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Bibi 3/3 Congress speech: won't attend/called for speech to be cancelled/postponed

Update #2: It's not 100% obvious how vigorously The Hill is now updating its tally. According to Poliitico, Hank Johnson and Donna Edwards are not going to attend. So, I'll start adding things here that appear in press that aren't yet reflected in The Hill's tally.

Hank Johnson
Donna Edwards

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/02/benjamin-netanyahu-congressional-black-caucus-115103.html

Update#1: The Hill is maintaining a tally, so I've stopped updating this one.

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/232160-whip-list-dems-skipping-netanyahu-speech

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Have publicly said that they won’t go to Bibi’s proposed March 3 speech to Congress if it is not postponed/cancelled:

Just Foreign Policy Welcomes CPC Call to Postpone Iran Sanctions Legislation

Just Foreign Policy welcomes the call of the Congressional Progressive Caucus on the bipartisan leadership of the Senate Banking Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee to postpone enacting new sanctions legislation against Iran.

As the CPC notes, enacting new sanctions on Iran now would undermine U.S. diplomats, derail U.S.-Iran talks and put the U.S. on a path towards war.

It’s become more obvious than ever in recent days that Republican efforts in Congress to undermine diplomacy cannot succeed without significant Democratic support. We particularly urge Senator Sherrod Brown, the ranking member on the Senate Banking Committee, and Elliot Engel, the ranking member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, to heed the CPC call. 

Just Foreign Policy Welcomes CPC Call to Postpone Iran Sanctions Legislation

Just Foreign Policy welcomes the call of the Congressional Progressive Caucus on the bipartisan leadership of the Senate Banking Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee to postpone enacting new sanctions legislation against Iran.

As the CPC notes, enacting new sanctions on Iran now would undermine U.S. diplomats, derail U.S.-Iran talks and put the U.S. on a path towards war.

It’s become more obvious than ever in recent days that Republican efforts in Congress to undermine diplomacy cannot succeed without significant Democratic support. We particularly urge Senator Sherrod Brown, the ranking member on the Senate Banking Committee, and Elliot Engel, the ranking member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, to heed the CPC call. 

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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Long Distance Voter's online tool to sign up to vote-by-mail

Long Distance Voter created this tool to help people to sign up to vote by mail:
 

 

Just Foreign Policy Praises Democratic Calls for Limited and Narrow AUMF

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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.”

Just Foreign Policy Condemns Bombing of Syria Without Congressional Authorization

 For Immediate Release:  September 24, 2014

Just Foreign Policy statement on the President's speech

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 10, 2014

Contact:
Robert Naiman, Policy Director 
naiman@justforeignpolicy.org
(202) 448-2898 x1

Just Foreign Policy Statement in Response to President Obama’s Statement on Plans for Military Escalation in Iraq & Syria

Washington, DC- Just Foreign Policy released the following statement by Policy Director Robert Naiman, in response to President Obama’s statement concerning his plans for U.S. military escalation in Iraq and Syria:

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We are deeply troubled by President Obama’s apparent claims that he does not need and will not seek Congressional authorization to continue airstrikes in Iraq and expand them to Syria, nor to expand the arming and training of insurgents in Syria, which arming has contributed to the present strength of ISIS. Obama was right when he told the Boston Globe as a Presidential candidate in December 2007, “The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.” President Obama was right to seek Congressional authorization for bombing Syria last year. He is wrong not to seek authorization now.

#StandWithKeith: Barbara Lee calls for ending Gaza blockade in ceasefire agreement

From the statement she sent on August 6th to KPFA:

“I have called and will continue to call for a sustained cease fire to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis, end the blockade of Gaza, and stop the loss of civilian lives.”

http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/105382 (at 10:27 mark.)

Here's what she said, with Ellison, in 2010:

Black Caucus members want Gaza blockade lifted in light of flotilla incident