want a foreign policy based on diplomacy, law, and cooperation.



Current Members of the House who voted to withdraw U.S. forces from unauthorized war in Libya pursuant to the War Powers Resolution on June 3, 2011

On June 3, 2011, there was a roll call in the House on withdrawing U.S. forces from unauthorized war in Libya, pursuant to the War Powers Resolution. The vote was 148-265. The following 76 current Members of the House voted yes: 


Just Foreign Policy Welcomes House Rejection of Saudi-UAE War in Yemen

Just Foreign Policy Welcomes House Rejection of Saudi-UAE War in Yemen


- Calls on President Trump to Heed House Votes on Davidson, Nolan NDAA Provisions and End Refueling of Saudi, UAE Planes Bombing Yemen

- Urges Senate to Adopt Davidson, Nolan Prohibitions on U.S. Participation in Saudi-UAE War in Yemen

- Urges Congress to Explicitly Prohibit U.S. Refueling of Saudi, UAE Planes Bombing Yemen


July 14, 2017


Today, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved two amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act [NDAA] that would prohibit U.S. participation in the catastrophic Saudi-UAE war against the Houthi-Saleh alliance in Yemen.


Just Foreign Policy welcomes the House votes repudiating U.S. participation in the Saudi-UAE war in Yemen, calls on President Trump to immediately end the U.S. refueling of Saudi and UAE warplanes bombing Yemen, calls on the Senate to adopt the Davidson and Nolan provisions in the Senate version of NDAA, and calls on Congress to explicitly prohibit the U.S. refueling of Saudi and UAE warplanes bombing Yemen.


Pocan, Amash warn Mattis against attacking Yemen's Hodeida port

Today, Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Justin Amash (R-MI) led a letter to Defense Secretary Mattis warning him against attacking the Yemeni port of Hodeida. 

A PDF of the letter is here




Aid Groups' Statement Against Attack on Hodeida Warns of "Near Certain Famine"

[A PDF is
here and here.


Action Against Hunger * Médecins du Monde * Norwegian Refugee Council * Saferworld * Save the Children * Tearfund * War Child

Hudaydah Port, Yemen: Humanitarian joint statement, 25 April 2017 

As humanitarian organisations operating in Yemen, we are gravely concerned by reports of a possible attack by the Saudi-led coalition on the critical port of Hudaydah. Such an attack risks tipping a country starved by two years of war into near certain famine, risking the lives of millions. The crisis in Yemen cannot be addressed with a military solution. Rather than fuelling more conflict, we urge the US and the UK, as key supporters of the Saudi-led coalition, to use their influence to urge all parties to the conflict to re-double their efforts to forge a political solution and take immediate steps to address the humanitarian crisis.


Champaign County Democrats endorse Congressman Keith Ellison for DNC Chair

Champaign County Democrats endorse Congressman Keith Ellison for DNC Chair

Contact: Robert Naiman, Just Foreign Policy,

Champaign, IL – On Wednesday, January 25, the Champaign County Democratic Central Committee voted overwhelmingly to endorse the candidacy of Keith Ellison to be the next chair of the Democratic National Committee. On the weekend of February 24, members of the Democratic National Committee will meet and vote to determine the new DNC chair at the DNC's Winter Meeting. [1]

Democratic precinct committeemen who supported the resolution to endorse Keith Ellison included Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing, Urbana City Clerk Phyllis Clark, Party Chair Maryam Ar-Raheem, Urbana Aldermen Aaron Ammons and Eric Jakobsson, County Board Member Josh Hartke, former Urbana Alderman Ruth Wyman and former County Board Members Jan Anderson and Robert Naiman.

In declaring their support for Keith Ellison to lead the DNC, Champaign County Democrats join the Democratic Party of DuPage County and Kankakee County Democratic Party, as well as U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, State Rep. Carol Ammons, State Party Vice-Chair Karen Yarbrough, U.S. Rep Jan Schakowsky, and the Illinois Democratic County Chairmen’s Association. [2]

Conyers-Grijalva-Ellison-Pocan Express Concern About Democracy in Brazil

 On January 18, Members of Congress wrote to the Ambassador of Brazil, expressing deep concern about the current state of democracy and human rights in Brazil.

The letter is here.



In defense of Keith Ellison: key documents

Link to this file: 

MoveOn petition: Stand with Keith - and condemn the smear campaign against him
Key Keith documents:
Keith platform: 
Keith endorsements:
Keith statement on Medium:

Ilya Sheyman statement in support of Keith Ellison

“As a Jewish refugee from the former Soviet Union, and as someone who’s worked closely with Keith Ellison for years, I know Keith Ellison represents the diverse and inclusive vision the Democratic Party needs to stand for, and I know his commitment to a 50-state deep organizing strategy that the DNC needs.”

- Ilya Sheyman, Executive Director of Political Action