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Media Refs Should Call Foul on Bogus Arguments Against Iran Deal

The deal on curbing Iran's nuclear program and lifting sanctions is done.

Just Foreign Policy Welcomes Historic U.S. Agreement with Iran

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S., Iran, and other world powers announced a historic agreement to sharply restrict Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for the removal of international sanctions on Iran. Following the announcement, Just Foreign Policy released the following statement attributable to Policy Director Robert Naiman:

“We welcome today’s announcement of a historic deal with Iran. This is a good deal for America that makes the world safer by blocking potential Iranian pathways to a nuclear weapon, thereby removing any excuse for another disastrous war of choice in the Middle East. The American people have consistently supported this diplomatic path and rejected calls for yet another war in the Middle East.

Republican leaders who still hope for war in the future are already threatening to try to kill the deal. As Congress reviews the deal over the next two months, we will defend the deal and challenge Democrats and war-skeptic Republicans to defend it as well.

We hope that this historic agreement will open a new period of cooperation in U.S.-Iran relations, aiding efforts to end the civil wars in Syria and Yemen.”

 

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Sign the petition: Congress: Oppose IMF Assault on Greek Democracy

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Will Congressional Progressives Speak Up on IMF vs. Greece?

UPDATE July 2 2015: The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) is circulating a letter to the IMF, pressing the IMF to back off on its austerity demands in the debt negotiations with Greece. Senator Sanders has signed the letter. The letter has been endorsed by AFL-CIO, Just Foreign Policy, Public Citizen, the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and the Campaign for America's Future.

We want to get as many members of the CPC as possible to sign the letter before it closes at the end of the day TODAY.

If your Rep is a member of the CPC, call them NOW at (202) 224-3121 and say

I urge you to sign the CPC letter urging the IMF to show greater flexibility in the debt negotiations with Greece. The letter closes today.

When you're done, report your call using the form below.

Original Action

Progressives around the world are speaking up against what the International Monetary Fund is doing to Greece. Tens of thousands protested in Athens last night. [1] Their protests have been echoed by Nobel-prize winning US economists Paul Krugman [2] Joseph Stiglitz [3], and by former Archibishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, rejecting the IMF's austerity demands. [4] Yesterday, Working Families [5] and Just Foreign Policy [6] sent alerts calling on President Obama and Congress to stand with Greece against the IMF.

One group of people who haven’t spoken up yet: progressives in Congress. Today, we want to change that. If your Representative is a member of the Congressional Progressive Congress[7], call them now at (202) 224-3121. When you reach a staffer, you can say something like:

“As a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, I urge you to make a public statement against what the IMF is doing to Greece.”

When you're done, report your call below.

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For Immediate Release

Let's Celebrate a Fast Track Defeat National Day of Gloating

Let me be perfectly clear, as President Obama might say. I'm not claiming that fast track trade negotiating authority is defeated for now. Unlike some people, I do care what Mama Don't Allow.

But suppose it were true that fast track is defeated for now. Then I would propose that we celebrate a "National Day of Gloating" for the defeat of fast track.

Your Rep can do something for Palestinian children's rights

Last week, the American Friends Services Committee, in conjunction with a coalition of other groups, hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill on the situation for Palestinian children under the Israeli military occupation — particularly those detained by the military As UNICEF has reported, “the ill-treatment of Palestinian children who come in contact with the military detention system is widespread, systematic, and institutionalized from the moment of arrest until the child's prosecution and eventual conviction and sentencing.”

As a follow-up to this briefing, Rep. Betty McCollum has initiated a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry summarizing the issue and urging the State Department to take specific action:

Secretary Kerry, we urge the Department of State to elevate the human rights of Palestinian children to a priority status in our bilateral relationship with the Government of Israel. Furthermore, we fully expect the State Department to address the status of Israel’s military detention system’s treatment of Palestinian children in its annual human rights report.

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

I urge Rep. _____ to sign Rep. McCollum's letter to Secretary John Kerry urging the State Department to make the human rights of Palestinian children a priority in our relationship with Israel.

Here are a few talking points should you need them:

How Bernie Sanders Can Kill the 1%'s TPP Trade Deal

The DC press says it's getting down to the wire on a possible vote in the House on fast track to substantially pre-approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other pending trade deals, with a vote possible as early as Thursday.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who was a close second in a recent straw poll of Wisconsin Democrats, has called for a "political revolution" to revitalize democracy in the United States.

NYT: Taxing Wealthy & Cutting Pentagon Make Sanders "Unelectable"

On Sunday, in the course of an article about Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders attracting huge crowds in Iowa, the New York Times told us that

Thirteen Things I Learned in Iran

 [This piece originally appeared at Huffington Post.]

Istanbul, Turkey -- I just experienced the blessing of visiting Iran for the first time. Here are some things I learned.

1. If you are visiting someone's office and you appear very sleepy, you may be asked if you want to take a nap. If you say yes, a comfortable place to take a nap may be immediately prepared. I want to state categorically for the record that no country in which you can take a nap any time you want should ever be bombed by anyone.