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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

Tell Your Senator: Oppose H.R. 4038 Banning Syrian Refugees

On Wednesday, the Senate is expected to vote on H.R. 4038, the SAFE Act, which the House passed in November and which would have the practical effect of ending resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees to the United States.

Call your Senator now at (202) 224-3121. When you reach a staffer, you can say something like:

"I support the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the United States. I urge you to vote NO on H.R. 4038."

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

Call-in: Urge your Senator to speak out about Saudi Arabia

Following Saudi Arabia's execution of a prominent Shia dissident, its ending of the ceasefire in Yemen, and its attempts to sabotage the Syria peace talks, relations between the US and Saudi Arabia have reached an unprecedented state of crisis. But Washington still hasn't had a serious public discussion about how to say no to Saudi Arabia. In Germany and the UK, there is a debate in the government about how to say no to Saudi Arabia; but in the US, while there is a debate in the media, there is still no real debate in the government.

We can change this. Call your Senator now at (202) 224-3121. When you reach a staffer, you can say something like:

"I urge Senator ______ to make a public statement calling for Saudi Arabia to end its gross abuses of human rights and cooperate fully with international efforts to end the civil wars in Syria and Yemen, and calling on the Obama Administration to enact real pressure on Saudi Arabia to change its behavior."

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

And if you haven't signed our petition urging President Obama to call out Saudi Arabia during the State of the Union address, you can do that here:

Tell your Senator: Co-Sponsor Sen. Udall's bill, Oppose Sending Troops to Syria

New Mexico Democratic Senator Tom Udall, backed by Connecticut Democratic Senator Chris Murphy and Republican Utah Senator Mike Lee, has now introduced legislation that would block sending US ground troops to Syria. As Senator Udall has stated, escalating US involvement in a complex ethnic and religious civil war by deploying ground troops is a mistake which is on dubious legal ground under both US and international law; Congress has not authorized the use of military force in Syria.

Urge your Senator to co-sponsor Sen. Udall’s legislation by calling him now at (202) 224-3121. When you reach a staffer, you can say something like:

“I support Sen. _____'s stand against sending US ground troops to Syria. I urge him to co-sponsor the Udall-Lee bill which would prohibit sending US ground troops to Syria.”

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Call-in: Tell your Senator the U.S. should do more to help Syrian Refugees

At last, the plain fact that U.S. can do much more to aid the millions of Syrian refugees has led to a Congressional bipartisan effort to do just that. But while it is the first chance for substantive additional aid, it may also be the last of its kind for two years.

Millions of families have fled terrorism and their government's bombs and, with refugee aid programs remaining underfunded, most of those families must seek asylum elsewhere. At present, the United States only plans to welcome 10,000 Syrian refugees next year whereas Germany is accepting 800,000 refugees this year and is willing to accept 500,000 more each year for the next few years.

Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) have proposed emergency funding to help resettle tens of thousands more refugees in the U.S. and give a lifeline to refugees in camps. If we want to help more Syrian families, we need to make sure Congress knows the public cares about this, and we need to do it now.

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

“The U.S. needs to do more to help Syrian refugees. I urge you to co-sponsor Senate Bill 2145, the Middle East Refugee Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act."

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Call-in: Tell your Senator a “No Fly Zone” = Dangerous Military Escalation

It’s magical thinking to claim that US air power is the solution to Syria’s problems. People who claim that US air power can magically “protect civilians” in Syria should explain why US air power just blew up a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan. But Washington never seems to tire of the fairy tale that US military power is a magic solution to the world’s problems.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has called for the U.S. to impose a “no fly zone” to prevent Russia from attacking CIA-backed forces fighting the Syrian government. These calls for a “no fly zone” are demands for dangerous U.S. military escalation against Russia and the Syrian government – imposing a “no fly zone” would mean bombing Syria and attacking Russian and Syrian aircraft. Unfortunately, Hillary’s stand is encouraging other Democrats to call for military escalation.

This is how US wars often start, with breathless claims of an emergency requiring US military bombing to “protect civilians.” How exactly US bombing will “protect civilians” is never explained. If escalation is achieved nobody will check whether civilians were protected or not.

