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2013: The Year of the Citizen Activist
Submitted by Megan Iorio on 3 December 2013 - 1:42pm
If we had to sum up 2013, it would be the year that proved that we ordinary citizens can impact US foreign policy. In fact, we've had so many successes this year that we decided we couldn't possibly do them justice in one email, so we're spreading the stories throughout the month, making this end-of-year campaign one of true reflection and rejoicing.
We start today with our most recent success, but our oldest campaign.
Just Foreign Policy was founded in 2006 amidst US threats to go to war with Iran. We called for diplomacy, not war, and pushed for the US to take positive steps toward talks that would bring about a comprehensive agreement.
President Obama's election in 2008 brought with it a promise to pursue diplomacy. During his first term, that pursuit was stilted and insufficient, so we continued to push. Finally, this year, President Obama did what no other US president has done in over 30 years: he talked to Iran. And now, we have an interim agreement that lays the groundwork for a comprehensive deal.
President Obama once said to activists, “my job is to govern; yours is to push me.” Over the years, Just Foreign Policy supporters have sent tens of thousands of emails to Congress and the White House supporting diplomacy. You've written thousands more emails to major news outlets telling them to report the truth about Iran. Our collective push for diplomacy is what enabled reason to triumph over the strife promoted by AIPAC and its ilk.
Next year will be a critical year. Peace is within reach—and we have the power to bring it about. Help us raise $25,000 by the end of the month by making a $10 tax-deductible #GivingTuesday contribution.
If you would like to send a check instead, here's our address:
Just Foreign Policy
4410 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, #290
Washington, DC 20016
And if you haven't already, tell Hillary to publicly support the interim deal with Iran.
Also, check out this article about our campaign at Talking Points Memo.
Thank you for all you have done—and continue to do—to help promote diplomacy with Iran,
Megan Iorio, Chelsea Mozen and Robert Naiman
Just Foreign Policy