Call your Senator NOW at (202) 224-3121. When you reach a staffer, you can say something like:

“I urge you to reject calls for US military escalation against Russia in Syria, including calls for a ‘no fly zone.’”

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President Obama has rightly called Republican proposals for a “no fly zone” in Syria “half baked” “mumbo jumbo.” Senator Bernie Sanders is standing with President Obama and against Hillary Clinton in opposition to these “half baked” proposals for military escalation.

If you haven’t signed our petition against military escalation in Syria yet, you can do that here:

Call-in: Seven More Senators Needed to Stand for Diplomacy

With Senator Barbara Mikulski’s support, 34 Democratic Senators have now publicly supported the Iran deal! That means it's "game over" for Republican-AIPAC efforts to kill the agreement – even if the Republican Congress passes a resolution of disapproval, President Obama will veto it and the Republicans and AIPAC won’t have the votes to override President Obama’s veto.

But we’re not done, because another important goal is now within reach. If we can get 41 Senators to support the Iran deal, the Republicans and AIPAC won’t even be able to get a resolution disapproving the Iran deal out of the Senate. That will send an important message to the world, and to the nation, that we learned something from the fiasco of the Iraq war, that the United States is no longer the country of “shoot first, ask questions later.”

Call your Democratic Senator at (202) 224-3121 and say

“I urge you to publicly support the Iran deal. Opposing it now only undermines the United States’ international leadership for using diplomacy to resolve conflict without war.”

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Call-In: Why isn't your Senator supporting the Iran deal?

On Tuesday, the Arms Control Association released a statement signed by 75 non-proliferation and arms control experts stating that the Iran deal “will reduce the risk of a destabilizing nuclear competition in a troubled region… and head off a catastrophic military conflict over Iran’s nuclear program.”

If experts agree that the deal peacefully stops Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and prevents another U.S. war, why hasn’t your Senator publicly committed to voting in favor of the Iran deal yet?

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

“I urge Sen. ______ to support the Iran deal because it is the best way to avoid the U.S. starting another war.”

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Call-in: Tell Your Senator to Stand for Peace Against the Neocons and Support the Iran Deal

Opponents of the Iran nuclear agreement continue to hurl false and misleading claims at the deal.

Yet, no Iran deal opponent has offered a plausible alternative that ensures Iran does not acquire a nuclear weapon. Why? In a recent piece at The Intercept, Glenn Greenwald argues, “[Neoconservatives] don’t want a ‘better deal’: at least not one that’s plausible. They want to keep Iran isolated and demonized and ultimately to depose its leadership through war or other means of aggression.”

Opponents of the Iran deal will keep using all their resources to defeat it. Senators are under a lot of pressure from these groups to say “no” and that’s why they need to hear the voices of citizens who want peace, not another war of choice.

Call your Democratic Senator NOW at (202) 224-3121 and say,

“I urge X to support the Iran deal because it ensures Iran doesn’t acquire a nuclear weapon and I don’t want another war.”

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New Iran sanctions imminent—Immediate action needed!

Sen. Robert Menendez announced that he plans to introduce new Iran sanctions legislation before the State of the Union next Tuesday.

The Obama administration is adamant that any new sanctions—even those with a trigger to become active upon a break in the talks—would violate the Joint Action Plan that has limited Iran’s nuclear program, inviting Iran to also violate the agreement and “blow up” the talks, as National Security Advisor Susan Rice has said.

The State Department announced that the President will veto any new Iran sanctions bill, but Menendez is looking to recruit a veto-proof 67 vote majority to circumvent the President. Menendez will try to recruit your Senators—which is why they need to hear from you!

Call your Senators TODAY at (202) 224-3121 and say

I urge Sen. _______ to OPPOSE any new Iran sanctions legislation. The Obama administration has made clear that any new sanctions bill—even if it includes a trigger—would violate the Joint Action Plan, which has successfully limited Iran’s nuclear program. Doing so would invite Iran to also violate the plan and, as Susan Rice has put it, “blow up” the talks and any hope of resolving this issue diplomatically.

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